Trip Classifications


  • Ensure that your membership for the Alpine Club of Canada is valid.
  • You will need to sign the ACC waiver before participating in any event. Download it, print a color copy, read it carefully, and sign it.
  • 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.
  • Bring the right gear: Have the necessary equipment and in good working order. Broken or forgotten equipment can cause adverse affects on the entire group.
  • Learn about the location and available routes of a climbing area before you attend.
  • Pre-register with the trip coordinator, do not just show up you will not be permitted to participate.
  • Understand that you are responsible for your safety and that safety is everyone’s responsibility.


Here are a few examples of climbing areas.

Location A Trip / Beginner Location B Trip / Intermediate Location C Trip / Advanced
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 (Sport Area) 5.9 and up Lion’s Head 5.9 and up
Kelso 5.4 and up Metcalfe Rock 5.7 and up Gunks, NY 5.4 and up
Niagara Gorge bouldering Devil’s Glen 5.8 and up Dacks, NY 5.8 and up
Rumney, NH (Sport Area) 5.4 and up Seneca Rocks, WV 5.7 and up

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

A Trips
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 Trips
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 Trips
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.