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Helicopter into this amazing area that offers something for everyone - easy hiking/scrambling to classic alpine ice and rock. Shared camp with Vancouver Island section members, so book early.

Dates: Dates are Saturday July 23 - 30, July 30 – August 6, and August 6 - 13. If there is significant demand, there may be a 4th week. You will be advised nearer the date what time of day the helicopter will be flying, but assume early morning (when conditions are best), so it’s a good idea to overnight near Pemberton on Friday evening

The Area:

Athelney Pass is a remote site E of the Lillooet Icefield, at the head of Salal Creek. On the E side of the Coast Range, it enjoys a dry climate. At 1,800m, it is surrounded on the N side by rolling glaciated peaks like Mt Ochre (2,500m) that are easy scrambling. On the S side of the valley, a line of peaks (Ethelweard (2,700m), Guthrum and Icemaker) are surrounded by crevassed glaciers that offer classic alpine snow approaches and long dry ridges on granite-like rock. The area has something for everyone. (Click on the thumbnails to see larger maps.)




Group Size: To optimize helicopter use and reduce impact, there will be three one-week camps, each having 14 people. This number is chosen so 2 people can make dinner each night for the group.


Attendance is open to both the Vancouver and Vancouver Island section members of the ACC. This is a self-catered, unguided one-week camp for $500 (no HST) covering 2-way helicopter flights and camp gear. Places can be reserved by emailing Martin Smith and making a cheque out to Alpine Club of Canada – Vancouver Island Section and sent to
Rick Hudson, 10960 Setchell Road, North Saanich, BC V8L 5P2. Money talks. The sooner you send it, the sooner you are sure of a place. On the back of the cheque, write the preferred week, your phone number and your email address so your place can be confirmed promptly.


The refund policy is simple: if we/you can find a replacement, you get your money back. So, cancel early and you’ll have a good chance of a refund. Cancel late and you’re likely out of luck. Sorry, no exceptions.


More details and photos. For other information, contact Rick.


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