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Winter Gazette 2013

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ACCers translate first English Petzl handbook by Suzan Chamney A s so many great ideas do, it began over lunch, this one at the UIAA 2011 General Assembly in Kathmandu, Nepal. Philippe Descamps, then Secretary General of the Petzl Foundation based in France, explained to ACC President Peter Muir the challenges of translating their Alpine Skills: Summer handbook from French into English. Doing so would undoubtedly broaden the book's appeal to other mountain nations. The handbook is a collection of the essential skills one must acquire in order to become a hiking, climbing or mountaineering volunteer leader. Its four modules focus on summer activities: Basic Knowledge, Alpine Hiking, Climbing and Alpinism. Its goal is to present proven techniques that should be learned and mastered through proper technical training as provided by an instructor. The Petzl Foundation's leadership role in developing safe climbing is familiar to many in the climbing world, especially the Petzl "stickman" safely demonstrating good mountaineering practices in dia‑ grams. The handbook's startlingly clear diagrams hardly need written explanation for those versed in mountaineering practice; however, the addition of concise descriptions greatly expands the know how to those less initiated. As is his habit, Peter Muir jumped in where others might not, and offered the services of the Club's considerable volun‑ teer resources along with some financial support to assist in the translation pro‑ ject. Canada is blessed to be bilingual, both culturally and officially, with an easy facilitation between its two native tongues, English and French; therefore it was a natural fit. Of course, ideas offered quickly often lead to lots of work. Fortunately, the ACC volunteer army is understanding, enthusi‑ astic and not dissuaded by a big task. They jumped into the job with vigour and commitment—no doubt at the expense of their own recreation and climbing time. Led by the incomparable team of Louise Proulx and ACC VP for Services David Foster, a cadre of hard-working individ‑ uals from Ottawa and area spent many hours translating. The volunteers who shared their considerable skills and knowledge of safe mountain craft include: Amanda Belande, Aude Fournier, Eric Grenier, Ingrid Ferrer, Josée Desjardins, Lynne Cyr, Maria Fernandes, Robert Galdins, Kerstyn Desroches, Susan Robertson, Caroline Doucet and Ernst Bergmann (Edmonton Section member and ACC Safety Committee Chair). Heartfelt thanks go out to them and also to the ACC members who offered photos for this publication. Many ACC activities are visually represented in its pages. As with many cooperative projects, the UIAA General Assembly provided the opportunity for mountaineering organizations to meet, share ideas and GREAT GIFT IDEA: $34 for members For your the trip leader in your life! 344 pages packed full of knowledge, skills and proven techniques. www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/store collaborate. This collaboration allows both the Petzl Foundation and the Alpine Club of Canada to advance their mutual strategic priorities of developing safe mountaineering practices. The ACC recently printed the first English translation of the Petzl Foundation's Alpine Skills: Summer hand‑ book, a visually stunning and informative book that will become a "must have" for outdoor enthusiasts. It is available through the ACC website for $34 for members or $40 for non-members. Art grant recognizes A.O. Wheeler by Lynn E Martel stablished as a thank you to the art community that rallied in a valiant attempt to save Claremont, the historic Banff home of Alpine Club of Canada co-founder A.O. Wheeler, from demolition, the 2013 A.O. Wheeler Heritage House Foundation Grant was awarded to artist Katherine Govier. The grant was created by Wheeler's great-granddaughter, Jenny Crompton, during her admirable efforts to save the house Wheeler built as a summer home in 1923 on six acres of pictur‑ esque land leased on the lower slopes of Banff 's Sulphur Mountain. Despite 28  Alpine Club of Canada Gazette Winter 2013 being designated a Recognized Federal Heritage Building in 1994, the house was slated for demolition a year later as a condition of the construction of the Middle Springs housing development. Long-neglected and unfortunately in disrepair and sitting inside the boundaries of the Middle Springs wildlife corridor, a restricted area not open to the public, Parks had the house demolished in 2011. Created by Compton in effort to keep Wheeler's memory alive, the $2000 grant was awarded to Govier for her proposal to research, create and install, on a side‑ walk or pathway, a prose poem laser cut into steel, then placed in a location where it would evoke Wheeler's presence and his considerable historic contribution to the ACC, and also to Canada. In addition to co-founding the ACC, Wheeler was a surveyor who mapped huge sections of British Columbia and southern Alberta, served as commissioner of the Boundary Survey that mapped the Continental Divide separating BC and Alberta, and contributed to the creation of Canada's national and provincial park systems. To learn more about the A.O. Wheeler Heritage House Foundation Grant, contact jmcrompton@shaw.ca .

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