Trip Recap

Canmore Ice, March 2023

Ben and I (Martin) lead a group of 4 participants in the first ACC CMS Introduction to Ice on March 10-11, 2023. Bags packed and loaded, we left Revelstoke at 0600 and made one stop in Golden before arriving at our first destination, Cedar Creek Steeps.

After a nice hike, we arrived at the large steep ice flow, towering over 30m. The group discussed the hazards and risks upon arrival to an ice climbing area and positioning ourselves to mitigate the hazards.

Participants were eager to learn, donning crampons and ice tools, we went through the basic movements of ice from swinging and positioning tools, kicking with crampons, and using the A-frame. At the end of the day everyone had some exposure to what ice climbing is, setting themselves up for another day of ice climbing. We departed the climbing area and set our compass to the Canmore Hostel that evening.

As Chef Ben was preparing our dinner, we were busy organizing ourselves for the next day. A tasty dinner was consumed and a reflection of the day was shared among the group.

On our second day, we went to Johnston Canyon. With overnight lows of -21, everyone was eager to get out and play. We arrived early in the parking lot and started the hike in. As we approached the climbing area, we crossed a creek (on an icy snow bridge) past some ice steps. On this day however, the area quickly got busy. Luckily we were able to set up lines on a steeper section and members were able to experience the joys of hooking on picked-out ice climbs.

At the end of the day, we arrived at the parking lot in good time, and before heading home we had a small debrief about how the day went, what participants learned that day, and what we can improve.

Overall, it was a very successful trip, and ice conditions were better than I imagined given that we are in March already. Much thanks to Ben, Katee, and Sara for helping in organizing this trip.


Basic Winter Hut Packing List

This is our generic hut packing list for Alpine Club of Canada – Columbia Mountains hut trips. Likely, your coordinator and leader will have modifications so it’s important to take a second look at any communication you receive from them.

Ski Touring/Splitboarding Gear

  • Winter permit if needed
  • Transceiver and harness (plus extra batteries)
  • Shovel (metal)
  • Probe (at least 300cm)
  • skis mounted with touring bindings or splitboard
  • skins
  • poles
  • boots
  • helmet
  • goggles (plus spare lens)
  • sunglasses
  • Toque
  • Buff
  • Base layer
  • Insulation layer (fleece, synthetic, thin down)
  • Waterproof shell pants and jacket
  • emergency insulations later (puffy)
  • Mittens: light mitts or gloves for skinning, warm mitts or gloves for riding or standing around,
  • Emergency heat packs
  • socks
  • water in bottle (hydro packs often freeze)
  • lunch and snacks
  • headlamp with batteries
  • chapstick/sunscreen
  • personal first aid kit
  • personal repair kit (ski straps, extra screws, screwdriver or multi tool, wire)
  • map of the area, paper or on phone
  • Matches/lighter


  • back up socks
  • warm drink in thermos
  • back up mitts or gloves
  • Brimmed Hat (for sun)

Hut Gear

  • sleeping bag or liner
  • pillow
  • ear plugs
  • hut booties/slippers/slides
  • battery pack for phone
  • hut/sleeping clothing
  • toilet paper
  • toiletries
  • food

Club & Group Gear

National Park Pass
Overnight parking passes for all cars
Group FirstAid kit
Emergency Shelter
Garbage Bags
Paper Towel
Disposable gloves
2 AA Batteries for fire and carbon monoxide alarm
Cards or Small Games
Door code to hut (on invoice, but good to let others in group know)


Checklist for Planning Section Trips

  1. Plan trip: who, what, where, when, how, backups, and emergency contacts and resources.
  2. Confirm availability of trip resources: leaders, ACC gear, campsite reservations, guides, etc.
  3. Determine cost of trip using formulas provided by Activities Committee
  4. Make application: Google Forms is a great way to do this. Will likely require the following info, but make sure to get as much info as you need at this step so you’re not chasing participants later: email address, relevant experience level, if they need to borrow gear, ACC membership number
  5. Submit form to activity committee ideally at least 4 weeks before trip begins. Wait for approval and/or feedback from Activity committee, and re-submit with edits if needed
  6. Choose participants randomly from qualified applicants after 1-2 week enrollment period (listed on published event)
  7. Setup participant payments by entering participant’s info on the Treasurer’s sheet and emailing the Treasurer the etransfer password (will be made available to trip coordinators by the Activities Committes.
  8. Email participants with the following info: How to pay trip fee (etransfer with trip name and date in comment field), Participant booking policies, reminder of required equipment, details for transportation, pre-trip meeting time and date if necessary
  9. Confirm attendance two weeks ahead (if guided)
  10. Print paper waivers and prepare your own gear (and/or deliver them to the trip leader)
  11. Get waivers signed at the start of trip and have everyone sign them on the day of. Then enjoy the trip!
  12. Send an event recap and/or photos that can be shared with photographer and subject permission to the email within a week of returning.


2021 AGM

Our Annual General Meeting will be held in Revelstoke on Tuesday, November 16th at 5:30pm at the Community Centre.

We will discuss the past year and what can be expected for the coming season.

Proof of vaccination must be shown upon arrival and masks will be worn throughout the meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend our AGM. Memberships must be in good standing to make nominations and vote on any matters.

Board Positions to be Filled:

We are currently receiving nominations for the following positions on the Board. Any member can nominate a member, including themselves, by emailing or in person at the AGM. Include a short letter of intent on who you are and why you would like to be part of the Board of Directors.

Chairperson – Duties include representing our section at National meetings and communicating between National and our board. This person also chairs board meetings including the AGM.

Secretary – Responsibilities includes administration and record keeping, including recording minutes at board meetings.

Communications Director – Role consists of communicating with the other directors to write and distribute regular newsletters, update the website, and post on social media channels.

Members at Large – Board members committed to serving the section with no specific duties.

Committee Positions Available:

Committee members are selected by the board to assist in specific areas of the club. Email or speak with any board member if you are interested in joining a committee.

Trails Committee – We have a number of trail projects to continue next summer. We are looking for members who have a knack for organizing and logistics to help schedule events and communicate with various parties involved.

Youth Committee – We are in need of a dedicated volunteer to help coordinate our youth events so we can continue to make climbing and mountaineering accessible to the kids in our communities.

Activities Committee – It’s a lot of effort planning and organizing trips, but many hands make light work. Join our activities committee to help split the load and receive discounts on the events you coordinate in exchange.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


24th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival presented by Arc’teryx

A portion of all VIMFF tickets bought through our affiliate link in this post will go back to the ACC Columbia Mountains Section.

Join them virtually from February 19-28 to enjoy 50+ films (including 3 feature films), 3 interactive workshops, 3 engaging panel discussions and discover new documentaries about climbing, snowsports, the environment, mountain culture and adventure, plus more!

There are many ticket options available, including individual shows (climbing show, snowsports show, etc), feature films, and workshops. The Film Only Festival Pass allows you to stream all films in the festival and the All-Access Festival Pass gives you access to all films, workshops, and panel discussions.

All tickets and passes can be purchased here: