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Alpine Club of Canada

Alpine Club of Canada. With continued membership growth and unprecedented increases in activities, the A.C.C. saw its most successful year yet in Some highlights of the year were in the following areas.

The Board of Directors was restructured in 1990 through the addition of five Vice-Presidents, each with a specific area of responsibility: Facilities (clubhouse and 15 mountain huts), Activities (Summer, Winter and International Camps), Environment, Services (Awards, Sport Climbing) and Publications. Each Vice-President works closely with Committee Chairmen to insure successful programs. With the death of Phyl Munday, Honorary President of the A.C.C., the Board of Directors awarded the position to R. C. (Bob) Hind. Mr. Hind has a long history of accomplishment with the club, and it is indeed difficult to find individuals who have made a more significant contribution to Canadian mountaineering.

In August the Board of Directors was pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kevin Lohka as the club’s new Executive Director. Mr. Lohka holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree with a major in Outdoor Pursuits and comes to the club from the City of Calgary Parks and Recreation Department.

The year was marked by the inclusion of several new climbing camps to the summer roster. In addition to the General Mountaineering Camp in the Bugaboos, the Youth Camp, Classic Peaks and Wapta Walk were all successful.

Once again the club showed its commitment to sport climbing by hosting the National Competition in Edmonton, Alberta. The Committee also sanctioned several other competitions. All events proved to be popular and well attended. A number of National Team members spent the year in Europe competing in the U.I.A.A. circuit. The Flash, the club’s sport climbing newsletter, and the National Sport Climbing Registry also enjoyed a successful year.

On May 12 a Swiss Guides Ball was held at Chateau Lake Louise to raise funds for the Canadian Alpine Centre. On this occasion the Centre was pleased to announce its partnership with the Southern Alberta Hostel Association in this project. This facility will provide low-cost accommodation in the Lake Louise area as well as a meeting place for outdoor enthusiasts. The Alberta government, through its Economic Diversification Program, has contributed the final $1,115,000 the project requires, and construction of the facility will likely begin in the spring of 1991.

The A.C.C. has obtained a copy of the German Alpine Club’s study on energy generation and waste management in its 500 huts. This study was translated into English and will serve as a catalyst for a symposium on Energy and Waste Management in October 1991. The Environment Committee has set up an Environment Fund dedicated to the conservation of alpine and climbing environments and of endangered wildlife throughout Canada. The fund will provide financial support needed to advocate the protection and preservation of mountain and climbing environments and to enhance the constitutional objective of the club in this area. A major fundraising campaign will take place in 1991.

The Mountain Course Syllabus was completed and published for review in 1990. The document has received input and endorsement from across Canada, most significantly from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. It has been distributed for use across Canada and will be reviewed and revised in 1991.

The A.C.C. now manages over 15 mountain huts and a clubhouse in Canmore, Alberta. The facilities reservations system was moved to the clubhouse from the Banff office under the direction of a Facilities Administration Manager. Major work was done at the Stanley Mitchell, Fairy Meadow, Wates- Gibson Memorial and Bow Huts. Negotiations are under way with Jasper National Park for the club to assume responsibility for the Sidney Vallance (Fryatt) and Mount Alberta Huts. A complete Facilities Directory will be published in 1991.

Beverley Bendell, Assistant to the Director