Who We Are
The ACC Great Plains Section is situated in the Canadian great plains and is based out of Regina, Sask. The section was started in May 2018 with the goal to expand the opportunities for adventure in the Regina and Southern Saskatchewan area.
Our section is focused on leadership and skills training so that all of our members have the skills, ability and confidence to safely venture out on their own. We know that leadership is the backbone of any great adventure and ensuring the safety of the group of members is paramount to having fun. Oh, and yes, we love to have fun!
Although we seem to be far away from everything, we are actually situated in a great spot with many prime adventures areas within an 8 hour drive:
- Canmore, AB – 875km
- Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota – 780km
- Waterton National Park – 752km
- Kananaskis Provincial Park, AB – 874km
- Devil’s Tower – 730km
- Lake of the Woods, ON – 791km
We love the Canadian Rocky Mountains but we also love variety. Keep and eye on our trips and events section to see where we are venturing to next.
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Mike first became an Alpine Club of Canada member in 1986. His original teachers were “Trial and Error” and after some back country hiking and scrambling, he found he wanted to experience high places with experienced people. He has met and climbed with many mentors and peers. Trips have been taken to England, France, Italy, Ecuador, Nepal, United States and of course, Canada. His original passion was ice climbing, which led to rock climbing, which led to ski mountaineering, which led to Alpine climbing.
The ACC has opened up a new realm of access to the outdoors that Jennifer had not been able to harness on her own. In the past four years that she has been a member, Jennifer has gone on numerous rock climbing trips, starting out as someone who had never touched outdoor rock in that way before to becoming a confident climber. The ACC group arranged a top rope anchor building course which helped to boost confidence and skills. On other trips, Jennifer was taught to clean anchors and to lead.
Bill has 30 plus years of adventuring under his belt that has included backcountry, cross country and alpine skiing, traditional, sport and ice climbing, scrambling, hiking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, camping, and general backpack travel throughout North America, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Mark is a long-time skier still trying to figure out how to keep the snow out of his pants. As well as a short-time climber trying to figure out which end of the rope is the up side. Mark has been backcountry skiing for five years. This includes bringing out beginners and organizing larger trips, largest of which was a 9-person Bow-Yoho Traverse.
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Jayne began her outdoor adventures when she met her husband, Jamie, 24 years ago. In 2016 she began her rock and ice journey, with the ACC playing a critical part of teaching her new skills. She’s the brains behind climbing trips to The Black Hills of South Dakota and keeps everyone on track. Jayne is eager to run more trips for the new section and to build new friendships as a result.
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Jamie is a lover of things nature. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major/minor in geography/geology. He’s been active in outdoor sports of all kinds from a young age. Whether on a hiking trail, on the water or up a mountain, Jamie is always ensuring he is a steward of the natural resources around him.
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Types of Trips
Scrambling is ascending a non-technical mountain with the summit as the end goal. Scrambling can usually involve negotiating lower angle rock, traveling through talus and scree but does not involve traveling on extremely steep slopes or on glaciers.
Ice Climbing uses ice tools and crampons to climb features such as icefalls and frozen waterfalls. Mixed climbing involves using ice tools on both rock and ice. This is fun and challenging winter activity that we enjoy in the mountains.
There is no better way than on a pair skis to enjoy the backcountry of the mountains in winter. From steep slopes to long traverses such as the classic Wapta Traverse, we love to do it all.
Rock climbing is physically and mentally demanding, often testing a climber’s strength, endurance, agility, balance and mental control. We enjoy getting together to climb outdoors and indoors to improve and learn new skills.
Mountaineering involves attempting to reach the summit of big mountains. Mountaineering requires expertise in rock, snow and glacier travel along with athletic ability and technical knowledge to maintain safety. Join us to learn and practice these skills.
Developing the technical skills of our section members is what we do. Leaders and members will have the opportunity to enhance their skills through trips and other skill building events.