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: 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
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: or

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:

To Sign up for this course you MUST send an email to

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
You must RSVP to confirm your attendance with Calvin at 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 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

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