November 19 - ACC Ottawa Social / Volunteer Appreciation Night

with Guest Speaker Pat Morrow - presenting a

Stunning A/V Retrospective Searching for Tao Canyon


Monday, November 19, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST
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1309 Carling Ave
Westgate Shopping Centre
Entrance Next to Pet Valu
Ottawa, ON

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Morrow Pat - Searching for Tao Canyon

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Morrow Pat - Promo Image 3

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Come and celebrate another great year with ACC Ottawa!

 Let's acknowledge the fantastic job our volunteers have done!

With Guest Speaker Pat Morrow - Searching for Tao Canyon - A stunning A/V retrospective of mind-bending photography that unlocks a hidden world of natural wonder, personal reflection and outdoor adventure.

Morrow Pat Promo Photo 1 One of the world’s most exotic landscapes lies at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Across the high desert of Utah and northern Arizona stretches a labyrinthine connectivity of slot canyons — narrow, deep, overhanging and fantastically carved by wind and water. Top of the explorer’s bucket list is discovering lost worlds or hidden kingdoms. And some are consumed by a lifelong quest to find them. In their new book The Search For Tao Canyon Art Twomey, Pat Morrow and Jeremy Schmidt embark on a decades-long quest to find the perfect slot canyon in America’s southwest—what they call ‘slickrock Xanadu’. In this book, they have documented over 30 distinct slot canyons in Arizona and Utah and in an effort to maintain geographical anonymity, given them all the name ‘Tao’ (‘The Way’ in Chinese).

For over a decade, beginning in 1975, the dirtbag trionadvertently helped pioneer the sport of canyoneering. Using jury-rigged climbing and caving techniques, they hauled their cameras through the wildest, most intricate canyons they could find. The book reveals a hybrid climbing/caving sport based on rappelling down sandstone cliffs into the unknown, wading or swimming through bone-chilling pools, and using rock climbing skills to follow moki steps left by the ancient ones who lived in this subterranean world. At the time, slot canyons were virtually unknown, their exquisite beauties not yet appreciated. There were no guidebooks, no guided tours, no satellite images to work from. The pleasure came from old-fashioned exploration and a sense of discovery, of finding places no one knew. Last spring Pat and Jeremy returned to the slots in order to document the changes that have occurred in some parts of the desert, and also to look for the timeless world they had known.

Pat Morrow was part of Canada's first expedition to Mt Everest in 1982, where he became the second Canadian to summit the world's highest peak. He was also the first person to climb the Seven Summits (Messner List). He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, among many other awards; and is Canada's top Mountaineering photographer, writer and filmmaker. He's also a really terrific guy and a life-long ACC member!.

Join us on Monday November 19. There will be a gigantic movie screen – to show off Pat’s photos. There will be food – including Italian sandwiches and munchies. There will be beer. 

Volunteers are invited to attend as guests of the Section.

Members are invited to attend and show their appreciation to our volunteers.

Everyone is invited to see a stunning A/V presentation.


  • When:  Monday November 19 @ :6:30pm
  • Where: bitHeads 1309 Carling Ave (Entrance next to Pet Valu)
  • What: Your ticket includes sandwiches & munchies and a beer or soft drink. 


  • ACC Ottawa VOLUNTEER: NO CHARGE - Registration Required with no Payment
  • ACC Ottawa VOLUNTEER GUEST: $20.00 each
  • ACC Ottawa MEMBER (current) or ACC Ottawa MEMBER and their Guest: $20.00 each
  • NON-MEMBER: $25.00 each

REGISTRATION and PAYMENT Required in Advance - Click on the Link Below. 

You can pay using your credit card or your PayPal account. All attendees must register in advance - so we will know the numbers (for food & beer). (You DO NOT need to have a PayPal account to pay. You can pay using your credit card.)