Is the club affiliated with Grant MacEwan University?
No, we just happen to be coincidentally named after the same man.
Why do I have to sign a waiver/assumption of risk agreement to take part in trips?
This is part of the club's risk management strategy. It is important that people realize that there is some potential risk involved when they take part in a trip and that they are knowingly choosing to take part and assume that risk. The trips are led by volunteers, and the signing of the waiver/assumption of risk agreement helps protect them and the club from being held liable should something happen. Of course trip leaders, trip coordinators, and the club as a whole promote safety at all times, and make every effort to ensure that trip participants have a safe, enjoyable experience.
Can I bring a guest on a trip?
Grant MacEwan Mountain Club encourages new membership and an openness to inviting guests to certain events. The purpose of allowing guests to attend events is to encourage future membership and provide an opportunity for others to experience the benefits of the club. To mitigate potential risk and liability to the GMMC, guests should only be allowed by the leader of events considered to be low risk, such as: social outings, low risk hiking, low risk cross-country skiing. Other higher risk activities such as: backcountry skiing,mountaineering, climbing, scrambling, backpacking require participants to be members of the club. Should a leader be unsure whether the criteria to allow guests have been met, they should consult with the safety or trips chairs.
What kind of gear do I need for trips?
See the section on "Preparing for a Trip" for gear lists and the beginner backpacking workshop handout. Also feel free to ask the leader/coordinator of the trip you are considering, as it will depend on the season and destination. Winter trips into the back country require avalanche transceivers, shovels, probes and extra food and clothes.
Where can I get gear for my trip?
The club rents some gear, such as transceivers, shovels, probes, tent, and some climbing equipment. Contact the Safety Chair for details. Mountain Equipment Co-op also rents equipment.
Are you guys really "hard-core"?
We are not truly hard-core, in terms of "life as a beer commercial" images of people hurtling themselves madly through the wilderness. We try to set up a variety of trips for different levels of participation, from beginner day trips to multi-day advanced backpacks and ski trips. That gives our members their choice of involvement and activity. Trip leaders usually encourage frequent rest stops and snack breaks. (Some can be bribed with M&Ms, jelly beans, potato chips, beer, etc. Others are known to take time out to burst into song.)
In what ways is the GMMC different from the Alpine Club of Canada?
Our club was formed as an alternative to the ACC. We are not part of a national organization, and we do not hire professional guides for our mountaineering camps. We have lower membership fees and a larger trip schedule. We tend to be more socially oriented.
Where can I learn to rock climb/ski/navigate/backpack?
The club offers a number of courses and workshops, based on interest levels within the club. We also recommend other providers where they can offer an appropriate course at a reasonable fee, and when we may not have enough club members to fill a course. Check the Courses section and the Links section, or contact the Courses Chair.