AMP 2 - Intro to Columbia Icefields (with Winter Camping) - Friday, May 20, 2022

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.

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The Basics:
Event Type: Skiing 
Event Location: Columbia Icefields 
Date(s) & Time:   Friday, May 20, 2022 06:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 06:00 AM @ Near Four Points Sheraton / McDonalds on 16th Ave near C.O.P.)  
Registration Cut Off:   Thursday, May 19, 2022 09:30 PM  
Event Duration: 4 Days (Camping) 
Difficulty Rating:   D3 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Tyler Hallman
Clare Ormerod

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests: 6
Minimum Group Size: 3
Number Registered So Far:   0 (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 ACMG Guide Brent Peters.

The Columbia icefields are home to the highest peaks in the world...  okay maybe not, but its pretty cool.  Learn the right way to approach these peaks.  Possible objectives include Mt Columbia, highest peak in Alberta, and second highest in the Canadian Rockies at 3747m.  

Ski touring, winter camping, glacier travel, route finding, ice axe/crampon ascent of 40+ deg east face. Participants will take turns leading various legs of the trip. Evenings will include route review and planning for the next day.

Cost: $599 includes the guide’s day rate. Please note this is a self-catered event but catering is available from PeakEats at an additional cost.

Prerequisites: AST 1, crevasse rescue, intermediate to advanced level of fitness allowing you to move through mountain terrain, ability to carry a 50 pound pack for 2 days with 1200m elevation gain per day, ability to confidently ski in the backcountry in all weather conditions. Gear list to be supplied prior to the trip. Previous winter camping experience optional.

The objective is clearly dependent on the weather and avi conditions. The trip will not be cancelled, but the objective/location may be changed.

Day 1 – Big Day. Early start from Calgary to meet at Brent’s in Canmore. Then drive to Athabasca and ascend to the Trench, set up camp.

Day 2 – Mt Columba??

Day 3 – Additional objectives (Snowdome/Castleguard) or skills practice.

Day 4 - Descent, return to Calgary

Please sign up, download this form (LINK), fill it out and send it to Tyler and Clare at and . We will get you on the trip and let you know you are approved to pay.

Required Items to Bring:

Ski Touring gear.  Winter Camping Gear.  Glacier travel gear.  A complete gear list will be sent out closer to the event.

Recommended Items to Bring:

AMP is a mentoring event.  Bring a positive attitude and plan to lead the group!

How to Get There:
Carpool Departure Time:   06:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Near Four Points Sheraton / McDonalds on 16th Ave near C.O.P.
Carpool Directions:  

Payment Options:
  • Coordinator $599.00 CAD
  • Member $599.00 CAD
  • Guest $599.00 CAD
Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

No refunds will be provided unless you find a suitable replacement for the trip.

*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 Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 09:30 PM.