Warning signs in the alpine 

Alpine Club of Canada to host mountain-focused climate change workshop in Banff

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As guest speaker at the ACC workshop, Sauchyn will deliver a Canadian Climate Change Impact Overview.

The aim of the workshop, however, is not to look to the cause of climate change, but to put forward the latest information and emerging climate change adaptation strategies as a basis for establishing a protocol for action allowing the ACC to recognize and address climate change impacts on Canada’s mountain regions. It is hoped that the protocol will serve as a template for alpine organizations around the world interested in doing the same.

“The Alpine Club of Canada is not interested in pointing a finger, we’ll leave that to other minds,” Mortimer said. “What we want to do is find ways we can better understand what the problem is, and how to address it. What are the best practices we can encourage? As the largest operator of backcountry huts in North America, how do we reduce our impact in our mountain activities.”

By sharing experiences and information on a global scale, it is hoped workshop participants can all discover ways to improve their current practices.

“I think everybody has a responsibility, but as mountaineers we have the additional challenge because we’re the ones who see it,” Mortimer said. “We recreate in these areas, and we have a responsibility to leave the mountains in the same or better condition than we find them.

“We want the next generation to be able to enjoy what we’ve been able to enjoy.”

Public attendance at the workshop is welcome. For more information go to

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