Camp Highlights

  • An environment usually reserved for experienced climbers
  • Stay in the Castle Mountain Hut on the edge of the Goat Plateau
  • See what it's like to rope up to reach a hut
  • A program which is open to anyone with good basic fitness

Dates & price

    2 course dates

    • August 22 - 23, 2020
    •  September 5 - 6, 2020
    • $450 + Tax / Person

Visit a Rockies Classic Climbing Hut by well.. climbing up to it!

Many of our easily accessible huts have become quite busy so we have created a program to get you to these less visited huts. This doesn't mean the huts are any less impressive and this is definitely the case with the Castle Mountain Hut. This small hut has been used as a place for people to rest at before climbing to the top of Castle Mountain.

The approach is not for the faint hearted as there are many exposed areas and a couple places where you will need to rope up to reach the Goat Plateau half way up the mountain where the hut sits. The approach is complex and fun and a great learning opportunity for those who are wanting a bit more than a scramble.
Camp Objectives

This new 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 make your way up to the cliffs on Castle Mountain below the Goat Plateau. Here you'll put your harness on and climb up through the rock until you reach the creek before the hut. Having guides along will make this seemless and you can focus on learning the basics of roping up on big objectives.

The real treats of this trip are getting to access places that are normally only possible for mountaineers. The Goat Plateau offer amazing views of a few different valleys and where they meet. It is truly spectacular to watch the sun set from this vantage point. This hut has also been known to boast as having the outhouse with the best view.

The second day you will once again rope up and experience another climbing skill, how to rappel.
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 


  • Day 1 AM: Meet at 8AM in Bill Peyto's Café in Lake Louise. Your guide will go over the itinerary, collect waivers, and then the group will be on their way. You will spend the day getting up to the hut with some time in the evening to explore the plateau and watch the sunset.
  • Day 2: Wake up bright and early to catch the sunrise or to explore the plateau a little more. Then pack up and navigate back down to the parking lot. Learning new skills on your way down such as rappeling.
Is this Camp For Me?

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


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.


The Castle Mountain Hut is nothing short of spectacular in it's location. Situated half way up the picturesque Castle Mountain, hundreds of people drive by it each day oblivious to it's existance. The hut itself is a small climbers hut and makes one thing of all the people who have stayed there before heading up to the summit of the mountain the next day.


Our guiding ratio will be a maximum of 5:1 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."
  • "What a stunning location for a hut!"
- 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

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  • 2 days of professional guiding by a fully certified ACMG alpine guide
  • 1 night accomodation at Castle Mountain Hut
  • Wilderness passes
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Food for the trip
  • Transportation to meeting point at the Castle Mountain Fire Lookout parking lot
  • 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 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).

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