“Because it’s there!”
– George Mallory
Do you have a taste for real adventure?
Then join us at one of our annual week-long summer Mountaineering Camps!
Based out of the Alpine Club of Canada’s picturesque Asulkan Hut high up in east-central British Columbia’s beautiful Selkirk Mountains, we’ll spend a week in the high alpine at the south end of Rogers Pass in Canada’s spectacular Glacier National Park learning alpine climbing skills and, if conditions permit, climb a glaciated peak.
This camp is open to all youth aged 11-17. No previous experience is necessary.
So, if you’re up for a real challenge, keep reading and…
Welcome to the High Life!
MCamp is most certainly an “adventurous journey” and can be used towards all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award! MCamp also qualifies as a “Residential Project” for the gold level Award.
If you are working on the Bronze, Silver or Gold level DoE Award, let us know and we’ll be pleased to help you with your Award submission (bring your Record Book to MCamp).
The Mountaineering Camps: Rogers Pass
The Asulkan Hut (6,890 ft./2,100 m.) accommodates 12 (3 adults and 9 youth participants).
B.C.’s Selkirk Mtns: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selkirk_Mountains
We book the cabin for our exclusive use and do a multi-day (8 days/7 nights) basic mountaineering camp on the slopes behind it (i.e., training, conditioning and acclimatizing in stages higher up the mountain each day) culminating with an ascent (conditions permitting) of Youngs Peak (9,235 ft/2,815 m).
On the first day we meet and stay at the ACC’s Wheeler Cabin (4,100 ft./1,250 m.) located beside the Illeciliwaet (pronounced illy-sil-la-wet) camp ground parking lot (Glacier National Park) and rest and get to know the team after our journeys to Rogers Pass before heading out the next morning for the high camp.
The trail head starts from the Wheeler Cabin. It’s a spectacular 7 km. hike in to the Asulkan Cabin with a 2,790 ft./850 m. elevation gain (the majority of which is done in the last kilometre or so on the narrow spine of a glacial moraine that winds up the slope to the hut). We have all day to hike in. The trail rises gently along the floor of the Illeciliwaet and Asulkan Valleys surrounded by towering peaks, past avalanche paths and waterfalls before starting the ascent through a subalpine forest, culminating with the hike up the glacial moraine to the Asulkan Cabin.
Stories, photos and videos from the 2013 Mountaineering Camp: Rogers Pass can be found here!
Day 1: Saturday – travel to Rogers Pass – meet the team at Wheeler Cabin
Day 2: Sunday – hike to high camp – begin stay at Asulkan Cabin
Day 3: Monday – introduction to snow travel, ice axe usage and self-arrest
Day 4: Tuesday – introduction to crampons and roped travel
Day 5: Wednesday – introduction to snow anchors, snow rappelling & belaying & crevasse rescue
Day 6: Thursday – climb Youngs Peak (9,235 ft./2,815 m.)
…………………..– “alpine start” (early a.m. departure) – headlamps required
Day 7: Friday – fun day – explore Asulkan Pass or swim in an alpine lake
Day 8: Saturday – hike down to valley & travel home
Here’s the location of our high camp in the mountains of Rogers Pass, Glacier National Park: