ACC Coronavirus Information

The following information was published by the Alpine Club of Canada on 17 March. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation through Health Canada and we are following their suggested precautions. As the situation continues to evolve, we are always considering the best option for the safety of our members, our staff and our community. The ACC has suspended operations in facilities, adventures, some National Office services. Please see below for additional information and links. ACC NATIONAL OFFICE As...

ROCK AND ICE: Climbing Hits The Wall: What COVID-19 Means For our Sport

The following article by Peter Beal was published by Rock & Ice Magazine on 24 March. The world is reeling from the pandemic Covid-19 and fortunately it’s no longer still being debated whether it’s appropriate to go outside climbing. Ugh. The answer is, right now, definitely not, unless (maybe) you are free soloing, where, in the event of a mishap, you will likely not strain local medical resources. The thought of bouldering has me on edge (hold-sharing with...

THE OUTDOOR JOURNAL: LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Published on 13 March, the following is a letter from Apoorva Prasad, Editor in Chief, of the Outdoor Journal. We are, by our very roots, a publication focused on borderless travel, humanism, ecocentrism and internationalism. This crisis feels unprecedented. When something like a pandemic strikes humanity, it strikes all of us, yet different countries have completely different reactions. For us at The Outdoor Journal, we know that it is time to stay home, be safe, take care of family...

APPEAL TO AVOID THE MOUNTAINS

The German Alpine Club published the following statement on 20 March. It appealed to its members not to visit the mountains and especially difficult and long tours. The article (in German) can be found here....

FLATTEN THE CURVE

The following advice was shared by the International Slackline Association. The article also provides several interesting links. Most of the slack community is young and healthy, but all of us will know and care about someone for whom getting COVID-19 will be a very different story. Sure, the death rate is <1%, but this is if hospitals are functioning well, and the news are full of examples of what happens when good healthcare gets overloaded. Most cases...

PUTTING CLIMBING ON HOLD

The following is a statement written by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) on 23 March. The BMC and mountain rescue teams advise all climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to stay in their home area and put all climbing and hill walking on hold. Last week, the government advice was ambiguous, and over the weekend thousands of people headed to the hills, mountains and coasts of the UK. Today, the message from the governments, mountain rescue teams, outdoor industry,...

CLIMBERS: TAKE ACTION AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

The American Alpine Club has published a number of resources related to coronavirus Climbers take action The following article -17 March - invites climbers to play their part in suppressing the spread of the virus https://americanalpineclub.org/news/2020/3/17/climbers-take-action-against-coronavirus Lodges The following article -17 March - provides an update on the use of huts and lodges run by the AAC https://americanalpineclub.org/news/2020/3/17/lodging-coronavirus-update...

WADA updates its COVID-19 guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations

On 21 March, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued updated guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. WADA developed the guidance following consultation with ADOs, including National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), International Federations and Major Event Organizations as well as other organizations, such as the International Testing Agency (which is leading the pre-Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Task Force on behalf of the International Olympic Committee) and accredited laboratories, to determine how the anti-doping community can best...