Our flagship program for aspiring Section trip leaders, apply now for the opportunity to receive a week of heavily subsidized leadership training based out of our ever-popular GMC
TNF Leadership Courses
Mountain leadership development is part of The Alpine Club of Canada’s mandate. Hundreds of volunteers give of their time at both the Section and National levels to ensure other ACC members have a safe and enjoyable time in the mountains. Twice annually (winter and summer), The North Face and The Alpine Club of Canada offer a Mountain Leadership Course for activity organizers from all ACC sections, in recognition of the leadership training needs of these tireless and invaluable volunteers. The principle objective of these courses is to empower ACC volunteers by enhancing their ‘soft’ leadership skill sets. Through alpine environments and technical travel, these leadership courses emphasize the ‘human-factor’ in leaders’ decision-making, applicable to ACC activities across Canada.
Teaching Leadership Skills
The focus of this course will be to identify and exercise key leadership skills in a summer mountaineering environment. Through adventure, planning, and practice, the objective is to develop each individual’s capabilities, covering a broad range of leadership skills, with emphasis on the following:
- Rope handling
- Route planning, selection and finding
- Multi-pitch systems
- Rescue systems
- Group dynamics, interaction and management
- Emergency situation management
Please note the course does not cover basic climbing skills or first aid. Conditions permitting, the majority of the daylight hours will be spent actively in the field, building skills and techniques. In the evenings – after dinner and a bit of relaxation – informal presentations and group discussions of the above topics will be held. Based on skills and experience in previous adventures and trip leadership, it is expected that participants will be able to share contributions to these discussions. Participants should be ready to plan, lead and co-ordinate all aspects of trips in the field. This will be an intensive, thought-provoking course with lots of learning for everybody!
Westfall Glacier GMC
The 2019 Summer Mountain Leadership Course will take place during the 5th week of the 2019 Westfall Glacier GMC, in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. For full information on the camp and logistics click here.
If looking for a place to stay over the course of this Camp, the ACC welcomes all participants to join them at the Clubhouse. We’re located just outside of Canmore with breath taking views of the surrounding mountains and a cozy kitchen and common area. You can reach us most hours at 1 (403) 678-3200.