JOHN BALDWIN Presents
A Life in the Wild
John Baldwin was honoured by the Alpine Club
of Canada in October 2019 to be the Patron for the
Guides Ball in Banff. His contributions to the
mountain communities in Canada were recognized.
This honour is significant on its own but of further
importance since it is the first time it has
been bestowed to a West Coast mountaineer.
The evening in Banff started with Chic Scott
who introduced John like no other, followed by
John's wife Linda Bily giving a colourful
description with fun and humorous images to pay
tribute to John. John gave a well delivered
presentation along with visually beautiful images of
the West Coast and those of us who were present were
proud to witness John receiving this honour. It was
also fun to see some familiar faces in the images (
with ACC people, NSR, ACMG, VOC and BCMC!)
Words from Chic Scott:
Known affectionately to his friends as the King
of the Coast Range, John Baldwin has spent his life
in a quest to experience the west coast wilderness.
Since his teenage years he has explored the rugged
Coast Mountain Range, climbing 700 peaks, many of
them first ascents, and making perhaps one hundred
multi-week, long-distance forays across the ice
fields and along the ridges of what is one of
the last true wilderness areas on earth. Shunning
the easy path, John has forged his own way through
some of the toughest geography on the planet. He is
a mountaineer and explorer of the first order.
Read the full story with a free pdf
John, along with other members of the ACC
Vancouver Section, were nominated for various awards
in 2019 from Alpine Club of Canada. We will be
presenting these awards to the recipients.
Honorary Membership is the highest recognition The
Alpine Club of Canada bestows. It is presented to
individuals for a strong and sustained commitment to
the Canadian mountain environment and Canadian
▪ John Baldwin, Vancouver Section
▪ Robert Brusse, Vancouver Section
Don Forest Service Award
For significant service to the club.
▪ Alex Wilson, Vancouver, Section
▪ Ian MacNab Vancouver Section
▪ Florian Geier, Vancouver Section
▪ Rob Szpak, Vancouver Section
▪ Karen Jensen, Vancouver Section
▪ Daniel Geddes, Vancouver Section
▪ Michael Kennedy, Vancouver Section
The Vancouver Section of the Alpine Club of
Canada is honoured to host John and Linda to deliver
their presentation "A Life in the Wild" to us on
Tuesday Oct 27th, 2020 at 7:00pm, by Zoom or similar
platform. The link will be sent by email to those
signed up closer to the date.
Please join in from the comfort of your home and
enjoy a fun evening bringing our community together
with other ACC’ers, VOC,
NSR, ACMG, and the BCMC.
Chair | ACC Vancouver