For 2022 we’re proud to announce
Intro to Hiking & Hiking Training Body Inclusive, a new
weekly or biweekly event for members and their guests (non-members).
The ACC Calgary Section has always welcomed climbers, hikers and
skiers of all body types (as well as genders, sexual orientations,
races, religions, etc) into our events. We’ve always said “everyone
is welcome to come along”, but that’s different from saying
“let’s make sure everyone will feel welcome.”
This series of training events will
offer an intro to hiking where women, men and non-binary folks of all
body sizes will feel welcome. How will we be creating more of a safe
space? We do have some suggestions on how to make all people
attending feel welcomed and will send these out by email for
participants to review. Please review these prior to attending.
Your trip leaders and host will also do
their very best make you feel welcomed and included! And with that,
if you do not feel welcomed or included, please talk to us, we want
to hear your feedback.
Who are your Trip Leaders?
As a guy with a high BMI (body mass
index), Brett Bilon fully understands the common misperception that
mountain sports are for thin, athletic looking people. An
accomplished mountaineer and splitboard alpinist, Brett also enjoys
alpine rock climbing, scrambling, fly-fishing, and photography.
Renee Little (she/her)
Renee is an avid
hiker/ rock climber and advocates for fat positivity and body
liberation in both professional and personal communities. She
believes the ACC Calgary Section can be a supportive environment for
individuals of all sizes to feel welcome and be able to increase
access to the outdoors so she’s willing to put in some work to make
Go at your own pace – no one needs to
feel pressured about pace or time. We will ensure no one is left
behind and everyone feels heard and respected about their choices
made for their own body.
Respect - We believe in representation
for folks of all sizes, folks of all ages, races, ethnicities,
religions, classes, abilities, genders and sexual identities. If you
feel comfortable sharing pronouns on introductions please do. If
you’d rather share them in conversation (or not at all) please
approach this as you feel comfortable. For this reason, please do not
make assumptions about people’s pronouns.
Safety - No diet talk, no weight loss
talk, no body shaming and no bigotry of any kind is tolerated. Our
goal is to create a community event which is a safer space for
Support – If you need support or have
questions please reach out or chat with us during our training
events. We are here to help you about gear questions, logistics and
want to support your learning and skill development.