ACC Vancouver

Gear Rental

Rentals are to ACC Vancouver Section members only. Please include your Alpine Club member number in email correspondence with gear custodians.

 *New Policy*  All gear is now available free of charge for Vancouver Section trips and events. Basic rental charges and deposits are waived for all trips and events posted on the Calendar. Any additional charges, e.g. satellite phone air time are still applicable.

Avalanche Equipment Kits – for club trips only.
Evo transceiver, avi poles and shovel
Members must provide their own fresh four AAA batteries.
$100 deposit required
Contact: Jay MacArthur (North Vancouver) at 604-987-1232
Contact: Behnam Giwi (MEC area in Vancouver) at 778-231-6543

Satellite Phone

One IRIDIUM satellite phone is available for rent to ACC Vancouver Section members for Section and privately organized member trips. Note: priority is given to Vancouver Section trips and events. The phone is available for use in Canada only. An ACC member must rent the phone for the group and take full responsibility for the phone, all charges and any damage or loss. The member must pick up the phone, get briefed about its operation and place a deposit with a cheque in his/her name.

  • $30 per weekend or $60 per week, plus $2 per minute for air time
  • $300 refundable deposit required

Members must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance of their trip to reserve the phone. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. E-mail

For non-members, the following businesses rent satellite phones at commercial rates:

Canada Wide Communications, 106 – 1515 Barrow St.  North Vancouver, BC  V7J 1B7, tel: (604) 980-9071, cell: (604) 788-2523. Also rents Motorola two-way radios.
Deakin Equipment (Warehouse store), 1361 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC, (604) 253-2685
Ralph’s Radio, 220 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, (604) 879-4281

SPOT and Delorme InReach

One SPOT Gen3 and one Delorme InReach SE satellite communicator units are now available for rent to ACC Vancouver Section members. These devices provide a position reporting, text messaging and distress alerting capability as a lower-cost alternative to the satellite phone where voice communication is not needed. Cost is $5 per weekend or $10 per week, with a $100 deposit. Note: These devices provide the capability to initiate a search-and-rescue at the push of a button. The renter must agree to the detailed terms and conditions and are responsible for all charges and any damage or loss. For more information and to book one of these devices, e-mail

Handheld Radios

The club owns two VHF Radios with DMR Technology that are GPS enabled.  These devices are recommended for ski touring groups, expedition mountaineering trips, or in very large groups where communication is essential but difficult.  Under certain circumstances these radios can be used to contact out help in the event of an emergency but that is not their primary purpose.  The radios come programmed with many useful channels for group talk and for emergencies, self programming of frequencies is not allowed.  Use of these radios is for trip organizers who have been approved for their usage and taught the guidelines for proper VHF radio use.  A deposit of $100 per radio must be paid but there is no rental cost for these radios.

We also own 4 BCA Link radios which can be rented out for ski touring or alpine climbing groups.  These radios do not require any special training on their usage and are excellent for ski touring in the trees.   These radios cannot be used to contact outside help at long ranges.  Deposit required is $100 for two radios.

To rent the radios please contact (604-512-2926)

Expedition Stove
MSR XKG Stove with 3 Fuel Bottles & Repair Kit
Available free to trip leaders on club trips, camps or courses.
Contact: Linda Berube at

Expedition Tent
Moss tent, sleeps 4, comes with poles, fly, carrying bag, 12 pound package suitable for base camp or family trip tent.
$10 per day, $20 per weekend, $40 per week, $100 per month.
Contact: Behnam Giwi (Mount Pleasant, Vancouver) at 778-231-6543

Megamid Tent
Light weight, comes with poles and fly, suitable as snowfields or expedition cook tent or bivi shelter for small party.
$5 per day, $10 per weekend, $20 per week, $60 per month.
Contact: Behnam Giwi (Mount Pleasant, Vancouver) at 778-231-6543

First Aid Kit
Suitable for Expedition Base Camp – Does not include any drugs.
Contact: Behnam Giwi (Mount Pleasant, Vancouver) at 778-231-6543

Ropes and Trad-Climbing Gear – Only  available to approved trip leaders on club courses or camps.

  • 4 Mammut Transformer 9.8mm x 60m (bought in 2012)
  • 4 Edelrid Anniversary 9.4mm x 60m (bought in 2013)
  • 6 Half Ropes: Sterling Evolution 8.4mm x 60m (bought in 2012)

Email Martin Siegert