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June Bow Valley climbing trip (trip full)

June 14 - June 17


Kick off your 2024 climbing season with us! We’re heading to the Bow Valley from 14 to 17 June (climbing on 15 and 16 June). Beginners with some gym climbing experience (but not necessarily outdoor experience) are welcome. A signed waiver will be required for each participant. Please note that the trip is weather-dependent and could be cancelled at the trip organizer’s discretion in the event of inclement weather.

The trip cost is $50 per participant. An active ACC Great Plains membership required. The group will be camping in the Banff/Canmore area, and camping fees will be collected once trip participation is confirmed. Climbing may occur in the provincial (Kananaskis) or national (Banff) parks, and participants will be responsible for all relevant park vehicle passes (more information to come).

Participants are responsible for their own gear. Gear requirements include climbing shoes, a harness, carabiner/ATC, and helmet (mandatory). 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 all their own meals, including bagged lunches on climbing days. We will organize one optional group meal, at an additional cost to participants choosing to opt in.

Travel and Accommodation
Tenting campsites near Banff/Canmore will be reserved and shared by the group (campground TBD), and the cost will be split by the participants. Anyone not wishing to stay with the group is responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. Participants must arrange their own travel to and from the Bow Valley.

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

  1. Full name,
  2. ACC membership number,
  3. What (if any) club gear you need to borrow,
  4. Your level of climbing experience,
  5. Whether you wish to camp with the group (indicate tent or trailer), and
  6. Whether you wish to participate in the group supper, at additional cost.


June 14
June 17

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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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