Trip Leaders

Resource Paper for Trip Leaders

Some time ago, Section members prepared a trip leaders resource paper with guidelines and suggestions for trip leaders, and this is now available for download. This resource paper evolved from the following question: "How do we, as a club, working within the present and evolving legal and political climate, continue our efforts to provide safe and enjoyable climbing and mountaineering outings with more or less loose organization around volunteer leaders?" We hope that leaders of trips, and particularly new leaders, will take the time to read this document, which contains lots of good information on planning, evaluating suitability of potential trip participants, waivers, etc. The club depends on its volunteer leaders and greatly appreciates them and their efforts. In general, the section likes the way it has been run in the past, with a minimum of rules and the expectation that participants in club activities will take responsibility for their own safety and that of the group.


Organizing Section Trips with Significant Costs

Trip leaders should request a cash advance from the Treasurer in advance of trips with high GST costs (e.g., private cabins, helicopters, etc.). Participants then reimburse the trip leader with cheques made out to Alpine Club of Canada - VI Section. This has benefits for leaders and all section members:

  • The leader is not out of pocket.
  • The Section can claim 50% of the GST cost (the ACC is a charitable organization).
  • Any profit on the trip accrues to the Section (a loss, of course, must be borne by the participants).

Trip Waivers

Trip leaders are responsible for ensuring that each participant signs a trip waiver. For participants aged 13-18, both the participant and a parent must sign the waiver form, while for children aged 12 or less, the parent must sign.  Completed waivers should be sent to:

Tom Hall

2680 MacDonald Dr

Victoria, BC  V8N 1X9

or scanned to a pdf and sent to Tom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Avalanche Beacons

From National Website (
May 2011

  • Participants on all mountaineering, skiing and ice climbing trips, camps and courses of the Alpine Club of Canada in avalanche terrain are required to use a modern avalanche transceiver, as recommended by the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Recommended avalanche transceivers are digital, multi-antenna transceivers; analog and single-antenna transceivers are no longer acceptable. This policy becomes effective with the winter avalanche season 2011/2012, as of November 1, 2011.
  • ACC members are advised to take note of the manufacturer?s recommendations for the expected useful service life of avalanche transceivers.
  • ACC members are encouraged to upgrade avalanche transceivers to digital, three-antenna models such as the Tracker 2, Ortovox 3+, Barryvox/ Mammut Pulse, Pieps DSP?; digital, two-antenna beacons (Tracker DTS, Ortovox X1?) are still acceptable.
  • ACC members are also advised that the usefulness of any transceiver depends on the familiarity of the user with the transceiver. Regular practice throughout the season is strongly recommended.