Camp Highlights

  • Guided by ACC Lead Winter Guide Doug Latimer
  • Explore the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountain range
  • Have a shot at summiting Alberta's highest peak - Mt. Alberta
  • Develop winter camping and expeditioning skills

Dates & price

  •  4th-8th May, 2020
  •  $1,450 per person

Back by Popular Demand for 2020

This camp proved to be one of our most popular and successful adventures in 2019 with the team successfully summiting Mount Columbia. So we've decided to give those who missed out another opportunity this spring!

Explore and connect with the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains as you camp out under the stars and have the chance to summit 11,000 foot peaks including Mt. Columbia - the highest point in Alberta and second highest in the Canadian Rockies.

We'll help you along the way with food, tents, ropes and all necessary group equipment, carried in by porters to reduce your backpack load. And our Lead Winter Guide, Doug Latimer, will be on hand again to help you navigate the complex terrain safely with his intimate knowledge of the region and a wealth of experience.

Camp Objectives

This camp will see you exploring the various glaciers which make up the Columbia Icefield.  But you'll also learn valuable winter camping and survival skills from your guide as you spend five days tenting out in this extreme wilderness environment. 

But we also hope to get you up some cool summits! The ski mountaineering objectives on this camp include: 
  • Snowdome (3456m)
  • Mt. Kitchener (3505m)
  • Mt Castleguard (3090m)
  • Mt. Stutfield (3450m)
  • the Twins (3730m)
  • Mt Columbia (3747m)
Whatever the conditions, you're guaranteed to have amazing experiences while at the same time developing your skills and backcountry knowledge.
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 

Day 1:
Meet at 8AM at the Columbia Icefield Visitor Centre parking lot. Review gear, organize vehicles for carpooling (if necessary) and start skiing. Today, your objective is to ski in to your camp location and set up a basecamp. This camp will be your home for the next five days, so you’ll spend some time with the assistance of the ACC porters making it as comfortable as possible. Your group will discuss possible objectives for the next four days.

Day 2-4: Attempt a summit! Your group will get up early to take advantage of weather windows and snow stability. If you’re lucky, you may be able to tick off more than one Columbia Icefields summit off of your bucket list. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, you may get a chance for some skills practice around camp. The peaks on the icefield are big and committing, and your guides’ first priority is making sure that everybody gets back safely.

Day 5: Ski out: your group may ski out the Saskatchewan Glacier (and possibly tag Castleguard on the way), or ski back the way that you came: it all depends on your guides’ evaluation of conditions and group fitness. You’ll collect in the parking lot, get rid of all of the group gear, and maybe make plans to meet again next year to tag the summits that got away.
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate - Advanced
This camp is designed for people with good all-round backcountry skiing experience who are looking to explore this very remote area with the benefit of logistical support and the guidance and instruction of an ACMG-certified ski guide. 

The following are all required for your enjoyment:
- Strong level of fitness
- Confident downhill ski abilities in variable snow conditions (powder, icy, crust etc.) on the equivalent of blue (intermediate) runs at the ski hill
- Familiarity with avalanche transceivers (AST 1 or equivalent minimum, AST 2 or equivalent preferred)
- Several years of experience ski touring or splitboarding

If you have any concerns about your suitability for this camp, please contact the office before registering.
Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

All food will be provided on the camp. There will be a mix of lightweight but nutritious backpacking meals and snacks to keep you properly fuelled and hydrated for your adventure. Food supplies will be carried in by porter to reduce pack weights and increase the quality and enjoyment of skiing. Our food is provided by specialized backcountry caterers based out of the Bow Valley. Check out our sample menu for full details of catering on ACC Adventures camps and courses.

Accommodation

Accommodation for this camp will be in the form of premium Mountain Hardwear tents provided by the Club.The camp is priced for double tent occupancy. If there is an appetite for private tents, this can be arranged for an additional surcharge. Please contact us upon registration to find out more.

Guiding

Our Lead Winter Guide, Doug Latimer, will ensure your adventure is both safe and enjoyable. Doug has two decades of guiding experience behind him and received rave reviews from members and camp participants through the 2018/19 season. The maximum ratio of guides to participants will be 5:1 to ensure participants can travel at a pace which is right for them and have the chance to ask questions.

  • “We safely negotiated the crevasses on the Athabasca and the upper ramp of Mount Columbia with Doug's wizardry. He's personable, knowledgeable and fit.”
  • “For those thinking of going to the icefields: if you enjoy winter camping, glacier travel, climbing and viewing mountain peaks, the Milky Way at night, and good company, then this camp is for you.”
- 2019 Columbia Icefields participants -

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more information

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   403 678 3200 ext. 213

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Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 5 days guiding by ACMG-certified guides at a maximum ratio of 5:1
  • All group gear including tents, ropes, fuel, stoves, emergency equipment
  • Porters to carry in group food and assist with basecamp setup
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 5
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass

Participants Must Provide

  • Transport to and from meeting area
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 5

Your Guides

Doug Latimer

Doug has 20 years of guiding experience behind him as an ACMG ski guide and an ACMG apprentice rock guide. As well as his private guiding he has spent a number of years working for the UoC where he taught a range of instructional programs in avalanche training, crevasse rescue and backcountry ski and ski mountaineering. He also somehow finds time to run a multimedia production company! In 2019, we are excited to announce Doug will be joining us as our on-staff winter guide; the perfect guy to take care of our Intro To, avalanche safety and other ski courses. 


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