Camp Highlights

  • Fully guided by lead ACC winter guide Doug Latimer
  • Break free from the hut networks for a true wilderness experience
  • All group gear provided
  • Learn expedition skills through hands on coaching

Dates & price

  •  April 21 - 25
  • $1,150 + Tax / Person

Take the Lead with our New Traverse Program!

Unlike a traditional guided program, this ski traverse puts you out front. Our guide will work with you pre-trip to coach you on expedition planning and the hard skills necessary to take a leadership role . The traverse of the Winston Churchill range will test your skills in routefinding and navigation, glacier travel, organization and camp setup, and snow stability assessments.

The small group (maximum of 6) will give you plenty of opportunity to involve yourself in group discussions. We highly recommend that you register with a ski partner in your local area for ease of pre-trip planning and skills practice. If this isn’t possible, we will connect you with other participants.

Camp Objectives
First off the aim of this camp is to complete one of the best wilderness ski traverses in the Rockies. Along the way, you will learn a range of skills, in particular:
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Food planning
  • Navigation
  • Route planning
  • Snow science & avalanche forecasting  
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
  • Day 1 - The traverse will start from Mushroom Peak viewpoint high on the Icefield Parkway. From here you will ascend up Diadem Creek into the alpine. After passing some steep slopes, you will set up your first camp on lower angled terrain.
  • Day 2 - You will head west onto the Gong glacier passing beneath the sharp peak of Mount GEC. Opportunities to summit the ski mountaineering objective of Mt. Nelson as well as to gain stunning views of Mt. Alberta
  • Day 3 - Continue the traverse leaving Mt. Nelson behind. You will pass a heavily crevassed region offering good opportunity for advanced crevasse rescue technique learning and practice. You descend off the glacier into a treed valley.
  • Day 4 - Continue up the north side of the valley ascending a col at the base of the west ridge of Mt. Adam Joachim. 
  • Day 5 - Cross over the Winston Churchill range at a pass and descend down the beautiful Sunwapta river drainage back to the vehicles.
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate - Advanced

Intermediate-advanced ski ability; must have completed AST-2; must have overnight summer backpacking or winter hut skiing experience; have experience with glacier travel and crevasse rescue (doesn’t need to have been in a leadership role).

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

This camp is self catered. Participants will prepare their own meal plan in pairs with support and advice offered by our lead winter guide. The aim of this camp is to teach you the skills to go on to lead your own winter expeditions independently and your meals are a big part of that. 

Accommodation

Accommodation for this camp will be in the form of premium Mountain Hardwear tents provided by the Club.  

Guiding

Our ACMG certified ski guides will ensure your journey across the traverse is both safe and enjoyable. Our guides are welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from ski technique to gear. We expect this to be a small, intimate group of around four participants so you can expect plenty of opportunity for questions, coaching and one on one training. 

  • “The scenery is spectacular”
  • “an excellent alternative for those who have completed their umpteenth Wapta traverse and are looking for something different”
- Comments From Chic Scott-

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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

  • Pre-camp mentorship from ACMG-certified ACC lead winter guide Doug Latimer in necessary skills, including: crevasse rescue, food planning, navigation, route planning, snow science and avalanche forecasting
  • 5 days in-the-field guiding by Doug
  • All group gear (tents if needed; pots/pans/stoves, ropes)
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass

Participants Must Provide

  • Food - participants will team up to provide their own
  • Personal Gear (see gear list)
  • Transportation to/from trailhead
  • Personal navigation materials (maps and books)

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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