Canadian Alpine Journal - The year of climbing in Canada

Published annually since 1907, The Canadian Alpine Journal (CAJ) is the flagship publication of the ACC. Each year, it is the permanent record of the biggest ascents, finest photography and most inspiring accomplishments. The CAJ is equal parts detailed route descriptions, introspective writing, science and humour.

This is our country’s representation of the year’s climbing in all its forms from coast to coast to coast and by Canadians abroad. To the mountain community, the CAJ is a collection of writings that individually and together celebrate the precious value and the infinite possibilities of life in the mountains.

The CAJ is published in July and is mailed to ACC members who have selected the CAJ upgrade with their membership. It can also be purchased from our Online Store.

Members: add the CAJ Subscription option to your membership by emailing Office Manager Victoria Curran.

Current Issue: Volume 105, 2022

The 2022 Canadian Alpine Journal is brimming with great feature articles and regional stories including full colour photos throughout its 144 pages. We are expecting this issue to sell out, so make sure to stay tuned to our social channels for when it's available for purchase!

Sneak a peek before you buy!

You can read the first few pages of Maarten van Haeren's In The Spirit of John Lauchlan here: 2022 CAJ
Retail: $29.95 | Members: $25.26 | Subscription: $22.00

Feature articles:

In The Spirit of John Lauchlan — Maarten van Haeren
Last Icy Stand — Zac Robinson
Pangea — Duncan Pawson
Interpretation — Pete Hoang
  
Sneak a peek at the opening spreads of the feature articles here: 2022 CAJ Features

Additional content in these categories:

The North – The West Coast – The Interior – The Rockies – The East – Foreign – Remembrances – Reviews – Index

Back Issues

Back issues of some issues of the CAJ are available. Contact the national office ([email protected]) for details.



Past Issue: Volume 104, 2021

The 2021 Canadian Alpine Journal is brimming with great feature articles and regional stories including full colour photos throughout its 186 pages. We are expecting this issue to sell out, so be sure to order your copy today!

Sneak a peek before you buy!

You can read the first few pages of Ethan Berman's Running in the Shadows here: 2021 CAJ
Retail: $29.95 | Members: $25.26 | Subscription: $22.00

Feature articles:

Running in the Shadows — Ethan Berman
Looking for Waffl — Greg Horne
Backyard Descents — Christina Lustenberger
MA's Vision Part 2 — Quentin Lindfield Roberts
An Unusual Skill Set — Paul Bride
 
Sneak a peek at the opening spreads of the feature articles here: 2021 CAJ Features

Additional content in these categories:

The Cultural Ranges – The North – The West Coast – The Interior – The Rockies – The East – Foreign – Remembrances – Reviews – Index

Back Issues

Back issues of some issues of the CAJ are available. Contact the national office ([email protected]) for details.



Patrons of the CAJ

These companies have donated generously to make the CAJ possible. We thank them sincerely.


Patrons of the CAJ are recognized in the Journal and in various ACC channels. For information on becoming a CAJ patron, please contact Keith Haberl.

Content and Submissions

It is expected that the CAJ represent Canadian climbing coast-to-coast, and that the information in the Journal is current and reflective of the broadest standards of style and ranges of difficulty.

The CAJ, and its legacy to the climbing community, could not happen without each year’s contributors. Our goal is to create the definitive record of Canadian climbing and to make that resource available for generations to come. We gladly accept articles that have been previously published in other periodicals. The CAJ does not pay for words or images.

Contact Information:

Sean Isaac, CAJ Editor
201 Indian Flats Road
PO Box 8040 Station Main
Canmore, AB   T1W 2T8
E: [email protected]
T: 403-609-7590

Download the CAJ contributor guidelines (pdf).