Camp Highlights

  • An ACC and Canadian tradition since 1906
  • Purpose built basecamp and basecamp support services
  • Access a remote mountain wilderness by helicopter 
  • Sumptuous meals prepared by on-site chefs

Dates & price

  • July 10 - Aug 19, 2021
  • Dates of individual weeks

    • July 3 - 10 (Week 1) CANCELLED
    • July 10 - 17 (Week 2)
    • July 17 - 24 (Week 3)
    • July 24 - 31 (Week 4)
    • July 31 - Aug 7 (Week 5)
    • Aug 7 - 14 (Week 6)
    • Aug 14-19 (Artists Week)
    • $2,495 per person

Mountain Hardwear sponsors the General Mountaineering Camp and we thank them for their assistance.

We are back on for 2021!

In 2020 we had to cancel the GMC for the first time since it's debut in 1906 due to COVID-19. Cancelling this ACC historic camp left quite a void for all the dedicated chefs, guides, camp managers and volunteers who support and work at the camp. It also left a void for many people who come back year after year. For 2021 we are excited to welcome everyone back so we can explore the mountains together. We will keep our original location in the unique and beautiful alpine wilderness surrounding Mt. Mummery in the Western Rockies. This spectacular peak which stands just shy of 11,000 feet is surrounded by glaciers and several peaks with no recorded ascents. We also hope to gain access to the glacial expanse of the Freshfield Icecap from basecamp which offers several more 10,000 feet peaks including Mt. Freshfield.

The ACC’s annual General Mountaineering Camp (GMC) has been a Canadian mountaineering legacy for over 113 years. Set in a different, remote, and little-explored mountain wilderness of the western ranges each summer, the camp gives everyday folk an introduction to modern-day mountain exploration.

Whether you're looking to challenge yourself on remote alpine summits, savour delicious chef-prepared food at 2000m, or enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals, the GMC offers it all. But the camp sells out every year so register early to avoid disappointment!

For a portal into the past check out this website . Here you can see historic photos of the Freshfield Icefied taken by one of our very own ACC founder, Arthur Wheeler. These amazing photos and website are courtesy of the Mountain Legacy Project  and the Library and Archives Canada / Bibliotheques et Archives Canada.

*Please check out the info pack (located on the right hand side of this webpage) for more details on adaptations from the regular camp to keep people safe during Covid.*

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy: Should a program be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic , you will be fully refunded for your camp registration. Should you have Covid Symptoms within 2 weeks of the program starting you will receive a 100% credit towards the ACC and not be permitted to join the program. The ACC remains committed to providing a safe environment for its members and thanks participants for their understanding.

Camp Objectives

Our heli-accessed basecamp will be located at 2035m below the Mummery glacier. The adjacent peaks provide a variety of challenges for mountaineers just starting out as well as for seasoned veterans. Depending on participants’ level of experience, fitness, and goals, potential objectives might include:

  • Mt. Mummery
  • Mt. Barlow
  • Mt. Cairnes
  • Naga Parbat Mountain
  • Mt. Barnard
  • Mt. Freshfield

    Because of the exploratory nature of the camp, various nearby high points, ridges, and alpine features will also be visited over the course of the summer. The area also provides a perfect setting for our ice, snow and rock schools, an excellent option for those looking to develop their mountaineering abilities and become more autonomous in the alpine environment. 
  • Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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    • Day 1: Meet early in the morning at the helicopter staging area from where you and your gear will be flown into the remote basecamp. Upon arrival, you'll be introduced and orientated to the camp by our Camp Manager for the week and assigned a tent. You'll also have the chance to meet some of the week's guides and go on a short hike to explore the immediate area.
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    • Day 2 - 7 (a typical day)
    • 4.30am: Early breakfast is served

      5am: Rope teams leave camp for longer days/bigger objectives

      6am: General Wake-up Call

      6.30am: General Breakfast is served

      7am: More rope teams leave camp for shorter days, cragging etc.

      Through the day: In the field you will likely spend the day in a group with a Guide and/or amateur leaders. Ratios will vary depending to your chosen objective. Objectives may include prominent peaks in the area, nearby peaks and ridges, or curriculum fine-tune your knowledge and skills. Approaches to climbs may be lengthy with significant elevation gain, and will likely involve roped glacier travel. Many factors (including weather) will determine your groups’ success in reaching any summits. All-in-all the focus of the day is to have fun!

      2-4pm: Rope teams arrive back at camp

      2-6pm: Free time (showers, tea time, etc.), and the choice of objectives for the next day is posted

      6pm: Supper is served

      7.30pm: Buffet set out to make lunches for the next day

    • Day 8: After a final breakfast, photos and goodbyes, you will fly back to civilization via helicopter.

    Is this Camp For Me?
    All Abilities

    The GMC is open to all! 16 years of age or older, novice to expert, intrepid or laid back. The large camp size (typically 30 participants, 4 guides and 3-5 amateur leaders each week) allows for different groups to target a wide ranges of objectives. Each day you get to decide which group you'd like to join depending on your ability, fitness and desired length of day.

    Food, Accommodation and Guiding

    Food

    Evenings will be spent enjoying great food, socializing in the dining or tea tents and resetting for the next day’s climbing. All our food is prepared by a dedicated team of chefs in a dedicated cooking tent. And all ingredients are flown in fresh each week meaning you'll be treated to meat, fruit and vegetables (not to mention some killer desserts) through the week, no dehydrated stuff here!

    Accommodation

    During the course of the camp you'll be assigned a Mountain Hardwear Trango tent with a companion of your choice or a fellow guest. The tents are large (3 or 4 person) so there is plenty of space for both of you and your gear. If you prefer your own personal tent, this is also an option although we do charge an extra fee of $200 for this as tents are limited.

    As well as your sleeping tent, there is a communal dining tent, drying tent and tea tent to hang out with your fellow participants. The camp also has two specially prepared outhouses for guests as well as two private showers (now with hot water!)

    Guiding

    Our ACMG certified alpine or full mountain guides will help to orientate you at the camp. Each day they will also be leading different groups to different alpine objectives. Our guides will be welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from crampon technique to gear recommendations.

    As of 2018, we added an additional apprentice alpine guide to each week of the GMC. Along with full guides and ACC amateur leaders, this means that participants can expect to be in small groups of 3-5 people all day which adds to the enjoyment of the experience and ensures participants can travel at a pace which is right for them and interact closely with their guides.

    Our full guiding roster will be listed below as each guide is confirmed.

    • Beautiful location, easy access to all routes, lots of variety for trips to satisfy differing levels of motivation day-to-day.
    • The attitude from the guides and camp staff was infectious and they were all very inspiring.
    • A perfect week...I’m addicted to the GMC!
    - Past GMC Participants-

    Adventure Map

    More Information

      Email us
       403 678 3200 ext. 213
     
      Gear list

    • 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

    • Return helicopter flights
    • 7 days guiding and instruction by ACMG-certified guides supported by ACC amateur leaders
    • Full basecamp setup including: tent accommodation, kitchen, communal tents, outhouses, warm showers, garbage removal etc.
    • Meals prepared by a dedicated team of camp cooks (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8)
    • All group gear inc. ropes, group first aid kit, emergency communication devices etc.

    Participants Must Provide

    • Transportation between the meeting area in Golden and the staging area (a shuttle bus is available for an additional fee)
    • Personal gear (see gear list)

    Week 2 Guides


    Fred Amyot

    Frederick Amyot is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide. Fred guides year-round in many different countries: France, Iceland, USA, and in Canada (from the West coast to the East); heli-skiing and ski touring in the winter and alpine climbing, hiking and rock climbing in the summer. Fred is part of the team coordinating the Mountaineering courses in the Adventure Studies Department at TRU and developing the mountains courses in the Adventure Certificate at Keilir University in Iceland. Fred is an alumni student from the ADVG program and completed the Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management.

    Brett Lawrence

    Brett has been guiding in the mountains within Canada and Switzerland since 2001. His passion for the mountains began at the age of 14, when his dad introduced him to rock climbing. Along the cliffs of the Gatineau Park, just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, Brett quickly became addicted to the sport. He soon realized that if he wanted to pursue the adventures of climbing, he had to move to a place that was immersed in the mountains. Five years later at the age of 19, he moved to Canmore, Alberta to advance his life in the mountains.

    In 2001, Brett started taking courses and exams through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and in the spring of 2006 finished his last exam, making him fully certified through the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA). Brett now lives in Revelstoke with his very supportive family, who allow him to continue his dreams.

    Mathieu Valade

    Mat Valade has been working on the GMC camps since 2009. “I really enjoy the remote locations of the GMC camps and the chance to explore new areas”. Certified as an IFMGA/ACMG mountain guide I enjoy all aspects of mountain guiding but what I cherish the most is taking people to places they never thought possible. See you in the mountains! 

    Maarten Van Haeren

    Maarten was born and raised in The Netherlands, allowing him to explore Europe through backpacking and bike touring. At the age of 18, he moved to Ontario with his family to enjoy Canada’s natural wonders and embark on a new adventure. Since moving to the Bow Valley in 2013, Maarten has been working through the ACMG program towards his IFMGA Mountain Guide certification. He is currently certified as an Apprentice Alpine Guide and enjoys guiding ice climbing throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Maarten lives in Exshaw in the Bow Valley with his wife Lin and their cat Am. He has pursued ice and mixed climbing throughout North America, usually going for long walks to seek out new climbs. His travels have taken him beyond Alberta and British Columbia, to Quebec, Alaska, Morocco and Iceland.


    Week 3 Guides


    Fred Amyot

    Frederick Amyot is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide. Fred guides year-round in many different countries: France, Iceland, USA, and in Canada (from the West coast to the East); heli-skiing and ski touring in the winter and alpine climbing, hiking and rock climbing in the summer. Fred is part of the team coordinating the Mountaineering courses in the Adventure Studies Department at TRU and developing the mountains courses in the Adventure Certificate at Keilir University in Iceland.

    Fred is an alumni student from the ADVG program and completed the Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management.


    Darren Vonk

    Growing up in Edmonton AB never felt right! Moving to the Rocky Mountains of Alberta was the right choice. I am currently working towards my IFMGA Mountain guide certification and am an active member of the ACMG as an assistant rock guide.

    Kevin Rohn

    Kevin Rohn has spent several years as an armature leader for the GMC, and is now an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide.  Born and raised in Canmore, AB, Kevin Has been playing in the mountains his whole life.  He has a passion for adventure and spends most of his time climbing and skiing around the Rockies with friends new and old.   “I can’t wait to share fun times in the mountains with you up at the GMC this summer!”

    Sebastian Taborszky

    Sebastian is an Apprentice Alpine Guide based in Canmore, where he has lived since 2005. Born in Romania, he lived and mostly ice climbed in Quebec until he needed bigger mountains closer to home. Before taking his first ACMG course in 2016, he climbed extensively on the East Coast of Canada, USA and South America, still his favourite place. Once in the Rockies he discovered the joy a living where the mountains are, and started exploring the home turf. His first love is ice and alpine climbing, and he never boulders. Sebastian is always keen on a good laugh and great times.



    Week 4 Guides


    Matt Reynolds

    Matt Reynolds is an internationally recognized mountain guide, certified by the ACMG. He began climbing as a teenager in 1988 and started work professionally as a climbing guide in 1997. He currently works in the mechanized guiding industry in the winter as the guiding manager for Cariboo Snowcat Skiing. In the summer Matt works with the Adventure Studies Program at Thompson Rivers University. He operates his own guiding business, and has been working for the Alpine Club of Canada’s General Mountaineering Camp for the past 5 seasons. Matt has a passion for bringing mountains, adventure and people together.


    Week 5 Guides


    Darek Glowacki

    Darek lives in Revelstoke. He is a certified ACMG - IFMGA Mountain Guide. He instructs and guides mountain adventures year-round and holds a special place in his heart for the beauty and solitude that can be found in the Selkirk Mountains.

    Leadership Course Guides

    Cyril Shokoples

    Cyril began his career as an outdoor professional 30 years ago. His professional mountain guiding began a quarter century ago and he is an internationally certified mountain guide. He is a past president of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, honorary member of The Alpine Club of Canada, and has received distinguished service awards from the North West Mountaineering Club, The Alpine Club of Canada and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. He was the coordinator of Prehospital Care programs at the Alberta Vocational College where he trained Emergency Medical Technicians and developed the Parks Emergency Responder course for National Park wardens. He still delivers that course all across Canada and teaches Wilderness Emergency Care to mountain guides. Cyril trains the Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians in Mountain Rescue and is one of the primary instructors on the ACC summer and winter Mountain Leadership courses.

    Matt Reynolds

    Matt Reynolds is an internationally recognized mountain guide, certified by the ACMG. He began climbing as a teenager in 1988 and started work professionally as a climbing guide in 1997. He currently works in the mechanized guiding industry in the winter as the guiding manager for Cariboo Snowcat Skiing. In the summer Matt works with the Adventure Studies Program at Thompson Rivers University. He operates his own guiding business, and has been working for the Alpine Club of Canada’s General Mountaineering Camp for the past 5 seasons. Matt has a passion for bringing mountains, adventure and people together.

    Week 6 Guides


    Darek Glowacki

    Darek lives in Revelstoke. He is a certified ACMG - IFMGA Mountain Guide. He instructs and guides mountain adventures year-round and holds a special place in his heart for the beauty and solitude that can be found in the Selkirk Mountains.

    Jim Gudjonson

    Jim has been guiding for the ACC Mountain Adventures program for more than 20 years, including being a regular at the General Mountaineering Camp and global adventures to Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. Jim is known among participants for maxing out the potential of a destination and delivering life-­‐changing experiences to all who dare to follow. Shunning status quo, he seeks out the path less followed. In addition to the global and Canadian trips guided for the ACC, he has also helped people fulfill their mountaineering dreams in various European destinations, Japan, Iceland, and Greenland. In the inaugural year of the ACC’s Guides’ Recognition Award, Jim was recognized by the ACC for his ongoing guiding contribution to ACC Mountain Adventures.

    Cyril Shokoples

    Cyril began his career as an outdoor professional 30 years ago. His professional mountain guiding began a quarter century ago and he is an internationally certified mountain guide. He is a past president of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, honorary member of The Alpine Club of Canada, and has received distinguished service awards from the North West Mountaineering Club, The Alpine Club of Canada and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. He was the coordinator of Prehospital Care programs at the Alberta Vocational College where he trained Emergency Medical Technicians and developed the Parks Emergency Responder course for National Park wardens. He still delivers that course all across Canada and teaches Wilderness Emergency Care to mountain guides. Cyril trains the Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians in Mountain Rescue and is one of the primary instructors on the ACC summer and winter Mountain Leadership courses.

    Benjamin Paradis

    Benjamin is an Apprentice Alpine Guide member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Established in Canmore since 2011, Ben has been climbing all over Western and Eastern Canada on waterfall ice, rock and alpine objectives. He has also traveled around the world with expeditions in areas such as Patagonia, the French and Swiss alps, the Moroccan Anti-Atlas, the Sierra Madre in Mexico, Greece, Cuba and innumerable trips to the United States. Ben has been guiding for several years and has taught thousands of people how to climb safely. Beside his work as an Alpine guide, he has spent over 10 years as a Climbing gym instructor for which he has acquired a great deal of experience in teaching and coaching. His passion for climbing has only been growing and he’s always been excited to share it with other outdoor enthusiast. When Benjamin is not taking people up a mountain or teaching a new group of climber, he enjoys planning the next adventure whether it’s a big objective or another trip with his wife and his one year-old son. He has numerous interest in life and always love to meet new people to learn from. Ben is fluent in French and English and somehow holds a Master’s in Political science.

    Week 7 Guides


    Kirsten Knechtel

    Kirsten was raised in Banff, AB where her passion for the mountains and mountain adventure began. Kirsten’s family were outdoor enthusiasts and by the age of 6 she began ski racing, age 10 ski touring, and by age 14 she had climbed many classic alpine routes in the Canadian Rockies. Her career as a guide was a natural step. By age 25 she was a fully certified mountain guide. Now 20 plus years later, Kirsten has a huge variety of guiding experiences behind her.She has worked as a manager of a catskiing operation, guided many heliskiing, catskiing and private ski touring trips and worked as an instructor on the ACMG guides training program. In the summer she has worked with the British military training, run her own private guiding business and spent well over 10 years working at the Alpine Club’s General Mountaineering Camp, Marmot Women’s camps and other ACC programs.

    Sebastian Taborszky

    Sebastian is an Apprentice Alpine Guide based in Canmore, where he has lived since 2005. Born in Romania, he lived and mostly ice climbed in Quebec until he needed bigger mountains closer to home. Before taking his first ACMG course in 2016, he climbed extensively on the East Coast of Canada, USA and South America, still his favourite place. Once in the Rockies he discovered the joy a living where the mountains are, and started exploring the home turf. His first love is ice and alpine climbing, and he never boulders. Sebastian is always keen on a good laugh and great times.