James Owen glissades on descent of Redline Peak glacier, headwaters of McDonald Creek, Purcell Range
9th Annual

2017 CKCS Teens Climbing Camp

Thanks to all the “Kain Teeners" for being such good rope partners, and to our ACMG guides Tim McAllister, Jen Olson and Kirk Mauthner for once again leading us safely across the slippery slopes of high adventure.

This year we based out of Wilmer Community Hall (a few hundred meters from where Conrad and Hetta Kain’s cottage was located), and ventured into the Purcells and Rockies where Conrad led his guests on exploratory climbs a century ago. Many thanks to Wilmer Community Club for providing a comfy base for our program, AG Valley Foods in Invermere who gave me a Senior’s discount on the group’s food and Columbia Basin Trust for its Community Initiatives grant.   

Two days before this year’s camp, the air was heavy with forest fire wood smoke, and it was looking like we were going to have to cancel or postpone the camp. At the last minute, unsettled weather and change of wind direction saved the day. And as an added bonus, we were joined by Snowpatch the wunderhund, who fearlessly ventured where no crevasse poodle had gone before. 

On our final day of the climbing camp, we set out on an invigorating hike to a stellar view of the valley which was topped off by a refreshing ride in the back of my rust bucket, and a dip in Lake Enid. Shared experiences away from the madding crowd helps build confidence when tackling the routine tasks of everyday life, and delivers the possibility of friendships that last a lifetime.