What does the Alpine Club have to offer you??

As a new or potential member of the Alpine Club of Canada you may wonder exactly what opportunities are available to you to develop your skills, expand your experience or meet new people who share your love of the mountains.

Our members have a wide range of interests, including hiking and scrambling, rock, ice, and sport climbing, summer and winter mountaineering, and backcountry and telemark skiing. There are trips, courses and events offered at both a local section level and by our national office. Each of these activities will help you develop your skills and have a good time. We try to address all interests and ability levels, but please remember most of these activities are organized by volunteers. There are certain expectations on you as a participant and we hope that you will also think of what you have to offer. Volunteers are the driving force behind the Alpine Club. We invite you to find out how you can get involved.

The Saskatchewan Section of the Alpine Club of Canada offers skill development opportunities on a regular basis. Crevasse rescue and rock rescue clinics, map and compass courses are popular. Participate in section trips and climb with other section members on personal trips to further develop your skills.

Our national club offers many opportunities to develop your skills. A schedule of summer, winter and international activities is produced regularly. Each year a General Mountaineering Camp and a Youth Camp are featured. Activities organized by our national club are usually one week in length and try to provide a variety of opportunities. Our Sport Climbers’ Registry is also administered at the national level. This provides sport climbers with information on upcoming competitions and events. Our national programs are designed to complement what is offered at the local level.

And, yes, we can also help you find new friends to get out with. As well, we can provide you with social events such as slide shows, video nights and monthly climbing nights at the local climbing gym. Our section’s main event of the year is hosting the Best of the Banff Festival of Mountain Films World Tour.  January 2010 will be the 17th year for the event in Saskatoon and all have been very successful. This year’s event will be in January 2010 at the TCU Place in Saskatoon.

The Alpine Club of Canada also operates the largest system of backcountry huts in North America. There are over two dozen huts owned and/or managed by the ACC that are located throughout the mountains of Alberta and British Columbia as well as one in Ontario and one in New York State. Our backcountry huts were built to serve the hiking and mountaineering community to provide overnight accommodation ranging from easy access to remote mountain locations. These facilities are a wonderful spot for a relaxing weekend or a great staging point for many mountaineering adventures. In addition, our Clubhouse in Canmore has accommodation for 30 people, plus a group cabin with space for 15 more people. The Canadian Alpine Centre in Lake Louise, with couples and family rooms, is very popular.

The Alpine Club of Canada is committed to preserving alpine environments and to protecting access to those environments and other important climbing areas.

If you just want to see a slide show or read about other people’s adventures, there is also a place for you as a member of the Alpine Club. What we all have in common is a love of the mountains. So, join us! And we sincerely hope you enjoy the Club.

Instructions for joining are on the national web site.

For further information regarding Section membership, contact:
Alpine Club of Canada, Saskatchewan Section