About Us

ACC Columbia Mountains Section Current Board Members

Karla Kuharic : kkuharic@acccolumbiamountais.com

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.

Ben Wilkey : bwilkey@acccolumbiamountains.com

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.

Uri Naprstek : unaprstek@acccolumbiamountains.com

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.

Jake Van Allen : jvanallen@acccolumbiamountains.com

Jake’s interest in being involved with the board of the ACC is driven mainly by his motivation for getting others out into the mountains so they can experience the joy that doing so brings to him. Jake has always loved the mountains but it was not until he joined the ACC that he was able to gain the skills / experience / relationships to really get into them. Jake would like to try and give that opportunity back to others. Jake will be volunteering to lead trips and hopes that we can push some of those trips in a direction that sets the ACC Columbia Mountains Section up as somewhere people want to join because of the exciting things they do. He thinks that much of the outside view of the ACC is that it was more of a hiking club than a mountaineering club, and he would like to see a different perception here.

Bryce Schroers : bschroers@acccolumbiamountains.com

Bryce has been on the ACC Saskatchewan section board for the last 4 years and has been leading and organizing trips with ACC Sask. for many years. In his time there he helped to grow the climbing and mountaineering community in Saskatchewan, hosting climbing nights at the gym, organizing ski days at the local hill and organizing rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering trips to Alberta, BC, Ontario, South Dakota, Wyoming and Nepal. Beginner trips and community building is something he would like to help bring to the Columbia Mountains Section. Since moving to Revelstoke he has found its difficult for beginners to enter new sports. There aren’t many options for someone new to climbing/mountaineering to learn the skills without hiring a guide. From his experience it’s far more valuable to have a base of knowledge in the sport before hiring a guide to hone your skills.

Katee Pederson : kpederson@acccolumbiamountains.com

Though well versed in wilderness travel, Katee is relatively new to the mountain world, after recently relocating from Saskatoon, SK to Revelstoke. She has participated in a variety of beginner ACC club trips and looks forward to further learning and skill development through the Columbia Mountains community. Katee is eager to work to remove barriers and create opportunities for access to mountain recreation for people who may be intimidated or not know where to start. Katee works as a photographer and is helping to improve the website and communication systems in place within the section.