The club was formed in 1978 by a small group of people interested in the safe pursuit of outdoor activity, particularly in the mountain back country. Their focus was one of respect and concern for the natural environment. They took the name of a former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Honourable J.W. Grant MacEwan, in recognition of this gentleman’s deep regard for the wilderness of Alberta.
The club has grown steadily in size, and now averages well over 200 members. There are no special prerequisites to join, and there are activities available for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.
The club offers a wide range of trips throughout the year, as well as courses, workshops and social events. Our informal motto is, "The eating club with a hiking problem!"
Trip leaders are volunteers from within the club and members are responsible for assessing their own ability level and choosing trips accordingly. There is a strong emphasis on safety, and some of the trips require the completion of specific courses, such as avalanche awareness, in order to participate. Participants are also required to sign a waiver and assumption of risk agreement for each trip.
Club meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the St. Faith's Anglican Church Hall, 11725 93 Street, Edmonton, Alberta. The club newsletter, The Mountain High, is published monthly to keep members up to date and to inform them about upcoming events.
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