Camp Highlights

  • Climb in an all-female setting
  • Develop key skills through instructional sessions
  • A one-off camping experience in the David Thompson Region
  • Enjoy some of the best mountaineering in the Rockies

Dates & price

  •  June 25th - 28th, 2021
  • $1,245 + Tax / Person

MEC sponsors the ACC’s Women’s Program and we thank them for their generous assistance.

Our Flagship Women's Program looking to new objectives on the Icefields Parkway

Let’s face it – there are certain undeniable differences between men and women that effect how we operate in a backcountry setting. Mixed groups of men and women are awesome, but there should also be opportunities for women to get out with just other women. And when we say women we mean people who presently identify as women, people who are non binary and anyone who has a history of being assigned female.

Designed and offered for all women, this unique climbing camp provides an opportunity for women to work on summer leading skills and gain valuable mountaineering experience. This year in order to stay Covid safe we have moved the camp to the lovely group campsite on the David Thompson Hwy, the Two O'clock Creek Camprground. This area will allow for a variety of mountaineering efforts along the parkway as well as some dry crags closer to the campsite to practice some rope rescue and work on technique. Long story short this will be a great place to hone the mountaineering skills of a fabulous group of women.

Daily activities will be organized and supervised by female ACMG guides Erica Roles and Kirsten Knechtel, and participants will be given the opportunity to plan daily trips, and to lead in the field according to their abilities
Camp Objectives

The Icefields Parkway boasts a plethora of rock, ice and alpine objectives. In the summer its the perfect time to work on mountaineering skills and what better way to learn than surrounded by a group of like minded women. The first day will likely be spent on the glacier going over the skills needed for safe travel on snow and ice in the Alpine before heading out on some bigger objectives later in the camp. Possible Peaks include Mount Athabasca (3491m), A2 (2957m), Boundary Peak , and Wilcox (2884m). This camp will allow lots of time for teaching and an environment where you can ask your guides questions about mountaineering, navigation or just what it's like to be guide.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Camp Itinerary

    Day 1: Meet group at the Icefields Centre Parking near the base of the stairs (or in the entrance if it's raining) at 9:30 am. Be ready to go with day packs organized and lunches made. Head out for the day, possibly onto the Athabasca Glacier and then check into the campground at the end of the day.

    Days 2 & 3: Potential objectives include the mountains listed above. If the camp runs at capacity, we will have three groups of three ladies with two ACMG certified female guides and an experienced ACC Camp Manager, allowing for different paces, ambitions and objectives each day.  You will get the opportunity to work on rock climbing techniques at local cragging area, technical alpine rock scrambling and safe glacier travel techniques. Our climbing days will be tailored to the skills and personal objectives of the group. Instructional sessions may include: crevasse rescue, rope ascending, rock anchors, ice anchors, movement skills with ice axe & crampons, self arrests, route finding on glaciers, ice climbing and alpine belay techniques.

    Evenings will involve cooking individual meals and socializing back at the group campsite where there is a cooking shelter that allows for social distancing.

    Day 4: Fit in one final day of all-female climbing before packing up, saying goodbyes and returning to your vehicles.

Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate

This camp is designed for women with some mountaineering and climbing experience.  You must also have a good level of fitness carrying and climbing with a pack for several hours.

Food, Accommodation, Guiding and Gear

Food

To bring down the cost of the camp we will not be providing food for the camp. Please come with enough food to last you the duration of the course.

Accommodation

The Two O'clock Creek Campground boasts big group sites in the Rockies off the David Thompson Hwy. The location is a great basecamp as it's close to a climbing crag and only an hour away from the Columbia Icefields Information Centre.

Guiding

Our guiding ratio will be a maximum of 4:1 to give you plenty of one-to-one learning time with our excellent, all-female guides. The small groups also mean that you can split up based on objectives and pacing. There will also be a camp manager to bring ratios down even further.

This camp is guided by female ACMG-certified alpine guides.

Gear Rentals


Don't have all the gear on the gear list (located on the right near the top of this page)? We recommend renting from Gear Up in Canmore . ACC members get a 10% discount. We recommend calling ahead to book gear.

  • “We had a wonderful time on this trip, it was a fantastic location and the company and leadership were outstanding"
  • “The knowledge from the 2 guides and the camp manager was beyond my expectations. They were fun, knowledgeable women who motivate and inspire me”
- Past Women's Climbing Camp Participants-

Adventure Map

More Information

- Please try to register online before calling. If you are having issues please try to have your emergency contact information and course questionnaire filled out before calling.

  Email us
  403 678 3200 ext. 213


Course Documents

Gear List       

ACC Liability Waiver (En)   

ACC Liability Waiver (Fr)  

Covid Health and Exposure Declaration    

ACC Model Release   

ACC Covid Protocols   

 


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

  • 4 days professional guiding at max 5:1 ratios by certified ACMG alpine guides 
  • Evening zoom session to go over gear, meet the group and ask the guide any questions
  • 3 nights accommodation at Two O'Clock Creek Campground
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from Icefields Parkway and for each day trip
  • All Food
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

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

Your 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.


Erica Roles

Erica has been working as a guide since 2005 and became Canada's 11th Female IFMGA Mountain Guide in 2018. Born in the UK, she spent much of her childhood in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She moved to Canada with her family in 1998 and fell in love with the mountains of Western Canada. Erica began her ski career as a Pro Ski Patroller at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Wanting to share her passion for the mountains with other people led her to a career in guiding. These days Erica splits her time between guiding, playing in the mountains with friends, and hanging out with her daughter Grace. Erica has worked for a number of different guiding operations throughout the ranges of Western Canada. She loves guiding because she gets to spend time in beautiful places but also because of the people she meets and the experiences she gets to share with them.