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Page 6 of 31 | (403) 932-3702 Limited edition signed prints: • 18" x 24" Giclée on canvas for $340 • Small pen & pencil prints start at $25 • Large pen & pencil prints are $60 each or $50 for multiples. Other sizes available, check website. Glen Bol THE ALPINE ARTIST Le Club Alpin du Canada Gazette été 2016 7 rises to the surface. Some of us are even surprised to discover strengths we didn't know we had. Support: It's a fallacy to say that women are not competitive. On our trip, we had one ski racer, one figure skater and two biathletes. And yet, the competitive element seemed to be missing on this and previous women's trips. In settings like this where the objective is learning rather than winning something, women typically come together to support each other as we pursue personal goals. Competition is left at the trailhead and the spirit of "being in this together" prevails. Celebration: ere are so many things to celebrate on a trip like this: achievement, learning, personal growth, a spectacular setting. After the first day, it seems the walls between strangers start to crumble away and the bonding begins. It's around that time that the celebrations also begin. Celebrate the big stuff; celebrate the small stuff; celebrate the natural setting around us! Women celebrate it all. Empowerment: It's starting to become an overused word in today's society, but it's hard not to use the word empower‑ ment to describe the transformation that takes place over the course of the five days. Women start to speak up quicker when asked to make a decision; we start to volunteer to take the lead on a leg of the trip more often; we start to suggest alternatives more frequently. If nothing else, we stand up a little taller under the weight of the pack, knowing that we can carry the load just fine, thank you. Responsibility and ropes—both weights seem easier to bear. On our trip, the itinerary was typical of many Wapta Icefield trips: a night at Bow Hut, two nights at Rob Ritchie (Balfour) Hut, and one night at Peter and Catharine Whyte (Peyto) Hut. We were fortunate to have Balfour and Peyto to ourselves so we could spread out and unwind with a group yoga session every night before the evening learning sessions began, including planning our routes for the next day. Conditions and weather were anything but typical for the Wapta as we enjoyed high summits and long runs under clear blue skies, surrounded by the breathtaking backdrop of the Wapta Icefield. With conditions like that, the pictures accumulated. e Alpine Club of Canada runs one winter and one summer Women's Leadership course every year, most of them sponsored by Marmot. is year, there were so many people on the waiting list for the winter camp, the ACC added an extra week, fortunately for us. Run by women, for women, these courses typically fill up early. If you'd like a safe, supportive, and empowering opportunity to dust off your existing leadership skills and learn new ones, sign up for one of the winter or summer Women's Leadership courses as soon as they are announced. Trust me, you'd hate to miss out. And for the men who always ask why there isn't a "men's only" course? Well fellas, my suggestion is this: identify a need, develop a curriculum and talk to the ACC's VP for Activities—the Club is always looking for cool ideas. Winter 2016 Women's Leadership Course participants: Elisabeth Eckhardt, Alison Murray, Jennie Paterson, Jessie Paterson, Anne Way, Jean Woeller; guides: Sylvia Forest, Emily Grady; camp manager: Sandy Walker. Participants on the Women's Leadership course navigate a challenge early in their approach to Bow Hut. | Les participantes du cours de leadership des femmes traversent un défi sur la route du refuge Bow. photo: elisabeth eckhardt

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