Back by popular demand
Last year, the ACC ran a women’s only traverse of the classic 6-Pass Route south of Jasper. According to participants and staff, the program was a success! This year, we asked the same amazing guides back to lead a women’s only traverse of the Drummond Icefield. This traverse is a great continuation of the women’s program for people who have taken our Women’s Ski Camp or last year’s 6-pass traverse. This trip provides relatively mellow terrain appropriate for heavier packs, and has a true wilderness feel.
The traverse will start at Mosquito Creek, traverse the Drummond Icefield, and finish at Lake Louise. A side trip to the Bonnet Icefield might be possible (conditions and group permitting). The 5-day traverse is a great introduction to winter camping for people who have taken one of our hut-based programs on the Wapta, and want to expand their skills. We have the same great guiding staff coming back from the 6-pass traverse last year. If you liked the 6-pass traverse, consider coming back to explore a new area!
Designed and offered for women exclusively, this unique ski camp provides an opportunity to work on winter skills and gain ski-mountaineering experience in an “all female” setting – all participants and staff will be female. This camp is traditionally heavy on instruction; glacier travel, whiteout navigation, crevasse rescue, route finding, track setting, snow stability evaluation, and terrain management. While all these skills are incorporated into the camp there will be plenty of opportunity to ski.
Explore new terrain
Each day will start with a delicious and hearty breakfast to give you the energy to pack up, shoulder your pack and get on with the day’s objective. Depending on the group, there may be opportunities for some ski mountaineering. Your guides and camp managers will be in charge of the day-to-day itinerary (with input from you). Group travel and safety are paramount, with guides having the final say.
Each evening will be spent outside in a dug out kitchen enjoying great food, telling tall tales wrapped in your down jackets and recuperating for the next day’s adventures. Filling a hot water bottle before slipping into your tent and sleeping bag will guarantee a good night’s rest.
And did we mention this is a women’s only traverse? That means lots of laughs, support, and empowerment along the way!
Slider pictures by Ron Frank, Nicole Larson, Etienne Legresley, Lawrence White and Lynn Martel