Intro to Hiking & Hiking Training Body Inclusive - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2022

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up.
The Basics:
Event Type: Hike 
Event Location: Brown-Lowery Provincial Park  
Date(s) & Time:   Tuesday, Jul 12, 2022 06:30 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Tuesday, Jul 12, 2022 05:30 PM  
Event Duration: 2 hours maximum 
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Kristine O'Rielly

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome  
Attendee Screening:   Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Maximum Group Size: 20
Number Registered So Far:   2 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   Yes


Brown Lowery Provincial Park Itinerary July 12th

We will hike a 6km - 7km loop with a couple hills but mostly flat. Meet at the event (arrange your own carpool if you'd like).

General Information:

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?

Brett Bilon (he/him)

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 that happen.

Kristine O'Rielly (she/her)

Kristine is an avid hiker and skier and has been a part of the ACC for many years. Recently she became and ACMG Apprentice Hiking Guide and has lead trips for Alberta Adventure Girls. Kristine will lead this trip for us as she enjoys getting out close to the city but in our Provincial Parks and Brown-Lowrey has been one of her favorites this year.

Group Guidelines

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 marginalized folks.

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.

Required Items to Bring:

Recommended Items to Bring:

-Footwear you're comfortable hiking in for an hour or two (light hiking boots or trail runners recommended).

-Trekking/hiking pole(s) if you like

-Small day pack or fanny pack with water, nutrition if you like, and anything you normally bring for a short hike. 

How to Get There:
Event Directions:  

Add to your google maps: Brown - Lowery Provincial Park Parking Lot (Plummers Rd, Priddis, AB T0L 1W0). There is a parking lot on the North side of the park.


Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Calgary Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

Trip Feedback
If you have any feedback, positive or negative, concerning this trip or any other, we want to hear from you!
Click here to be directed to our "Contact Us" page and contact the appropriate Chair person or the Section Chair. This is also a simple way to make your section executive aware of any praises, suggestions or problems you may have with any area of the Calgary Section of the ACC.
Thank you for your response.

Registration for this event closed on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 05:30 PM.