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Archive for May, 2011

Iran Exchange

Posted on: May 31st, 2011 by Luke Bauer

[Update. June 10: Southern Appalachian Section Chair David Thoenen just called the AAC offices on a borrowed cell phone to give us an update from Iran. After roughly thirty hours of travel, and a much-needed night of rest, the Alpine Club of Iran took the AAC group bouldering in the … Read more…

2010 Climber Exchange with the Alpine Club of Iran

Posted on: May 27th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

[This entry, penned by Southern Appalachian Section Chair David Thoenen, was originally posted in September 2010, shortly after the conclusion of the Iran Climber Exchange. We’ve reposted it today as an introduction to the reciprocal part of the Iran Exchange. Several American Alpine Club Members are headed to Iran next … Read more…

AAC Member Erden Eruç’s Human Powered Travels

Posted on: May 24th, 2011 by Intern

American Alpine Club member Erden Eruç is in the middle of an epic journey around the globe. His “Six Summits Expedition” is a project in human-powered travel, in which he will travel to and hike the highest peaks on six continents without planes, cars, or suplemental oxygen. Along the way, … Read more…

Donner Summit Climb-munity

Posted on: May 23rd, 2011 by Sierra Nevada Section

When: Jun 25, 2010 Join us for free camping and a Saturday evening barbeque with beer, wine and a campfire on the beautiful undeveloped property of SNS member Bela Vadasz of Alpine Skills International. It’s right on top of Donner Pass, within easy walking distance of the superb granite crags. $10 for … Read more…

Executive Director Status Update

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 17, American Alpine Club (AAC) Executive Director Phil Powers was injured in a climbing accident. Please visit americanalpineclub.orgfor the most current updates.Phil continues to make slow and steady progress and the need for daily updates has passed. We will update this site when major … Read more…

2011 Honorary Members Dinner—Flagstaff, AZ

Posted on: May 17th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

[Update. June 10, 2011: The Dinner went great! Check out some of the pictures on Flickr. We’ll be posting a full update soon.] The next AAC Board Meeting is Saturday, June 4 in Flagstaff, Arizona. It will be most generously hosted at the Lowell Observatory by Bill and Kitty Putnam. Flagstaff sits … Read more…

New In the Library: Books Donated by Wolverine Publishing

Posted on: May 14th, 2011 by Luke Bauer
Wolverine Publishing

This is a repost from the American Alpine Club Library’s Blog, High Places. We’ve got a great relationship with several guidebook publishers: they’ve agreed to donate books to the Armando Menocal Guidebook Collection so that YOU can check them out! Here’s a list of recently added books from Wolverine Publishing. … Read more…

Women at Work [Video]

Posted on: May 9th, 2011 by Luke Bauer
Mount Probocsis Women at Work

American Alpine Club members Emily Stifler, Madeline Sorkin, and Lorna Illingworth received the inaugural Copp-Dash Inspire Award and the Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award to support their attempt to free the original, 1963 route on the Cirque of the Unclimbables’ Mt. Proboscis (the Club has recently expanded the Spitzer Grant … Read more…

Rockfest 2011 – Mazama, WA

Posted on: May 5th, 2011 by Eddie Espinosa

Rockfest 2011 – Mazama, WA June 25th – 26th Back and better than ever, Rockfest is a celebration of outdoor climbing in the Pacific Northwest.  Held in Leavenworth the last ten years, we’re moving to Mazama’s Goat Wall this year.  Enjoy a long weekend in the scenic Mazama/Winthrop valley with … Read more…

Smith Rock Spring Thing!

Posted on: May 5th, 2011 by Oregon Section

Help keep Smith looking great!  We’ll be out at the Smith Rock Spring Thing this weekend with our work gloves, shovels and rock moving mojo.  Meet the Section Chairs at the event in the evening and enjoy a slideshow with Jim Thornburg. More info over at

AAC Rescue Training Day

Posted on: May 4th, 2011 by Southern Appalachian Section

This is reposted from Karsten Delap’s blog. Karsten is an AAC Ambassador in the Southern Appalachian Section. As the Ambassador for the American Alpine Club in the Western Mountains of North Carolina I set up a few events every year for the local members. One of them is the free rescue … Read more…

Falling Rock Adopt A Crag Event—May 14, 2011

Posted on: May 3rd, 2011 by North Central Section

Where: Falling Rock Climbing Area, Black Hills When:  Saturday May 14th, 2011 Hosted by:  Black Hills Climbers Coalition, The American Alpine Club North Central Section,  in cooperation with the Forest Service Details:  “Trash cleanup, trail maintenance, group climb, food, prizes, FUN!! We will start at 10 a.m. with picking up … Read more…