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WinterGazette2016

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Nominate a Volunteer E very year, the members of e Alpine Club of Canada's Awards Committee volunteer their time to sift through numerous nominations to determine the recipients of the Club's Volunteer Awards. Nominations are now open for outstanding Alpine Club of Canada volunteers. e following awards recognize and celebrate ACC volunteers for their contributions to the Club and its members: ● A.O. Wheeler Legacy Award ● Honorary Membership ● President's Award ● Silver Rope for Leadership Award ● Distinguished Service Award ● Don Forest Service Award ● Eric Brooks Leader Award For details on how to nominate a volunteer and nomination forms, visit www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/awards or call the ACC National Office at (403) 678‑3200 ext. 108 to receive the information by mail. Deadline for nominations is December 31. Photo: Sonja Findlater Alpine Club of Canada MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/adventures/ adventures@alpineclubofcanada.ca Learn to Lead: Sport + Trad Various weekend options | $350 Build confidence and skills to start lead climbing. High Adventures in Lake O'Hara August 7 - 12 | $2295 Classic mountaineering camp that targets the must-do giant peaks in the beautiful Lake O'Hara area. Marmot Women's Climbing Camp June 24 - 28 | $1295 A unique opportunity to climb and build summer mountain skills in an all-women setting. Donjek Glacier Backpacking Dates: late August | Price: TBD A challenging backpacking wilderness route in the pristine wilderness of Kluane National Park. Best of the Bugs Climbing Camp July 31 - August 4 | $1895 Designed for the elite climber looking for a more challenging climbing and mountaineering experience First Summits Camp June 28 - July 2 | $1195 Hut based introductory mountaineering camp on the Wapta Icefields our freshly‑dug ditches with large, flat rocks. e work was satisfying. is trail in particular has seen sig‑ nificant upgrades in recent years, and has been built to last. It has withstood weather, rainfall and the thousands of feet, which tread on it each month. However, erosion from heavy use and copious rainfall will inevitably take their toll, and the trail needs annual cleanups to help prevent debris from accumulating and causing blowouts during heavy win‑ ter rains. Volunteer power is critical to keeping trails such as the Howe Sound Crest Trail in good shape, and simply through the power of numbers even an inexperienced group on a short, fun day can accomplish a surprisingly significant amount of work. If 12 volunteers put in a four‑hour day, that alone means 48 person‑hours of trail work—a huge amount of labour, and an effort which is greatly appreciated by B.C. Parks. At the end of the day, and to surprising enthusiasm from the group, I entertained the idea of hiking back up the Howe Sound Crest Trail in the winter to admire our handiwork and watch our freshly‑dug ditches in action. In reality, the rainy, cold hike might be a hard sell, but there was a warming feeling of satis‑ faction knowing that our small efforts will make a visible difference in the trail over time. Besides, it's just plain fun to spend a day with good people getting muddy, figuring out how to get the water to go where we want it to go, and using our hands and tools to build something out of rocks and dirt.

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