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Le Club Alpin du Canada Gazette hiver 2018 15 that everyone got out to achieve their objectives while at the same time instilling the importance of safety first. The White Rose traverse was definitely a highlight as the weather was clear and for several hours we could enjoy the neighboring summit views. The route also had a 100 meter, relatively easy technical snow/ ice traverse which I chose to do most of on front points. I think my teammates were as relieved as my calf muscles when I reached the belay station! The best part of the day was arriving back at camp to the cheers of camp mates, being handed a cold beer and then excitedly exchange adventure stories of the day. One of the topics for discussion was the change in route conditions on Mt Alexandra. The route from the col to the summit had at one time been essentially a snow and ice route as per Bill Corbett's book — 11,000ers of the Canadian Rockies. Most of the ascents of Mt Alexandra during our camp were on the rock ridge left of the snow, with a very short sec‑ tion of mostly snow on the final summit approach. The loss of snow on the rock ridge is another example of the ongoing melting of the alpine snow/ice pack. My story would not be complete with‑ out mention of the rich tapestry of people experience this camp provided. From a mountaineering experience perspective, we had a full range of participants from relative newbies to lifetime mountaineers. As with most mountaineering camps in the Alpine Club, the participants came from across Canada, and other countries. I am originally from Ontario and there were others from points east including Quebec and the Maritimes as well as representa‑ tion from 4 different sections in western Canada. From an international perspec‑ tive, the camp managers George and Clare were from England and 'Nando' was ori‑ ginally from Columbia. With this diverse group of individuals, it was no surprise that everyone had their own special coffee brew and it was fun to share 'gourmet' dinner recipes and new ideas for lunch. Most important was the unconditional support of my teammates and the out‑ standing leadership of the rope teams. A big thank‑you to all! I appreciated the opportunity to take part in this section camp and look forward to learning where the camp will be in 2019. Paula Corbeil is an active member of both the Calgary and Rocky Mountain Sections of the ACC. John Adams rappelling off the Whiterose traverse. Photo: Paula Corbeil Nominate a Volunteer Every year, the members of The Alpine Club of Canada's Awards Committee volunteer their time to sift through numerous nominations to determine the recipients of the club's Volunteer Awards. Nominations are now open for outstanding Alpine Club of Canada volunteers. The following awards recognize and celebrate ACC volunteers for their contri- butions to the club and its members: ● A.O. Wheeler Legacy Award ● Honorary Membership ● President's Award ● Silver Rope for Leadership Award ● Distinguished Service Award ● Don Forest Service Award ● Eric Brooks Leader Award For details on how to nominate a volunteer and nomination forms, visit www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/awards or call the ACC National Office at (403) 678-3200 ext. 108 to receive the information by mail. Deadline for nominations is December 31.

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