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British Columbia Mountaineering Club

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British Columbia Mountaineering Club

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  • B.C. Mountaineering Club

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  • B.C.M.C.

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BCMC is one of the oldest outdoor clubs in British Columbia with over 100 years of tradition. Since its establishment in 1907, our members have blazed new routes, made first ascents and explored near and far corners of the Coast Mountains and beyond. The BCMC has recently reached a new milestone of 900 active member accounts. Our members are active in hiking, backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking and backcountry skiing. The British Columbia Mountaineering Club is dedicated to the enjoyment and exploration of the mountains, valleys and alpine regions of British Columbia through activities such as climbing, hiking, backpacking and ski touring. In addition to direct involvement in the outdoors through its trips and camps, the Club is active in conservation, trail and hut construction, trail maintenance, mountain safety and education.


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Every two years (except 2008*) the BCMC publishes The B.C. Mountaineer, a biennial journal containing well-illustrated reports of interesting and exotic trips club members have recently been on, as well as articles about the natural history of B.C.’s mountains. The most recent edition was published in 2012. In 2009 a Centennial edition of The B.C. Mountaineer was published to celebrate the club's 100 year anniversary (1907-2007). This issue contains many articles, some previously unpublished, written by club members over the 100 year period. Descriptions of the first ascents and early exploration of B.C.’s mountains abound and provide a fascinating picture of the evolution of mountaineering in B.C.’s Coast Mountains in particular.

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