Assessment of Trip Participants

Each trip leader will try to match the participant's skills with the challenges of the trip. The trip schedule states the grade of the trip and the skills required. Prospective participants, if not known to the leader, will be asked to describe the trips they have done and skills they have acquired. Leaders may be specific about the participants having and being able to use technical equipment i.e. transceivers, crampons, ice axe. Participants should advise the trip leader of the level of their mountaineering skills and any concerns such as health or fitness that may affect their ability to complete the trip. These should be revealed to the leader well in advance of the trip date. Participants may be advised by the leader about ways to improve their skills or fitness in preparation. Leaders are within their rights to refuse participants whom they feel are not adequately prepared in health, fitness, equipment, clothing or skills. Participants may expect to learn from leaders and more experienced members in an informal way as a trip unfolds. 

In the interests of safety and enjoyment, please:

  1. Ensure that your membership is current. Prospective members are welcome and encouraged to come out on up to 3 trips before joining. This gives you a chance to meet other people in the club and see what the trips involve.
  2. Talk with the trip leader to see if the trip is appropriate for your abilities.
  3. Bring personal first aid supplies and adequate equipment. The leader can advise about obtaining equipment.
  4. Learn about the proposed route.
  5. Read the waiver form. You will asked to sign the waiver at the trailhead.
  6. Advise the leader if you have a relevant medical condition(s) when registering for the trip. Share this information with the group at the start of the trip.
  7. Do not bring your dog unless the trip is explicitly described as welcoming dogs.
  8. Share expenses.
  9. Respect the decision(s) of the leader.
  10. Contact the trip leader by 9 p.m. three or four days prior to the trip. Most of the trips are full by this time, so it is advisable to phone earlier. If you need to cancel, call the leader as soon as possible.
  11. Only paid-up members are covered by the Alpine Club of Canada's liability insurance.

Children may participate in the activities of the ACC if:

  1. When a child is 12 years of age or under, one or more of the child's parents execute the waiver for and on behalf of the child; or
  2. When a child is 13 years of age or older the child executes the waiver for and on his or her own behalf and a parent of the child executes the waiver for and on behalf of the child.

See this document for full details.


Winter Trips

All participants on trips in avalanche terrain must have an avalanche beacon (see below) and have completed at least an AST1 avalanche safety course (or equivalent)

Avalanche Beacons

All winter trips in avalanche terrain require all participants to have an acceptable avalanche transceiver.

From National Website May 2011

  • Participants on all mountaineering, skiing and ice climbing trips, camps and courses of the Alpine Club of Canada in avalanche terrain are required to use a modern avalanche transceiver, as recommended by the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Recommended avalanche transceivers are digital, multi-antenna transceivers; analog and single-antenna transceivers are no longer acceptable. This policy becomes effective with the winter avalanche season 2011/2012, as of November 1, 2011.
  • ACC members are advised to take note of the manufacturer's recommendations for the expected useful service life of avalanche transceivers.
  • ACC members are encouraged to upgrade avalanche transceivers to digital, three-antenna models such as the Tracker 2/3, Arva Evo3, Ortovox 3+, Barryvox/ Mammut Pulse, Pieps DSP; digital, two-antenna beacons (Tracker DTS, Ortovox X1?) are still acceptable.
  • ACC members are also advised that the usefulness of any transceiver depends on the familiarity of the user with the transceiver. Regular practice throughout the season is strongly recommended.