Alpine Club of Canada

Gazette, Spring 2018

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30 The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette spring 2018 Open Air by Zac bolan S uppressing an overwhelming sensation of déjà vu, I made my way up from the parking lot to the ACC national office last summer for my first staff meeting as the incoming Publications Manager. I hadn't been to the Canmore Clubhouse in years (too many to count) and was looking forward to seeing the place again and perhaps a few familiar faces. My first encounter with e Alpine Club of Canada took place in the '90s when I was actively volunteering with e Sierra Club which had partnered with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the ACC in a campaign to 'Keep the Bow Valley Wild'. We worked together for months organizing hikes into the area, hosting events and lobbying to counter a large hotel development proposed for the Wind Valley just east of Canmore. Eventually, perseverance paid off as our coalition was granted intervener status and following hearings, the development was denied for environ‑ mental reasons. As a side‑effect of working closely with dedicated ACC volunteers, although only a casual hiker at the time, I soon found myself joining ACC trips and scrambling up the many summits in the Bow corridor with the Calgary Section. As the seasons progressed, so did my newfound interest in actively engaging with the mountains I had lived near for most of my life. Within a few years casual hiking gave way to rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, telemark skiing and backcountry touring, more often than not sharing a rope with ACC members. It wasn't long before I decided to deepen my involvement with the ACC, bringing my years of experience as a jour‑ nalist, designer and publisher to the Club's Publications Committee. In the spring of 1996, I inherited the role of Gazette editor from Dave Clay with the self‑imposed mandate to grow the newsletter into a glossy, full‑colour national magazine complete with appropriate advertising for our growing membership. e first few years of the process presented numerous challenges, but the ACC Executive and Publications Committee kept their col‑ lective eyes on the prize, and with the Fall 2000 edition of the Gazette, the iteration of the magazine you hold in your hands was born. Eventually I moved on from the ACC to other publishing projects outside of Canada including a stint living and working in China, leaving the Gazette in capable hands to continue its evolu‑ tion. However, in recent years, I had the good fortune to work closely with ACC Publications Manager Suzan Chamney to print both the Gazette and Canadian Alpine Journal. When she told me of her plans to retire last year, I offered to return to the Alpine Club as Publications Manager and to guide the magazine into the next phase of its life‑cycle. e Gazette has been published continuously for nearly 100 years — the oldest copy in the Club's archive was pub‑ lished in October 1930 and states No. 16 on the title page. But times are changing — new publishing technologies and content strategies are radically altering the way we consume information today. In returning to the Club, my new self‑imposed mandate is to guide the Gazette in transi‑ tioning to this new publishing paradigm and retaining its vitality while growing its relevance to existing and future members. A happy return As I opened the doors to the Canmore Clubhouse a comfortable, fam‑ iliar feeling washed over me. Sure, there have been some cosmetic changes over the years, but the ACC still lives there. It's great to be back at the Gazette! Zac Bolan looking for photo ops on the way up Hewlett Peak in the West Kootenays. photo: garry Quist The evolution of the Gazette. Left - October, 1930. Above Left - The first edition with Zac Bolan as editor, Spring 1996. Above - The first full-colour Gazette, Fall 2000.

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