Camp Highlights

  • Learn key skills from ACMG alpine guides at a max. 5:1 ratio
  • Train alongside like-bodied folks in an inclusive and encouraging environment
  • Explore the Wapta Icefields from the comfort of the Bow Hut
  • Enjoy meals provided by Peakeats and portered into the hut

Dates & price

  •  August 22nd - 25th, 2022
  • $1, 495 + Tax / person

Join us on the Wapta Icefields for Our Body Inclusive Mountaineering Program

Whether it's your first time on a glacier, or your first time roping up for the season, come join like-bodied folk for four days getting up close and personal with the Wapta Icefield. During this camp, you'll learn basic mountaineering techniques and knowledge before getting hands on practice applying it right away.  The group with have two full days to explore the glacier and maybe even summit a small peak!

This trip will be led by ACMG-certified Mountain Guide Merrie-Beth Board who has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to moving safely through the alpine. We are also excited to have Di Ships (of Sink Ships ) join us to take this adventure above and beyond a four day glacier experience by organizing opportunities to share your experiences, plus-sized gear advice, and to build lasting friendships before even stepping on the ice! 

Camp Objectives

The objectives of this camp is to provide an opportunity for plus size and fat femme, transgender, woman, and non-binary (FTWN-B) folks to learn the skills to be able to embark on their own independent alpine adventures, and to get up some cool summits in the process!

Skills covered include: 

  • Roped glacier travel
  • Basic knots
  • Crevasse rescue (situation-appropriate)
  • Snow & ice travel
  • Use of a mountaineering axe and crampons
  • Navigation (introduction to reading topographic maps, bearings, trip planning, and electronic navigation devices)

Climbing objectives on this course are grade II alpine climbs. They are snow and ice mountaineering objectives, involve a relatively straightforward glacier, and may involve some short sections of scrambling (either roped or unroped) to get to the summit. If conditions are favourable you can expect to be on the summit of some of the following peaks:

  • St. Nicholas (2,938m)
  • Mt. Olive (3,126m)
  • Mt. Gordon (3,161m)
  • Mt. Rhondda (3,062m)
  • Mt. Thompson (3,089m)
  • Portal Peak (2,926m)
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Evening Prep Session: Meet the group via Zoom a 7 PM (MST) the night before to review gear, the plan for the trip, and have any questions answered.
  • Day  1: Drive to the trailhead at Bow Lake, then hike to Bow Hut. Once you've had a chance to get settled and refuel, you'll have time in the evening to explore the area around the hut or relax in the hut.
  • Day  2 & 3 : Head onto the glacier and explore the nearby peaks.
  • Day 4: Maybe sneak in a final excursion before lunch and hike back to trailhead at Bow Lake.
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Is this Camp For Me?

Introductory

This camp is designed for plus-size and fat FTWN-B hikers with little to no glacier travel, climbing, or mountaineering experience.  All skills (roped glacier travel, basic knots, snow and ice travel) will be taught from an introductory level, and you will have plenty of opportunity to practice in an encouraging and inclusive environment with like-bodied people.  

Pre-training

 You should be interested in and capable of moving around outside all day in a mountain environment. This includes being comfortable carrying a heavy pack (30-40 lbs) for hours a day, feeling comfortable gaining elevation and traveling uphill, and being able to find your footing on loose ground.

The hike to Bow Hut is approximately 7.5 km and 350m gain with some light scrambling. Summit hikes can include gains of 100m / 1km. Here is a link about training for mountaineering if you are interested: https://www.mountainguides.com/rainier-training.shtml

We are available to help you decide whether this camp is right for you. Email the Mountain Adventures Coordinator at [email protected] or Di Ships at [email protected]

Food, Accommodation, Guiding and Gear

Food

Once at the trailhead, all of the logistics are taken care of to allow you to focus on the climbing. Porters carry your group’s food into the hut to keep packs light on the ascent. You can expect nutritious continental-style breakfasts, packed lunches and 4 course dinners with soup, appetizer, meat-based entrees (with vegetarian option) and a scrumptious dessert. Check out our sample menu for full details of catering on ACC Adventures camps and courses.

Accommodation

The Bow Hut is fantastically scenic, perfectly situated and is an excellent base for exploring further onto the Wapta Icefields in winter or summer. It is the easiest and most natural route onto the Wapta and gives access to the Peyto Hut to the north, and the Balfour and Scott Duncan huts to the south. The peaks of the Wapta are an attraction for summer mountaineering as well and many climbers have learned or honed their glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills within sight of the hut. The hut itself is bright, spacious and fantastically scenic. It is the largest, best equipped and most accessible of the four huts on the Wapta with a wood burning stove!

Guiding

Our guiding ratio will be a maximum of 5:1 to give you plenty of one-to-one learning time with our excellent guides. The small groups also mean that you can split up based on objectives and pacing, and get the individualized attention needed to tackle more challenging alpine rock routes.  

This camp is guided by Association of Canadian Mountain Guides-certified Alpine and Apprentice Alpine guides.

Gear

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.

We know that finding plus-size climbing and mountaineering gear can be incredibly challenging and expensive.When you sign up for this camp, you will be invited to a private Facebook group organized by Di Ships as a platform to share recommendations for gear and clothing with other camp participants.

Your Guides

DI SHIPS

Di Ships (they/them) is a community organizer and queer fat activist living on unceded Wet’suwet’en territories in Telkwa, British Columbia. For the past 15 years Di has created inclusive sports environments including rural roller derby, fat fastpitch with the Heavy Hitters and hiking with Fat Girls Hiking. A participant with the Curvy Kili Crew in 2019, the first group of fat women to hike Mount Kilimanjaro, Di is interested in creating safe, fun and liberating spaces for queer and fat people in the outdoors.


MERRIE-BETH BOARD

Merrie-Beth (MB)is an Internationally certified Mountain Guide living in Golden, British Columbia. For the past 20 years MB has been working in the mountains, exploring, guiding and teaching. The life style of a mountain professional has been both a dream and challenge, humility and gentle perseverance at the heart of everyday. Helping others gain their own personal goals, and experience through the mountains is an honour and a privilege.


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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

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CANCELLATION POLICY AND TRAVEL INSURANCE

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INCLUDED WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 4 days of professional guiding at max 6:1 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 Bow Hut
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 4
  • Portering of group food to reduce backpack weights

PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE

  • Transportation to and from the trailhead
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 2 and dinner on day 4
  • 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