Alpine Club Of Canada

Thunder Bay Section

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Photographer: Monica Prodanyk
Setting up at Cascade Falls, OB for the annual Festiv'Ice Event (Feb 21, 2016)

Photographer: T Prodanyk
Jeff G instructing basic knot techniques at Beginner Clinic in May 2015.

Photographer: T Prodanyk
Frank instructing August, host of The Weekend Adventurer, on ice climbing techniques at Festiv'ice 2015.

Photographer: Rob Farrow
Section Member Doug climbing Glace Echlatante at the Intermediate Ice Climbing on Jan 18.

Photographer: Adrienne Kidd
New Section member Dylan DiMarco showing some flexible moves at the first Beginner Clinic of the 2014-15 season.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Section Chair Kevin Shorthouse leading on an ascent of Cougar Peak, during the final day of the 2014 TNF/ACC leadership course, Frenchman Cap GMC, August 2014.

Photographer: Rob Farrow
Kurt Schmidt styles one of the steeper lines during Festiv'Ice at Powerline Falls.

Photographer: Jonathan Chester
Section members enjoying the final Beginners Clinic.

Photographer: Alpine Club Of Canada
The New ACC Logo

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Snowy day at Powerline Falls

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Tossin' the ropes.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section members Wes and Brian enjoying first ice for 2013.

Photographer: Nick Buda
ACC/The North Face course participants fine tuning their leadership skills at the Scotch Peaks GMC in July.

Photographer: Lauren kruschenske
Peregrine Falcon nesting on cliff side.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Shawn Morgan enjoying the sun on the decent of Ice Breakers.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Festiv'ice 2013 participants enjoying the Kama Bay Sun.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Lucas enjoying himself at the beginners clinic,

Photographer: Kevin Shorthouse
One of the members of ZZ-Top stop in TBay on his way to play a gig in TO and thought he'd give Ice climbing a shot. Dude has skills, not to mention impeccable taste in gear.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Local Kevin S. climbing a nice line at Powerline Falls.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section members enjoying a sunny climb at the 1st beginners clinic of 2013.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Local Bryce Brown climbing White Lightning in wet,cold,thin conditions.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Brian Bottan comes off the injured list straight to the sharp end.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section member Wes Bender is all smiles for first ice of 2012.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Check out the fall schedule for the climb to THIS venue! Name it in the Shout Box if you know where it is.

Photographer: Unknown
Section member Monica Prodanyk lends a helping hand to Project Peregrine.

Photographer: Terry Prodanyk
Three new ACC Members explain to the group the details of a TR setup they learned to build at the Beginner's Clinic on May 12.

Photographer: Lydia Stepanovic
Another annual Scenic Bluffs cleanup is "in the bag." The famous Zig-Zag area couch is gone now, too!

Photographer: Wes Bender
Wes et Shawn escalade terrain de 3 de la Pomme d'Or au Québec.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Cally Manning ascends Cascade Falls during this years Festiv-Ice.

Photographer: Unknown
The 3 Stooges stop beating on each other to pose for a photo after the Intermediate Clinic.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Peter Finnie enjoying the 2:1 instructor to participant ratio at the Intro To Leading Clinic.

Photographer: Nick Buda
The inaugural climb for the new Denim 311 V3 ice tools.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Fred Giroux sends Eveil Des Sans.

Photographer: Reid Carter
Section (technical) sno-shoe night hike to the top of Lost Falls.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Section member Jenn Chikoski tackling Amy R in Orient Bay.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section member Monica Prodanyk climbing Powerline Falls for the first time. (to retrieve her father's tools that he forgot at the top) HA!

Photographer: Wes Bender
Keith tries Ice Climbing for the first time.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Section Member Wes Bender enjoys his walk in the Winter Wonderland.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section member Wes Bender getting after it on Compulsion.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Oman staging at the base of Andromeda Weeps.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Brian Bottan climb day 1 for the 2011 - 2012 ice season.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section members enjoying a sunny day of climbing during our annual Rocktoberfest.

Photographer: Terry Prodanyk
Will preparing to lower Neil on "The Great Yawn" at Shovel Point, MN.

Photographer: Terry Prodanyk
Jeff belaying Will up first pitch at Mt. Helen on a beautiful September day. 28C!

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Jared Liimu getting creative on a busy Tuesday night

Photographer: Nick Buda
This summer the ACC held it's 105th (!) annual General Mountaineering Camp in the Tsar-Somervell area of the Canadian Rockies. Here, Week 4 participants get a glimpse of Mt. Somervell during a break

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section member Carly Maunula gives two thumbs up to an awesome night of climbing at the bluffs.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Members watch as Gabriel Dore styles Randy's Crack at the Bluffs.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
After 16 years, we retrieved our 500th peregrine chick for banding from this site. Give yourself a prize if you can identify the location.

Photographer: Unknown
Kirstin Maki seconding Jenn Chikoski on Mashed Potatoes during the women's rock day at Silver Harbour.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
A fresh perspective on The Canine (Left) and The Molar (Right), Dorion Towers.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Jacqueline Dube (11 years old) tops out on a classic route at Claghorn.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Oman instructing Monica & Terry Prodanyk about multi-pitch belay considerations at Mt. Helen

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Tuesday night climbing has officially started. Come out and join us.

Photographer: Bryce Brown
Bryce Brown getting girled (again). Sunny Twelker cruising the crux on Sea of Vapours. Mt. Rundle, Canadian Rockies. Mar 29, 2011

Photographer: Wes Bender
Trail into the Ice Palace earlier in the season.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Fred Giroux climbing Ranxerox Tangent in the Ice Palace.

Photographer: Krzysztof Gorny
Section member Brian Bottan cruising up Ice Breakers.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Brian Bottan sends Glace Echlatante on a warm -28C day.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section member Terry Prodanyk working out the moves during the Intro to Leading Ice clinic held at Powerline Falls.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Visiting climber Shawn Morgan "crushed" Artesian Wells.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Robin Visser explores the recreational opportunities in Thunder Bay in case she matches for a TBRHC medical residency in surgery. She had us "in stitches!"

Photographer: Nick Buda
Bryce enjoying a warm cold day on Butterball.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Section member Wes Bender being interviewed by Amy Hadley of CBC Radio.

Photographer: Wes Bender
"Local" Dave Rone climbing Chucky's Revenge on Mt. McRae.

Photographer: Wes Bender
'Local' Dave Rone getting rigged for some fun on Mt. McRae.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section member Wes Bender goes down while trying to negotiate the snowy talus slope in snow shoes.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Some iced in trees below Cascade Falls.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section members Wes and Brian enjoying day 1 of the 2010/11 ice season.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Wes Bender working the kinks out on the plice (plywood ice) wall getting ready for the up coming ice season.

Photographer: Mike Pianka
Steve Johnson readies the rig for Monica Prodanyk during the shooting of the commercial for CINEVATE'S new product, the "ATLAS."

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Brad Hughson cruising a Claghorn classic during the club's first fall event.

Photographer: Adrienne Kidd
Jenn, Adrienne and Nick (a speck way up the ice slope) on the West Ridge of Mt. Fay, as seen from Jack's eyes.

Photographer: Nick buda
TB Section Mountaineering Camp participants Nick, Jack, Jenn and Adrienne on the summit of Mount Fay after a spectacular climb of the West Ridge during perfect weather.

Photographer: Andrea Bender
Wes Bender poses on top of The Canine. (Dorion Tower)

Photographer: Tim Timmerman
Frank at Arrow Lake retrieving peregrine chicks number 26 to 29 in this year's banding project.

Photographer: Andrew Dubinsky
Derrik helping out the girls – showing them how it’s done.

Photographer: Nick Buda
ACMG/IFMGA Guide Cyril Shokoples coaching TB Section Trip Leader Adrienne Kidd on the finer points of short roping during the Thunder Bay Section Leadership Seminar

Photographer: Wes Bender
Ice fingers loose their grip on the Wolf River.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Section member Wes Bender ascending Artesian Wells. (Whitefish Lake)

Photographer: Bryce Brown
Club members Jack Coulis and Sunny Twelker on Beowulf, The Ghost, Canadian Rockies

Photographer: Wes Bender
Climbers enjoying the balmy temps up at White Lightning during our 8th Occasional Invitational Ice Climbing Weekend.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Frederic Giroux cruising The Right Stuff during the Intermediate Clinic on Saturday.

Photographer: Andrew Dubinsky
Section member Adrienne Kidd excited for her first lead of the year.

Photographer: Andrew Lang
Climbers on Curtain Call during the beginners clinic.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Brian Bottan breaking trail into White Lightning on Boxing Day 2009.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Nick~Hey, do I have something on my face?

Photographer: Bryce Brown
If it wasn't for bad luck, this guy wouldn't have had any at all.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Wes says "Creating a website is NOT good training for the hard Stuff"

Photographer: Wes Bender
Larry, Curly, and Moe at the top of Mellow Yellow in Orient Bay.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Brian Bottan styling Glace Eclatante, OB (2 years ago)

Photographer: Adrienne Kidd
Naomi Allard learning to place trad gear at Silver Harbour during Sunday's Women's Rock Day.

Photographer: Nick Buda
2009 GMC participants ascending the lower glacier on Mount Rhea, northern Selkirks, BC.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Bad weather clears at GMC base camp, Trident-Neptune 2009.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
On final approach to a cozy peregrine falcon nest at Arrow Lake, with four chicks eagerly awaiting some banding bling.

Photographer: Nick Buda
ACC members on top of Mt McKay after a Thursday evening scramble.

Photographer: Frank Pianka - while looking for peregrine falcons
Who likes trivia? Name the route(s).

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Markus Heiminen and Ron start pitch 2 of Coppers Breakfast while section members work on skills at the spring trip leaders clinic, Lost Falls.

Photographer: Wes Bender
WAFA course participants practice a Hypothermia Package.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Kuma says, Hey guys, you found IT, now get going!

Photographer: Wes Bender
Some cool ice crystals at the base of Tear of Joy.

Photographer: James Loveridge
Nick Buda SHAMELESSLY throws down for the pose down on J-Lo's new route She-Ra and the SNAG (M7+), Orient Bay.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Section member Brian Bottan styles Grandy Mardy falls.

Photographer: Wes Bender
'Peg'er, Jamie Knight climbing Andromeda Weeps in Orient Bay.

Photographer: RMR Camera Guy
The gang at Cascade Falls with Rick Mercer.

Photographer: Nick Buda
'Local' James Loveridge on pitch 2 of Professional Businessmen

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Wes on his way to the top of Bridal Veil Falls.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Wes and Brian at the top of Ames Ice Hose WI5 200+m.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Wes and Brian say Hi from Colorado.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Jamie Knight Rapping down White Lightning.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Doug Mason leading Powerline Falls at the Advanced Ice Clinic on Sunday.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Taking it easy at Rampart Creek Hostel.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Beautiful sunny winter day in Orient Bay.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Brian Bottan send Reflection Wall with ease. No photoshop trickery this time.

Photographer: Wes Bender
'Local' Dave Rone rappelling off a new route in Orient Bay.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Some weird ice hanging 8 feet from a small rock roof.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Brian Bottan starting the season off right, on a steep curtain at Mellow Yellow.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Kuma goes leashless at Ice Stud.

Photographer: Nick Buda
TNF/ACC Leadership Course participants Sandy Walker and Ben Heemskerk approaching the summit of Mount Wallace, Vowell-Bugaboos, BC, during the summer 2008 course.

Photographer: Nick Buda
TB Section members Adrienne Kidd and Frank Pianka beginning a successful ascent of Mount Lefroy, one of three 11 000ers climbed by Section members during the Rockies mountaineering camp at Lake O'Har

Photographer: Nick Buda
Bryce Brown on the upper NE ridge near the summit of Mt. Victoria taken during the Rockies camp.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Short-rope practice on McKay for our August mountaineering camp.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Bird-man Brian Ratcliff with the 400th peregrine falcon to be banded in Project Peregrines 13th year.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Route at High Falls gets getting washed after heavy rains.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Taking the dog for a walk on Mnt. Baldy (Canadian Rockies)

Photographer: Sonny Trotter
Sonny, Wes, and Frank enjoy a morning of climbing after Wes's spur of the moment 'eye problem' was cured.

Photographer: Frank Pianka
Sly snow snake stalks skier, then strikes.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Wes grabs a quick nap while Brian packs everything up.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Nick Buda on-sighting an M7 at Casket Quarry in Duluth.

Photographer: Wes Bender
'Local' climber Dave Rone says "Thats it, we are out of here." As he makes his way back to the car.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Andrew Dubinsky doing a mock lead on the WI5 ice at Powerline Falls.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Take a deep breath.... WHAAAAA!
This is what happens when you ride the pine, instead of getting in the game, for the last 3 weeks.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section member Shawn Robinson having fun on the steep wall at Powerline Falls.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Brian Bottan styles Reflection Wall to fulfill New Years resolution.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section member Brian Bottan cruising up some steep ice at Powerline Falls.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Nick Buda making short work of the ice at Glace Echlatante.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Who is the smart one? The one with the big shovel, the one with the small shovel, or the one holding the camera.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Jenn Chikoski on her first lead of the season. Andromeda Weeps WI3+.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Wes rocks out to some Slayer before first ice of the 2007/2008 season

Photographer: Ian Smith
Mr. Frank Pianka loving it when a plan comes together at the orangeman wall wed. nitght bluffs

Photographer: Nick Buda
Jenn Chikoski on an un-named route at Indian Creek.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Shawn Robinson on an unknown crack at Indian Creek Utah.

Photographer: Nick Buda
Section member Jenn Chikoski enjoying a sunny day at Pass Lake.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Brian Bottan shows off his newly aquired dance skills as he demonstrates the Orient Bay Two Step

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section Chair Nick Buda having some fun, behind the scenes, at Artesian Wells.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
New section member, Stan, catching his breath before tackling another small climb on route to Powerline Falls.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Section members enjoying them selves at the last beginners ice climbing clinic.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Hey Wes, do I have anything in my teeth?

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Jack bringin' the sexy back to Glace Eclatante.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Brian Bottan putting up a nice line on Powerline falls.

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Bryce Brown leading a nice line at Powerline Falls (Kama Bay)

Photographer: Wes Bender
Andrea Bender on her first lead of the season. Ice Invaders (Orient Bay).

Photographer: Brian Bottan
Now that is one smart pooch. Standing behind the belayer is much safer in the eyes of Ricky.

Photographer: Wes Bender
Section members Randy and Carol Hyvarinen tackle White Plague in early season conditons.

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