AAC Triangle Code of Conduct


The American Alpine Club Triangle Chapter (AAC Triangle) is a community intended to empower climbers to pursue their passion for climbing.

Event Guidelines

  • Treat event participants and instructors with respect.  If you feel that you are not being treated respectfully or taught appropriately, please see an event instructor or coordinator. Be friendly and helpful to fellow participants.

  • If you observe something that you believe is unsafe, immediately bring it to the attention of the nearest event instructor.

  • If you will be late or must cancel due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, email the event coordinator(s). Contact AACTriangleEducation@americanalpineclub.org to update your attendance status.

  • Arrive 10 – 15 minutes early to allow time for check-in and waiver/release signature (if not already signed).

  • Inform the event coordinator(s) of any medical conditions that may be relevant to the activities at hand.

  • Be respectful of others with your cell phone use.  Preferably turn the ringer off and refrain from unnecessary usage during the event.

  • Feel free to bring water and food.  You’re welcome to eat/drink during or between activities.

  • Learn and have fun!

Event Standards

All event participants and instructors will subscribe to the following:

  • Exercise personal responsibility and to conduct themselves on club activities in a manner that will not impair the safety of the party, or prevent the collective participation and enjoyment of others.

  • Respect private property.

  • The use of alcohol and other drugs or medications, when incompatible with AAC Triangle activities because of their effects on ability and judgment, is prohibited.

  • Enter the outdoors as visitor, leaving behind no debris, environmental scars, or other indications of their visit. Minimize your environmental impact on the outdoors.

  • Do not take pets, firearms, or any other items which may be prohibited or will impair the safety or enjoyment of others to events.


Behavior Standards

We expect all participants to be kind, considerate, and respectful within our community. This code of conduct applies to participants of all ages, all AAC Triangle events and spaces, online and off, public and private.

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free community. We will not tolerate harassment in any form.

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, physical appearance, body size, mental illness and/or disability

  • Threats of violence

  • Making anyone uncomfortable through the use of sexual language or imagery at any time

  • Harassing photography or recording

  • Sustained disruption of talks or events

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices

  • Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior

We expect all community members to be respectful of others, their time, and resources. Being a participant in this community does not guarantee or entitle you to specific help, time or resources from instructors or participants.

How To Report Harassing Behavior

If you feel unsafe or unwelcome, or notice that someone else is being harassed, please report it as soon as possible. You can make a report by submitting information through our incident report form, sending an email to trianglechapter@americanalpineclub.org, or speaking with one of the organizers of the event you are attending.

We expect event organizers, instructors, and participants to be alert and take appropriate action to intervene in preventing or stopping harassment and unacceptable behavior.

While this code of conduct applies to AAC Triangle events and spaces, if you are being harassed by a community member outside our community, we still want to know about it. We will take all reports of harassment by community members seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. AAC Triangle reserves the right to refuse an individual’s attendance to our events or spaces based on the individual’s previous behavior at our events or other non-AAC events and spaces and behavior towards people who are not a part of AAC Triangle.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of harassment or abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of community members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their consent.

Anyone who is asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.


Violations of this Code of Conduct

AAC Triangle Chapter may address event participants' violations of these guidelines in whatever manner it deems appropriate and necessary. Repercussions may include a warning and/or removing him/her from the event with no refund (for paid events).


This code of conduct is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. AAC Triangle Code of Conduct is based on the Kansas City Women in Technology (KCWiT) Code of Conduct with additional content from The Mountaineers’ Seattle Branch Code of Conduct.