April Monthly Meeting - Tuesday April 18th @ 7pm-9pm

posted Mar 20, 2017, 8:55 AM by Jackie Pearce


Moulins - Exploring a Glacier from the Inside Out

Kevin comes to talk to us about his moulin journey. What’s it like down there? When’s the best time to explore them? What are the biggest risks and how can you mitigate them? What can these moulins tell us about the glacier as a whole? 

Kevin Abma has been exploring moulins for the past 3 years. His goal has been to get from the glacier’s surface down to the bedrock below by descending through a moulin.
Kevin’s background makes him particularly well suited for exploring moulins. 

He has been an active caver for over 10 years, serving on the Alberta Speleological Society's Executive for 2 years. He’s a member of Alberta and BC’s Cave Rescue Organization and has participated in countless cave and rope rescue scenarios. 

5 years ago, Kevin turned his attention to climbing the eleven-thousanders of the Canadian Rockies. During this time, Kevin’s passion turned to glaciers, as they are an essential component to every big mountain. 

With a background in caving and a passion for glaciers, it’s only natural to assume that he would progress to caving in a glacier. 


Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre

New Course Subsidy Policy for Section Volunteers

posted Mar 9, 2017, 9:39 PM by Dustin McLachlan   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 9:41 PM ]

The Section has developed a new course subsidy policy for Section Volunteers that can be viewed here or on the website at (scroll to bottom). 

A few highlights:
  • Total available subsidy funding has been doubled for 2017. This is a great year to take a course and expand on your first aid, leadership, and technical training!
  • A new $200 subsidy for Wilderness First Aid is introduced, to promote the minimum required training for trip coordinators. Equivalencies are discussed in the policy.
  • The available subsidy for technical and leadership courses starts at $200 and increases based on your contribution to the Section. Eligibility and available subsidy amounts are discussed in detail in the new policy.
  • Applications can be submitted at any time, prior to Oct. 1 of 2017.
Please read the new policy to understand these and other important changes, and to determine eligibility for courses you have taken this year or plan to take. 

The policy is retroactive for courses taken after Oct. 31 of 2016. In most cases, it is expected that the new policy will increase subsidy amounts as compared to the prior policy. Please contact the volunteer coordinator if you have any questions or concerns.

Dustin McLachlan, Volunteer Coordinator

Top Rope Rockclimbing Leadership Course

posted Mar 5, 2017, 7:06 PM by Dustin McLachlan

Great opportunity for aspiring and active Trip Coordinators here!

The ACC's National Leadership Development Committee is offering a free training course, Top Rope Rock Climbing Leaderership, to be held in Canmore. And yes, it's free! 

This course is intended for experienced or aspiring ACC volunteer leaders who wish to lead successful top rope rock climbing outings for their Sections, and who are interested in serving as a resource within their Sections for training other volunteer trip leaders to enhance their skills and competencies. For Edmonton Section, this would fit really well for those keen to help on our Summer in the Mountains program, and/or those looking to regularly lead rock climbing outings for the Section.

The course dates are evening of April 27th (Thurs) to Evening of May 1 (Sunday). Course fees and accommodation are covered by National.

Applications are due to National no later than Friday, March 24th, and require endorsement from Edmonton Section. As such, please send your application to by Friday, March 17. This will give us a chance to review applications for endorsement and provide feedback to strengthen your application.

All course info is linked below.

Please free free to contact me to express your interest and with any questions.

Dustin McLachlan
Volunteer Coordinator 

March Monthly Meeting - Tuesday March 21st @ 7pm-9pm

posted Feb 27, 2017, 10:45 AM by Paul-Emile Trudeau   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 10:48 AM ]


Location: Old Strathcona Performing Arts Center

Day Trip Speed Traverses in the Canadian Rockies
by Peter Knight

Peter will share a slide or two on the history in the area (Original Great Divide traverse done on cross country style skis, Skoki Lodge races)

Inspiration (Europe: Mt. Blanc, Haute Route, West Coast: Spearhead, Mt. Rainier, McBride Traverse)

Equipment, Food, Safety, Training/Fitness

Planning Strategies (Route selection, weather, timing)

Past Successful completed traverses

Mt. Joffre

Kicking Horse Pass to Lake Louise via Lake O'Hara and Moraine Lake

Wapta Traverse

Mt. Columbia

Future Plans? (increased complexity of overnight trips)

Routes that make good stepping stones for people looking to get into speed traversing (Dolomite Circuit, French-Haig-Robertson

Peter Knight is a 27 year old weekend warrior from Edmonton. Weeknights, he can be found in Edmonton's river valley. Weekends, he is often in the mountains. Along with being a mountain bike racer in the summer, Peter has been a member of the Canadian Ski Mountaineering Team since 2012 and has attended the bi-annual world championships 3 times. Speed traverses are a great way for Peter to cap off a ski mountaineering race season.

Chicks With Picks 2017

posted Feb 16, 2017, 10:59 AM by Liz Bolt   [ updated Feb 16, 2017, 1:50 PM ]

Join trip co-ordinators Ann, Donna and Lil for their annual Chicks With Picks ice climbing weekend. Stepping up this year, the 2017 CWP features two days instruction and practice with ACMG guide Sarah Hueniken. This is an opportunity to build your ice climbing skills, which includes everything from the principals of movement, efficient tool & crampon techniques, to developing the confidence for safe ice lead climbing, such as ice screw placement, building & backing up ice anchors and making V-threads.

This is a beginner friendly, women-only skill development weekend. A high level of fitness will contribute to your enjoyment and achievement. Ability to tie a figure eight knot and experience belaying is necessary for this trip. You need NO previous ice experience. Maximum number of participants including trip co-ordinators is 12.

March 18: Haffner Creek (Bow Valley)

A great place for novice ice climbers to learn, as well as more advance climbers who would like to work on proper steep ice techniques. Only a short 20 minute hike from the parking lot, there is plenty of ice from WI 3 to 4+.

  • Learn to swing tools, and kick using at proper steep ice technique, resting, and good form. Practice with coaching.
  • Learn basic mixed skills and technique. Practice with coaching.
  • Learn how to place and remove screws
  • Learn how to build an anchor
  • Learn how to build a v-thread
  • Learn how to properly coil a rope 
March 19: Bear Spirit (Bow Valley)

Another cragging location, offering generally more challenging routes than Haffner, especially of mixed lines. Great for advanced ice and mixed technique sessions. Never as busy as Haffner.

  • Learn how to set up your own top ropes
  • More movement practice and coaching on steep ice and mixed
  • Learn how to place screws while climbing
  • Learn how to properly lead ice
  • Practice mock ice leads
  • Rappel practice and skills 

Fees – Payment Required by Feb 29, 2017 

Guide: The low cost for this ACMG facilitated trip reflects a Section investment towards engaging more women in alpine activities, a recognized benefit to section membership overall. Assuming the trip is full will 12 participants, the cost will be about $150/pp for 2 days of facilitated learning with Sarah and her assistant guide. If there are only 10 participants the cost would be about $180. As a subsidy is provided upfront, the 2017 Chicks with Picks trip is not eligible for the Volunteer Course Subsidy Program.

Accommodation: We have pre-booked 12 beds at Banff Hostel. The cost $77/pp for 2 nights.
Meals: Food and beverage costs are up to the individual. Breakfast and lunch on your own both days. The CWP tradition has been to have a Saturday potluck dinner at the hostel. Given the Banff hostel is walkable to town for food services, group interest will determine if a potluck is a go.

Please Note: If you cancel and we are unable to fill your spot you will be responsible for your guide fees and accommodation costs.

To sign up email:

Winter in the Mountains - Refresher Opportunity!!

posted Jan 31, 2017, 10:44 PM by Paul-Emile Trudeau

For past WIM graduates who would like a refresher. We have space available on the hostel based skills weekends THIS WEEKEND Feb 4, 5 NEXT WEEKEND Feb 11, 12.

Cost $60 for the hostel. Contact ASAP if interested.

February Monthly Meeting - Tuesday February 21st

posted Jan 30, 2017, 8:52 PM by Jackie Pearce   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 8:52 PM ]

February Monthly Meeting - Tuesday February 21st @ 7pm-9pm 


Winter backpacking: Lessons Learned
How to safely plan for a winter backpacking trip by Beata Kaznowski

Backpacking itself is challenging but add winter to the mix and it's a whole new ball game. This talk will cover the challenges faced in getting a team together, lessons the cold has taught me, and the leadership skills utilized to ensure the trip was a success.

 Feb 21, 2017


Meeting Location

The next meeting of the Section will occur at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Boulevard).

Spots Available in AST2 and Winter in the Mountains!

posted Jan 20, 2017, 7:26 AM by Paul-Emile Trudeau

We have had some last minute openings in our scheduled AST2 course.  February 1-5, inclusive. Based out of Lake Louise to cover both Rockies and BC snow packs.  This is an excellent opportunity to take your AST2 from accomplished Mountain Guide and Edmonton section member Cyril Shokoples. Cost $500.  Eligible trip organizers can qualify for the course subsidy programme to receive a 50% rebate next fall.  This is a great opportunity for trip organizers with AST1 looking to take that next step. Email ASAP to sign up.  

We've also had some last minute openings in Winter in the Mountains. If you've been thinking about it, but thought you'd missed out for this season, you are in luck.  Click the link in this announcement to get the signup info!

January 17th Monthly Meeting

posted Jan 5, 2017, 9:22 PM by Jackie Pearce   [ updated Jan 6, 2017, 8:01 AM by Dustin McLachlan ]

Brandon Pullan will be offering our section a presentation on his experiences with climbing and will be promoting his book "The Bold and Cold"

Brandon Pullan graduated from Ontario's Lakehead University and moved to Canmore, Alberta, shortly after finishing his studies. He started writing for publications in the late '90s and is now editor-in-chief of Gripped, Canada's climbing magazine. He has over 100 published articles in print, and countless contributions can also be found online. 

His alpine pursuits have introduced him to dozens of legendary climbers and mentors, motivating him to compile and archive collections of stories from this older generation of mountaineering greats. Come and learn about Brandon's experiences and ask your questions a our meeting!

Time: 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Meeting Location
The next meeting of the Section will occur at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Boulevard). 

2017 Urban Valley Treks

posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:54 AM by Dustin McLachlan   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 8:57 PM ]

New for 2017, Bryan Hyshka will be leading folks through his favorite trails in Edmonton on a "Valley Trek" Series from January through to March. Valley Treks are long walks designed for nature lovers and cover mostly multi-use and single-track trails. We end in the same place we start so you can choose your own distance and turn around whenever you like.

Plan for 4 hours of walking, on average we cover 14km with breaks for rest and chatting. We will go rain, shine, mud, sleet, or snow so dress for the weather. I recommend bringing sunglasses, slip on cleats in case it's icy, some water, and a snack. And, if you are looking for a good workout or training session, bring some extra weight in your pack!

Details of each trek are provided below. Please RSVP for 1 or more of these treks using the form here:

Muttart to Capilano Loop
- Date/Time: Sunday, January 29th at 11am
- Rendevous: Muttart Conservatory (north end of parking lot)
- Route:

Government House Park to Whitemud Loop
- Date/Time: Saturday, February 25th at 11am
- Rendevous: Government House Park (west end of parking lot, near outhouse)
- Route:

Capilano to Hermitage Loop
- Date/Time: Sunday, March 26th at 11am
- Rendevous: Capilano Park (near beginning of parking lot)
- Route:

Feel free to contact Bryan at with questions. See you out on the trails!

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