ACC Ambassadors

Pushing boundaries and making a difference in Canada's climbing community

Nancy Hansen

Canmore, AB

Nancy Hansen started climbing in 1995 and has made a number of difficult ascents and firsts since then, being the first and only female to to summit all 11,000er's in the Canadian Rockies (and she still holds the "speed record" of 7 years), first and only female to complete all 34 routes in Kallen's 1977 Yamnuska guidebook, and has completed 46 of the climbs in Steck and Roper's "Fifty Classic Climbs of North America". Hansen has been an important part of the Alpine Club of Canada for over 20 years and continues to support the mountain community.

  • Rockies 11k Peaks – First female to complete all 54
  • Awards – Recipient of the Guy Lacelle Pure Spirit Award, ACC’s Distinguished Service Award, Mislow-Swanson Denali Pro Award.

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Gordon McArthur

Cranbrook, BC

Gordon McArthur's focus was on mixed climbing competitions. He traveled the world every winter competing for Canada on the World Cup Ice Climbing Tour, preparing months in advance to climb at his best. Throughout the off-season McArthur loves to rock climb, spending most nights at his local crag or traveling to amazing places like Wyoming, Las Vegas, Kentucky, and his favourite: the Bow Valley.

  • World Cup Competition (Ice/Mixed) – Ranked 1st in Canada.
  • World's Hardest Drytool Line – First ascent of Storm Giant, D16.

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Sonnie Trotter

Canmore, AB | Squamish, BC

Sonnie Trotter is one of the world's most accomplished rock climbers. His first breakthrough was on a camping trip to Colorado at the age of 17 with only 21 months of climbing experience. Trotter is widely known for his first ascent of Cobra Crack, perhaps the world's most coveted finger crack climb, but he enjoys mixing up all styles of climbing as much as possible – from bouldering and sport climbing to traditional routes, big walls and even the occasional alpine route.

  • First Ascents – Cobra Crack 14a/b, The Prow Wall 14a, Family Man 14, The Path 14a/b R.
  • Second Ascents – Rhapsody 14b/c R, Learning to Fly 13, The Down System 14a, The Prophet 13d R.

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