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Archive for July, 2010

Member Trip Report (and Photos) of New Route on Lama Lamani, India

Posted on: July 30th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

AAC Member Paul Swienton reports in on his May expedition on Lama Lamani. We’d love to share your latest climb too, so send it this way. During the month of May 2010, Dick Isherwood of Seattle, Geoff Cohen, Steve Kennedy, Robert Hamilton and Dave ­­­Ritchie all from Scotland and myself … Read more…

Climbs and Climbers to Follow – 7/28/10

Posted on: July 28th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Need to be quick today, so here’s a few climbing blogs we love, for your Wednesday hump-day reading pleasure: 1. http://kellycordes.wordpress.com/ “Climbing, Writing and the Art of Margaritas.” This is the blog of Kelly Cordes, climber,  writer, and member of the editorial team for the American Alpine Journal. Besides gnarly … Read more…

August 9th Book Club: Dee Molenaar Special Guest!

Posted on: July 26th, 2010 by AAC Library

Thanks to Bob Ader, August’s American Alpine Club Book Club will feature a visit from Dee Molenaar!  We’ll be discussing Dee’s book, The Challenge of Rainier, as well as his 2009 Mountain Rescue publication, Mountains Don’t Care, But We Do: an early history of mountain rescue in the Pacific Northwest. … Read more…

Teton Boulder Project Announces Official Groundbreaking

Posted on: July 26th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

An update from AAC member Christian Beckwith on the Teton Boulder Project: Three-quarters of the way to their fundraising goal, TBP donors and volunteers are closing in on their goal of a community bouldering park. Organizers of the Teton Boulder Project (TBP) announced today that on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at … Read more…

July 25 AAC Self Rescue Class A Huge Success

Posted on: July 25th, 2010 by Southern Appalachian Section

The American Alpine Club Southern Appalachian Section turned out in force on July 25 for the Climbers Self Rescue Course which was run free of charge for AAC members. The class was completely full with 12 avid climbers attending, and many more on the waiting list! We met at Fox … Read more…

GTCR 40th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on: July 23rd, 2010 by Tetons Section

When: Aug 21, 2010 This summer is the 40th anniversary of the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch. The American Alpine Club will observe this occasion with a celebration to be held at the Climbers’ Ranch on the evening of August 21, 2010. Please join us for the festivities, starting at 6:00pm. … Read more…

Teton Boulder Project Official Groundbreaking Party

Posted on: July 23rd, 2010 by Tetons Section

When: Aug 11, 2010 Organizers of the Teton Boulder Project (TBP) have announced that onWednesday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m., they will hold the official groundbreaking for a community bouldering park in Phil Baux Park at the base of Snow King Mountain in downtown Jackson, Wyoming. Volunteers, donors and icons … Read more…

NE Section Update: July 2010

Posted on: July 21st, 2010 by New England Section

A report for the NE Section members: Good to see some of you at the summer BBQ at Mark and Teresa Richey’s in Madison, NH. Check out a couple photos here, and send in more if you have them! Some of our other scheduled events to mark your calendars for: We … Read more…

Climbs and Climbers to Follow – 7/22/10

Posted on: July 21st, 2010 by Erik Lambert
Climbing Narc Image

The Wednesday roundup of climbing blogs, climbers and expeditions worth your reading time: this week we’ve got an office-staff favorite (thanks Dana!), a blog of one of our partners, and one from two of our hard-pulling members (and we know more of you are out there! Send what you’re doing, … Read more…

Threatened Climbing Areas in Latin America Need Help Now

Posted on: July 20th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
Cochamo Valley

A message from Kika Bradford, executive director of Access PanAm: Our numbers are strengthened by local climbers in almost all countries in the Americas with mountains and stone. The surge of climbing in the North is spreading southward, and most U.S. climbers will eventually make it to the world class … Read more…

NE Section Summer BBQ

Posted on: July 19th, 2010 by New England Section

Looks like the NE Section Summer BBQ was a success! Thanks to Mark and Teresa Richey for the use of their lake cabin in Madison, NH. Here are a few pics of the gathering:                    

Celebrating 40 Years of Climbing in the Tetons

Posted on: July 19th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
An image from the GTCR webcam, taken July 19.

This summer is the 40th anniversary of the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch. The American Alpine Club will observe this occasion with a celebration to be held at the Climbers’ Ranch on the evening of August 21, 2010. Please join us if you’re able! History of the GTCR: After the old … Read more…

Friday Daydreaming

Posted on: July 16th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

It’s Friday, it’s the weekend, and it’s time to get out. Something to get you motivated, or at least thinking about where you’re going to go… http://www.splitterchoss.com/2008/05/14/top-5-climbing-movies-of-all-time/ The Top 5 Climbing Movies of All Time, according to SplitterChoss writer BJ Sbarra. Here’s one, The Eiger Sanction, but don’t forget to … Read more…

One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2

Posted on: July 15th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
One Mountain Thousand Summits Poster

When eleven men perished on the slopes of K2 in August 2008, it was one of the deadliest single events in Himalayan climbing and made headlines around the world. Yet none of the surviving western climbers could explain precisely what happened. Their memories were self-admittedly fogged by exhaustion, hypoxia, and … Read more…

Climbs and Climbers to Follow – 7/14/10

Posted on: July 14th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
Chicks Climbing Logo

Welcome to this Wednesday’s roundup of blogs and climbing sites we’re digging lately here in the AAC office. As always, let us know what you think in the comments, or point us toward ones deserving of a mention. For now, let’s get to it: 1. http://verticalcarnival.blogspot.com/ Full of stunningly well … Read more…

Save the Date: Craggin’ Classic Heads to Northern California

Posted on: July 12th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
Donner Pass Climbing

The popular Craggin’ Classic climbing festival is going grassroots with smaller festivals in more locations across the U.S. The fest is coming to YOUR AREA, in Truckee, CA, August 27-29, 2010. Mark your calendar! More details will be posted here when we have them. Fri 8/27: Free camping on Donner … Read more…

Get your photo in Climbing Magazine.

Posted on: July 9th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
Photo Contest Example Shot

Are you a loyal reader of Climbing Magazine? Over the next few months, watch for new AAC photos in each issue that depict some of the things climbers care about most. We chose the first five, but for the next five, we want you, the members of the club, to … Read more…

Friday Daydreaming

Posted on: July 9th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

We can all use a little climbing inspiration to get through the Friday workday and onto the weekend, right?  Today, a flashback to February but a preview for the September 16 premiere of the 2010 REEL ROCK Tour (the AAC is a sponsor). This clip shows Daniel Woods on The … Read more…

Climbs and Climbers to Follow – Weds 7/7/10

Posted on: July 7th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
Tents in front of peak in China

Just about every day I stumble upon a new climbing blog or expedition report, or some other venue online where climbers are doing major things and reporting in on their progress. Many of the ones that come through the AAC office are from grant winners,  attempting big routes with AAC … Read more…

Post-Weekend Climbing News: Harlin’s Swiss Interruption

Posted on: July 6th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

“I had an accident and am returning home.” As everyone gets back to work after a holiday and starts wading through email, there are always a few that stand out and grab attention. This morning one of those few was from John Harlin, who to all of my knowledge was … Read more…