Camp Highlights

  • An environment usually reserved for experienced mountaineers
  • Exclusive booking of Bow Hut for camp (7 people only!)
  • Own bunk for sleeping (usually  this would sleep 5)
  • 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

    3 course dates

    •  July 10 - 12, 2020
    •  July 31 - Aug 2, 2020 (full)
    •  Aug 29 - Aug 31, 2020 (1 spot left)
    • $625 + Tax / Person

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 icefield sof 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 Hut 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 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 side trip up the Onion Skin for a view of the Icefield may be possible.
  • Day 3: Hike down from Bow Hut to Bow Lake.
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 willl 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.

Being the most northerly of the huts on the Wapta Icefield, the Peyto Hut is where a full traverse of the Wapta starts (or finishes). It gives access to the excellent, moderate mountaineering challenges of Peyto and Trapper Peaks, and Mts. Baker, Thompson and Rhondda, all of which are popular ascents in both summer and winter. The hut is cozy for groups up to 18 (16 in winter) and has amazing views across the icefields. The hut has no source of heat but it is well insulated and warms up nicely from the propane stoves. The hut is situated on a bit of a moraine at the base of Mt. Thompson, but all access routes to the hut involve glacier travel. The easiest access is the 3-4 hour trip from the Bow Hut. Access from the Highway is via Peyto Lake and takes 5-8 hours.

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.

  • "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 two spectacular huts. I can understand why it was a hit!"
- 2019 Hut Discovery Program Participants -

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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
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Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

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

Participants Must Provide

  • Food for the trip
  • Transportation between Lake Louise and Bow Lake (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles to get to the trailhead)
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

James Blench

James has been guiding since the late 70’s. He has been lucky enough to work in just about every type of guiding industry and in many different mountain ranges in the world. He enjoys introducing people to mountain activities and making new friends thru shared adventures. He lives in Canmore Alberta with his wife Lesley.

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).