Camp Highlights

  • Climb in an all-female setting
  • Develop key skills through instructional sessions
  • A one-off visit to the Beauty Creek hostel
  • Enjoy some of the best mountaineering in the Rockies

Dates & price

  •  June 20th - 24th, 2020
  • $1,400 + 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 Beauty Creek Hostel on the Parkway

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; offering two Women's Camps. One is a fly in camp to the Fairy Meadow Hut and the other one (this one) will be on the Icefields Parkway based out of the Beauty Creek Hostel. This area will allow for a variety of mountaineering efforts and will be a great 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

The Icefields Parkway boasts a plethora of rock, ice and alpine objectives. In the summer its the perfect time to work on mountaineering skills and what better way to learn than surrounded by a group of like minded women. The first day will likely be spent on the glacier going over the skills needed for safe travel on snow and ice in the Alpine before heading out on some bigger objectives later in the camp. Possible Peaks include Mount Athabasca (3491m), A2 (2957m), Boundary Peak , and Wilcox (2884m). This camp will allow lots of time for teaching and an environment where you can ask your guides questions about mountaineering, navigation or just what it's like to be guide.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
  • Camp Itinerary

    Day 1: Meet group at the Icefields Centre Parking near the base of the stairs (or in the entrance if it's raining) at 9:30 am. Be ready to go with day packs organized and lunches made. Head out for the day, possibly onto the Athabasca Glacier and then check into the hostel at the end of the day.

    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 work on rock climbing techniques at local cragging area, technical alpine rock scrambling and safe glacier travel techniques. 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 all-female climbing before packing up, saying goodbyes and returning to your vehicles.

Is this Camp For Me?

This camp is designed for women with some mountaineering and climbing experience.  You must also have a good level of fitness carrying and climbing with a pack for several hours.

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 road 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 Beauty Creek Hostel is situated right along-side the Sunwapta River and our location offers amazing views of Mt. Kitchener and Tangle Ridge on one side and the sun sets daily with a spectacular view of the Never-Ending-Ridge looking north towards Jasper.


Our guiding ratio will be a maximum of 5:1 to give you plenty of one-to-one learning time with our excellent, all-female guides. The small groups also mean that you can split up based on objectives and pacing.  

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"
  • “The knowledge from the 2 guides and the camp manager was beyond my expectations. They were fun, knowledgeable women who motivate and inspire me”
- Past Women's Climbing Camp Participants-

Adventure Map

more information

  Email us
   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


  • 5 days professional guiding by two fully certified, female, ACMG alpine guide
  • Booking for 4 nights at the Beauty Creek Hostel on the Icefields Parkway
  • All meals included from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 5
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Travel to camp(carpool lists will be provided)
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 5

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.

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