Alpine Club of Canada

Winter Gazette 2013

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Alpine Club of Canada MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES What's your pleasure? Mid-Winter Ice Camp February 15 - 17, 2014 $695 Wapta Traverse March 15 - 22 or April 5 - 12, 2014 Fairy Meadow Powder Week $1,695 March 29 - April 5, 2014 $2,195 | Farewell to dedicated Club members Peter Aitchison 1942-2013 Ferdl Taxböck 1942-2013 Syd Watts 1927-2013 Alpine Club of Canada members across the country were saddened to learn of the death of long-time Club member Peter Aitchison, who fell while climb‑ ing Mount Victoria in Banff National Park in August. A retired University of Manitoba mathematics professor, Aitchison was a member of the group credited with launching rock climbing in the Manitoba/Northwest Ontario region in the early 1970s, and also reviving the ACC's Manitoba Section at that time. An ACC member for more than 40 years, he served as Manitoba Section President from 1986 to 1988, and, at the time of his death, had been serving as Section Vice President since 2004. Recipient of the ACC Silver Rope for Leadership Award in 1989, Aitchison co-organised and co-led the Section's Experience the Mountains program from 2002 to 2013. As co-leader and co-organizer of the 1992 Mount Manitoba Expedition, he was a member of the team that made the remote Yukon peak's first ascent. It was with profound unhappiness that Alpine Club of Canada members learned that Ferdl Taxböck suffered a fatal fall while climbing in BC's Bugaboos in August. Austrian-born and almost always smiling, Taxböck arrived in Canada in 1967, intent on staying for a year. After falling in love with Heather, who would become his wife, and also Canada's wild and beautiful mountains, he chose to stay permanently. Having earned his Austrian Mountain Guide's certificate before arriving in Canada, he found work guiding at Hans Gmoser's Bugaboo Lodge. In addition to a suc‑ cessful career as a geologist, Taxböck continued guiding after "retirement", including running his signature ACC 55+ Camp. An ACMG Honorary Member, in 2012 Taxböck was thrilled to be selected as Mountain Guides Ball Patron. To learn more about Taxböck's rich and colourful life, check out the ACC Summit Series booklet, Alpine Journey: Ferdl Taxböck's Life on the Edge. A long-time Vancouver Island resi‑ dent and devoted naturalist, Sydney Watts was a Life Member of the Alpine Club of Canada. A keen birder, hiker and mountaineer, Watts explored all the high ridge routes in BC's Strathcona Provincial Park, which he recorded in his Hiking Trails III guidebook. Watts and his wife, Emily, were instrumental in sav‑ ing Mount Tzuhalem Ecological Reserve, where he served as Reserve Warden. Recipient of the ACC's Distinguished Service Award in 1990, Watts was also awarded BC Parks' Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007. In 1970, he and Emily climbed, for the first time, the mountain now known as Syd Watts Peak. In 2008 a boardwalk at Somenos Marsh was named Watts Walk to commemorate his and Emily's work preserving the area. Watts died in May in hospital. Read full obituaries in the 2014 Canadian Alpine Journal. Club alpin du Canada Gazette hiver 2013  19

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