Camp Highlights

  • Climb in an all-female setting
  • Develop key skills through instructional sessions
  • A one-off, spectacular, heli-accessed location for 2020
  • High quality granite mountaineering guaranteed

Dates & price

  •  August 21st - 26th, 2020
  • $2,150 + Tax / Person

Marmot has sponsored the ACC’s Women’s Program since its inception. We thank them for their generous assistance.

Our Flagship Women's Program Takes a One-Off Trip to the Adamant Range

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.

Designed and offered for women exclusively, this unique climbing camp provides an opportunity for women to work on summer leading skills and gain valuable mountaineering experience. And this year we're doing something a little bit special, moving the camp out of its traditional home in the Rockies to the spectacular Fairy Meadow Hut in Adamants. This area will allow for a variety of mountaineering efforts and will be the ideal place to hone the mountaineering skills of a fabulous group of women.

Daily activities will be organized and supervised by a female ACMG guide, and participants will be given the opportunity to plan daily trips, and to lead in the field according to their abilities.

Camp Objectives

Climbers from the Rockies find climbing granite a treat and this is what you will find on the peaks around Fairy Meadow. Throughout the duration of this course you will learn the necessary skills to get up some of these Peaks as well as feel confident in the mountains. There are several classic routes of varying difficulty and based on the groups ability the guides will choose the best learning objectives. A few peaks close by are Outpost Peak (2670m), Pioneer (3245m), Unicorn (2125m), Colossal (2899m), and Sentinel (2992m).  Fairy Meadow is also famous for the glaciated areas around the hut. A perfect place to practice glacier travel, self arrest, navigation and crevasse rescue. Our women's camps are heavy on instruction so we encourage participants to come up with questions and goals that they want to learn while on the course.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary
    Camp Itinerary

    Day 1: Meet group at the Fairy Meadow Heli Staging. This is the same staging as the Sorcerer Lodge Heliport near Heather Mountain Lodge off Hwy 1 (54kms west of Golden). Sign waivers, get a heli safety breifing and get on your way! Fly over the Northern Selkirks and touch down at the Famous Fairy Meadow Hut. Look out for climbing route while in the air!

    Days 2 - 5: 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 climb greanite peaks, work on rock climbing techniques, technical alpine rock scrambling and others. 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.

    Day 6: Fit in one final day of granite, all-female climbing before packing up, saying goodbyes and returning to your vehicles via helicopter.

Is this Camp For Me?

This camp is learning focused and designed for women with some mountaineering and climbing experience who want to increase their mountaineering skills, leadership and self-sufficiency in the mountains. You must also have a good level of fitness carrying and climbing with a pack for a full day. This camp is for you if you want to have fun climbing with other women.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Our camp cook, included in you camp fee will prepare a full set 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. 

Built in 1965 by the ACC as a project proposed and largely overseen by William Putnam, the hut has since seen extensive renovations which have transformed the two-storey wooden building into a deluxe backcountry destination. With a complete propane system which includes an oven for baking, two very efficient wood stoves and a fully stocked cooking area, comfort is guaranteed. There is sleeping space for 20 on the second level and a spacious common room with adequate space for hanging gear.

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.  

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

  • “We had a wonderful time on this trip, it was a fantastic location and the company and leadership were outstanding"
  • As women working together, sharing our strength and wisdom, we were able to reach both collective and personal goals, in the true spirit of mountaineering. The camp exceeded my expectations.
- Past Women's Climbing Camp Participants-

Adventure Map

more information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

  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

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


  • 6 days professional guiding by two fully certified, female, ACMG alpine guide
  • Booking for 5 nights at the Fairy Meadow hut
  • Helicopter transportation in and out of the hut
  • All meals included from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 6
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Travel to helicopter staging (carpool lists will be provided)
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 6

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. Kirsten has a variety of guiding experience behind her. She has worked as a manager of a catskiing operation and guided many heliskiing, catskiing and private ski touring trips. 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.

You Might Also Like