TNF – The North Face Winter Leadership Course application deadline coming up Oct 21, 2022

September 29th 2022


Applications for THE NORTH FACE 2023 Winter Leadership Course have opened!.
It will be again taking place at Fairy Meadow from January 21st to 28th, 2023.
Progress as a Mountain Leader and Learn the Leadership Skills to Give Back to our Section
The ACC’s Winter Leadership camp gives Section trip leaders advanced, heavily subsidized, training to become better mountain leaders and give back to their Sections. Applicants should be members already participating in section activities/volunteering, trip postings, teaching, leading, executive work. This year the camp is bigger and better than ever before, with three full ACMG Guides, an exclusive booking at the ACC’s Fairy Meadow Hut, chef prepared food, five more participant spaces and a revamped training program.
Please remember that in order for an applicant to be successful they need to submit the following by October 30, 2022 to the National Office. This means you will need section endorsement before this. Section applicants should contact the section chair Manrico Scremin [email protected] by OCTOBER 21st,  to allow your application to be reviewed by the section and if qualified a section letter of endorsement to be written.
1- Online application form (found on the course webpage).
2- Must have Section Endorsement (form provided on the webpage) from our Section Chair or designate.
3- A reference letter from an ACMG guide or a GMC camp manager or amateur leader. (Ask our course Director and Mentorship Director for help with this if needed)
Note: More than one person can apply.  It is usually one person per section but if space is available then National may allow more people from one section.  National makes their decision by Nov 16th and participants are notified by Nov 17.
Have a read what our Summer 2022 TNF Leadership participant Justin Partridge had to say: 
This August, I was lucky enough to attend The North Face Summer Leadership program at the GMC in
the Northern Purcell Mountains. Twice annually (winter and summer), The North Face and the Alpine
Club of Canada offer courses for activity organizers from all ACC Sections with the objective to empower
ACC volunteers by enhancing their ‘soft’ leadership skill sets. Through alpine environments and technical
travel, TNF leadership courses emphasize the ‘human-factor’ in leaders’ decision-making, applicable to
ACC activities across Canada.
Throughout this course, we talked about what it means to move as group, to be a trip leader for the
ACC, and to create a space where everyone in the group feels seen, respected, and valued – though by
no means did we exhaust these topics, and much more can be done to facilitate discussions on justice,
equity, diversity, and inclusion within the ACC in the coming years.
As much as the focus of this course was on the soft skills of mountain leadership, this is not to say the
traditional ‘hard skills’ of mountain travel were not well represented. We spent our days out in the
mountains summiting nearby peaks and marching up glaciers spending hours and hours poring over the
‘hard skills’ required to move through the mountains safely and get out of trouble when things go
As someone who has benefited from past mentors and leaders early in my development, I am keen to
share what I’ve learned about moving through the mountains with people who are just as curious as I
am but lack the experience. If you are interested in sharing your experience with others but would like
some help figuring out what that means, I highly recommend this course.

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