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July David Thompson family climbing trip (trip full)

July 12 - July 15

Join the first-ever Great Plains Section family climbing trip! We’ll spend 12 to 15 July in the David Thompson corridor (climbing on 13 and 14 July). This trip is for families with children of any age. We’ll have climbing options in every grade range. The trip organizer will discuss the approaches and climbing areas with each adult participant to ensure this is the trip for them. Parents/guardians will be placed in groups with their children, and at least one parent/guardian must provide supervision of a maximum of two children at all times (in other words, one parent must always be on the ground). Please note that the trip is weather-dependent and could be cancelled at the trip leader’s discretion in the event of inclement weather.

The trip cost is $50 per participant. An active ACC Great Plains membership is required for each participant, including each child (see the ACC website for family membership options). Camping fees will be collected once trip participation is confirmed. Climbing is outside of provincial and national parks, so park passes are not required.

Participants are responsible for their own gear. Gear requirements include climbing shoes, a harness, carabiner/ATC, and helmet (mandatory). Depending on the size of children, full body harnesses might be required. The club has a limited number of harnesses and helmets available at no cost to participants on a first-come first-served basis. Please indicate on your trip application if you wish to borrow club gear. A recommended packing list will be provided to confirmed trip participants.

Participants are responsible for their own meals, including bagged lunches and snacks on climbing days. We will organize one group kid-friendly meal, and cost will be communicated for those interested in participating.

Travel and Accommodation
We will camp together near Nordegg, AB (details TBD) in a location that can accommodate both tents and trailers. Families will be responsible for arranging their own camping equipment. The cost of camping will be split by the participants. We will explore a bonus night of camping on 11 July for families wishing to explore the area or settle in a day early (there are many excellent swimming, paddling, hiking, and scrambling options nearby, and Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site is within striking range). Participants must arrange their own travel to and from Nordegg.

Trip Sign-up
To sign up, email Jennifer Arends ( with the following information:

  1. Full names of all participants,
  2. ACC membership number(s),
  3. Whether you need to borrow any club gear,
  4. Each participant’s level of climbing experience,
  5. Each participant’s age,
  6. Whether you are bringing a tent or a trailer, and
  7. Whether you would like to join the family supper.


July 12
July 15

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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).

For more information and online quotes, click here.

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