The activities of the Vancouver Island section of the Alpine Club of Canada (“ACC-VI”) depend on experienced members volunteering to lead outdoor trips and organize events. There are no formal requirements to be a leader, but leaders are expected to have the appropriate background to conduct the event with confidence. Members interested in taking on the rewarding role of a trip leader are encouraged to contact current trip leaders or executive committee members for advice and support.

An overview of the information pertinent to trip leaders is provided below and details are provided in the hyperlinks. Leaders should also be familiar with the general information provided in the “info for members” section. Please email questions and comments to

ACC-VI believes in a less structured leadership program with minimal rules, and expects that participants in club activities will take responsibility for their own safety and that of the group. The motto for trips is:

  • Come back alive
  • Come back friends
  • Respect the land
  • Have fun
  • Get to the top (or wherever the goal of the day maybe)

and in that order.

The hyperlinks below provide details pertinent to conducting ACC-VI outdoor trips:

  • Trip policies of the Alpine Club of Canada (“ACC”) apply to ACC-VI outdoor trips. Texts of the current policies are provided in this link for convenience but please consult the ACC web site for updates.
  • Guidelines for Leaders detail the steps which leaders are advised to follow from the planning stage to the conclusion of a trip. A Trip Planning Template is also provided at the end.
  • Access to the Comox Lake Main on ACC-VI trips is facilitated through an agreement with Mosaic, a forest management company. The page Access to Comox Lake Main details the information and procedures for this access.
  • The Safety and Incident Reporting section discusses important considerations and priorities when the unexpected happens. Forms provided therein are to be filed with ACC and copied to ACC-VI if accidents and/or medical incidents happen on a trip.

Leader Appreciation

Trip leaders play a crucial role in ACC-VI’s core activities. Two appreciation programs are offered to leaders: