Alpine Club of Canada

Winter Gazette 2013

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Open air: the "Canadian Way" CLASSIFIEDS By Lawrence White W hen the idea to have the only French/English member club of the UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) translate the Petzl Foundation's highly comprehensive Alpine Skills: Summer handbook, the Alpine Club of Canada jumped at the opportunity. For those who don't know, the Petzl Foundation is a charitable arm of Petzl Inc., based in France. Its mandate is in risk prevention and environmental protection ( For those who don't know of the UIAA, it's an international organization that brings together millions of men, women and children through their national federations to help promote the growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide ( the Alpine Club of Canada represents Canada in this forum. The ACC has roughly 10,000 mem‑ bers, while some European clubs, such as Germany's, have well over one million, but it was our relatively tiny club that received the highest praise at the recent UIAA General Assembly in Pontresina, Switzerland. It turns out that not many countries can translate from French to their native tongue, however, most can translate from English. And the Petzl manual is a highly sought-after training tool for many countries around the world. You will have read in this edition of the Gazette of the immense effort put in by members of your Club, completely voluntarily. This achievement, this one product, speaks to far more than our cohesiveness and capacity as an organ‑ ization. It speaks to something that is uniquely Canadian, which is the ability to cross-pollinate our cultures pulling out the best elements of each. I've discov‑ ered that foreigners joke Canadians will apologize when you bump into them. But really, would you want it any other way? Lawrence White is the ACC's Executive Director. AFFORDABLE HIMALAYA & MOUNT ELBRUS 5% discount for acc members Climbing and walking trips for men and women, with Dan Mazur. All ages and abilities, expert to novice. Everest summit climbs, training climbs, and treks, Mount Elbrus, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Baruntse, North Col, Lhotse, Everest Glacier School, Island Peak, Muztagh Ata, Mera Peak, Shishapangma, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya. Charity Service Walks near Everest, Seattle Glacier School during summer and Canada-USA Friendship winter climbing school (free, no charge). 360-570-0715 Skype: summitclimb B&B Vacation in the French Pyrenees Trekking, hiking, climbing and skiing based at the Bel Arrayo B&B run by mountain enthusiast Laurent Ortega. Location  : Cauterets, a few minutes walk from the Parc National des Pyrénées. Access  : Lourdes railway station or airport. Rates  : doubles between 70-90 €uros with breakfast. Contact Laurent at : < > . Site web : tel 011 33 Ø5 62 91 74 24 (from Canada). NOTICES Upcoming Meetings AGM, Board of Directors & Section Council meetings: ●● May 24, 2014 in Lake Louise ountain people, unite! Subscribe at Highline Magazine 30  Alpine Club of Canada Gazette Winter 2013 @highlinemag HIGHLINEMAG Classified Ad Rates: $30 plus $1 per word + taxes E-mail your ad to:

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