This course comprises two evening classes and one full day Gatineau Park hike on Sat for practical training in the field (Sun is backup rain date)

Students must bring: magnetic compass, pencils, straight edge or small ruler and a twelve-inch piece of string. Maps will be provided.

Tues June 9 – 2 hour evening class  @ 6:30pm. Location – Superstore Kirkwood and Richmond Community Room

Thurs Jun 11 – 2 hour evening class @ 6:30pm. Location – Superstore Kirkwood and Richmond Community Room

Sat June 13 – Practical Navigation day in Gatineau Park (Rain Date: Sun June 14)

Class size limited to 12 ACC Ottawa members.

Cost is $ 20. (payable at the first class).

Please pre-register with Darrel Newman – darreljn@rogers.com

Members, New Members & Potential Members are WELCOME to attend!
Come out, meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts, swap some stories & find out what’s happening in ACC Ottawa
Where: Royal Oak – 1217 Wellington
When: Thursday June 11 @ 7:00pm
This Month’s Host: Rene Dimond
Ask for the ACC Crew
Want Info: Send an e-mail to info@alpineclubottawa.ca
Come enjoy some great company and conversation!  Pub nights are open to both members and non-members. They are a great way for members to meet other members, plan trips and hear some stories. And they are a great way for non-members to meet our members, “check us out” and hear some stories.  Click here for more info.
Members, New Members & Potential Members are WELCOME to attend!
Come out, meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts, swap some stories & find out what’s happening in ACC Ottawa
Where: Clocktower Brew Pub Westboro – 418 Richmond Road
When: Thursday May 14 @ 7:00pm
This Month’s Host: Elfrieda
Ask for the ACC Crew
Want Info: Send an e-mail to info@alpineclubottawa.ca
Come enjoy some great company and conversation!  Pub nights are open to both members and non-members. They are a great way for members to meet other members, plan trips and hear some stories. And they are a great way for non-members to meet our members, “check us out” and hear some stories.  Click here for more info.
For Experienced, New  & Potential Leaders; For Members Who Would Like to Know More About Leading Trips
The Ottawa Section wants to build its base of trip leaders and invites all members who now lead trips, members who are starting to lead trips and members who are considering leading or co-leading trips to attend our Trip Leader Workshop. During the workshop, we will be discussing what it takes to lead trips, how to go about organizing a trip, risk management and the guidelines that the club has developed to help leaders run fun, challenging and safe outings.
Mark Orzel, an outdoor educator and trip guide, will be helping us throughout the workshop.
We are bringing together experienced, new and potential trip leaders to share their thoughts on leading trips.
There is no obligation on those who attend to start leading trips unless they feel ready to do so.

When: Wednesday April 29 – 5:30pm to 9:00pm; Pizza @ 5:30pm & Workshop @ 6:00pm

Where: Library, St. Pius X High School, 1481 Fisher Ave (There will be signs directing you to the Library.)

Cost: Free for ACC Ottawa Members; Advance Registration Required

If you would like to attend, please contact Bill Barrett, Safety Coordinator: safety@alpineclubottawa.ca. If you have any questions, please contact Bill.

All ACC Ottawa members are invited to the Spring 2015 Club Night. Check out the poster for details:        

Members, New Members & Potential Members are WELCOME to attend!
Come out, meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts, swap some stories & find out what’s happening in ACC Ottawa
Where: Clocktower Brew Pub Westboro – 418 Richmond Road
When: Thursday April 9 @ 7:00pm
This Month’s Host: Lynne Cyr
Ask for the ACC Crew
Want Info: Send an e-mail to info@alpineclubottawa.ca
Come enjoy some great company and conversation!  Pub nights are open to both members and non-members. They are a great way for members to meet other members, plan trips and hear some stories. And they are a great way for non-members to meet our members, “check us out” and hear some stories.  Click here for more info.

Free for active trip leaders!

AWFA must be recertified every 3 years. ACC-Ottawa is sponsoring a recertification weekend open to all who have their AWFA certification and need to recertify. The course is two days and will run from 8:00am – 4:00pm at St. Pius X High School, 1481 Fisher Avenue. If you are an active trip leader the Section will cover the complete cost of your recertification (an active trip leader has led a trip in the past year or has one planned by the end of this coming summer). If you have your AWFA but are not a leader and are an active (participating) Section member you will receive a 50% subsidy. (Your cost will be $90.) AWFA is recommended, although not mandatory, for trip leaders. Keep yours current!

Contact Bill Barrett, Safety Coordinator to register or if you have any questions about this opportunity: billb@alpineclubottawa.ca or safety@alpineclubottawa.ca

Two spaces remain in the introduction to mountaineering skills course!

Instructor: Charles Laliberte
Date: Evening of 20 March, and all of 21 & 22 March
Location: Mt Washington, Harvard Cabin
Number of Participants: 6
Cost: $200 + any fees to stay in the park (tbd)

Details: The basic mountaineering course is 2.5 days
– Day 1: on Friday evening from Pinkham Notch we do gear check and review, packing up the big pack then we hike up (~90 minutes) to Harvard Cabin at the base of Lions Head (need 3 season sleeping bag and mat, food/meals, gear for the w-e. There is a propane stove in the cabin).
– Day 2: at the bottom of Huntingtons Ravine. Walking/climbing snow/easy ice with and without crampons using alpine axe/self arresting. Building snow and/or ice anchors. Roping up with a crevasse rescue demo.
– Day 3: We go up an easy snow couloir (with some easy ice). Usually the South Gully in Huntingtons Ravine. Charles leads up and belays the participants. If there is a strong participant they will lead up seconded by a participant. Once on top of the couloir, if weather permits, we traverse Alpine Gardens, take a look at Tuckermans Ravine from the top, then walk down Lions Head back to the cabin. Pick up our big packs and hike back down to Pinkham Notch/cars.

For pictures from last weekend’s course, see: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2313563550/permalink/10152916190868551/

To Sign up for this course you MUST send an email to shaughn.mcarthur@gmail.com

If you’re an ACC member, you’re invited to MEC ACC Club Night from 5:00 to 9:00pm where you’ll get 10% off your in-store regularly priced purchases. When you’re finished shopping, head to the Clocktower for our monthly Pub Night – a chance to enjoy some great company and conversation.  Come out and meet fellow and potential members.

To participate in the MEC Club Night, you need a valid ACC membership card (which you MUST bring with you).  You will get 10% off all your in-store regularly-priced purchases – including bikes and boats. (Only exception is Bludstone boots).

No 10% discount for clearance merchandise, Open Marked Down products (yellow tags), or products that get a discount from package.

Discount applies only to what is in stock in the store at the time of the club night; no store transfers; no SC or web purchases.

To purchase at MEC, you must be a MEC member; lifetime membership is individual; MEC membership costs $5.

Via Ferrata – Protected Climbing Paths in the Italian Dolomites
by Andrew Lavigne

A Via Ferrata (lit- “Iron Way”) is a fixed-protection climbing path. First built during the first world war to enable warring troops to scale technical terrain in the mountains of Italy and Austria, these protected climbing routes are now a popular sub-genre of climbing. Many new recreation-only sport routes have been created in addition to the now-historial WWI ferrata routes.  If you’ve ever wanted to experience the feeling of being on a big-wall route without a big commitment, then this activity might be for you!

Where: 143 Flora St., Ottawa (the Klatt residence in Centertown Ottawa)
What:  Potluck dinner @ 6:00pm – bring a dish to share; BYOB; Slideshow @ 7:30pm
RSVP: 
You must RSVP to confirm your attendance with Calvin at

cklatt@sympatico.ca or 613-234-2072