Food & Medical

We will provide all participants a copy of the menu prior to the camp.

We do this for two reasons:

1. we want to continually improve the menu and seek input from participants to do that; and

2. we need to know if the participants have a medical reaction to the food that is on the menu.

Please review the menu closely and advise the Event Leader if the participant has any issues regarding the meals they will be having (or make suggestions for improving the meals).  All meals must be hearty, easy to cook (minimum of preparation) and easy to clean up.  After a day burning calories out on the mountain, we need meals that will replace the energy we have burnt off and that will recharge us for the next day.  This is not the time or place for the latest Hollywood fad weight loss diet!

Cooking, cleaning and fetching water is done in teams of two. Everyone takes a turn.

Cooking, cleaning and fetching water is done in teams of two. Everyone takes a turn.

7,000 feet up in the remote Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia is not the time for participants to be disclosing medical or food issues.

Please make full disclosure of all pertinent medical issues to the Event Leader at the time of registering for the camp.

We will be far from civilization for the week and we will have to be totally self-sufficient.

Failure to make full disclosure of all health concerns could be catastrophic in this environment.  Please be thorough.

The cooking and eating areas of the Asulkan Hut are downstairs and the bunks are upstairs.

The cooking and eating areas of the Asulkan Hut are downstairs and the bunks are upstairs.

Please bring your own personal supply of hand sanitizer and “baby wipes” sufficient for the week.  There are no bathing facilities (other than the nearby glacier stream) and the best way to stay clean is daily “sponge baths” with wipes.  Wipes can be stored in heavy-duty zip-lock bags to preserve their moisture.  Budget at least 4 wipes per day.  You must also bring your own personal supply of toilet paper for the week (two full-size rolls should be sufficient).

Flip flops or crocs or some other form of ultra-lightweight casual footwear are mandatory.  The cabin has rough wood floors and you will get slivers in your feet without something to wear (boots are removed when inside the cabin).

MCamp14 sun protection fashion

MCamp14 sun protection fashion (click to enlarge)

Proper sunglasses and sufficient sunscreen are medical necessities!

Waterproof and sweat-proof sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and lip balm of at least SPF 20 is required by each participant.

The sun at altitude is intensified and the reflection of the sun off the snow aggravates the effect.  Sun burns can become a serious problem and snow blindness (burning of the corneas) can happen very quickly in an alpine environment.  No one will be allowed up the mountain without good sunglasses.  A bandanna or buff is also an excellent way to keep the sun off your neck, ears and face during the day.

The 2013 team relaxes in the sun on their final full day on the mountain.

The 2013 team relaxes in the sun on their final full day on the mountain.

 “The best climber in the world is the one who’s having the most fun.”
– Alex Lowe
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