Central Alberta Mountain Club
Welcome to the Central Alberta Mountain Club (CAMC) website. You will find information about the club, upcoming hikes on our current trip schedule, general hiking information, trip reports and photos of club related events, and links to various sites of interest to hikers in and around the central Alberta area.
The reason we exist is:
The CAMC meets the second Wednesday of March, April, and October at 7:30 pm at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. The first portion of the meeting will consist of introductions and a short summary of club business followed by a break to allow socializing and trip sign-up / coordination. The final portion of the meeting is for a guest speaker and usually includes a slide show or other type of presentation. Club meetings are open to the public however to participate in a Club trip you must be a member.
The CAMC periodically offers or coordinates courses and/or workshops for our members on a variety of topics, from map and compass use and beginner backpacking, to backcountry cooking . Members may request courses on topic of their choice. Specific course details will be provided at the meetings and on the CAMC website. All courses depend on interest and availability.
The Central Alberta Mountain Club was founded on March 8, 2000 by a group of individuals wishing to share in their interests of the outdoors. The club was formed by an organizing committee which evolved into the Executive positions we have today. Alternate names considered for the club included Gaetz Lakes Hiking Club and Kerry Wood Mountain Club. By July 2000 club membership had already topped the 100 mark.
The first club social took place on April 30, 2000 with some light hiking at Kerry Wood Nature Centre followed by a potluck weiner roast at McKenzie Trails which had a turnout of 30 members.
The first club trip to the mountains was a camping weekend at the Upper Shunda Creek campground on May 6 & 7, 2000.
Thirteen club members split into two separate trips for the inaugural CAMC hikes on May 6, with one group tackling Allstones Lake while the other group went to Coral Creek.
The first mountain summit by the club was Shunda Mountain on May 20, 2000.
In 2002 the CAMC became involved in the Government of Alberta’s Adopt-A-Trail Volunteer Maintenance Program. A sign with the club name and logo can be found at the Kinglet Lake/Tuff Puff trailhead in David Thompson Country.
In 2005 the CAMC participated in the historic Alberta Centennial Mountain Expedition and placed a new summit canister on Mount Chester in Kananaskis.
Most importantly the CAMC has provided numerous outdoor adventures, memories, and friendships and will continue to do so for many years to come.