Camp Highlights

  • Private lodge accommodation, helicopter and food included
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of a similar-aged group
  • Low ratio guiding by ACC favourites Peter Amann and Sylvia Forest
  • Scrumptious meals prepared by an in-house chef

Dates & price

  •  August 15th - 19th, 2022
  •  $2,795 + Tax / Person

Our Dedicated 55+ Program Visits the Campbell Icefield Chalet

Our 55+ mountaineering camps are for young-at-heart mountaineers and hiker who want to connect with other adventurers and explore moderate mountaineering and hiking routes from the comfort of a backcountry chalet.

For 2022, the 55+ camp will be returning to the Campbell Icefield chalet. You'll be flying into the chalet via a scenic helicopter ride and have an exclusive booking at the chalet.  Be prepared to explore wildflower laced alpine meadows, panoramic peaks, and rugged glaciers.
Past participants of this camp disagree whether the highlight of the camp was the experienced and friendly guiding staff, the spectacular hikes and summits, or the friendly, supportive atmosphere. If you’ve taken the camp before, we’d love to see you back with us! If it’s your first time, come try it out, If you are over 55 and seeking company and challenges with others in this age range, this camp is for you!

*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. This plan will continue to adapt as we navigate the ongoing pandemic.  It is currently mandatory to be fully vaccinated in order to fly on the helicopters we use for this camp, under the mandates from Transport Canada. At this time no exceptions can be made to the vaccination policy.

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

The camp location offers climbing on the (multiple) Mt Alan Campbells and Prior Peak as well as exploration of the Freshfield Icefield as well as the chalet's namesake. This camp is geared towards snow & ice mountaineering, moderate alpine climbing, wilderness hiking, scrambling, and alpine traverses.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
  • Day 1: Meet at our staging area in Donald BC,  from where you will be flown by helicopter into the Campbell Icefield.
  • Day 2-4: Each day will start with an early morning rise and a hearty breakfast prepared by your cook. The group will typically split into two with each guide (depending on ambition, ability) and spend the day hiking or mountaineering to one of the many local objectives. Lunch will be prepared for you and on return to the chalet you will enjoy a sumptuous 3 course meal and have the chance to enjoy the sauna, deck and other facilities. 
    Day 5: After breakfast, you will fly back out to civilization and your vehicle at Donald.

Is this Camp For Me?

First things first. This camp is for those 55 years or older to enjoy the camaraderie and social opportunity of being in a group of similar age and ambition. There is no maximum age limit on the camp, but you must be medically able to handle the demands of high altitude and strenuous exercise. You will have the option to take a rest day in the chalet or possibly on an easier hike, but at minimum you must have a good level of fitness and be able to carry up to a 9 - 11kg (20 - 25lb) day pack for several hours.

We suggest having some prior climbing experience and basic rope handling skills, but it isn’t necessary. You should be prepared for off-trail travel over rough terrain, moderate snow and ice slopes, and some hands-on climbing/scrambling. The specific objectives will be determined by the  guides based on the group’s fitness, ambition, and abilities.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Our camp cook will prepare a full menu of scrumptious meals each day of the camp. And with helicopter access, you will have the luxury of fresh meat and vegetables rather than dehydrated backpacking food. We’re able to accommodate most allergies, medical dietary restrictions and vegetarian diets. Additional surcharges apply for vegan, lactose-free, or gluten-free diets. 


The Campbell Icefield Chalet is a modern backcountry lodge with a comfortable layout. Its amenities include running cold water, an indoor toilet and a micro-hydro electrical system. Oh and not forgetting a full wood fired sauna! The lodge itself is wood heated, with propane back up. The main floor consists of a fully equipped kitchen, cool room, and comfortable dining/living room. There is a spacious south-facing deck off the living room.

Guests will sleep in bunkbeds across a number of separate bedrooms and there is also a drying room and washroom. There is a south-facing deck, accessible from the corridor. Communication to Golden is via a two way radio. There is no internet service available.


Our low guiding ratio will give you the best possible chance of success. The small groups mean that you can split up based on objectives and pacing, and get the individualized attention needed to tackle more challenging routes.  The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!


If you don't have everything on the gear list and aren't ready to invest in your own, there are many awesome local businesses that rent out all of the equipment you will need.  Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.

  • Coming from the Bow Valley? Check out GearUp in Canmore. ACC members get 10% off all gear rentals!
  • Coming from Calgary? We recommend renting your gear from MEC, the University of Calgary Outdoors Center, or the Norseman.
  • Coming from the Revelstoke? Give Revelstoke Powder Rentals a try.

Your Guides


Peter has worked as a Mountain Guide in many ranges throughout western Canada. He works in many of the camps for the Alpine Club of Canada, including 25 years in the General Mountaineering Camp. He also works with training the Canadian Military’s Search and Rescue Technicians, worked as the Avalanche Forecaster at Marmot Basin for 18 years, and Lead Guide for Robson Helimagic for 6 seasons. Peter works as an instructor and examiner on the Hiking Guide programs for Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Peter has taught both Rock and Mountaineering courses for 35+ years and has guided many private ski touring and climbing parties. He presently spends the winter months as Avalanche Technician/Forecaster for Northwest Avalanche Solutions Ltd.

Your Camp Manager

Rick Mckelvey

Rick has attended many Alpine Club of Canada outings, including the first 55+ trip, and he worked for a number of years as a Camp Coordinator at various GMCs. He hikes regularly in the Penticton area, and is once again looking forward to another summer in the Rockies, hopefully amongst friends from previous 55+ camps.

  • “It was day one. No wait, it was day two. No, that’s not correct, it was day three. Or maybe day five. Day six? Do you see where I am going with this? Highlight every day.”
  • “Great guides, really great guides.”
  • “All the peaks were fun!”
  • “Spending five days hiking with such a friendly, supportive group of new friends, in an area that I have never hiked before. An adventure I’ll never forget.”
  • “The guides did an excellent job balancing safety and instruction while maintaining the sense of adventure that mountaineering provides.
- Past 55+ Camp Participants-

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  • 5 days guiding by certified ACMG alpine guides at maximum 5:1 client to guide ratio
  • 4 nights exclusive accommodation at the Campbell Icefield Chalet
  • Helicopter flights in and out of the chalet
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 5 prepared by an on-site cook
  • All group gear


  • Transportation to and from meeting place
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 5
  • Tip for Guides


  • 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