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REGISTRATION CLOSED: Rock Climbing Trip: May Long in South Dakota

May 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Ahhhh. May long weekend. The symbol of summer in Canada. But, sometimes Canada’s weather has a mind of it’s own this time of year. Join us this May long in the sunny Black Hills of South Dakota. The weather tends to be warm and sunny and the climbing is some of the best around. Check out the details below:

This year we will be offering section members an opportunity to go rock climbing on the May long weekend (Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19, 2018). We will be based out of the Black Hills National Forest Area in South Dakota. Climbing is weather dependent, therefore the leaders may decide to cancel the trip the week prior due to poor weather conditions.

THIS TRIP IS BEGINNER FRIENDLY. No prior climbing experience is required. The trip is currently
capped at 12 participants. (Participant number may increase based on participant experience).

Participants will be responsible for their own accommodations. There is a free camping area which is first come first served, as well as several reservable campgrounds for a small fee in the area. There are hotels available in Hill City and Keystone. 

Participants are responsible for their own gear. Gear requirements include climbing shoes, a harness, carabiner/ATC, and helmet. The club has a limited number of harnesses and helmets available at no cost to participants on a first come first served basis. A recommended packing list will be provided to confirmed trip participants.

Travel and Food
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to South Dakota and to the climbing areas. People will typically carpool with other participants and this is usually arranged in the weeks leading up to the trip.You will need a valid passport.

There is a $20 trip fee per participant that is 18 years of age and older. Sign up will be on a first come first served basis at the discretion of the trip leaders. Please scroll all the way down to find the Register Now button. 

Questions on this trip can be sent to Kristen at


May 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am
May 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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A.C.C. Great Plains Section


Black Hills, SD, USA

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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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