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The State of the Mountains Report



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As Canada's national mountain organization, the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) has a commitment and responsibility to act as a steward of our mountains—to bear witness to the things our members see and experience in the high places we love so much. The State of the Mountains Report is a result of a collaborative effort between the ACC Access & Environment and Mountain Culture Committees. In this report, through the observations of many of our most experienced members, we have attempted to act on this commitment and "speak for the mountains".

The State of the Mountains Report takes a unique approach at pulling back the veil on climate change.

In this report, twelve of Canada's most well-known mountaineers and guides provide their observations and anecdotes about changes they have witnessed in the mountain environment. A select group of scientists then respond to the observations of those mountaineers. Do the mountaineers' stories line up with scientific research to this point? The end goal was not to produce a scientific paper, but rather a resource that any person who cares about the mountains can understand.

Author Meghan Ward proudly displays The State of the Mountains Report.

The State of the Mountains Report gives Canadians, and all readers alike, the opportunity to hear the voices of people who have spent countless hours researching from glacial moraines and climbing the highest peaks in Western Canada. The contributors in the report have, in one way or another, dedicated their lives to the alpine and have offered their first-hand experiences, expertise and photographs to tell the stories of how climate change has not only affected the mountains, but also their livelihoods.

CORRECTION: in the paper version of The State of the Mountains Report photos of Vowell Glacier on page 6 are courtesy Brad Harrison, not Roger Laurilla as credited. We apologize for this error.

    VISION: Preserving, practicing and promoting Canadian mountain culture and self-propelled alpine pursuits.
Préserver, pratiquer et promouvoir la culture alpine canadienne et les activités non motorisées en montagne.