Camp Highlights

  • An environment usually reserved for experienced mountaineers
  • Receive coaching on basic mountaineering skills
  • Travel across the famous Wapta Icefields
  • A program which is open to anyone with good basic fitness

Dates & Price

  $795 + Tax / Person

    3 course dates

    •   CANCELED July 8th - 10th, 2022
    •  CANCELED August 5th - 7th, 2022
    • August 19th - 21st, 2022

Visit a Classic ACC Hut and Experience a Journey on the Wapta Icefields

As a hiker, you've probably seen glaciers from afar. This trip gives you the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the Wapta icefield with a 3-day trip on one of the biggest icefields of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 

If you’ve seen pictures from our spectacularly set alpine huts and want to check them out for yourself, this program is for you. The second day is full day of exploring the glacier, going over new skills and if the weather permits, summiting a small peak!

All of our trips are led by ACMG-certified guides. We provide the guide to make up the mountain skills and experience that you might be lacking (glacier travel skills, steep snow, scrambling, navigation, use of mountaineering gear) and the hut booking to get you in to one of our most popular facilities. You bring your personal gear and food, your sense of adventure, and your camera. 

Camp Objectives

This program is designed to open up our incredible hut network to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to access the more technical huts. Maybe you’ll gain a newfound sense of appreciation for Canada's alpine environment. Maybe you’ll be able to reach places and travel in environments you never thought that you’d visit. Maybe the taste of what’s possible will inspire you to continue your mountaineering journey and acquire the skills to reach these places independently. Either way, our Glacier Discovery program will provide a unique and memorable experience.

You'll hike to the Bow Hut, perched just below the toe of the Bow Glacier on the Icefields Parkway, on the first day. From there, you'll review the basic rope skills that you'll need to tie in and travel on the glacier. 

The second day you will head out onto the Wapta Icefield. Crevasses are present on the icefield, and navigation can be extremely challenging in whiteout conditions. Having an experienced ACMG alpine guide to lead this trip means that you can focus on the scenery and your own enjoyment while getting an introduction to glacier travel and techniques. 

The real treats of this trip are getting to access places that are normally only possible for mountaineers: the side trip to the top of the Onion (conditions permitting) provides spectacular views of the Wapta icefield in all directions.

 
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Day 1 AM: Meet at 8AM (MST) in Bill Peyto's Café in Lake Louise. Your guide will go over the itinerary, collect waivers, and arrange for car shuttling. Hike in to Bow Hut.
  • Day 1 PM: Snow school: learn the techniques you'll need for safe travel on the glacier.
  • Day 2: Wake up bright and early, head out onto the Wapta Glacier to learn about glacier travel and get up close and personal with the crevasses. A trip up the Onion Skin for a view of the Icefield may be possible if the weather is good.
  • Day 3: Review of skills learned before hiking down from Bow Hut back to the cars. 
Is this Camp For Me?
Introductory

This program is designed for people who want to experience a stay in an ACC backcountry hut but don't yet possess the skills in alpine travel required to get there independently and safely. No previous mountaineering experience is necessary, although you will require a good basic level of hiking fitness and experience.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

To keep the cost of this course as low as possible for participants, food will not be provided as part of the course. Please brink along your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or favourite alternative), a packed lunch and some snacks for both days.

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.

Guiding

Our guiding ratio will be a maximum of 6:1 to give you plenty of one-to-one learning time with our excellent guide. This camp is guided by ACMG-certified alpine guides.

The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!

Rentals

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

SEBASTIAN TABORSZKY

Sebastian is an ACMG apprentice alpine guide based in Canmore, AB where he works and plays. Born in Romania, he lived in Quebec for some time, where he ice climbed during his time off from working with the Canadian Coast Guard. In 2015, his need for bigger mountains closer to home brought him west where he began transitioning into guiding. Sebastian is passionate about ice and alpine climbing and hopes to pass the flame onto you.

Languages: French, Spanish, Romanian



SEAN ISAAC

Sean is an ACMG Alpine Guide, based out of Canmore AB. His passion for climbing is infectious and he has already helped many people improve their technique and push their grade. Sean is one of the leaders of the mixed climbing revolution in the Canadian Rockies and is the author of two books: How to Climb: Mixed Climbing, and Mixed Climbs in the Canadian Rockies.

Credited with first ascents in the too-many-to-count range on ice, mixed and alpine routes, Sean has taken his talents on the road and has done alpine expeditions and big wall climbing internationally in Peru, Patagonia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Baffin Island. As a professional photographer he has captured many of his exploits for all to enjoy and his mixed climbing talents have been featured in the movies Higher Ground and Beyond Gravity. Sean is also the editor of the ACC’s Canadian Alpine Journal (CAJ).


  • "Thanks for helping me to reach such a stunning location. What I really enjoyed was picking up little bits of knowledge to do this kind of thing on my own. And the hut itself was everything I expected and more!"
  • "It was an introductory adventure, reasonably priced and went to a spectacular hut. I can understand why it was a hit!"
- 2019 Hut Discovery Program Participants -

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MORE INFORMATION

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  403 678 3200 ext. 213


Course Documents

Gear List  

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Trip Waivers and Liability Page


Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

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Cancellation Policy
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INCLUDED WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 3 days of professional guiding by a fully certified ACMG alpine guide
  • 2 nights of accommodation at the Bow Hut up in the Canadian Alpine
  • Wilderness passes
  • All group gear 

PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE

  • Food for your trip (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and snacks)
  • Transportation to and from the Bow Lake Parking Area
  • 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