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Watch the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by The AAC

Couldn’t make it to New York City for the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner? Watch it here! Introduction and awards: Auction and awards: Chris Bonnington and Reinhold Messner:   Listen to podcasts from the pre-dinner panel discussions or view photos from the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner on our Facebook page.   A big thank you to AAC member … Read more…

2015 Annual Benefit Dinner Live Discussions with MTNmeister

Posted on: February 5th, 2015 by The AAC

Last Saturday, hundreds of climbers from all generations gathered in New York City for the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner featuring Reinhold Messner. While Messner’s presentation was the most anticipated event of the weekend, attendees also enjoyed three panel discussions Saturday morning, including Chris Bonnington and Ueli Steck’s reflections on Annapurna, a discussion on … Read more…

The Small Stuff

Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by The AAC
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  Each year our Live Your Dream grant gives everyday climber’s the chance to live out their dreams. No dream is too big or too small and you’re never too old or too young to apply. The application period for the grant starts January 1st and goes through March 1st. Start dreaming!  By … Read more…

Healthy Climbing Landscapes—It’s Up To Us

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by The AAC
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Climbers and climbing organizations play a key role in keeping the places we all love healthy and open to the public. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, here’s a look at the history of how climbers are connected to the wilderness: We’re proud to help support local climbing … Read more…

2014 Craggin’ Classics Kick-off in Salt Lake City

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by The AAC

This year’s Salt Lake Craggin’ Classic presented by CAMP USA, held in Little Cottonwood Canyon, attracted over 225 climbers from across the region. Easily accessible due to its convenient location just 15 miles outside of Salt Lake City, but far enough away from the city to provide a getaway spot … Read more…

Our Members: Alpine of the Americas Project Founder Jonathan Byers

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by The AAC
The changes are obvious. What will we do about it?

  AAC member Jonathan Byers and his friend Edgardo LeBlond realized firsthand the changes taking place in the mountains while on a 23-day trip that followed the highest parts of the Sierra Nevada. As a climber, photographer, scientist, and educator based in Yosemite, California, he decided to do something about … Read more…

Our Members: Artist and Filmmaker Jeremy Collins

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by The AAC

AAC Heartland Section Chair, Jeremy Collins, is best known for his amazing artwork and short films. His latest short film DRAWN caught on so quickly that it was backed on Kickstarter in fewer than 10 days. We caught up with Jeremy to learn more about his upcoming film. AAC: Your … Read more…

Ten Tips for Winning a Live Your Dream Grant

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by The AAC
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Last year’s Live Your Dream grant powered by The North Face, gave out nearly $30,000 to every-day adventurers hoping to take their climbing to the next level.  With 362 applications sent to us from around the country, the Regional Managers and their committees had some big decisions to make to narrow it down … Read more…

Honorary President Jim McCarthy

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by The AAC
Jim McCarthy on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Photo: AAC Library collection

  During our 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner weekend Jim McCarthy was anointed the AAC’s Honorary President. Jim’s climbing achievements are legendary. He advanced the climbing standard for all of us with difficult routes in the Gunks, especially on the Mac Wall. He was ahead of his time in moving over … Read more…

‘When Climbing Was Dangerous and Sex Was Safe’

Posted on: February 13th, 2014 by The AAC

By John Heilprin, AAC Board Director / Chairman of AAC Information & Marketing  Committee The American Alpine Club hosts hundreds of events every year, but the most anticipated is the Annual Benefit Dinner. With Yvon Chouinard as our special guest in Denver last weekend, nearly 600 members enjoyed a rare … Read more…

Our Members: Marc Beverly on Ice Climbing in the Olympics

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by The AAC

AAC member Marc Beverly is the only U.S. athlete competing at the Olympic climbing demonstration in Sochi, Russia. He has over 30 years of rock climbing and rescue experience, and has competed at the UIAA Ice World Cup climbing competitions for the past five years. Between pursuing his PhD, raising a family, … Read more…

Photo Essay: Ski Mountaineering in Alaska

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by The AAC
The Two Towers, as well as other intimidating, fairly featureless granite buttresses made an impressive backdrop behind the cook tent. The aprons seen to the right provided some of the best snow conditions of the expedition. The Knight

AAC member Chris Marshall, Jake Gaventa, and Patrick Graham dreamed of embarking on a ski-mountaineering expedition to the Neacola Mountains, a sub-range of the Alaska Range. Their goal was to establish first ascents and descents of unclimbed peaks around the “Slingshot Glacier” and the surrounding peaks with objectives that include … Read more…


Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by The AAC
Alex & me on the top of Tenaya Peak, after he led me and my gang up it last year. 5.5 and 5.8, depending on how you finish. 12 or 14 pitches, depending on who you climb with. Alex and I simul-climbed it, one very, very long pitch! Photo credit:  Michelle Schnack

Each year our Live Your Dream Grant gives everyday climber’s the chance to live out their dreams. No dream is too big or too small and you’re never too old or too young to apply. The application period for the grant starts January 1st and goes through March 1st. Start dreaming!  By … Read more…

First Ascents and Friendship in Greenland

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by The AAC
Photo credit: AAC member Quinn Brett.

2013 Copp-Dash Inspire Award winners Quinn Brett, Lizzy Scully, and Prairie Kearney journeyed to Greenland this past summer. The Copp-Dash was formed to assist climbers before, during, and after expeditions with financial grants and multimedia instruction to help empower them to share their current and future adventures with a wider audience. … Read more…

Our Members: Film Director and Producer Jenny Wilson

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by The AAC
Photo art for film. Rescuers:  Ted Wilson, Pete Sinclair, Ralph Tingey, Mike Ermarth, Rick Reese, Bob Irvine. Not pictured - Leigh Ortenburger Photo credit:  Grand Teton National Park

  by AAC member Jenny Wilson In 2009, with my husband and small children in tow, I visited the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, which opened in Grand Teton National Park two years earlier. It’s a stunning site, and I was excited to see a display on mountain climbing … Read more…

Climbers and Scientists Working Together in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 by The AAC
Collecting samples on the summit ridge of Yanapaccha – a mountain whose route has changed dramatically from 2012 to 2013 as new crevasses made the old route inaccessible.

By John All & Ellen Lapham Photos by ACSP team members     Nearly 50 American Alpine Club members volunteered with the American Climber Science Program (ACSP) in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca this summer. For the past three years, the ACSP and AAC members have innovated new field research techniques examining … Read more…

Our Members: Author Steven Weinberg

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by The AAC
Everyone is Climbing

Walk into any gym or visit any crag and you’ll notice the number of kids climbing has significantly increased. AAC member Steven Weinberg wrote and illustrated a fun children’s book called Everyone Is Climbing. We have a copy here at the office and totally dig it. Along with Steven, we … Read more…

Colorado Flood Update

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by The AAC
Erosion at Eldorado State Park.

What is foremost in our minds after the flooding in Colorado are thoughts for our family, friends, and community members still dealing with the aftermath of this disaster. As well as concern for the health and safety of everyone, we also hope that the people affected by the flooding are … Read more…

Our Members: Climbing Photographer Andrew Burr

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by The AAC
Future photographers? Andrew Burr and his two daughters.

  By Laura Case Larson If you’ve flipped through a climbing magazine, Patagonia catalog, or American Alpine Club publication within the last 10 years, you’ve come across Andrew Burr’s stunning climbing photography. That artfully composed shot covering this year’s Accidents in North American Mountaineering? Burr. The big-wall images and late-night campfire … Read more…

Our Members: Mike Poborsky’s Climbing Guide Life

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 by The AAC
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By Laura Case Larson “Don’t touch my rope!” the climber yelled down at Mike Poborsky, vice president of Exum Mountain Guides. Poborsky was in the process of saving the man’s life. He had noticed that a nearby belayer had neglected to clip her locking biner through both tabs of her … Read more…

The Eiger: Celebrating 75 Years of North Face Ascents

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by The AAC
Eiger North Face, seen from Grindelwald

Today marks 75 years since the North Face of the Eiger was first climbed. This iconic mountain face was once called the “Mordwand” and considered a nearly impenetrable, murderous wall. Today, the 6,000′ face has been climbed in under 2.5 hours. AAC board member John Heilprin lives in Geneva, Switzerland … Read more…

President of the Alpine Club of Pakistan Responds to Tragedy

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by The AAC

June 23, 2013 marked a dark moment in climbing history when nine climbers at the Diamer base camp of Nanga Parbat were gunned down by terrorists. AAC Executive Director, Phil Powers, reflected on the tragedy, saying “My deepest expressions of sadness go out to the families of the climbers who … Read more…

Members Turn Rappelling Tragedy Into Opportunity

Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by The AAC

On the anniversary of a tragic accident, one AAC leader shares the story of a team of volunteers who transformed their grief into action. Exactly one year ago today, North Carolina climber Eric Metcalf, 19, fell to his death while rappelling. In the months since his untimely passing, American Alpine … Read more…

Terrorism in Pakistan: Tragedy with Many Losses

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by The AAC

By Phil Powers, AAC Executive Director This week a climber died in the Tetons and Taliban militants killed 10 climbers at Nanga Parbat’s base camp. The difference is not that the 10 were on one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. It is that they were not climbing … Read more…

New River Rendezvous Write Up

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by lhummel

Last weekend marked the 10th annual New River Rendezvous.  It also marked the official Grand Opening of the American Alpine Club’s Campground in the New River Gorge, which was offered to participants of the Rendezvous for the weekend for free.  The American Alpine Club is proud to own and offer … Read more…

Everest: Then and Now

Posted on: May 1st, 2013 by The AAC

By Phil Powers, AAC Executive Director Fifty years ago today Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu stood atop Mount Everest. Jim was the first American to go there. He went in close partnership with his Sherpa friend and employee. Today we see lines of people staked up like ants, tent cities … Read more…

Spring into Stewardship!

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by edemarco
Fun and Festivities at Smith Rock Spring Thing 2012

With the snow melting and temperatures warming up, no doubt climbers are psyched to get out of the gym and start pulling on real rock. Another thing to be excited about is a number of community-building stewardship days happening at crags around the country. You can’t get into the full … Read more…

The Great Ranges Fellowship: Member Profile – 6 Questions for Film Producer & Climber Steve Schwartz

Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by The AAC

Steve Schwartz is president of Chockstone Pictures, a production company he started with his wife, Paula Mae. He is a producer on such films as Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt; Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen; and the upcoming Ridley Scott film, The Counselor. Steve served as a … Read more…

Ellen Lapham Wins 2013 David R. Brower Conservation Award

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 by edemarco
John Bragg presents Lapham with Brower Award

by Erin DeMarco, AAC Conservation and Advocacy Intern If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further. Ellen Lapham sets the bar high and she loves sharing the view with anyone who can keep up. From broadening awareness of the importance of alpine conservation to pioneering high tech solutions and leading … Read more…

Our Members: Alan Kearney Documents Our Changing Glaciers

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by edemarco
Forest Fire in the Cascades

by Alan Kearney, AAC In 2005 while sorting through my photographs from over three decades of climbing in the Cascades, I realized I had some exceptionally high quality photographs of Cascade glaciers from as early as 1982. I decided I wanted to return to the glaciers, to photograph them today, and … Read more…

2013 AAC Annual Benefit Dinner: 50th Anniversary Everest

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by The AAC

Late afternoon sun rays cut through walls of windows, setting prayer flags ablaze. Below, the best-dressed climbers you’ve ever seen filtered into the Craneway Pavilion for a celebration that can only happen every 50 years. Perched waterside, across the bay from San Francisco, the Craneway Pavilion was the venue for … Read more…

Boulder Canyon Faces a Serious #2 Problem

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013 by edemarco
Building and installing the dispensers was a volunteer based project

By Erin DeMarco and Emma Walker, AAC Conservation and Advocacy Interns Boulder, Colorado attracts climbers from all over the country and it’s easy to understand why: when world-class climbing is in your backyard, it’s too hard to leave. Just minutes from downtown Boulder are two of the most heavily used … Read more…

Mapping the Future of Rumbling Bald

Posted on: February 19th, 2013 by edemarco
One of many lovely blocks of stone at Rumbling Bald

by Erin DeMarco, AAC Conservation and Advocacy Intern Rumbling Bald, a mountain in Western North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge area has something for every type of climber, but its clusters of metamorphic gneiss boulders, some of them over 30 feet tall, have drawn more and more boulderers to the area in … Read more…

10 Year Anniversary of Grand Teton National Park Human Waste Pack Out Program

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by edemarco
Grand Teton National Park

by Erin DeMarco, AAC Conservation and Advocacy Intern The central massif of the Teton Range in Wyoming is an alluring destination for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. Its ridgeline is symbolic; it’s the Manhattan skyline of the American West. The alpine and sub-alpine regions of Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) boast … Read more…

Boat Rock Gets an Upgrade, Thanks to AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by edemarco
SCC climbers enjoying a day of bouldering at Boat Rock

by Erin DeMarco, AAC Conservation & Advocacy Intern The Southeastern Climbers Coalition was a recipient of the 2011 AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant, which funds essential infrastructure to protect and conserve climbing areas. After hard work by local climbers and volunteers, and about $6,000 in fundraising, Boat Rock, an inspiring boulder … Read more…

Storytellers: Josh & Brett Lowell of Big UP Productions

Posted on: December 21st, 2012 by The AAC
Shooting in the Adirondacks. Tomas Donoso

by Abbey Smith Over the last 15 years, whenever one of the super stars like Chris Sharma, Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Dave Graham, Jason Kehl, and Ashima Shirashi make a significant ascent, Big UP Productions’ Josh and Brett Lowell are always right there, capturing high quality footage. Their high flyin’, … Read more…

Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant Kick-starts Climbing School in Rio de Janeiro Favelas

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by The AAC
Learning the ropes. Asa Firestone

By Asa Firestone, AAC As I jump onto the back of Andrew Lenz’s motorcycle, the Rio de Janeiro traffic morphs from a mechanism of stress and tried patience into an exhilarating game of life and death. He weaves in and out of the anti-lanes that compose Rio’s hectic transit to … Read more…

Restoring Vision in the New South Sudan

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by The AAC
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By Jordan Campbell, AAC Flying over South Sudan’s vast and desolate landscape, brush fires blaze thousands of feet below us, wafting smoke over the wings of our eight-person aircraft. The fires are lit intentionally by indigenous tribes to fertilize the parched, unforgiving soil. But the sight of smoke plumes rising … Read more…

Orco International Trad Climbing Meet 2012 Report

Posted on: December 11th, 2012 by The AAC

By Nathan Brown This past September, I was honored to represent the American Alpine Club at the 2012 Valley Orco International Climbing Meet hosted by the Club Alpino Accademico of Italy. Traditional crack and slab climbing were the focus of the meeting and the Valley Orco crags, 50 kilometers North-East … Read more…

Craggin’ Classic: Fall Highball in Bishop

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by Western Region

Craggin’ Classic: a Fall Highball in Bishopby AAC Arizona Section Co-Chair, Jeff Snyder  On a cool, autumn weekend in November, as part of my never ending quest to explore new climbing communities and meet others who share my passions, fellow Flagstaffian Jack Hereford and I made the trek from Northern … Read more…

Photos from International Climbers’ Meet

Posted on: November 29th, 2012 by The AAC

Andrew Burr was on the scene to document the AAC’s International Climbers’ Meet this past October. The collection of shots he put together are sure to provide a lifetime of inspiration. Head to Andrew’s blog or to the AAC’s ICM Facebook page to check out hundreds of amazing shots! To learn more … Read more…

The Black Dike, Early Season by Erik Eisele

Posted on: November 13th, 2012 by New England Section

It begins each year with the first frost. Around the time the calendar flips to October, I find myself sneaking glances at the high peaks forecast and pulling out my screamers. Rock season is still in full swing, but I start calling a few ice partners to sort out schedules. … Read more…

Triple Crown Bouldering Series Wrap-Up

Posted on: November 8th, 2012 by lhummel
Joey Henson trying to put together the proj "Thunder Thighs"

The Triple Crown Bouldering Series had another eventful and successful year; thanks to Jim Horton, Chad and Rebecca Wykle, all the sponsors, AND the many many volunteers pitching in.  This being the 10 year anniversary for the Triple Crown Bouldering Series as a whole, and 19th anniversary for the Hound … Read more…

Trip Report: Rockies Region Live Your Dream Awardees

Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Rockies Region

    Live Your Dreams – Choose Your Own Adventure By Jewell Lund Kim Hall and I, hailing from Utah, realize that our learning curve for climbing in the Bugaboos involves more than just climbing.  Thus we decide to familiarize ourselves with the area and establish a comfort zone with … Read more…

From the Diary of a Yosemite Climber Steward

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by The AAC
Steward Work Week

From the Diary of a Yosemite Climber Steward: NPS Steward Week Three By John Connor Yosemite National Park contains some of the greatest concentration of granite climbing in the world. With 3,000’ faces, over 5,000 routes, and 1,200 square miles of terrain in the park, it’s astonishing that there are … Read more…

AAC Headquarters Going Solar

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by Rockies Region

By Emma Walker, AAC Conservation & Advocacy Intern The American Alpine Club is passionate about conserving the places you love to climb, and now we’re embarking on greening our home. The American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado houses the AAC along with the Colorado Mountain Club, Big City Mountaineers, the … Read more…

Hueco Origins: Remembering Todd Skinner

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012 by The AAC

Hueco Origins: Remembering Todd Skinner   By Brad Werntz As climbers, we play on a timeless playground. The mountains are eternal. When we grab a hold, we touch ancient magma, or the bed of a sea that dried up eons ago. Things—as they are—seem to be exactly as they were … Read more…

Indian Creek BBQ Event Follow-Up!

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by Western Slope Section

By Jim Donini Last Saturday 70 volunteers (up from 50 last year) wielded shovels, drills and rakes, channeling their inner carpenter, stonemason or horticulturist at the 4th annual AAC stewardship event at Indian Creek. Leading the charge was my wife Angela who hand formed 54 bison burgers loaded with chopped … Read more…

2012 Cornerstone Conservation Grant Recipients Announced

Posted on: October 17th, 2012 by The AAC

By Emma Walker, AAC Conservation & Advocacy Intern The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce that it has chosen the recipients of the 2012 Cornerstone Conservation Grant. The Cornerstone Grant funds essential infrastructure to reduce climber impacts at the climbing areas we love. Launched in 2011, this new AAC … Read more…

AAC International Climbers’ Meet: Report #3

Posted on: October 12th, 2012 by The AAC

By Carol Kotchek, AAC Accountant and ICM Coordinator  Tues Oct 9: Most of the participants took off on longer routes: East Buttress of El Cap, Snake Dike, and Royal Arches. By 9 p.m. all parties had returned except six climbers on Royal Arches. We were concerned but decided to take no action until … Read more…

AAC International Climbers’ Meet: Report #2

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by The AAC

By Carol Kotchek, AAC Accountant and ICM Coordinator  Monday, October 9: After a hectic day at the airport on Sunday, all of the participants have now arrived in the Valley. There are 55 participants in total, including 10 hosts, 23 AAC members from the U.S., and 21 International climbers, in addition to others attending … Read more…

AAC International Climbers’ Meet: Report #1

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by The AAC

Report from the AAC International Climber’s Meet By Carol Kotchek, AAC Accountant and ICM Coordinator For the last seven months I have been organizing the AAC International Climber’s Meet being held in Yosemite Valley from Oct 8 to Oct 13. The purpose of this event is to form connections with AAC … Read more…

Mr. President: Protect Our Outdoors and the $646 Billion Recreation Economy

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012 by The AAC

By Scott Braden, CMC Conservation Director With the Presidential debates gearing up for Denver tomorrow, we are eager to hear about President Obama’s plans for his conservation legacy for America. This week’s Denver visit comes on the heels of President Obama’s September 13th speech to voters in this swing state, just … Read more…

Renan Ozturk: The Story Behind the Limited Edition 2012 AAJ

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by The AAC

This year, artist and climber Renan Ozturk collaborated with The American Alpine Journal to create a limited-edition, hardbound AAJ. The result: a beautiful inset featuring a special print of the Garhwal Himalaya, inspired by Renan’s climb with partners Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker on Meru’s “Shark Fin.”  The story of Renan, Jimmy, and … Read more…

Colorado’s Alpine Bouldering – First Ascent Fever

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by The AAC

By Jon Glassberg. The 2012 Colorado alpine bouldering season was a carbon copy of the last decade of development. Area development often happens in cycles, and “new” zones are discovered and rediscovered in a pattern that can be predicted like clockwork. I have watched countless areas in the high country … Read more…

Snowbird Hut Outhouse Tests New Concepts in an Alpine Environment

Posted on: August 24th, 2012 by Alaska Section
Snowbird Hut Outhouse

The new urine separating, solid waste dehydrating outhouse for the Snowbird Hut has been completed and is ready for your visit!  The Snowbird Hut Team is testing a new outhouse design for the alpine environment.  This design uses a specially crafted toilet bowl shaped with a  ‘catch chamber’ that drains … Read more…

Expedition Reflections on the Incan Odyssey

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by Abbey Smith
Paige Classen during the Incan Odyssey.

By Paige Classen. I’m not much of a boulderer, and I’m even less of an alpine climber. So when Marmot invited me to join a team of athletes venturing to Peru to develop unclimbed boulders and climb 6000 meter peaks, I had no idea why I had made the list. … Read more…

Cory Richards On His Rowell Award

Posted on: August 13th, 2012 by Luke Bauer
At the 2012 Mountainfilm Coffee Talk featuring Cory. Photo Courtesy Melissa Plantz

Cory Richards wrote to us about his acceptance of the Rowell Award. The Rowell Award—For The Art of Adventure honors an adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions. It was … Read more…

Iranian Exchange Climbers Head to Mt. Elbert

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Luke Bauer
Iran Climbers Exchange Members Head Up the Mt. Elbert Trail

By Front Range Member Melissa Alcorn The first phase of the cultural exchange between the AAC and the Alpine Club of Iran had highlighted rock climbing and hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park with operations based out of the hostel at the Colorado Mountain School in Estes Park. The bunk … Read more…

Only in Alaska! Our Volunteers: Cindi Squire

Posted on: August 7th, 2012 by Alaska Section

Alaska Section Co-Chair Cindi Squire wrote to us about her experiences climbing in Alaska. From the belay, I smile and look back over my shoulder at the immense, sweeping view of the mountains around me. It is amazing to think that some people never get to see this view or … Read more…

Emily Harrington’s Everest Lessons

Posted on: July 31st, 2012 by Abbey Smith
The team at Camp 2 during our summit bid.  Photo Courtesy Emily Harrington.

Mount Everest isn’t supposed to be a difficult mountain to climb. “Climbing” is often not even used to describe the act of reaching the summit of the world’s tallest peak. “It’s just walking. It’s not hard.” was something I’d often heard through the years. Growing up in the climbing community … Read more…

A Great Success: Iranian Women’s Climbing Exchange

Posted on: July 30th, 2012 by Luke Bauer

After just five days, the women participating in the American Alpine Club and Iranian Alpine Club Climber Exchange Program have already accomplished a lot of climbing and significant bonding as women with a common passion for the mountains and mountain sports.  After spending a day getting acquainted in the Boulder … Read more…

Our Members: How Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou Makes Kids into Elite Climbers

Posted on: July 16th, 2012 by Abbey Smith
Robyn Raboutou introducing children to climbing

Like tiny bees swarming a honeycomb, Boulder’s Team ABC has been attacking local and national competitions and world class climbing areas with frightening strength, intuitive movement and absolute enjoyment. Their queen bee, the renowned climber Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou has fine-tuned her methods over two decades and developed a complex curriculum that’s … Read more…

Our Members: Brian Threlkeld & Paul Clifford—Northeast Live Your Dream Grant Winners

Posted on: July 12th, 2012 by Abbey Smith
Paul Clifford

The “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grants are developed and administered locally with community support—each Region of the American Alpine Club has it’s own grant program. In the Northeast Region, the “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grant seeks to support climbers from a range of ages and experience levels, as well as a … Read more…

Storytellers: Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen of Sender Films

Posted on: July 9th, 2012 by Abbey Smith
Nick Rosen of Sender Films

Climbing rocks is a bizarre and obscure passion. We fall in love with a piece of stone, suffer incredible physical pain and psychological torment, and risk our hearts and lives for the beauty and purity of the rock, the environment, the moment, and ourselves. It’s not an easy task to … Read more…

Our Members: Erik Eisele—Northeast Live Your Dream Grant Winner

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 by Abbey Smith
Erik Eisele

The “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grants are developed and administered locally with community support—each Region of the American Alpine Club has it’s own grant program. In the Northeast Region, the “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grant seeks to support climbers from a range of ages and experience levels, as well as a … Read more…

Expedition Yoga with Olivia Hsu-Richards

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by Abbey Smith
Olivia in Warrior 1. Photo by Cory Richards

Author Olivia Hsu-Richards—AAC Member and Yoga Journal cover-girl—lives, climbs and teaches yoga in Boulder, CO. The wind picks up making it even harder to breathe as I come over the last pass. I can see the tent village, which will act as my home for a week. I have arrived … Read more…

2014 Live Your Dream Grant Trip Report: Hanna Lucy & Alexa Siegel Climb Half Dome

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by lhummel
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Live Your Dream: Hanna Lucy and Alexa Siegel Climb Half Dome   Our trip began On May 6th, 2014, at the Las Vegas airport. After dropping my boyfriend off at the “departing flights” zone, I parked the car and made my way to arrivals. It wasn’t long before I spotted … Read more…

‘When Climbing Was Dangerous and Sex Was Safe’

Posted on: February 13th, 2014 by The AAC

By John Heilprin, AAC Board Director / Chairman of AAC Information & Marketing  Committee The American Alpine Club hosts hundreds of events every year, but the most anticipated is the Annual Benefit Dinner. With Yvon Chouinard as our special guest in Denver last weekend, nearly 600 members enjoyed a rare … Read more…

Climbers Raise Funds For Stewardship Efforts at Rumbling Bald Climbing Area

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by lhummel

By Kayah Gaydish On January 15, 2014 over 150 rock climbers gathered for a fundraising event at Black Dome   Mountain Sports in Asheville, NC.  The goal was to raise $3,000 for the Carolina Climbers   Coalition (CCC) and Friends of Chimney Rock State Park’s stewardship efforts at Rumbling Bald … Read more…

Climbing City of Rocks, ID: Live Your Dream Grant Trip Report by Sara Casey

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by lhummel

AAC member Sara Casey embarked on a climbing trip to City of Rocks, Idaho last summer.  In the heat of the swelter, Sara and her climbing partners, Jana Coulter and Tania Reitz, toughed it out and Lived Their Dream in City of Rocks, ID.  With much preparation in and around … Read more…