About Us

ACC Columbia Mountains Section Current Board Members

Karla Kuharic

Presently Karla Kuharic lives in Nakusp, BC a small town on the Upper Arrow Lakes for the past 12 years.  In the past she has lived on Vancouver Island, Banff, and Canmore where the vertical addiction started.  Karla’s favorite mountain activity is Mountaineering, walking on glaciers and reaching the top of a challenging climb. Her career may be on the Upper Arrow Lakes working as a Bridgewatch and Relief 1st Officer on the Columbia Ferry, an inland ferry route between Revelstoke (Shelter Bay) and Nakusp (Galena Bay). On her time off you will find her Mountaineering, Rock and Ice Climbing, Mt Biking, Backpacking, Snowmobiling and Powsurfing on her NoBoard.  Karla has been an ACC National Member since 2003 and has been an active member of the Calgary, Rocky Mt, and Okanagan Section for the last 3 years.  “The ACC Calgary has done wonders for me, teaching me technical skills, offering several development courses, and mentorship programs in particular Women’s Mentorship Group. I have made strong friendships with the ladies I have met along the way as well as other ACC members”. Karla is keen on continuing her outdoor education focusing on Alpine Climbing.

Shannon Gibson

Hello, I’m Shannon Gibson. I’ve just recently returned home to Revelstoke after being in the Yukon for almost 6 years. I grew up in Kamloops and moved to Revy by way of Lake Louise 15 odd years ago.

My best lived life is when I get out and connect with the natural world. I grew up skiing, camping, hiking and swimming. Not much has changed as an adult except I’ve added cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, mountain biking and kayaking to the mix.

After living in such a remote part of the country where at times it could be rare to bump into others I realized how much happiness it brought me to see people out sharing the trail. I’m excited to be part of an organization that helps put together like minded adventurers together. Life is better outdoors.

Ben Wilkey

Born and raised in Revelstoke Ben has been gifted inspiration among the Columbia Mountains for a very long time. Despite having lived in Revelstoke most of his life he can still find true excitement in planning and participating in adventures within these home mountains. Climbing, skiing, hiking and biking have always been the focus.

A commercial helicopter pilot for over 20 years, with the majority of that time flying around Revelstoke, he has extensively seen and explored the Columbia Mountains by foot and by air.   

Creator of www.revelstoketrails.com he hopes to share his passion for his backyard and inspire others to explore, adventure, experience and protect these surrounding mountains.

Being a founding member of the Columbia Mountains Alpine Club of Canada Section he hopes to continue to share this passion and provide outdoor opportunities for Revelstoke youth.

Melanie Bernier

Uri Naprstek

Uri moved to Revelstoke nearly 7 years ago to retire and play in the mountains, after a 35+ year career in Hi-Tech.

As an avid hiker, his main interest is the stewardship of hiking trails in our area.

Although Revelstoke has many unofficial hiking groups, he believes there is a need for more formal and structured representation and coordination with various other outdoor clubs in the development and maintenance of area trails.

Uri has volunteered throughout his life. Volunteer activities included farming development in Kazakhstan, many years of soccer coaching and various school outdoor activities while his four children were growing up. In the past he was on the Executive Committee of a 5000+ members ski club for several years (formerly Nortel Ski Club – now operating as a Bytown Ski Club).

Since moving to Revelstoke  Uri has volunteered on the City Hi-Tech Task Force, with our Food Bank, Luna, etc. For 2+ years he was on board of directors with Revelstoke LFI and for the past 3+ years he has served on the Board of Directors of Revelstoke Arts Council.