Alpine Club Of Canada

Prince George Section

COVID-19 affects us all. Be kind, be calm, be safe.

We have continued to suspend all in-person activities in compliance of the BC provincial mandate. Future decisions will be made following guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer. We continue to follow what our club is doing nationally, as well as provincial closures and guidelines. We will decide about the feasibility of future trips as more information becomes available.

We recognize many of our members will continue to enjoy the outdoors in their own bubbles. We would like to bring attention to the significance of Search And Rescue calls in a pandemic. SAR volunteers are following health protocols that impact search responses. This past summer, there was a record number of SAR related events in BC. The high level of calls can put a strain on their members, with the added challenge of protecting themselves from COVID-19. Consideration of risk should always be at the forefront and there are some basic tips and planning skills available on the AdventureSmart Program website. https://www.bcsara.com/adventuresmart/


We’d like to share mountain travel recommendations we have seen from other groups related to risk management during the pandemic:

  • Respect closed areas

  • Make conservative decisions regarding terrain selection.

  • Keep the difficulty level low and stay well within your abilities.

  • Keep your mountain activity to your local community.

  • Avoid travel to smaller communities and towns even if you are not intending to make a stop.

  • Ensure that physical distancing measures are still taken.

  • Do not carpool with people outside your ‘bubble’.

  • Consider early return times as a buffer for unexpected incidents.

  • Be prepared to spend the night out in an emergency.

  • Leave a trip plan. For more preparation info check the AdventureSmart app


ACMG has provided their members with a COVID checklist for day camps and is viewable here as a resource.



Some Reading Suggestions:

Mike Nash, one of our own PG ACC members, reviewed four VP books in the just-published Fall-Winter 2020 issue of Cloudburst Magazine. They can be accessed online as follows:

To Live by Élisabeth Revol: https://cloudburst.mountainclubs.org/2020/12/good-reads-to-live-fighting-for-life-on-the-killer-mountain/

Winter 8000 by Bernadette McDonald: https://cloudburst.mountainclubs.org/2020/12/good-reads-winter-8000-climbing-the-worlds-highest-mountains-in-the-coldest-season/

Tour du Mont Blanc by Kingsley Jones: https://cloudburst.mountainclubs.org/2020/12/good-reads-tour-du-mont-blanc/

Conquistadors of the Useless by Lionel Terray: https://cloudburst.mountainclubs.org/2020/12/good-reads-conquistadors-of-the-useless-from-the-alps-to-annapurna/

‘Winter 8000’ is timely as anticipation is building that the next few weeks may see the first winter ascent of the last 8,000 m peak to be so climbed, namely K2.

The full PDF or ISSUU version of the magazine can be freely downloaded from: https://cloudburst.mountainclubs.org/current-issue/, with the above reviews appearing on pages 20-27. As well, there is a remembrance on page 13 of Doug Scott from his visit to Prince George on November 11, 1997. His first request on picking him up at the airport was to go to the climbing gym which, alas, was closed for Remembrance Day.

Mike's review of volume 1, ‘Surveying the Great Divide: The Alberta/BC Boundary Survey, 1913-1917’ appeared in The Canadian Alpine Journal 2019, pages 186-187. You can read the Cloudburst version at: https://cloudburst.mountainclubs.org/2020/06/book-review-surveying-the-120th-meridian-and-the-great-divide-the-alberta-bc-boundary-survey-1918-1924/

January 25, 2021

Everyone is welcome. Join us!

The Prince George Section of the ACC is located in the heart of British Columbia, near the geographical centre of the province. We are active in the summer months with rock climbing, hiking and mountaineering trips and even more active in the winter months on skis and splitboards.

We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished as a section of the ACC and when we look to the future, we see many opportunities for us to grow and provide more services to those members of the club living in northern British Columbia. Join us!

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One of our members has organized Women's Trail Running Clinics. Check out the details below, and Contact Gretchen for more info!

Ladies trail running clinic

Join Jen Segger June 7 & 8 for an intermediate ladies only trail running clinic. Explore our local Pidherny trails starting Friday afternoon, June 7. Step it up to a local mountain run/hike (Grizzly Den/Raven Lake or Sugarbowl/Viking Ridge crossover, depending on snow levels) on Saturday, June 8. Cap off your Saturday with goal setting to help fuel your next adventures. This is a great opportunity to get on-the-trail coaching from Jen, who’s been pushing the limits of endurance sports for over 20 years. She now coaches athletes in disciplines as varied as tackling Mt Everest to running ultra-marathons. See jensegger.com for more information about Jen! Cost: $175 for both days.

To find out more, including how to register, email gretchenprystawik@hotmail.com

Mother-daughter trail running clinic:

On Sunday June 9, join Jen for a mother-daughter day in the mountains. Explore another local trail (Raven Lake, Sugarbowl, or Viking Ridge, depending on snow). For girls aged 9 to 12 who are keen to explore sports and goal setting. Expect to run/hike at least 10 km and be out for 6 to 8 hours. See jensegger.com for more information about Jen! Cost: $100 for mother and up to three daughters.

To find out more, including how to register, email gretchenprystawik@hotmail.com