Remillard General Mountaineering Week 1

Explore the Remillard Group with us!

Remillard General Mountaineering Week 1

Explore the Remillard Group with us!

A Mountaineering Experience Tailored For You

Purpose-Built Basecamp Including Support Services Accessed By Helicopter

Sumptuous Meals Prepared By On-Site Cooks

Connection To The ACC Community And Unforgettable Memories

Is This Camp For You?

All Abilities!

The GMC is open to all! 16 years of age or older, novice to expert, intrepid or laid back. The large camp size (typically 31 participants, 5 guides and 5 volunteer leaders each week) allows for different groups to target a wide ranges of objectives. Each day you get to decide which group you’d like to join depending on your ability, fitness and desired length of day.

Whether you’re looking to summit your first mountain, or bag all the peaks, GMC is your summer camp in the mountains.

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Details

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Trip Description

Join a Tradition of Mountain Exploration

The ACC’s annual General Mountaineering Camp (GMC) has been a Canadian mountaineering staple since 1906. A series of week-long camps, with daily guided outings tailored to your ability and interests. Each summer, we venture into a different remote mountain wilderness to offer exceptional modern-day mountain exploration, making each route a unique and unforgettable experience.

The GMC is about camping and climbing, but its also about photography, art, star-gazing, swimming in frigid alpine lakes, eating great good and sharing the mountains with old and new friends. We provide a tailored experience to each participant’s skills and objectives. Let our guides and talented volunteer leaders help you explore the mountains at your pace.

Welcome to Remillard!

Each year we setup the GMC in a new location- or in the case of Remillard- one we been to a couple of decades before. This grants us the privilege of exploring an area that would take days of heavy hiking to access. Sites are chosen for their access to snow, rock, and mountain objectives, along with their beauty remoteness and historical significance.

Building on the success of the 2023 Chess Group GMC, we are excited to continue the GMC tradition with the 2024 camp in the Remillard Range, last visited by the GMC in 2001. Due to the remoteness, this group of peaks was one of the last in the Selkirks to be explored. The majority of the first ascent activity took place in the 1970s.

This area of the Selkirks includes many different flavours of rock, from solid limestone to marble to beautiful alpine granite. There are long ridges with expansive views in all directions. A nice part of the camp objectives will be long, scenic loops from camp involving fun ridge climbing, glacier travel and stream crossings.

Whether you seek remote alpine summits, gourmet chef-prepared meals at 1,800 meters, or the camaraderie of like-minded individuals, the GMC offers it all. We are expecting high demand for the Remillard camp this year.

If you’re an artist, check out our dedicated week designed just for you.

If you’d like to use our basecamp to explore the area without guides, check out our Independent Camp .

New for 2024

For the Remillard GMC, we’re offering a couple of weeks of slightly different durations and costs. Two of our weeks (Week 1 and Week 5) are 6-days duration, while the remainder (Weeks 2, 3 and 4) will be the same as previous years: 8 days duration.

Note: all of our weeks involve two travel days where our guests flying in overlap with our guests flying out.

Also new for 2024, we’re welcoming to our basecamp independent climbers (those who don’t wish to be guided) for a week prior to the GMC beginning. Participants get the full use of our camp – including tents and food and cooks and flights in and out – for a reduced price. This is perfect for climbers wanting to explore this remote area, but who don’t want to be in a guided party. Check out our Independent Week,

Guides

sylvia-forest
Sylvia Forest
Sylvia (Syl) Forest is a mountain guide living near Golden, BC. Syl worked as a park warden and mountain...
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Hamish Sanderson
Hamish is an ACMG Mountain Guide based just outside of Golden, BC. As well as putting together our Intro...
jordy-shepherd
Jordy Shepherd
Jordy Shepherd is an ACMG/IFMGA mountain guide and CAA Avalanche Professional based in Canmore, Alberta. ...
darren-farley
Darren Farley
Darren Farley is a Mountain Guide based out of Canmore. Darren spends his winters heli-skiing in the...
teresa-yau
Teresa Yau
Teresa Yau is an Ski Guide and Apprentice Alpine Guide and is currently pursuing the ACMG Mountain Guide...
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Sylvia Forest
Sylvia (Syl) Forest is a mountain guide living near Golden, BC....
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hamish-sanderson
Hamish Sanderson
Hamish is an ACMG Mountain Guide based just outside of Golden,...
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jordy-shepherd
Jordy Shepherd
Jordy Shepherd is an ACMG/IFMGA mountain guide and CAA Avalanche...
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darren-farley
Darren Farley
Darren Farley is a Mountain Guide based out of Canmore. Darren...
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teresa-yau
Teresa Yau
Teresa Yau is an Ski Guide and Apprentice Alpine Guide and is...
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Our ACMG certified alpine or full mountain guides will help to orientate you at the camp. Each day they will also be leading different groups to different alpine objectives. Our guides will be welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from crampon technique to gear recommendations.

As of 2022, we added an additional alpine guide to each week of the GMC. Along with full guides and ACC amateur leaders, this means that participants can expect to be in small groups of 3-5 people all day which adds to the enjoyment of the experience and ensures participants can travel at a pace which is right for them and interact closely with their guides.

Our full guiding roster will be listed above as each guide is confirmed.

Mountain Hardwear sponsors the ACC's General Mountaineering Camp. We thank them for their support.

Objectives

Each evening at camp, a wide range of objectives are offered for the following day, ranging from casual hikes, to rock and ice skills sessions, to longer mountaineering days on glaciers, ridges and peaks. You are in control of the length and difficulty of every day of your GMC and if you need some help deciding what to do, our amazing staff are there for you.

Our heli-accessed basecamp will be located at 1,900 meters in the Remillard range, located at the bottom of the north face of Half Dome. This central location provides access to a large variety of peaks and challenges for mountaineers of all abilities. Some of the classics of the area are listed below:

  • Remillard Peak (2,881m)-The most prominent peak in the camp area has excellent hornblende granodiorite rock (think granite). It has a number of great lines including the Southeast Ridge which is compared to the Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboos. Note: the north face of Remillard is unclimbed.
  • Yardarm ridge (2,638m). A long, scenic, mostly 3rd class ridge on great rock with outstanding views.
  • Courthouse Peak (2,595m). The closest peak to basecamp and free from snow early in the season due to south-facing exposure. The West Ridge (5.4) and the South Ridge are excellent outings.
  • Half Dome (2,433m). The ridges of Half Dome make for great climbing in both directions – either from the Remillard Glacier or from Nadir Notch – and the peak can be part of a long loop around the skyline above camp.
  • Serendipity Spire (2,857m). Classic glacier ascent.
  • Craw Peak (2,637m). A prominent granite peak with a high quality 5.3 North Ridge route.

Keep in mind that once in camp, your GMC experience will be tailored specifically to you. Each day, you decide which hike or climb or learning session you’d love to take part in. The area provides a perfect setting for our ice, snow and rock schools giving you lots of options to develop the skills you want to work on.

Beyond the climbing, the Remillard area offers extensive waterfalls, meadows, forests, boulder fields and alpine lakes to explore.

Day-by-Day Adventure Itinerary

Day 1:
Meet early in the morning at the tentative location of the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club and then convoy to the helicopter staging area from where you and your gear will be flown into the remote basecamp. Upon arrival, you’ll be introduced and orientated to the camp by our Camp Manager for the week and assigned a tent. You’ll also have the chance to meet some of the week’s guides and go on a short hike to explore the immediate area.
Days 2 – 5 (a typical day):
  • 4.30am: Early breakfast is served
  • 5am: Rope teams leave camp for longer days/bigger objectives
  • 6am: General wake-up call
  • 6.30am: General breakfast is served
  • 7am: More rope teams leave camp for shorter days, hiking, cragging etc.
  • Through the day: In the field you will likely spend the day in a group with a guide and/or amateur leaders. Ratios will vary depending to your chosen objective. Objectives may include prominent peaks in the area, nearby peaks and ridges, or curriculum fine-tune your knowledge and skills. Approaches to climbs may be lengthy with significant elevation gain, and will likely involve roped glacier travel. Many factors (including weather) will determine your group’s success in reaching any summits. All-in-all the focus of the day is to have fun!
  • 2-4pm: Rope teams arrive back at camp
  • 2-6pm: Free time (showers, tea time, etc.), and the choice of objectives for the next day is posted
  • 6pm: Supper is served
  • 7.30pm: Grab your lunch and make any final preparations for the next day
Day 6:
After a final breakfast, photos and goodbyes, you will fly back to the staging area via helicopter.

Food, Accommodation and Rentals

Food

All our food is prepared by a dedicated team of chefs in a dedicated cooking tent. And all ingredients are flown in fresh each week meaning you’ll be treated to meat, fruit and vegetables (not to mention some killer desserts) through the week, no dehydrated stuff here! Have you even had a turkey dinner above 2,000 meters?

Accommodation

During the course of the camp you’ll be assigned a Mountain Hardwear Trango tent with a companion of your choice or a fellow guest. The tents are large (3 or 4 person) so there is plenty of space for both of you and your gear. If you prefer your own personal tent, this is also an option although we do charge an extra fee of $200 for this as tents are limited.

As well as your sleeping tent, there is a communal dining tent, drying tent and tea tent to hang out with your fellow participants. The camp also has two specially prepared outhouses for guests as well as two private showers (now with hot water!)

Rentals

If you are looking for a bit of extra gear, there are many great rental shops to help outfit you. Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.

Coming from the Bow Valley? Check out Gear Up in Canmore. ACC members get 10% off all gear rentals!

Included

  • Return helicopter flights.
  • 6 days guiding and instruction by ACMG-certified guides supported by ACC volunteer leaders
  • Full basecamp setup including: tent accommodation, kitchen, communal tents, outhouses, warm showers, garbage removal etc.
  • Meals prepared by a dedicated team of camp cooks (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6) .
  • All group gear inc. ropes, group first aid kit, emergency communication devices etc.

Not Included

  • Transportation between the meeting area in Revelstoke and the staging area (a shuttle bus is available for an additional fee).
  • Personal gear.

Location

We appreciate that the lands known today as Canada are home to the enduring presence of all First Nations and Métis people, and the Inuit and we acknowledge the past, present, and future generations of these Nations who continue to lead us in stewarding this land, as well as honour their knowledge and cultural ties to this place.

The Remillard Group is located on the Traditional Lands of the Sinixt, Syilx, Secwepemc, Stoney, Ktunaxa, and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Adventure Hazards

Additional Adventure Resources

Climbing routes on Remillard and the surrounding peaks are described in Selkirks North by David P. Jones. The volume has been out of print for several years. We’ll provide route descriptions and information from the guidebook as we can.

The area is covered in decent resolution on Google Earth; search: Remillard Peak, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada. Use Google Earth and the images in the Camp Objectives section to see some of the possible routes we’ll be looking at during the camp.

Topographical maps covering the Remillard area include Goldstream River 82 M/9 and Argonaut Mountain 82 M/16.

Stay tuned to the GMC Outpost newsletter through this winter as we announce the opening of registration as well as all of the details of GMC as we get closer to camp.

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