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When Willa first joined the ACC, there were fewer female members and not yet any Canadian women mountain guides. "I felt very welcome and safe and motivated to find my feet in the mountains. But I was often the only woman on a trip." She's thrilled to see how much has changed since then. "It's wonderful to have female profes‑ sional mountain guides on trips and at the GMC. And it's exciting to see all the younger women who are involved now and have such special opportunities offered at the section and national levels." Over the years, Willa has attended both summer and winter Marmot women's camps. "They are an extraordin‑ ary way to learn from and be together with other women." She senses that men and women often experience the mountains in different ways and believes having both benefits the club as a whole. It's a message that reflects this year's International Women's Day theme of "better the balance, better the world." As well as giving generously of their time, Willa and Paul are also long‑time financial supporters of the ACC. "We are very motivated to put our money towards huts. The hut system is such a huge attribute of the club," Willa says. The couple has donated to the Louise and Richard Guy Hut, Bon Echo and the Spearhead Huts project. "And now we're putting our life's blood into the Haberl and Tantalus huts," she laughs. They also believe strongly in preserv‑ ing the archival history of the club and regularly donate to the Canadian Alpine Journal and other historical projects. "And we have certainly included the ACC in our wills." Supporting the ACC feels like a natural extension of Willa's love for the moun‑ tains, she says. "I feel that, in Canada, we still have the best wilderness mountain areas and the best potential for amazing adventures. And we would not as easily have these experiences without the ACC." Willa & (climbing partner/spouse) Paul skiing the Bow-Yoho Traverse – 2018 Vancouver Section Trip. Photo Manrico Scremin Le Club Alpin du Canada | Gazette | printemps 2019 29 CLASSIFIEDS 5% Discount for canaDians suMMitcLiMB anD suMMittrEK Are you ready for a beautiful summer in the Karakoram? Nepal, TibeT, KaraKoram, acoNcagua, africa & SeaTTle glacier School Climbing and walking trips for men and women with Dan Mazur. All ages and abilities, expert to novice. Everest and K2 summit climbs, training climbs and treks. Broad Peak, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Baruntse, North Col, Lhotse, Everest Glacier School Lobuche, Island Peak, Muztagh Ata, Mera Peak, Shishapangma, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya. Trekking to K2, Everest, Christmas Treks. Charity Service Walks near Everest. Canada‑USA Friendship winter, spring, autumn climbing school (free, no charge). 360-570-0715 Follow our progress on current expedi‑ tions updated daily on our blog at: Interested in becoming a mountain guide? Already a mountain guide? NOTICES uPcoMinG Annual General Meeting Date: May 25, 2019 in Canmore. Spring Section Forum Date: May 25, 2019 in Canmore September Board of Directors Meeting - Sept 13-16 at Peyto Hut Fall Section Forum and Mountain Guides Ball Date: Oct 19 in Banff stay on toP of thE nEws Subscribe to the ACC Dispatch, our bi-weekly e-bulletin, to receive ACC national and regional news, mountain highlights and much more. Subscribe at cLassifiED aD ratEs $30 plus $1 per word + taxes Email your ad to:

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