THE ALPINE CLUB OF CANADA Ghost & Bow Valley Rock Saturday, June 30th to Saturday July 7th, 2007 Location: Ghost River Wilderness Area, AB Guides: Rob Owens, (403) 609-2599, firstname.lastname@example.org Sean Isaac, (403) 609-3668, email@example.com Camp manager: Dave Dornian, (403) 284-4164, firstname.lastname@example.org Participants: eight Fee: $1695 + GST $101.70 = $1796.70 Cancellation Insurance (optional): $130 The Setting The front ranges of the Canadian Rockies offer some of the best limestone climbing in North America. With numerous sport and traditional climbing areas and countless 300-400 m high walls, the possibilities are endless. The camp will start in the remote Ghost Valley, located approximately 50km NW of Calgary. We will then move camp to the Bow River Corridor and base out of the ACC Clubhouse where ascents of Ha Ling, Yamnuska, and Mt. Rundle are just a few of the options available. The camp will offer instructional days as well as guided multi-pitch ascents, all to help you become a safer and more efficient climber. The endless high quality limestone walls and wilderness camping experience will make this an unforgettable experience. Difficulty This camp is designed for rock climbers from novice to intermediate ability (5.5 to 5.8). For those individuals who live at lower elevations (less than 1000m/3300’), we recommend that you arrive in the Rocky Mountain area (Banff, Canmore, Jasper) a few days before the camp, to hike or climb independently and to acclimatize to our altitude. A good level of fitness will help you get the most from this camp. Camp Staff Guests will be well looked after by our fully qualified staff. Rob Owens and Sean Isaac are your ACMG-certified guides. These individuals are ardent rock, ice and mixed climbers with world-class reputations, having put up new high-standard routes throughout the Rockies. Camp manager David Dornian has been climbing mountains and frozen waterfalls in the Rockies for more than twenty years. All will appreciate his expertise and sense of humour. His role on this camp is to represent The Alpine Club of Canada, solve any problems that may arise with logistics, and coordinate camp chores for participants on a rotational basis (washing dishes, assisting with meal preparation, etc.). He will also participate and assist with leadership aspects of the camp, including leading climbs. All of these professionals will ensure that you have an enjoyable and safe time on the camp. Accommodation and Meals Accommodation for the first four evenings will be in tents based out of the beautiful Ghost Wilderness. For the remaining evenings you will be staying in the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore. Poised above the Bow Valley, the Clubhouse enjoys spectacular views. Lunch is not included on the 30th, nor is dinner on July 7th, so please bring your own food or plan to eat in the town of Canmore. All other meals and accommodation costs are included in your camp fee. If you have any food intolerances or preferences, please include that information with your application and we will do what we can to accommodate you. If you require accommodation at the Canmore Clubhouse before the camp dates, or on July 7th when the camp is over, please contact the Alpine Club at (403) 678- 3200 ext. 1 or email email@example.com to make arrangements. The Clubhouse is a busy place in the summertime; we recommend that you book early. Meals during the camp will be organized by our camp staff, but participants will be expected to assist with meal preparation, dishes and other camp chores. Meals will be tasty and filling. Transportation and Meeting Place Our group will meet at the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore, Alberta, which is 1.5 hours west of Calgary (via the #1 Highway). The meeting time is 7am (mountain time) on Saturday, June 30th, 2007. To reach the Clubhouse, take the exit for the 1A and take a left at the stop sign. There will be a sign for Indian Flats road. After the sign, turn left. Follow the road to the top and park in either one of the two of the parking lots. Canmore can be easily reached by car or by bus. For bus schedules, inquire at your local bus depot. The most convenient airport to Canmore is the Calgary International Airport. Brewster Bus Lines (403-762-6767) and Greyhound Bus Lines (1-800-661-8747) offer direct buses from the airport to Canmore. Another option for getting from the airport to Canmore is with Banff Airporter (1-888- HIWAY-01) www.banffairporter.com. You will be provided with a participant list prior to the camp. Please use this list to contact others traveling in the same direction if you wish to arrange carpooling from major centres. During the initial morning meeting, Rob, Sean and Dave will do an equipment check and organize carpooling. They will also review the week’s itinerary, participant's experience and expectations. It is essential that you attend this meeting. Please ensure to arrange your travel plans accordingly. Participants’ vehicles will be used to transport participants, food and equipment to the various trailheads. . Due to the areas we are going to it would helpful if participants who have 4x4 and AWD vehicles volunteered to help with the driving. Since your car will be parked in unattended public areas, do not plan to leave any valuables in it. Equipment The equipment list should be carefully reviewed when packing for the week. Please do not hesitate to contact Dave if you have any questions at all about your equipment - we want to be sure that you have all the right gear. Check that all your equipment is in good working order and fits properly prior to arriving at camp. If you have borrowed or rented gear it is particularly important to invest some time making sure that it is right for you. Be sure you understand how your equipment works. Broken or unsuitable equipment or blisters can potentially ruin your trip of a lifetime! If you are buying new boots or rock shoes before the trip, you should walk around in them in advance to break them in. The weather, although generally good at this time of year, could be variable and subject to rapid change. Participants should be prepared for all types of weather conditions (hot sun, rain, snow, etc.) If you require rental equipment, Gear Up (On Highway 1A in Canmore, Alberta) offers a 25% discount on rental gear and a 10% discount on retail climbing gear to Alpine Club of Canada Mountain Adventure participants. For further information and equipment reservations call (403) 678-1636 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. MT. The Calgary MEC store rents gear and accessories, and applies some rental cost toward purchase. Their phone number is (403) 269-2420. Also in Calgary, the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre has rental equipment website www.calgaryoutdoorcentre.ca phone (403) 220-5038 Park Passes Participants are responsible for entry fees associated with the use of National Parks. These fees are directly related to whether or not you will be charged in the event of a rescue, so you are strongly advised to avail yourself of the correct information. For more information, contact the appropriate National Park. Recommended Reading Guidebooks: Ghost Rock, by Andy Genereux Bow Valley Rock, by Chris Perry and Joe Josephson Sport Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, by John Martin and Jon Jones Selected Alpine Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, by Sean Dougherty Yamnuska Rock, by Andy Genereux General Interest: Place Names of the Canadian Alps; by William Putnam et al. Freedom of the Hills, The Mountaineers History: Climbs & Explorations in the Canadian Rockies, (1998 reprint of 1903 classic) by Collie & Stutfield Map Sheets 1:50,000 82 O/3 Canmore Selected books and maps can be purchased from the ACC National Office, Box 8040, Canmore, AB T1W 2T8. Please contact us at (403) 678-3200, Ext. 1, check our website at www.AlpineClubofCanada.ca or email info@AlpineClubofCanada.ca for further details. Insurance Options If you do not have Canadian medical insurance, or if your provincial insurance is insufficient, we recommend purchasing insurance through Travel Underwriters. They sell a variety of insurance policies, including medical (annual and single trip) and insurance for visitors to Canada. To find out more about their insurance options, visit the Travel Underwriters website at www.travelunderwriters.com or call them direct at 1-800-663-5389. Be sure to quote reference #ALP762, as the ACC will benefit financially whenever this code is used. Environmental Considerations The ACC is proud to have earned the right to display the UIAA Environment Label. The UIAA is the world’s recognized international mountaineering and climbing federation, with over 2.5 million members in 68 countries. The ACC’s Mountain Adventures are conducted wit great consideration for the environment, and we are thrilled to be recognized for the care we take. If you would like to learn more about the Environment Label, visit www.uiaa.ch, and select “Labels”. Parks Canada has asked us to pass a message to you, the Mountain Adventure participant. When you are on an ACC camp (or any time you are near wildlife), wildlife viewing and safety procedures should be based upon the guidelines presented in Parks Canada brochure “Keep the Wild in Wildlife”. The brochure describes appropriate behaviour when encountering habituated wildlife, safe distances for viewing and photographing wildlife, avoiding encounters and limiting attractants while traveling in the backcountry, and specific precautions for bears, elk and cougars. This brochure can be found on the Parks Canada website (http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/pc/guide/nature/nature01_e.asp). 2007 Ghost/Bow Valley Rock Equipment list *Lunch for the first day* Suggested Clothing List (please note, although this is a summer trip, winter conditions may be encountered) Sturdy, light-weight, approach shoes/hiking boots Long underwear top and bottoms (synthetic or merino wool) Climbing pants (Schoeller or nylon) Fleece or other synthetic jacket/sweater Gore-Tex jacket (or equivalent waterproof/breathable outer shell w/ hood) Wind/waterproof shell pants Warm wool or synthetic socks o Tip: add a thin liner sock if you are prone to blisters Lightweight gloves Toque (warm hat) or balaclava (suitable for under helmet) Sun hat with neck and ear protection Lightweight clothing and footwear for evenings around camp Personal Equipment Day Pack - waterproof, durable, and large enough to carry a share of food and group equipment in addition to personal gear (30-40 litres). Sleeping bag - adequate for temperatures from +5°C to -10°C / 23°F to 14°F, depending on your comfort level Sleeping pad – regular thickness Therm-a-Rest, or ultra thin and ensolite Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb Water bottle(s) - 1 litre, wide mouth, plastic with tight lid Sandwich box, or other container for lunch Lighter or matches Small personal first aid kit - Band-Aids, Moleskin, medications, tape, etc. Toilet kit including light camp towel and “Camp Suds” (biodegradable soap) Sunscreen and lip protection with minimum SPF 30 Insect repellant Sunglasses with good UV protection Repair kit (extra parts and tools that are specific to your gear) Toilet paper (a small personal amount for during the days) Personal mug, plastic & light weight Bowl,Plate and plastic measuring cup, 3 to 4 cup size Fork and tablespoon, plastic or Lexan Climbing Equipment Climbing harness Belay/Rappel device Rock shoes Climbing helmet Two locking carabiners - at least one Münter (pear shape) Two identical non-locking carabiners 120cm/double shoulder length sewn sling One Prusik cord - 5 metres (16’) long, 7 mm diameter One Prusik cord- 1.5 metres (5’) long, 7 mm diameter Optional Equipment Collapsible trekking/ski poles for approaches Chalk bag Shorts / T-shirt Down jacket or vest Earplugs Camera and film Pocket knife (Swiss Army knife) Thermos Map and compass / Altimeter / GPS Reading material/journal/pencil Small personal amount of liquor / treats, if desired Umbrella Climbing rack only if you have one already The ACC will supply all group gear including ropes, first aid kit, group repair kit, fuel, etc. The Clubhouse is supplied with eating utensils and mattresses. Some notes on equipment: No spare equipment or replacement parts (that we do not carry ourselves) will be available on the trip, so be sure you arrive properly equipped with all items adjusted, sized and in very good condition. Shortages and inadequate gear may limit your enjoyment of the experience, rule out your participation in some activities, or impose an unnecessary burden on other participants. It is highly advisable that all equipment (particularly new, borrowed or unfamiliar gear) is checked out extensively before the camp on at least one other trip. If you have any questions at all about any of the items on this list, please do not hesitate to contact the camp manager. We want to make sure that you have all the necessary equipment without having too much!