Camp Highlights

  • Learn key skills from ACMG alpine guides at a max. 2:1 ratio
  • Our progression mountaineering course
  • Reach classic mountaineering summits
  • Let us take care of food, guides and hut bookings

Dates & price

  •  Aug 27 (evening) - Sep 1, 2020
  • $2,200 + Tax / Person

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

An Intermediate Offering for our All-New Mountaineering Progression Program

So you've learnt how to rope up, use crampons and ice axe, and some foundational crevasse rescue work. What next? New for 2020 we've reworked our mountaineering offerings to offer a clear line of progression for those looking to push their skills. This camp is aimed at building intermediate skills in the Canadian Rockies.

Camp Objectives

The first part of this camp will be going up the Perren Route and crossing the Fay Glacier to get to the Neil Colgan Hut. From the hut there are a couple small peaks or the group may attempt Mt Fay. This is also a great area to practice glacier travel and other mountaineering skills.

The second part of the camp will get the group up to the Castle Mountain Hut. This part will be more of a climbing focused objective with the posibility of going up Brewers Buttress or Eisenhower Tower.

Day By Day Adventure Itinerary

Evening 1: Meet the group at 7pm at the Lake Louise Hostel. Go over gear and objectives
Day 2: Get up very early to get to Moraine Lake before the parking lot fills. Hike along the lake, cross the stream and start heading up the Perren Route to get to the Fay Glacier. Cross the Glacier and arrive at the hut. Depending on what time it is the group may be able to go up Mt Bolen.
Day 3: Wake up at the Neil Colgan Hut and after a rehydrated breakfast head out for the daily objective (Mt Fay perhaps).
Day 4: Spend the morning packing up and there is the possiblility of exploring a bit or working on alpine skills before heading back down the Perren Route. Stay the night at the Lake Louise Hostel.
Day 5: After breakfast at the hostel head halfway up Castle Mountain and arrive at the hut. Possibility to spots climb by the hut before it gets dark.
Day 6: Pack up and climb to the summit of Castle Mountain. Head back down. Camp finishes

Is this Camp For Me?


This camp is for those who have had some mountaineering experience/glacier travel and are looking towards harder objectives. You need to be fit enough to climb easy pitches with an overnight bag to get to the Neil Colgan Hut. You need to understand multipitch rope systems and be ok following up to 5.8. If you have any questions about your suitability please call our Adventures Coordinator at 403-678-3200 ex: 213

Food, Accommodation and Guiding
Participants will have to help carry food up to the huts on this camp. You can expect dehydrated meals locally made from local company Peakeats. Granols or scramble 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.


This camp takes it's participants to two hut hidden among the most looked at Mountains in the Rockies. As hard as one looks however, these huts are hard to spot. The first hut is the Neil Colgan Hut. This hut is the highest perminent habitable structure in Canada. You might be familiar with the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the peaks that surround Moraine Lake. However not everyone know about the hut just on the other side of these peaks just off the edge of the Fay Glacier. The first two nights of the camp will be spent here.

THe second night will be spent at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre Hostel. A beautiful hostel located in the small village of Lake Louise.

The final night be be spent on a hut on the side of Castle Mountain. Hundreds of people pass by this hut everyday in their vehicles and look up at Caslte Mountain, but again, few people know of the hut that hugs the cliff band half way up the mountain. This is a small climbers hut and is the perfect place to spend the night before heading up to the summit the next day.

Our guiding ratio will be a maximum of 2:1 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 alpine rock routes.  

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


  • “This was my first experience in the Rocky Mountains and the camp was a blast! By far my best Canada Day.”
  • “I enjoyed the great views, good laughs and new friends.”
- Past Camp Participants-

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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


  • 5.5 days professional guiding at max 5:1 ratios by certified ACMG alpine guides 
  • 5 nights accommodation at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre, Neil Colgan Hut and Castle Mountain Hut
  • All meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 5
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from Lake Louise and parking for hut access
  • Dinner on day 1, Breakfast on day 2 and dinner on day 5
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Kris Irwin

Kris is an ACMG Alpine Guide. He lives in Banff with his wife Ellen and their daughters Aria and Annie.

Kris is certified to lead all types of rock, ice, and mountain climbs. He has been climbing in the mountains at home and abroad since 2004. Although he feels most at home on the classic ice climbs in the Rockies he has also made several first ascents in Alaska in the past few years.

Kris is one of the most active waterfall ice climbing guides in the winter and in the summer can be seen leading guests throughout the Rockies, Bugaboos and Rogers Pass. An excellent instructor and personable guide, Kris always gets rave reviews from his guests

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