The Alpine Club of Canada

Workshops & Courses

Each year, the ACC-Vancouver Section plans a large variety of workshops and courses as a benefit for Club members. In this way, members learn from one another and gain the hard and soft skills necessary to travel safely in the mountains. All participants must be current members of the Vancouver Section and must sign the ACC Waiver of Liability.

Section Workshops: Section volunteers offer free workshops through-out the year on a wide variety of mountain skills. A sampling of these workshops would include Rock Climbing Refreshers, Intro to Backcountry Skiing, Telemark Clinics, Ski Maintenance, Map and Compass, Use of GPS, Transceiver Search Practices, Intro to Winter Camping, Snow Caving, and Intro to Ice Climbing. These workshops vary in length from a single evening in town to a full weekend in the mountains.

Resource Documents

Avalanche Gear Orientation 2013
V-Shaped Conveyor Belt for Snow Transport

Section Mountaineering Courses: Each spring, Section volunteers run a comprehensive training program to introduce people to a wide range of rock climbing and mountaineering skills. The courses, called Introduction to Rock Climbing and Basic Mountaineering 1, are run over a series of evenings and weekends. More information and a link to the course overview.

Custom Courses: From time to time, economical custom courses are arranged for Vancouver Section members and taught by qualified guides and instructors outside of the Club. Typical topics include Leadership, Avalanche Safety, Wilderness First Aid and Rock Rescue.

National Workshops and Courses: Club members also have access to a number of training programs provided by the National Club.  These include the North Face Summer Leadership Course and the North Face Winter Leadership Course.

Section members who have begun to organize Section trips and want to improve their leadership skills are encouraged to take part in these very worthwhile and rewarding courses. The cost is subsidized by The North Face sponsor. The Vancouver Section also offers a bursary to successful applicants. Prior to applying, members should contact the Section Chair in order to be nominated by the Section Executive. More information & a list of past participants.

UIAA Certifications : The ACC is offering a series of courses and workshops introducing UIAA standards for Voluntary Leaders and Instructors. An Alpine Instructor Course will be organized during the summer of 2014. These programs are not mandatory for leaders who want to lead trips, but are available for all ACC members wishing to extend their knowledge and certify their skills through a recognized program. All the programs on this flowchart are ready to be offered, except for the skiing and hiking, which are in the process of being completed.

Courses organized by other ACC Sections: From time to time, ACC sections across the country open their courses to members from other sections.

Wilderness First Aid Courses are offered  throughout the year at various times.  Check the online calendar for any upcoming courses. 

If you have a skill to offer and would like to put on a workshop, please email Martin Siegert or call him at 778-918-3639.

For a listing of current workshops and courses and to register, please see the Interactive Calendar (iCal).