Mountain Safety

The Safety Committee evaluates current practices and equipment as they might interest or concern Canadian climbers. Formal and informal networking, publication review and active testing are complemented by participation in various conferences and international efforts, including Accidents in North American Mountaineering.

Safety Committee members:

Hai Pham, Committee Chair – Ottawa Section
Peter Amann – Jasper/Hinton Section
Robert Chisnall – Toronto Section
Bill Scott – Ottawa Section
Frank Pianka – Thunder Bay Section
Anthony Gagne – Prince George Section


Hai Pham, Chair

Terms of Reference (PDF)

Safety Articles

Safety Columns from “The Gazette”

  • Summer 2012: pages 22-23 Proper rappel technique key to descending safely
  • Spring 2012: page 14 How to stay safely connected – to an anchor!
  • Summer 2011: page 14 Cultivating the “safety culture” of the ACC
  • Winter 2010: page 19 On belay: Ice is not rock solid
  • Spring 2010: pages 6-7 Terrain, terrain, terrain: A.K.A. The three most important things to know about avalanches

Incident Reporting

In the event of an accident on any ACC-sponsored activity, it is essential that the ACC National Office be notified.

Waivers and Policies

Any participant in activities sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada is required to sign the Release of Liability, Waiver of All Possible Claims, and Assumption of Risk (“the Release”). The importance of this document to the Alpine Club of Canada cannot be over-emphasized.

ACC waiver forms and policies are available on the Trip Administration page.

Accidents in North American Mountaineering

2013 Accidents in NA MountaineeringAccidents in North American Mountaineering (ANAM) is an annual compendium of climbing accident reports in the United States and Canada. This annual series started in 1948 and is published by the American Alpine Club (AAC). The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) started contributing material in 1977. The ANAM database is searchable at .

The objective of the ANAM series is to learn from other climbers’ mistakes. Each book contains detailed reports and analyses of what went wrong. Over time a pattern in common mistakes, objective hazards, and route specific hazards become apparent. Far from macabre, the information contained within ANAM contains valuable safety lessons for all climbers, whether a beginner or a seasoned veteran.

There was an absence in Canadian content from the ANAM for a few years while the ACC located a new content editor. The success of the ANAM is dependent upon the contributions of climbers, like you, and various park and rescue agencies.

For more information regarding the ANAM, please contact the ANAM Canadian Content Editor, Rob Chisnall, at

Submit your 2015 accident report for inclusion in the next ANAM by January 30, 2016 by filling out this online form:

ANAM submissions

en français:
ANAM soumissions


ANAM Canadian Content Editor, Robert Chisnall, at

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