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14 The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette Winter 2018 By Paula Corbeil W hen I first heard that the Calgary Section's 2018 camp was going to be at Mount Alexandra, I was very excited! Mt Alexandra is an 11,000er that sits on the BC‑Alberta border. As with all section camps, the week is self‑guided and self‑ catered, so I researched the objectives to ensure a good fit with my skills and interests. The camp managers George & Clare Ormerod provided us with maps and route descriptions from the GMC archives as well as a blog from a previous section camp participant. As I read the information, I learned that in addition to Alexandra there are 9 other peaks in the area relatively easy to access by glacier travel, and with a good mix of technical and non‑technical routes. I prefer short sections of technical terrain, rewarded by inspiring views, and the blog photos of White Rose traverse promised to be just that. If we had a clear day, I would be able to see all the favorites from the summit — Mt Columbia, The Lyells, Mt Forbes and Mt Bryce. My climbing partner had been in the area in 2011 and was excited to return, curious to see if the route condi‑ tions had changed. As soon as the trip was posted, we signed up for week 2 and before long were packing for camp. On fly in day, there was the usual hurry‑up‑and‑wait for the helicopter, but it arrived in reasonable time. As we were the second week, the camp was already set up, so we had the all the facilities in place when we arrived; the dome tent for gear, the kitchen tent for cooking, the biffy, and the shower tent. George and Clare implemented a number of camp improvements ensuring that we Mt Alexandra Summer Summit Festival had everything we needed for 'glamping' living in the mountains. The camp was situated in a stellar location, near the headwaters of South Rice Brook, close to 3 lakes, and encircled on 3 sides by hanging glaciers. To the west we could see the amazing Mt Bryce with a very steep and well preserved glacier. The approach for most of our object‑ ives would entail making our way up a steep headwall, gaining 500 meters in elevation. The route was not obvious, but thankfully Susan, the coordinator from the first week of camp, had written a detailed description of the approach. She called it the "improbable" trail and her recommendation was to trust the track. Her advice was well‑heeded and appre‑ ciated on our ascent up and around the headwall. When back at camp and looking at the headwall, it never ceased to amaze me how we could make it up, in the day‑ light or the dark. The camp was indeed a summit fes‑ tival. During the two weeks, all of the 10 peaks were climbed and two new routes completed, including a slab climb, and a traverse from Alexandra to Queen. All of the 21 participants successfully summited Mt Alexandra. Our camp coordinators are to be congratulated on the way that they worked with the group to ensure Looking for stocking stuffers? Get the perfect ACC inspired gift at alpineclubofcanada.ca/store ACC Throwback Tech T-Shirt Abbot Pass Buff ACC branded Ferrosi Softshell Jacket from OR Suzie Poirier having a yoga moment. Photo: Nando Ortega

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