Camp Highlights

  • Exclusive booking at the Stanley Mitchell hut
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of a similar-aged group
  • A remote and one-off location for the camp
  • Low ratio guiding by ACC favourites Peter Amann and Sylvia Forest

Dates & price

  •  July 12th - 17th, 2020
  • $1,600 + Tax / Person

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

Our Dedicated 55+ Program Visits the Little Yoho Valley

Our 55+ mountaineering camps are for young-at-heart mountaineers and hikers who want to connect with other adventurers and explore moderate mountaineering and hiking routes from the comfort of one of our backcountry huts.

For 2020, at the recommendation of long-term program guide Peter Amann and because of huge demand, the 55+ camp will be based out of both the Campbell Icefield chalet and the Stanley Mitchell Hut.

The Stanley Mitchell Hut is one of the ACC's oldest hut and is located at the basecamp of the Alpine Club's first even General Mountaineering Camp. This location is packed with history and classic climbs as well as stunning views. With a slight price increase from the first camp (it cost $2 for a whole week in 1906) you get to upgrade to staying in the hut, have all meals prepared by a professional chef, have porters carry in the food and get guided around the mountains by Sylvia Forest and Peter Amann.

Past participants of this camp disagree whether the highlight of the camp was the experienced and friendly guiding staff, the spectacular hikes and summits, or the friendly, supportive atmosphere. If you’ve taken the camp before, we’d love to see you back to explore a new destination with us! If it’s your first time, come try it out, If you are over 55 and seeking company and challenges with others in this age range, this camp is for you!

Camp Objectives

The camp location offers climbing on the Presidents as well as Isolated Peak and Mount MacArthur. There are also spectacular hikes in the area with beautiful wildflower meadows.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
  • Day 1: Drive up the summer road and complete the journey to the Stanley Mitchell hut by foot.
  • Day 2-7: Each day will start with an early morning rise and a hearty breakfast prepared by your cook. The group will typically split into two with each (depending on ambition, ability) and spend the day hiking or mountaineering to one of the many local objectives. Lunch will be prepared for you and on return to the chalet you will enjoy a sumptuous 3 course meal and have the chance to enjoy the deck and other facilities. 

Is this Camp For Me?

First things first. This camp is for those 55 years or older to enjoy the camaraderie and social opportunity of being in a group of similar age and ambition. There is no maximum age limit on the camp, but you must be medically able to handle the demands of high altitude and strenuous exercise. You will have the option to take a rest day in the chalet or possibly on an easier hike, but at minimum you must have a good level of fitness and be able to carry up to a 9 - 11kg (20 - 25lb) day pack for several hours.

We suggest having some prior climbing experience and basic rope handling skills, but it isn’t necessary. You should be prepared for off-trail travel over rough terrain, moderate snow and ice slopes, and some hands-on climbing/scrambling. The specific objectives will be determined by the  guides based on the group’s fitness, ambition, and abilities. 

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. We’re able to accommodate most allergies, medical dietary restrictions and vegetarian diets. Additional surcharges apply for vegan, lactose-free, or gluten-free diets. 

Guests will sleep on the upper floor of the cozy Stanley Mitchell Hut where there is one room with matresses.

Our low guiding ratio will give you the best possible chance of success. The small groups mean that you can split up based on objectives and pacing, and get the individualized attention needed to tackle more challenging routes.  

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

  • “It was day one. No wait, it was day two. No, that’s not correct, it was day three. Or maybe day five. Day six? Do you see where I am going with this? Highlight every day.”
  • “Great guides, really great guides.”
  • “All the peaks were fun!”
  • “Spending five days hiking with such a friendly, supportive group of new friends, in an area that I have never hiked before. An adventure I’ll never forget.”
  • “The guide knew the hikes, was well organized and a great communicator and was always concerned about our safety and enjoyment.”
- Past 55+ Camp Participants-

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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

  • 6 days guiding by certified ACMG alpine guides at maximum 5:1 client to guide ratio
  • 5 nights exclusive accommodation at the Stanley Mitchell Hut
  • Portering of food and group gear
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 5 prepared by an on-site cook
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from meeting place
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 6

Your Guides

PETER AMANN

Peter has worked as a Mountain Guide in many ranges throughout western Canada. He works in many of the camps for the Alpine Club of Canada, including 25 years in the General Mountaineering Camp. He also works with training the Canadian Military’s Search and Rescue Technicians, worked as the Avalanche Forecaster at Marmot Basin for 18 years, and Lead Guide for Robson Helimagic for 6 seasons. Peter works as an instructor and examiner on the Hiking Guide programs for Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Peter has taught both Rock and Mountaineering courses for 35+ years and has guided many private ski touring and climbing parties. He presently spends the winter months as Avalanche Technician/Forecaster for Northwest Avalanche Solutions Ltd.


Sylvia Forest

Sylvia (Syl) Forest is a mountain guide living near Golden, BC. Syl worked as a park warden and mountain rescue specialist in Jasper, Lake Louise and Glacier National Parks for 23 years, and managed the mountain rescue program in Glacier Park for eight years. She completed her UIAGM Mountain Guide certification in 2001. Syl left Parks in the fall of 2013 in order to spend more time guiding, and to spend more time with her family.

Syl also teaches avalanche courses regularly for the Canadian Avalanche Association, and works as a heli ski guide during the winter months.

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