ACC Vancouver

Basic Mountaineering – Application

Our basic mountaineering course is designed for new club members (novice climbers/mountaineers), to learn the skills necessary for safe travel in mountainous terrain.

Mountaineering is a skill that takes years to become really experienced at, so our goal for this courses is to simply make you comfortable and confident enough with the basic skills that you can go out, practice, reinforced and continue to learn from others on the various trips and camps the club puts on.

As per most our courses, please sign up via the calendar if you haven’t done so already, then complete the following short questionnaire, which is required prior to your admittance into the course.

Somebody will confirm your attendance shortly afterwards.


Fields marked with an * are required


The purpose of this application is to give you (and us) the assurance that your physical fitness, medical condition, equipment, transportation requirements and expectations are suitable for the activity. Please read the outline information (including the equipment list) carefully and answer as many questions as you can, and feel free to contact the course coordinator if you have any questions.

The following criteria is used when assessing applications.

Applicants must:

  • Submit this completed application form;
  • Satisfy the rock climbing prerequisites (see below);
  • Be a current ACC-Vancouver member;
  • Pay required course fee upon being accepted to the course.

1. Personal Information

2. Emergency Contact

3. General Information

4. Rock Climbing Experience

Basic rock climbing skills (tying into a harness, belaying, rappelling, knowledge of common knots) are prerequisites for taking the Basic Mountaineering Course. Taking our "Introduction to Rock Climbing" course on the weekend before the BMC satisfies this requirement.

If you did not check the box above, please answer the following questions in this section; otherwise skip to section 5.

5. Health, Medical Information

The Vancouver Section feels that the trip organizers should be made aware of medical conditions (e.g., epilepsy, diabetes) or allergies (pollen, penicillin) that could affect you or others while on an event.

6. Fitness

7. Equipment

Because the course is intended for those with little or no mountaineering experience, we appreciate that some students might not possess all of the equipment ordinarily considered to be necessary for such activities. ACC-Vancouver will provide all climbing ropes (at no charge) for those enrolled in the course. Personal equipment is the responsibility of participant. If you need or want to rent gear we urge you to make arrangements (with MEC/ClimbOn or another retailer) in advance.

That said, since the course is designed as an introduction, it is the club policy to reimburse 50% of any additional rental equipment participants require to participate in the course. Present your rental receipt to course leader for reimbursement. The club has a number of ropes for group use; some leaders and participants may have and share communal equipment (tents, stoves).

8. Disclaimer

Mountaineering and rock climbing can be dangerous. ACC-Vancouver cannot absolutely guarantee the safety of participants on the course, as there are too many variables that cannot be controlled. Some of these variables are outlined in our Waiver of Liability, which each participant must sign before attending any field session. In addition to the items outlined in our Waiver, the course involves a weekend of introduction to snow and glacier travel (Whistler/Blackcomb backcountry), which will include techniques of belaying and ice axe arrests. The final weekend will involve a culmination climb (Cerise Creek area or other) where techniques introduced on the previous weekend will be reviewed and re-enforced through practice.

ACC-Vancouver reserves the right to alter the details, logistics or other aspects of the course for any reason, including (but not restricted to): leaders, equipment, transportation and/or other course personnel availability; weather conditions; participants’ abilities; and safety concerns.