AMP 1-2 Wapta Traverse - Monday, Apr 05, 2021

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up.
The Basics:
Event Type: Alpine 
Event Location: Wapta Icefield 
Date(s) & Time:   Monday, Apr 05, 2021 08:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Mar 26, 2021 08:00 PM  
Event Duration: 4 days,3 nights 
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Lida Frydrychova
Clare Ormerod

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 8
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 8
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   7 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No

This mentorship event is part of the AMP (Alpine Mentorship Program) organized by ACC Calgary jointly with PeakSTRATAGEM

Cost: $515 and includes 4 days of mentorship with a guide and 3 nights of hut accommodation

*Please note this AMP group will be the only people staying in the huts on these dates.*

This AMP 1-2 event is designed for intermediate ski tourers that want to improve their winter mountaineering skills with the help of a guide. The Alpine Mentorship Program gives participants the opportunity to learn by spending four days with a PeakSTRATAGEM guide. It will challenge your navigation, mountaineering and glacier experience. You will prepare navigation plans, lead the group, navigate complex terrain, analyze and discussing avalanche conditions in real time.

Participants will be expected to review the avalanche bulletin and create a trip plan before departing. The guide will typically be second on the lead rope as participants take turns leading the team across the traverse. While on the icefield we will practice crevasse rescue, route finding and attempt ski mountaineering objectives on route. Evenings will be spent reviewing what was learned during the day and preparing white out navigation routes for the next day. Accelerate your learning as you experience the Wapta!  

The cost of the trip includes hut booking fees and the guide’s day rate. Please note this is a self-catered event but catering is available from PeakEats at an additional cost and may be coordinated by the trip co-ordinator

Prerequisites: AST 1, Crevasse Rescue Training, intermediate to advanced level of fitness allowing you to move through mountain terrain, ability to carry a 40 pound pack for 4 days with 1200m elevation gain per day, ability to confidently ski in the backcountry in all weather conditions, and at least some previous experience leading groups.


April 5 – Drive from Calgary, put skins on and head to Peyto Hut

April 6 – Travel to Balfour Hut attempting peaks or turns depending on conditions

April 7 - Same as the day before but with the Scott Duncan Hut as our goal.

April 8 - Ski out and travel home.

Send an email detailing your level of experience to and he will review your experience and let you know if you are accepted on the trip. Payment is via the PayPal button below, if you don't have a PayPal account you can pay via the button on your credit card. Once payment is made you will be added on to the trip.
Required Items to Bring:
Ski touring kit, glacier travel kit, food (for 3 nights and 4 days), base layers, warmth layers, hardshell pants/coat, softshell pants/coat, hut booties, sleeping bags, change of clothes, sunglasses, avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel, toiletries, etc.

Hand sanitiser, gloves, mask

A more detailed gear list will be sent out closer to the event dates.

Price options

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

There will be no refund for cancellations. Courses will run regardless of weather unless the guide deems conditions unsafe then a back-up option may be executed. This is to be decided by the guide the evening before.
*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Calgary Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

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Registration for this event closed on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 08:00 PM.