Camp Highlights

  • Our most advanced mountaineering offering
  • Climb the most iconic peaks of the Rockies
  • 2:1 guide to member ratio
  • Stay at the sought after Elizabeth Parker Hut and the Lake Louise Alpine Centre

Dates & price

  •  Aug 12-17, 2020
  • $2,495 + Tax / Person

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

Take Yourself to New Heights with our Advanced Mountaineering Program

This camp is a designed to be our most advanced mountaineering offering. Those with the prerequisite skills and fitness will be given the best possible chance of securing some of the Canadian Rockies' most iconic summits.
 
The camp will start at the iconic Elizabeth Parker hut at Lake O'Hara and then to Lake Louise where there are many peaks to check out. Possible objectives include summits such as Mt. YUkness, Mt. Huber, Mt Victoria North Peak, Mt Aberdeen and Mt. Whyte. And participants can expect to learn advanced mountaineering and group leadership skills along the way.

Complete the ACC's mountaineering program with our Summit of O'Hara and Louise!

Camp Objectives

Climbing objectives on this course are grade II alpine climbs. They are snow and ice mountaineering objectives, involve a relatively straightforward glacier, and may involve some short sections of scrambling (either roped or unroped) to get to the summit. If conditions are favourable you can expect to be on the summit of some of the following peaks:

From O'Hara:
Mt Odaray
Ringrose Peak
Mt Yukness
Shafer Ledge
Glacier Peak
Mt Huber

And from Lake Louise:
Mt Victoria North Peak
Collier Peak
Hado Peak
Mt Aberdeen
Mt Whyte
Castle Mountain

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Meet at the Lake O'Hara Parking at 7:30am to go over gear and waivers with the guides. Take the 8:30 bus into Lake O'Hara and drop off gear at the hut. Head out for a warm up objective.
Day 2: Full day to do a bigger objective in the O'Hara area.
Day 3: Another full day at O'Hara. The guides will adapt objectives so that the group doesn't get too tired but makes the most out of the time in this sought after area.
Day 4: Skills/Rest day. Spend one last morning at Lake O'Hara or take the morning bus out and head to the sport climbing at the back of Lake Louise to go over ropes and pther rock skills. Stay at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre.
Day 5: Take on a classic peak from Lake Louise (see possible objectives above). Stay at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre again.
Day 6: One last chance to tackle a classic Rockies Peak before heading down and the course ends.

Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate+

This camp is designed for people who have completed camps of courses similar to our Intro to Mountaineering camp or our GMC, or have spent time summiting peaks on their own. Participants should have some knowledge of rope systems and snow travel. You do not need to lead anything. Participants also need to be fit as you will have to carry day packs on big days (distance and elevation).

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Once at the trailhead, all of the logistics are taken care of to allow you to focus on the climbing. Porters carry your group’s food into Elizabeth Parker hut. For the Lake Louise portion food will be provided to cook breakfast at the hostel and pack and lunch and then dinner will be at the Bill Peyto Cafe at the Lake Louise Hostel. Check out our sample menu for full details of catering on ACC Adventures camps and courses.

Accommodation

The first three days of the camp are based out of the Elizabeth Parker hut. The Wiwaxy cabin (the smaller of the two buildings on The Alpine Club’s lease) was the first hut built at Lake O’Hara, in 1912. The bigger hut was built in 1919. The historic log buildings are named after Elizabeth Parker, one of the six founding members of The Alpine Club of Canada.

The Lake Louise Alpine Centre is part-owned by the ACC and offers the perfect base camp for adventures in and around Lake Louise and up the Icefield Parkway. "Dorm rooms" are comfortable with just four people to a room and typically an en-suit bathroom. The hostel also offers free parking, communal areas with pool tables etc. and a sauna!

Guiding

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-

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


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 6 days professional guiding at max 2:1 ratios by certified ACMG alpine guides 
  • 5 nights accommodation at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre and Elizabeth Parker Hut
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 6
  • Portering of group food to reduce backpack weights
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from Lake O'Hara parking lot
  • Dinner on day 1 and dinner on day 6
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Fred Amyot

Frederick Amyot is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide. Fred guides year-round in many different countries: France, Iceland, USA, and in Canada (from the West coast to the East); heli-skiing and ski touring in the winter and alpine climbing, hiking and rock climbing in the summer. Fred is part of the team coordinating the Mountaineering courses in the Adventure Studies Department at TRU and developing the mountains courses in the Adventure Certificate at Keilir University in Iceland. Fred is an alumni student from the ADVG program and completed the Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management.

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