Ghost & Bow Valley Rock
Saturday, June 30th to Saturday July 7th, 2007

Location:          Ghost River Wilderness Area, AB
Guides:            Rob Owens, (403) 609-2599,
                   Sean Isaac, (403) 609-3668,
Camp manager:      Dave Dornian, (403) 284-4164,
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.

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 to make arrangements. The
Clubhouse is a busy place in the summertime; we recommend that you book

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-

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.

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 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

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

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 or email 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
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, 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 (
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
    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!

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