Camp Highlights

  • Exclusive booking of Kain Hut for camp (6 participants and 2 guides!)
  • Learn key skills from ACMG alpine guides at a max. 3:1 ratio
  • Explore the Bugaboos Provincial park from the comfort of the Kain Hut
  • Travel past the hiking paths to see world famous climbs such as the Bugaboo Spire
  • Portering services provided to reduce pack weights

Dates & price

    Course dates:

    •  August 23-27 (6 spots left)
    • $1,595 + Tax / Person

Arc'teryx supports our Mountaineering Program and we thank them for their assistance.

Head past the hiking path onto new terrain

Ever hit the end of a hiking trail but wish you got up close and personal with the peaks? Or have you completed all the rock scrambles in your area and are looking for new objectives with glacial approaches? This camp is there to take you from the hiking/scrambling trail into the more complex terrain of glaciers. You’ll learn new mountaineering techniques and knowledge and get hands-on practice applying what you've learnt right away.

Skills covered to get you to your new objectives 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)

 
The camp will take place out of the sought after Conrad Kain Hut surrounded by many world famous climbs. The hut normally sleeps 30 people however we have reserved an exclusive booking just for the 8people on this camp! For more details on the work that we are doing to keep this camp safe please click the link at the top of this page to access the Camp COVID Protocols. Bugaboo Provincial Park is situated in the jagged Purcell Mountains, and mountaineers from all over the world are drawn to the sculpted granite masses that uplift into spectacular spires, some of which exceed 3,000 metres in elevation. Bugaboo Park represents mountain wilderness at its most rugged, and includes the largest icefields of the Purcells.

Camp Objectives

The objectives of this camp are two-fold: first, teach you the skills to embark on your own independent alpine career, second, get you into more advanced terrain!

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 new areas or even to summits!

Possible objectives:
    - Houndstooth
    - Pigeon Feather
    - Ice climbing in a crevasse

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
  •  Day 1: Meet at the general store in Brisco at 8am for waiver signing and meeting your guide. Convoy down the logging road to the Bugaboos Provincial Park trail head. Head up the trail and arrive at the hut. Go over gear and basic trip planning. Depending on how long the hike in takes there may be time to head out to practice some skills.
  • Day 2: Go over plan then head out onto the glacier for the day to learn skills such as roping up, self arresting, route finding and glacier travel skills.
  • Day 3: Go over the skills you learned yesterday and head out for a small objective. This might be the top of a col or a small peak. Either way be prepared to get up close and personal with ice and rock spires that make this area so unique.
  • Day 4: Head out again for a bigger objective to practice skills and get comfortable on new terrain. Take turns route finding and enjoy the amazing new scenery that these new skills have brought you too.
  • Day 5: Crevasse Rescue and rope ascension in the morningPack up and head down in the afternoon. Chance for questions to the guides and last minute teachings of things that have come up.
Is this Camp For Me?
Introductory

This camp is suitable for hikers with no mountaineering experience, or mountaineers wishing to refresh their skills.  All skills (roped glacier travel, basic knots, snow and ice travel) will be taught from a beginner level, and you will have plenty of opportunity to practice.  You should be comfortable carrying an overnight pack (30-40lbs) for 5-6 hours a day; comfortable gaining elevation and travelling uphill, and able to find your footing on loose ground.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

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

In 1972, the Alpine Club of Canada erected the Conrad Kain Hut (named after the renowned guide who first visited the area in 1910). From 1972 until 2000 the hut was maintained by BC Parks as a base for climbers and to reduce visitor impact on the fragile timberline area below Snowpatch Spire. The hut today is a modern, comfortable shelter for up to 35 people. It benefits from a local micro-hydro generator in the creek that supplies the hut with lighting, heat and hot water.

Guiding

Our guiding ratio will be a maximum of 3:1 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 terrain.  

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

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more information

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   403 678 3200 ext. 213

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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

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

  • 5 days professional guiding at max 3:1 ratios by certified ACMG alpine guides 
  • 4 nights accommodation at the Conrad Kain Hut
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 5
  • Portering of group food to reduce backpack weights
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from Bugaboos Provincial Park parking lot
  • Lunch on day 1 and dinner on day 5
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

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.