The Cana­dian Alpine Jour­nal

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The strong­est sym­bol of the club’s con­ti­nu­ity is the an­nual Cana­dian Alpine Jour­nal. It was es­tab­lished a year af­ter the acc had its first gen­eral meet­ing and has been pub­lished over 90 times in the last cen­tury. Ac­cord­ing to the acc web­site, the jour­nal pro­vides the reader with ‘ar­ti­cles and im­ages that re­flect the ways Cana­di­ans ap­proach moun­tain cul­ture, his­tory, sport and science.’ The Jour­nal was and still is pub­lished ev­ery year, col­lect­ing route de­scrip­tions, records of ad­ven­tures, moun­tain pho­tog­ra­phy, ge­o­graph­i­cal and nat­u­ral science ob­ser­va­tions, po­ems, songs, car­toons and obituaries. The edi­tor is cur­rently Sean Isaac, who was once Canada’s cut­ting-edge mixed climber. While The Jour­nal is an an­nual pub­li­ca­tion, the Club also pub­lishes The Gazette, a news­let­ter re­leased three times a year, one for the spring, sum­mer and win­ter sea­sons.In 2006 the pub­li­ca­tion of the Cen­ten­nial Gazette, a spe­cial is­sue cel­e­brat­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the acc. In the cer­e­mony’s open­ing speech, Mike Mortimer, the Club pres­i­dent in 2006 de­clared, “Clearly the Cen­ten­nial was an op­por­tu­nity to look to­wards the fu­ture – we knew where we came from but what about where we are go­ing? Ob­vi­ously we would not have the hubris to plan the next cen­tury, but maybe we would be in a po­si­tion to ex­am­ine the guide­lines set by our found­ing mem­bers and see if the cor­ner­stones, that had been laid in Win­nipeg and which had served us so well in the pre­vi­ous cen­tury, could do the same in the next cen­tury.”

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