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Archive for January, 2011

Represent the AAC on a Climbing Trip to Wales

Posted on: January 28th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Every year, the British Mountaineering Council hosts an International Meet, a weeklong gathering of climbers from around the world. The AAC will send two lucky members to this year’s Summer Meet, located in North Wales’ Llanberis Pass. Interested? Become a member of the AAC and follow the application instructions below. … Read more…

Half Dome and Desert Spires Collections Online

Posted on: January 28th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Jerry Gallwas was, with Royal Robbins and Mike Sherrick, the first to complete a Grade VI route in the United States: Half-Dome’s Regular Northwest Face (VI 5.9 A1 or 5.12). Jerry recently provided the AAC with a thorough multimedia compendium of the momentous climb. The report contains personal accounts from … Read more…

Denali: Climber Comments Needed

Posted on: January 26th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Since last fall the Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and American Mountain Guides Association have been working with Denali National Park on their proposal to raise mountaineering fees 150% from $200 to $500. We are concerned that such a high fee at Denali is unnecessary and unfair, and are looking for … Read more…

Rainier: Climber Comments Needed

Posted on: January 25th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Since last fall the Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and American Mountain Guides Association have been working with Mount Rainier National Park on their proposal to raise mountaineering fees. We are concerned that the ever-expanding Mountaineering Program at Rainier will require high fees at Rainier, and are looking for ways to cut … Read more…

Golden Recap: NPS Meeting on Denali Fees

Posted on: January 25th, 2011 by Erik Lambert

In 2009 the National Park Service announced that a significant climbing fee increase (from $200 to $500) could go into effect on Denali and Mt. Foraker as early as 2012. On Tuesday night at AAC headquarters in Golden, CO, the NPS hosted one of five open houses on this issue.  … Read more…

February 8th Book Club in Golden: Fifty Classic Climbs

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by AAC Library

February 8: Fifty Classic Climbs by Steve Roper and Alan Steck. A reminder that book club will be discussing a book that has its’ own Wikipedia entry, a Flickr photo pool and a Facebook group about people who are attempting to climb all of them – Mark and Janelle Smiley.   John Meek … Read more…

Mountaineering with a Purpose

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Cordillera Blanca 2011 Environmental Expedition (CBEE 2011) June 26, 2011 through the week of July 24, 2011. In June and July 2011, the Deep South Section of The American Alpine Club is spearheading an environmental mountaineering expedition to Peru’s highest mountain range. The Cordillera Blanca contains the highest concentration of mountains … Read more…

NE Section News Update: January 2011

Posted on: January 23rd, 2011 by New England Section

Hello all. Hope you are enjoying the winter as much as I am. Don’t forget, next weekend our chapter is helping to sponsor the IMCS annual Ice Fest in Conway, NH. The dates are February 4-6, 2011. Friday night kicks things off with a climbing comp and slide show at Cranmore. … Read more…

Award Furthers Nuptse Dreams

Posted on: January 19th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

In 2010, longtime Club member Freddie Wilkinson was awarded the Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award, a program that supports climbing by small, lightweight teams attempting bold first ascents or difficult repeats of the most challenging routes in the world’s great mountain ranges. Below is his report on an attempt to put … Read more…

Joshua Tree Clean-up Weekend

Posted on: January 17th, 2011 by Southwest Section

When: Jan 15, 2011 The Southwest Section of the AAC joined the Southern California Mountaineers association for a weekend, January 15 & 16, 2011, campout at the Sheep Pass Campground in Joshua Tree. The trip was hosted by Tony Yeary and Chris Savage, members of both groups and drew about … Read more…

Hooray for Ouray!

Posted on: January 14th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Unseasonably warm temperatures prior to the 16th Annual Ouray Ice Festival may have scared off some out-of-towners, but they didn’t frighten the AAC. New staffers Erik Lambert and Luke Bauer held true to their word, cavorting about in yellow one-piece suits on Saturday while promoting the 2011 Ouray Haiku Contest … Read more…

Protect Mountaineering on Denali: Attend a NPS Open House in Seattle, WA or Golden, CO

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Denali National Park proposes to raise mountaineering fees 150% from $200 to $500 per climber. As part of the public involvement process, the National Park Service is hosting two open houses in January to provide information on the mountaineering program and how the special mountaineering use fee is used. Representatives from … Read more…

January 11th Book Club: Touching The Void, Joe Simpson

Posted on: January 10th, 2011 by AAC Library

There’s an interesting thread going on over on the AAC’s Facebook page right now. The question asked was this: “Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void, developed an interest in climbing after reading The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer. What book motivated you to start climbing? (Don’t forget that members-anywhere … Read more…

2011 Michigan Ice Fest

Posted on: January 10th, 2011 by Great Lakes Section

Michigan Ice Festival Munising, Michigan’s Michigan Ice Festival is an ideal setting for classes, burly climbing sessions, and skills-practice and offers a perfect starting point for unforgettable climbs along the scenic Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The Great Lakes Section of the American Alpine Club will have a booth at the … Read more…