2018 Section Election

Election Season!

It's the time of year when we look to elect some of our board, for a multi-year term (each year different positions are elected). Each candidate in the 2018 election has prepared a short statement, so you can get to know them a bit better. All will also be presenting at the September Monthly Meeting, so come out and hear them in person!

How do I vote for a candidate?
Voting is not currently open. Once voting is open you will receive an email with instructions on how to vote (electronically only).

When do I get to know the results?
The results will be sent out after voting has concluded. The new board members will be introduced at our late October AGM.

Candidate Statements

Section Chair

Barry Anderson

First off I’d like to thank my fellow section member for the nomination.  I joined the ACC Edmonton Section after moving here only 6 years ago, with no network and the Alpine Club has been an invaluable piece of social infrastructure.  I have acted as a board member, mentor on club courses and trip organizer as part of an effort to invest back into the club that has had such a positive impact on my life.  Through the course of my day job and other volunteer activities I have completed structured leadership training, developed and continuously exercised my collaborative communication muscles to facilitate decision making through group consensus.    Using these skills to execute the role of Section Chair would be an honor and a privilege as I am aware of the integrity and passion current board and numerous club members bring to this organization.

Steven Rockarts

I’ve been a member of the Edmonton section since 2012 and my climbing career has “grown up” with the club so to speak. I started out with the club learning through SIM and then as a participant on trips over the first few years. After getting a lot out of the club, I decided to give back and have volunteered in many capacities, including running Winter on Ice, various styles of trips and teaching clinics in town. I’ve also volunteered on the board in the past as communications director. Over the years, I have seen the club grow a lot and I’m excited about the direction it is heading in. I’d like to see the section become one of inclusivity and be the first place people think of when looking for a place to help grow their confidence and leadership in the mountains.


Michele Eickholt

I enjoy climbing, hiking, bicycling, and ski-touring in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. I gained an introduction to the mountains when I first came to Alberta through the ACC Edmonton Winter In the Mountains course and have kept having fun in the club. I co-lead climbing and ski touring trips. I’ve organized the Marmot Meadows group camp this summer and help with belay checks at RJF. The Secretary position is another opportunity to be involved and give back.

My career has been in public institutions. I’ve been in Edmonton for six years now and work in finance for the City, including providing planning and strategy in my team. Addressing the specific requirements of the Secretary position: I’m organized, fast and accurate at documenting meetings and have experience with reviews of policies and procedures. 

Thanks for your consideration!

Brian Fenske

Hello! My name is Bryan and I would like to be your next section secretary! While I only joined the Edmonton Section in October 2017, I cannot remember a time when the outdoors and mountains have not been a part of my life - I evidently was camping in a tent as an infant. Gradually, my sights turned to summiting mountains in addition to hiking below them. After over a decade of scrambling and a few close calls, I decided joining the section and taking some courses was a safer path forward. In addition, as my interests became more challenging, flying solo was no longer as appealing and I needed a medium to make a few wilderness friends. The club has not disappointed and I am eager to utilize my life-long passion for the mountains and give back to a local community that has already given me so much!


Safety Chair

Rick Checkland

I am running for re-election as the safety chair.

The safety chair has one basic responsibility. The safety chair and their committee perform the due diligence required to protect the section, its members and the trip leader. This means ensuring that the trip objectives, planning, and the leader’s level of training and experience are consistent with the legal responsibilities of the Edmonton section. This due diligence can involve discussing and providing suggestions to the trip leader to ensure the trip is safe and conducted for the benefit of the participants.

I have served in a number of board positions, including section chair, Breeze (newsletter) editor, climbing chair, ski chair, and courses chair. As well I have been involved with leading trips and instructing the section’s basic schools for over 4 decades.

I am active in climbing, skiing and hiking on section trips and lead several every year.

Foster Karcha

As Safety Chair, I would bring years of board experience, leadership experience, and a deep interest in safety cultures, risk management and mountain safety to the service of the club. I have experience mountaineering in winter and summer, backcountry skiing, rock, and ice climbing. I have previously served the club as Leadership Director (2013-2016), and I have been leading ski, mountaineering, rock and ice climbing trips for the club since 2014. In addition, I have over 8 years of experience in Search and Rescue, where I have served as a Team Leader (over 5 years), Training Director (2014-2017), and am the current Tasking Agency Liaison for Parkland Search and Rescue. I would bring a risk-based approach to the Safety Chair, encouraging volunteerism in the section: I would work with my fellow board members, volunteers, and course organizers to create opportunities for members while maintaining our strong safety culture.


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The Edmonton Section is holding our fourth Annual Ski Camp at the Campbell Icefields January 12-19, 2019. This popular location just north of Golden, features a first class chalet that boasts electrical power, indoor flush toilets, sauna, showers, running water and semi-private rooms. The location handpicked by two well respected Mountain Guides is located on the western slopes of the Canadian Rockies, a place famous for it dry champagne powder skiing. The limitless terrain offers an abundance of treed skiing, open bowls on all aspects, peaks to ascend and glaciers to traverse. The area which is close to the continental divide offers something for all backcountry ski abilities. The Section was able to secure a coveted week at this piece of paradise for only $850.00 per person (self-catered, self-guided). If you want join this annual tradition, please email David.ACC01+CIC4@Gmail.com, but don’t hesitate too long as previous camps have filled very, very quickly. 

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TUESDAY MAY 22 19:30-22:00


In May of 1967 Don Gardner, Charlie Locke, Neil Liske and Chic Scott skied The Great Divide Traverse, across the glaciers and icefields of the Continental Divide from Jasper to Kicking Horse Pass near Lake Louise. It took them 21 days. Fifty years later, in May of 2017, Phil Widmer and Matt Smider skied the Great Divide Traverse. It took them 21 days as well. In this show Phil and Chic will compare their two adventures, discussing what has changed and what has remained the same. The pair will have lots of great images and stories from the two ski traverses.

Phil Widmer was born and grew up in Banff. He has been a Canadian National Team cross-country ski racer for years and is now working towards his ski guide license.

Chic Scott was born and grew up in Calgary. He has devoted his life to mountain adventure around the world. Today he lives in Banff.

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Alpine & Short Roping Course

Alpine & Short Roping Course

If you’ve found yourself faffing about on moderate ground, trying to figure out how to get up it faster, you’re not alone.  On many of the Rockies’ classic alpine routes, moderate terrain makes up the majority of the ground travelled, and this terrain can be the bane of many a climber.  This course will help you move up long routes with ease, and be back at the trailhead comfortably in time for happy hour.

New Trip First Aid Requirements

New Trip First Aid Requirements

he Edmonton Section puts a priority on safety for all our mountain and urban activities.  To this end, the Edmonton Section Board adopted a policy that at least 1 person on every trip must have valid First Aid training plus a CPR-A valid certificate, effective Nov. 1, 2018. Training must be at least a 16 hour first aid course (or equivalent re-certification), such as Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid. 

Call for Summer Skills Program Instructors

Call for Summer Skills Program Instructors

Are you an experienced multipitch climber?  Do you climb a bunch on trad gear and feel comfortable teaching others how to do it?  We're considering offering courses in multipitch efficiency and trad gear use this summer.  We'd like to offer something unique to our membership, and a volunteer-run course would be an excellent opportunity for our members to develop their skills under your kind tutelage!