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Trip Classifications

The Toronto Section Leadership Committee is developing a set of best practices to ensure that our section trips continue to be an enjoyable and safe, and meet the increasingly diverse needs of our members.

We have followed the example set by other sections, and developed a set of guidelines appropriate to the Toronto Section. Included are degrees of difficulty and trip classifications allowing both participants and coordinators to select and lead trips that suit their abilities and objectives.


  • Ensure that your membership for the Alpine Club of Canada is current.
  • Understand and complete the liability waiver form.
  • Trips are designed to be experiential, informative and social
  • Sign up for trips that will challenge you, but are not beyond your abilities. If inexperienced, go on easier trips first. Look at the trip classifications below prior to making your decision. If you're not sure about a trip, contact the leader or coordinator and ask questions.
  • Ensure that you have the necessary equipment and that it is in good condition. Remember, if you forget a key piece of equipment, this may have an adverse affect on the entire group.
  • Try to learn about the location and available routes of a climbing area before you attend.
  • Ensure that you register with the trip coordinator prior to the event. Do not just show up at the cliff otherwise you may not be permitted to participate

You will need to sign the ACC waiver before participating in any event. Download it, print a color copy and read it carefully. The waiver can be found at alpineclubofcanada waiver

Understand that you are responsible for your safety and that safety is everyone's responsibility.

Please check classifications before signing up for a trip.
If you have any questions, be sure to contact the trip coordinator.

Location: * Beginner "A" Trip Intermediate "B" Trip Advanced "C" Trip
  Rattlesnake Point 5.3 and up Mount Nemo 5.6 and up Bon Echo 5.5 and up
  Buffalo Crag 5.3 and up Old Baldy** 5.9 and up Lion's Head 5.9 and up
  Kelso 5.4 and up Medcalf Rock 5.7 and up Gunks, NY 5.4 and up
  Niagara Gorge bouldering Devils Glen 5.8 and up Dacks, NY 5.8 and up
    Rumney, NH** 5.4 and up Seneca Rocks, WV 5.7 and up

* Examples of climbing areas but by no means a comprehensive list
** Sport Areas

"A" Trip is suitable for beginner outdoor climbers. Participants are not required to lead, but must have belaying skills. Mostly single pitch trad or sport routes with an easy approach. Equipment requirements include harness, helmet, rock shoes and at least one locking carabiner.
"B" Trip is suited to outdoor climbers with experience following or leading mostly single pitch trad or sport climbs. Participants must be able to belay a leader, clean gear, follow a route, have rope management skills and knowledge of anchors. Equipment requirements include harness, helmet, rock shoes, two locking carabiners and a belay device. The approach may be longer and climbs more difficult to get to.
"C" Trip suitable for outdoor climbers experienced in leading or following single and multipitch trad routes. Participants must have rope management skills, knowledge of anchor systems and route finding abilities. Participants must also have experience in rappelling and confidence with exposure, hanging belays and some knowledge of first aid techniques and rescue systems. Trips may have a long approach, be in a remote area and could be up to a full day or 12 or more hours.

As always, if you have any questions about the details of a particular trip, please contact the trip coordinator in advance of the trip.