Chic Scott was born in Calgary in 1945 and is a fourth generation Albertan and a third generation Calgarian. The Scott family has been very active organizing amateur sport over the years. Charles F. Scott (Chic’s father) was Calgary Sportsman of the Year in 1971 and was elected to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.

Chic was very active as a golfer in his youth and represented Alberta at the Canadian Junior Golf Championship in 1961. However, in 1962 he took up mountain climbing and skiing and these two passions have dominated his life ever since. He was part of the first wave of homegrown Canadian climbers who were to earn their place in this British and European dominated sport.

The following pages illustrate some
highlights and accomplishments of his career:

Calgary Climbers Festival Poster, 1988

Chic often volunteers at Alpine Club of Canada Huts as a custodian

Chic Scott on the East Peak of Mount Logan in 1978 (photo Jon Jones)

Chic Scott at the podium during the 1988 Calgary Climbers Festival
(photo Peter Haase)

In Vancouver after the 1988 Calgary Climbers Festival (l to r)
Chic Scott, unidentified, Voytek Kurtyka, Halina Kurtyka, Wolfgang Gullich, unidentified, Kurt Diemberger


In conjunction with The Alpine Club of Canada Chic brought noted climber Dougal Haston to lecture across Canada.

While serving on the executive of the Banff Section of The Alpine Club of Canada, Chic proposed the idea that the club organize a mountain film festival at the Banff Centre. The idea was taken up by the club and has grown today into the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the world.


In conjunction once again with The ACC Chic brought noted mountaineer Kurt Diemberger to lecture across Canada.


Completed the first high level ski traverse of the Northern Selkirk Mountains (200 km, 15 days).


Led an expedition which attempted to climb the SSW buttress of Mount Logan.

Served as vice president of the Calgary Mountain Club. Originated and organized the ‘Best of the Mountains’ slide show which was very successful.


Founded the Canadian Himalayan Foundation, a registered charitable organization whose purpose was to promote Canadian mountaineering expeditions. Over a period of 25 years the foundation raised $250,000 to support Canadian climbing expeditions around the world.

Climbed the east ridge of Mount Logan, the first alpine style ascent of the mountain.

Elected to Britain's prestigious Alpine Climbing Group.


Edited the Calgary Mountain Club Newsletter for three years.

Served as president of the Calgary Mountain Club for two years.

Wrote and published ‘The History of the Calgary Mountain Club’.


Organized slide shows in Edmonton and Calgary for noted American climber Jim Bridwell.

Climbed a new route on the south face of McArthur Peak in the St. Elias Mountains.

Organized the Calgary Climbers Festival which brought together climbers from across Canada and the United States for a weekend of slide shows, films and demonstrations presented by eight of the worlds finest climbers.

Organized the Canadian Mountain Arts Festival which attracted 160 entries from 75 individuals and awarded $3000 in prizes.

Edited and published a mountaineering journal titled ‘Alpinism’.

Organized a fund raising dinner, several slide shows and a going away party for the Everest Express Expedition.