What is GhostCAMP?
This is truly a unique Canadian rustic backcountry ice climbing adventure. The Ghost River Wilderness Area is a provincial park on the eastern edge of the Canadian Rockies near Calgary. In the rain shadow of the Continental Divide, it receives very little precipitation. This region’s unique limestone geology provides a high concentration of slot canyons and gullies for amazing waterfall ice climbing. “Ghosting” isn’t without its challenges. Access requires a high clearance 4WD vehicle. There are numerous challenging river crossings to reach our camp near the Valley of the Birds.
GhostCAMP 2016 was our second annual event. Our camp was in place for 18 days this year, with a set up day and 17 days of ice climbing. Our accommodations include a dining tent (a canvas outfitters tent with a wood stove) and a Yurtini with cots for 6. This year we offered access, accommodations, and food for recreational climbers in addition to our guided experiences. The dining tent was the scene of many cozy dinner parties with lengthy stories of the daily adventures. Our team made ascents of the classics from IceLines: Weathering Heights, Anorexia Nervosa, GBU (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), Dead Bird, Yellow Bird, Seagull, Albatross, This House of Sky, Beowulf, Fang and Fist, Chilkoot Passage, Sorcerer, and Hydrophobia.
What are the best parts of GhostCAMP?
Hanging out with new friends, sharing challenges on Canada’s finest ice climbs, and escaping the city to relax in our vast wilderness.