Camp Highlights

  • Fully guided by ACMG certified guides
  • Explore the largest Icefield in the Rocky Mountains
  • Get the chance to summit Mt. Columbia
  • Learn winter camping and survival skills

Dates & price

  •  May 6th - 10th, 2019
  •  $1,395 per person

Explore the Largest Icefield of the Rockies and Have a Shot at Alberta's Highest Peak

If you're looking for a true adventure this winter, look no further! This camp offers you the opportunity to base camp on a remote glacier, explore the largest Icefield in the Rocky Mountains and summit thrilling ski mountaineering objectives. We'll porter in the group's food, set up base camp, arrange all group equipment and leave you in the hands of our accomplished ACMG-certified ski guides for 5 days of fun. 

For those unfamiliar with the region, you'll be camping in the shadow of Mt. Columbia - the grand prize of ski mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies. Only Mt. Robson stands higher on the Canadian side of the range. Many factors need to combine for any group to summit the mountain, which can often take multiple attempts. There are also other exciting objectives close by such as Castleguard Mountain, Mt. Kitchener and the Twins.

This is a one-off addition to our calendar for 2019, so make the most of it and come join us for a very special ACC Adventure!

Camp Objectives

This camp guarantees exploring the various glaciers which make up the Columbia Icefield. Alongside this you'll also learn valuable winter camping and survival skills from your guide as you spend 5 days camped out in this extreme wilderness environment. 

Of course we also hope to get you up as many exciting summits as possible too! The ski mountaineering objectives on this camp include: 
  • Snowdome
  • Mt. Kitchener
  • Mt Castleguard 
  • Mt. Stutfield
  • the Twins
  • Mt Columbia
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), sign the waivers, 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 of the Columbia Icefield’s summits 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 remote area with additional logistical support and the guidance and instruction of an ACMG-certified ski guide. A strong level of fitness, confident downhill ski abilities in variable snow conditions and familiarity with avalanche transceivers are essential for your enjoyment.
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.

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 ACMG certified ski guides will ensure your adventure is both safe and enjoyable. Our guides will be welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from ski technique to gear. The maximum ratio of guides to participants will be 4:1 to ensure participants can travel at a pace which is right for them and have the chance to ask questions.

  • “This area is quite possibly one of the best playgrounds for ski mountaineering in the Rockies”
  • “No crowds, high peaks and beautiful views of the Rockies and Selkirks”
  • “May is the perfect time to visit the region: longer days, stable snow pack and warmer temperatures for camping”
- ACC Guides -

Contact Us

  Email
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

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 professional guiding throughout the camp by fully certified ACMG guides at a maximum ratio of 4:1
  • All group gear including tents, ropes, fuel, stoves, emergency equipment
  • Porters to help carry in food and set up the basecamp prior to your arrival
  • All meals during the camp from lunch 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)

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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