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Amisk Lake rope and rock skills

August 30 - September 1


Join James from 30 August to 1 September about 30 minutes south of Flin Flon, MB to explore an area of Saskatchewan relatively close to home (7.5 hours) and work on some rope and rock skills.  Just South of Flin Flon on the eastern side of Amisk Lake, SK, there is a series of cool Karst geological features.  Karst features are cave-like systems that form from expansion and contraction, which breaks the layers of the rock up, creating underworldly travel opportunities that offer some vertical freedom. 

This trip will allow us to:

    • Explore the Karst caves–have a look at:
    • Experiment and consolidate abseiling techniques
    • Figure out how to ascend a rope with simple equipment
    • Learn and practice top access anchors
    • Learn about and be able to place trad gear and use natural anchors
    • Maybe climb out of the crevice on the limestone walls (about as tall as Regina Climbing Centre gym walls)
    • Explore haul systems to facilitate rescue or assistance (crevasse rescue)
    • See a cool feature that Saskatchewan has to offer


No outdoor experience is required. If you have taken a course with James, then this is an excellent opportunity to practice those skills in a real outdoor setting. If you don’t know what any of the above terms are, then you may be in for a lot of hard work. 

Participants will need a good sense of adventure and enthusiasm to explore  and develop themselves as climbers.


  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Head lamp
  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes/hiking boots (climbing shoes are optional, but this is a skills-based trip, climbing may or may not actually happen)
  • Belay device and carabiner
  • Anything you have that you want to practice with
  • Bug spray
  • Your own camping gear


  • Camping for free off the road (toilets too)
  • Amisk Lake Campground self registration (dog friendly) 13-minute drive
    • Firewood is available and free
    • James, Serena and Baxter will be staying here
  • Denare beach is a town to the north. It has lodging with mattresses, a few restaurants, etc. 
    • Swimming is possible in Amisk Lake.

Food: bring your own

Travel: Personal vehicles either, solo or carpooling

Contact James to sign up.


August 30
September 1

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Trip Info & Guidelines

Guidelines For Trip Participants

All trips listed in the Great Plains Section’s trip schedule are coordinated by amateur volunteer hikers, skiers and climbers. When on a trip, participants must act in a manner that is safe and responsible and participants are expected to bring the equipment requested by the trip organizer. Participants should find out the requirements and demands of the trip well in advance by asking the organizer and researching the trip in guidebooks and other literature. You must be a member of the Great Plains Section of the Alpine Club of Canada to join a trip.

Further guidelines for participants
  • Be prepared to complete a Release of Liability (Waiver). Waiver Form
  • You must be a member of the Great Plains Section of the Alpine Club of Canada to join a trip.
  • Sign up for trips that will challenge you, but are not beyond your abilities. If unsure, ask the trip organizer and tell them your experience and fitness level. People inexperienced in the mountains should start with easier trips.
  • Learn about the trip before you attend (which route, number of kilometers, amount of vertical gain/loss, type of terrain, length of day, etc.).
  • Give as much notice as possible to the trip organizer if you are unable to go on the trip. There are often waiting lists of other members who would like to go. If you do not provide enough notice of cancellation for your spot to be filled, your trip deposit will not be refunded.
  • Ensure that you have the right equipment and that it is in good repair.
  • For winter trips, ensure that you are using a digital avalanche transceiver and that it is in good working order. Single antenna/analog transceivers are not acceptable.
  • Bring your helmet on all moderate and difficult scrambles and all climbing trips. Leaders may ask you to bring your helmet on certain ski trips as well.
  • Be prepared to contribute to the trip and carry part of the group gear (ropes, etc.).
Personal Insurance
In addition to the liability coverage that the ACC provides for its members when they are participating in ACC activities, the ACC sells, through TuGoTM Travel Insurance, personal insurance for trips.

As a broker for TuGo, the ACC offers Emergency Medical Insurance, Trip Cancellation Insurance, Baggage Insurance and more. These policies are available to all Canadians travelling outside their home province within Canada as well as internationally.

If you require medical attention while you’re traveling outside of your home province, or outside of Canada, your provincial health care plan may not cover you. The ACC’s trip insurance covers air ambulance, emergency medical and many other medical expenses. Climbing, skiing and other backcountry accidents are not exempted (as they are with many insurers).

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