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Telling Climbers’ Stories

Posted on: April 14th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Stories around the campfire at the 2009 International Climbers' Meet. Photo by Andrew Burr.

We celebrate climbing every day – from the Alpinist to the local boulderer, from the “accomplished” veterans that inspire us all to the young up-and-coming climbers setting new standards. One of the greatest resources of the AAC (not to toot our own horn) is the access to the history of climbing – the stories of perseverance and accomplishments that have shaped and led the sport. We’re all members of the same club, so by default we share these stories in common.

We want to start telling these stories, and sharing them with the rest of the membership. That start is here, at the AAC library blog. Recently, we’ve been hit with a ton of people recording climbers’ stories and needing a way to share them. Jason Albert is finishing up a fantastic audio interview with Kelly Cordes, and Chad Hagan just posted a great interview with Robert Hyman, a dedicated climber who has given over 21 years of service to the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch. John Martin Meeks’ video interview collection includes Brad and Barbara Washburn, Jim Whitakker, Sir Edmund Hillary and more recently, Eric Weihenmeyer, among so many others.

Check out their stories, and feel free to build up the collection by sending in your own. Guidelines and instructions are available by emailing Beth Heller, AAC Preservation Librarian.

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