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Bon Echo Revitalization Project Update - March 2018

Geoff Schimmel is the Project and Construction Lead on the Bon Echo renewal project. Read Geoff's update and overview of the work that will take place this year at the hut:

"On behalf of everyone on the Bon Echo Renewal Project committee, I am pleased to introduce myself as Chair and to bring you up to speed on the efforts that we are making to bring the revitalization of the hut to a reality. I trust that my experience over the past two decades in construction and the forest products sector will add value throughout this project's life, and contribute to its long-term success."

Read Geoff's full update at March Update

Enter the Toronto Section Photo Contest!

Hey Members!

The Toronto Section wants your photos! We are updating our look and want to show case the cool stuff our members do on our marketing material, including Facebook, Instagram, banners and the ACC Toronto Section website.

Please participate in our first ever photo competition. All photos will be made available for our marketing material, but the BEST THREE will win a prize.

The details and guidelines for the competition are as follows:

Guidelines for photo content: The photos must be associated with the type of adventures ACC members participate in. This includes, but is not limited to: mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, ice climbing, hiking, snowshoeing and bar stooling. Entries that may have a lower chance of winning include selfies on the beach, unless it is at the bottom of a 3,000 foot rock climb. We like photos of our members doing fun things, but please make sure you have permission from all people in the photo and guardian permission for minors.
Participants must be ACC Toronto Section members.

Please submit high resolution files with a minimum 3,000 pixels on the longest side of the photo.

For the full details of the contest and how to enter please go to Photo Contest

Toronto Section Mountaineering Camp Aug 12 - 19, 2018

Westfall/Nemo (Selkirk Mountains)

The 2018 ACC Toronto Section Mountaineering Camp will be located in the Westfall / Nemo area of the Selkirk Mountains. The campsite will be situated in the upper part of South Houston Creek just west of the Gobi Pass at an elevation of 2040 m. The area provides a variety of technical objectives including snow, ice and rock (granite) routes, as well as opportunities to hike and scramble.

For more details please see 2018 Section Camp

WANTED: Your climbing stories!

Done anything cool lately on the rock, a waterfall , a mountain? Was it awesome? Maybe your adventure didn't go so well but you have something to share that may help other climbers.

How about that easy half day route in the mountains that turned into a forty hour epic? Or the time you forgot all your ice screws in the trunk of the car, a short helicopter ride away?

Did you attend your first Section Camp or GMC? What was it like?

Whatever the adventure please write it up and send it in to share with other Section members. Pictures are great. Please email your writeup and photos to

For past stories please see Section Climbing Stories

Keep Climbing until the Day You Die!

Gerry Banning - Dec 2017

In Gerry's words "I started climbing in 1978 and kept it up for about 20 years. After I left climbing, I got into other training modes including CrossFit and Olympic lifting. About 4 years ago, at 68, I returned to climbing. Now 72, because of the more advanced training methods available now, and more time to train because of an easier job, I am climbing much better than I did in my 30's and 40's. I've learned a lot on this journey, and am keen to pass it on."

Read Gerry's guide to training for climbing for all ages. Keep Climbing

Gerry references a document on 'The Overhead Press'. Read it here Overhead Press