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

Join us on Jan 18th for a BC ski trip of about 5-6 hours. The exact route will depend on the snow conditions and advice I get. Distance 10+km, level 3.
Bring robust BC (tele not required) skis with metal edges, warm clothes, plenty of water + food.
Meet at the north-most government parking lot at Parkdale & Emmerson for an 8:30am departure.
To participate, contact Andy Adler at adler@ncf.ca or 613-288-9048

ACC Trip Waiver: All participants must sign the ACC waiver before participating in ACC events. Click here to download the waiver – so you can read it in advance of the trip.

All members of ACC Ottawa are invited to attend the 2014 ACC Ottawa Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday December 1. The ACC Ottawa Exec will report to our members about Section activities for the past year. We will also be holding the election for the 2015-2016 ACC Ottawa Executive Committee. Members and interested members can attend the ACC Ottawa AGM. Only paid-up members can vote. Location details below

Meeting Agenda
Welcome / Call to Order
Introduction of Ottawa Section Executive
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes – 2013 ACC Ottawa AGM  Click here for a copy of the minutes.

Ottawa Section 2014 Annual Report:
•    Chair’s Report – Steve D
•    Hiking & Cross-Country Skiing – Grant
•    Climbing & Ice-Climbing – Greg & Karen
•    Mountaineering – Helen
•    Training – Adam
•    Safety & Emergency Preparedness – Bill B
•    Family & Youth – Katharina
•    Social – Connie
•    Summer Camps – Elfrieda, Mike & Ryszard
•    Access Liaison – Stuart
•    Membership – Elfrieda for Rob T
•    E-letter Editor – Elfrieda
•    Web Editor – Anne
•    2014 Financial Report – Suzanne
2015-2016 ACC Ottawa Executive:
•    Nomination Committee Report (See Note Below)
•    Election of the Executive
•    Installation of New Officers and Program Coordinators
2015 Section Budget & Approval of the 2015 Section Budget
New/Other Business – Please let us know if you have something for the agenda – send an e-mail to info@alpineclubottawa.ca
Adjournment

OTTAWA SECTION 2014 AGM DETAILS…
When: Monday December 1 – from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: St Pius X Catholic High School – 1481 Fisher Ave  Ottawa. The meeting will be held in the School Library.

NOMINATION COMMITTEE REPORT: We sent all members (in good standing) a special e-letter with the AGM Agenda and the Nomination Committee Report which includes a list of members who have agreed to stand for a position on the ACC Ottawa Executive Committee for 2015/2016 . The Nomination Report has been updated. Click here for the updated report.

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
Come enjoy some great company and conversation!  Pub nights are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. Pub nights are open to both members and non-members. Pub nights 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.
Pub Night Location: Clocktower Brew Pub – Westboro – 418 Richmond Road
Any time after 7:00pm
DEC Pub Night Host: Elfrieda Bock
Ask for the ACC Ottawa crew!
Future Pub Nights:  We are looking for volunteers to host upcoming pub nights. If you host, you pick the pub. Hosting duties are minimal – make a reservation at the pub for the ACC Ottawa group and be at the pub to greet attendees. We want new and returning attendees to feel welcome. 
If you want to volunteer to host a Pub Night, send an e-mail to e-letter@alpineclubottawa.ca
All ACC Ottawa members are invited to attend the ACC Ottawa 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The ACC Ottawa Exec will report to our members about Section activities for the past year. We will also be holding the election for the 2015-2016 ACC Ottawa Executive Committee. 

Members and interested members can attend the ACC Ottawa AGM. Only paid-up ACC Ottawa members can vote.

The AGM Agenda will be sent to ACC Ottawa members before the AGM. We will also be sending the list of members who have agreed to stand for a position on the ACC Ottawa Executive Committee for 2015/2016. There are still openings – so, if you are interested, please contact us.

If you have any questions, please contact Elfrieda Bock, Past Chair.

When: Monday December 1 @ 7:00pm
Where: St Pius X Catholic High School – 1481 Fisher Ave Ottawa. The meeting will be held in the School Library.

Meet at Altitude Gym – 35 Saint Raymond Blvd, Gatineau at 10:00am. This is a get together for tots and toddlers accompanied by their parent or guardian. Bring your own gear; or harnesses can be rented from the gym. All adults will have to complete a belaying test with instructions from the gym (extra cost) before being allowed to use the gym facilities (if visiting for the first time).

Half price climbing fee for ACC members; children under 5 are free. Non-members are welcome. 

Note:  This event will be repeated the first Monday of every month.

Email Yoko Schreiber yokoschreiber@gmail.com if interested.

 

ACC Trip Waiver: All participants must sign the ACC waiver before participating in ACC events. Click here to download the waiver – so you can read it in advance of the trip.

 
AlpineClubOttawa_2014 Trip to Peru

Peruvian Andes, 2014
Presented by Bart Orlowski and Helen Tsai

Cordillera HuayHuash is a remote and rugged mountain range in Andes of Peru. This compact cluster of peaks measures 30km in length. In the middle of the range stand big towers of ice and rock: Yerupaja (6634m) and Siula Grande (6344m) – the mountain made famous by Joe Simpson’s book “Touching the Void”. In the early July, our group of five embarked on the challenging Alpine Circuit trek of HuayHuash. The trek is considered one of the finest in the world and involves steep, exposed terrain, short, technical rock steps, and two glacier crossings – all at the altitude well above 4000m.

Nevado Pisco (5,752m) and Yanapaccha (5,460m) were our mountaineering objectives in the days that followed the trekking adventure – besides interesting and fairly demanding climbing, they offered stunning vistas of some of the most sought after summits in the Cordillera Blanca: Alpamayo (5,947 m), Artensonraju (6,025m), and Huscaran (6,768m).

We will share our stories, impressions, and memories from this year’s trip to South America.

Where: 143 Flora St, Ottawa (Klatt residence in Centertown Ottawa)
When: 6:00pm for the potluck – bring a dish to share; BYOB; 7:30pm for the slideshow
RSVP: 
You must RSVP to confirm your attendance with Calvin Klatt at cklatt@sympatico.ca or 613-234-2072

You are invited to join us the ACC Ottawa 2014 Annual Dinner on November 22, with special guest speaker, Roger Wallis.
An evening with good friends, great food and the chance to hear about fantastic adventures in the mountains.

Roger Wallis presents :
The St Elias: Canada’s Greatest Mountain Range – ‘Toronto Innocents in Wonderland’

The St. Elias mountain range in Klune National Park, Yukon is the third largest glaciated area on the planet and has the 2nd, 4th and 14th of the highest mountains in North America. Mt. St. Elias, at 5,489m, is the highest mountain rising directly from an ocean. The St. Elias has the longest glacier and longest continuous glacial surface outside the Arctic and Antarctic – the Hubbard Glacier is more than 150km long and the Seward/Columbus/Bagley Glaciers total more than 350km in length.

The Toronto Section has run more than 10 camps in the St. Elias Range over 20+ years with more than 35 different people participating. Roger participated in 7 of these camps. He says “There isn’t a real guidebook – so it’s all up to you. What more could any aspiring mountaineer need as an inducement? We were ‘more than naïve’ at the beginning but, over time, we evolved to be reasonably competent. The learning curve was fun!”

Come out on November 22 and hear about Roger’s adventures in the St. Elias – find out about that ‘fun’ learning curve – see some of the different challenges the Toronto Section undertook – hear about their successes in challenging the St Elias Range.

Pre-registration and payment are required to reserve your places.
For more details and to link to our registration page, click here.