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2020 Summer Camps



Greenland Trekking Expedition - July 15 to 25 2020

Lusting for a chance to experience true remoteness? We have organized a trekking expedition for Greenland for July 15-25. Highlights include visiting a small Inuit hunting community, views of the Denmark Strait, vistas of glacier snouts, and calving glaciers in the Sermiligaq Fjord. The trip is based out of Kulusuk, Greenland, a  settlement of 267 people in the Sermersooq municipality in southeastern Greenland, located on an island of the same name. Kusuluk has daily direct flights to Reykjavik, Iceland. The trekking will be supported by boat, but will be very rugged due to the complete absence of any formal trails. There will be no technical climbing, but there will be river fords, straight forward scrambling and some glacier travel. This is a unique opportunity to visit a very remote location that is virtually untouched by tourism. Contact Steve Fedyna at fedynas@shaw.ca for more details. 

 

Tonquin Family Hike - August 22 to 28 2020

This is a horse assisted, self-catered and self-guided hiking trip designed for families. We hike in with full sized day packs and the horses haul in food plus other gear. The big day is the in-hike of 19 km with 650 meters of vertical up and 400 meters vertical down.

We will be staying at Tonquin Valley Adventures lodge located on the east side of Amethyst Lake. The Lodge is about 25 km southwest of Jasper at an elevation of 2,000 meters. The area is viewed by many as one of the nicest alpine valleys in the Canadian Rockies. Planned day hikes include Majestic ridge with the toe located 4.4 km from lodge (from toe a scenic gentle ridge with a 400 meter gain over 5 km) and the Clitheroe Basin alpine meadow (we leave the trees at kp 1.8; total loop length 10 km with vertical gain of 400 meters).

The sleeping cabins are separate buildings of different sizes; varying from 2 to 6 people. They are propane heated. The main cabin has a kitchen with a separate dining sitting area. The cooking stove is propane and heating by wood.  No internet facilities. There are separate sauna and shower buildings.

The camp will run August 22 to 28th 2021. The cost will be about $525 per person.

Contact Ivan Dixon at dixon.r.ivan@gmail.com to indicate your interest and to obtain the information package.   Potential participants will be screened to ensure that we have a compatible group with the appropriate skill levels.

2021 Rocky Mountain Ski Camps

Every year, bookings are getting harder to get, so we feel very fortunate to have FOUR ski camps booked for next year! Contact the individual camp managers below to get your application form.

NOTE: THREE ANTENNA TRANSCEIVERS and a minimum of AST2 are MANDATORY on all Rocky Mountain Section self guided, self catered ski weeks.

Week 1 – Carlyle Lodge – January 10-17, 2021 (10 participants) $1650

Carlyle Lodge is located in the central part of Southern Selkirks, providing access to numerous alpine basins as well as sub-alpine and below tree-line skiing.  Offering a variety of aspects, half the terrain is open alpine, with the remainder being famous Kootenay old growth forest.  The lodge itself is situated at approximately 2200 metres, with the majority of skiing being between 1750 and 2600 metres.  Individual descents range from 200m-760m, with the average run being about 460 m.  Reviews of Carlyle focus on the variety of great terrain it offers and the quality of its powder (check out backcountryskiingcanada.com).  The lodge is reported to be comfy, with a modern kitchen and sleeping accommodation in a separate annex with four spacious bunk rooms.  This camp runs from Sunday to Sunday, and staging will be from Kaslo.  Please Note:  self guided does NOT mean UNGUIDED.  All attendees are expected to actively participate in morning risk assessment meetings, dig snow pits and make avalanche and terrain assessments. All participants must have AST2 training or equivalent. Contact camp manager Diana MacGibbon (di_macgibbon@yahoo.com) to apply for this trip. 

 

Week 2 - Hokkaido!! January 24-31, 2021 (6 Participants) 230,000 Japanese Yen (approximately C$2850)

Yup, the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is where all the cool kids go to ski because the powder is DEEP! We chose the third week of January because it has the best chances for mind blowing snow, and booked one of the top Japanese mountain guides, UIAA certified guide and life long Hokkaido resident Hirofumi Ishizaka. In addition to guiding us through the famous snorkel powder, Hiro will ensure that we get to sample authentic Japanese cuisine, accommodation and the ever popular onsens (that’s hot springs for you newbies). The itinerary features skiing on both ends of the island for a complete Hokkaido experience.

The option exists to stay longer in the Niseko area after the guided portion of the trip to enjoy lift accessible powder or slack country. The price of the trip is 230,000 Japanese Yen (C$2,850 at today’s exchange rates) and includes: transportation, local guide service, accommodation, lift tickets at Niseko and at Asahidake, breakfasts, dinner and onsen entrance fees. The price does not include lunch or drinks. Contact camp manager Steve Fedyna at fedynas@shaw.ca to apply for this trip. Note: AST2 not mandatory on this trip.

 

Week 3 - Amiskwi Lodge – Jan 31 to Feb 6 2021 (11 Participants) $1250

This backcountry Lodge is conveniently located northeast of Golden just a few kilometers west of Yoho National Park. The skiing is great above and below the lodge on both open and treed slopes that are well suited for any intermediate or better skier.

At an elevation of 6900 ft (2104 m), Amiskwi is blessed with a wintertime average of a 2.5 m snowpack. The lodge is perched on the edge of a high plateau and affords breath-taking views of the Mummery group to the northwest, and Des Poilus and Arete peaks to the southeast.

The lodge is a comfortable and roomy 2 story building with five sleeping areas upstairs. On the main floor is a large kitchen/dining area, separate sitting room and large gear/clothing/food storage room. Electricity is solar powered and the building has combined propane and wood heating.  There are two indoor composting toilets. There is a separate sauna and shower building.

This will be a self-guided, self-catered trip for RMS members.  Note that self guided does NOT mean UNGUIDED.  All attendees are expected to actively participate in morning risk assessment meetings, conduct snow-stability assessments and make daily avalanche and terrain valuations. All participants must have AST2 training or equivalent.  The cost of the camp at about $1250 per person covers helicopter access and the lodge.

Contact camp manager Clifton Potter at clpotter@telus.net if you are interested in applying for this ski week. 

 

Week 4 – Battle Abbey -February 13-21, 2021 (14 Participants) $3265

We feel very, very fortunate to have made a booking at the infamous Battle Abbey. This lodge sells out years in advance and Is only available on a guided/catered basis. Our lead guide is Marco Delesalle and our chef is Kelly Mager. 

The terrain is suited to intermediate to advanced skiers. Situated in the Selkirk range, the area receives plenty of snow. On clear days with good stability there are ski mountaineering options along with 1500m ski descents and 360 degree mountain views. In lesser conditions, there are plenty of 600m tree skiing options.

The lodge is 3000 square feet and has it all: a boot room, living room, bar, dining room and bedrooms. The luxuries include: a hot shower, indoor toilet, yoga matts, rollers, library, down duvets, limited internet and solar/generator to charge devices. For more details go to: battleabbey.ca

If interested, please contact Jackie Clark (clarkjl@shaw.ca)  for more details or for an application form. Note: AST2 not mandatory on this trip.