It’s the anniversary of two new section of the Alpine Club of Canada, Canada’s National Mountaineering club: The Southern Alberta and Newfoundland & Labrador sections. The Southern Alberta Section is the sixth in Alberta, and represents the obvious strength of mountain culture in that province, the administrative and cultural headquarters of the Alpine Club.

The Newfoundland Section, however, is something rather new, as it is the first time that the club has expanded eastward from Montreal. Newfoundland has been in the news in Gripped and elsewhere for bouldering, rock and ice climbing on the Avalon Peninsula, big wall climbing in its Fjords and in Labrador.