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Participant Responsibility Guidelines

Notice to All Participants:

To comply with insurance regulations, all participants and trip coordinators must be members of the Alpine Club of Canada and have completed an insurance waiver form. Waivers are available from the trip leader at the beginning of each trip. Amateur mountaineers conduct the activities of the Calgary Section of the Alpine Club of Canada on all occasions unless otherwise stated. Participants are responsible for their own safety at all times and are expected to have at least basic equipment. A participant who does not know the requirements and demands of a particular event should ask the coordinator well in advance. NEVER GO ON A TRIP YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF DOING SAFELY. As well, participants should be in reasonable physical condition. Newcomers to the club should give extra attention to the Responsibility Guidelines for all participants listed in this schedule.

Trip Coordinator:

  • Contact wardens, committee members, or experienced mountaineers/climbers to obtain information on the physical and technical demands of their trips and to be aware of the conditions, especially avalanche hazards, at the time of their trip.
  • Ensure that there are sufficient group/rope leaders if the party is sub-divided.
  • Limit participation to a number that will allow the trip to be done safely and to people with sufficient ability and equipment. If unfamiliar with anyone, ask directly about their experience.
  • Ensure that all participants have signed a waiver form prior to every section outing.
  • Team the less experienced with the more experienced participants and direct all to activities within their abilities. Encourage experienced rope teams to make their own plans within the overall party objectives.
  • Arrange hut space and keys, campsites, overnight registration, transportation, ropes, first aid supplies, rescue equipment, etc, as required.
  • Ask one participant to write a trip report and post (forum will due at the moment)

Group / Rope Leader:

  • Learn all you can about the area, routes, weather, and participants.
  • Choose your rope team so that it includes enough experienced members and a route within everyone's abilities.
  • Inform the trip leader of your route, possible variations and a time plan.
  • Keep the team together and try to make the event enjoyable for everyone.

Guidelines for Participants

  • Learn as much as you can about the trip before you sign up.
  • Sign up for trips that will challenge you, but are not beyond your abilities. If unsure, ask the trip leader and tell them your experience and fitness level. People inexperienced in the mountains should start with easier trips.
  • Ensure that you have the right equipment and that it is in good repair.
  • Bring your helmet on any trip rated “Scramble” or “Climb,” or any trip that involves summer glacier travel (you may be asked to bring a helmet for winter glacier travel as well.)
  • Be prepared to carry part of the group gear.
  • Read, print and sign, in advance, the release of liability/waiver. Take it with you to the trip or event and give it to the trip leader.
  • Share expenses. At a minimum, each car pool passenger should pay the driver for gas. For example, for a 100km journey, with three people in the car, consider using a formula like this:

(100km/3 people) * reasonable per-kilometre allowance = $ Your share of gas
In 2013, the reasonable allowance was $.54/km. So the formula looks like this: 100 * $0.54/3 = $17.99.

In Case of an Accident:

  • The trip leader should consider the severity and implications of the accident, the remaining hazards, the time, the terrain, and the available resources, when deciding what should be done next.
  • The leader should ensure that everyone's present safety is maintained and danger is minimized as consistent with emergency activities.
  • If help is needed, the leader should organize an orderly expedition to get help.
  • If conditions permit, witnesses should stay in the area to provide any necessary information to rescue personnel.
  • All party members should
    • inform the person(s) in charge of any special abilities;
    • ensure their own safety and, unless their help is required, stay clear of rescue activities;
    • cooperate with everyone involved in emergency operations.
  • One person, preferably the trip leader, should prepare a written report and inform the section chair of all the circumstances of the accident. Any further public comment should be left to the Canmore clubhouse head office.

Responsibilities as regards ACC ropes:

  • NOTE: Damaged ropes will be replaced at the cost of the Alpine Club. Members are encouraged to report damage for the safety of other members. Rope use is on a "no fault" basis.
  • Trip Leader:
    • Ensure proper usage of ropes.
    • Advise rope keeper in writing of any known damage.
    • Advise rope keeper in writing of any falls.
    • Dry ropes before returning.
    • Return ropes within 5 days.
  • Climbers:
    • Examine rope to ensure it is in suitable condition for trip.
    • Ensure proper usage of ropes , eg. avoiding crampon or boot damage.
    • Advise Trip Leader of any known damage.
    • Advise Trip Leader of any falls.