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Archive for September, 2011

World Cup Climbing Comp Headed to Boulder—AAC Sponsoring Event

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

The American Alpine Club is excited to be an official IFSC World Cup Partner for the first International Federation of Sport Climbing Competition held in the United States in 22 years. [Read our interview with Jeff Lowe, who organized the first World Cup event in the States.] Come out and support your … Read more…

Burkett Needle FA by Copp-Dash Award Team

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by The AAC
FA of the East Arete, Burkett Needle, Alaska

The 2011 Copp-Dash Inspire Award, presented to 5 teams this year, allowed the completion of a stunning new route on the Burkett Needle in southeast Alaska. The Copp-Dash Award was established in 2009 to honor Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, two top-notch alpinists that were killed while pursuing a new … Read more…

Mark Synnott Show at Teton Theater—October 19 TNF Speaker Series Event

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by Wyoming Section

This year, The Club is proud to partner with The North Face for their Speaker Series. The majority of featured speakers are proud AAC Members and all profits from the October 19, Jackson, WY event featuring Mark Synnott will be donated to the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch! Buy Tickets to The Event—All Proceeds Donated … Read more…

Mark Synnott Show at Teton Theater—October 19 TNF Speaker Series Event

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by Tetons Section

This year, The Club is proud to partner with The North Face for their Speaker Series. The majority of featured speakers are proud AAC Members and all profits from the October 19, Jackson, WY event featuring Mark Synnott will be donated to the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch! Buy Tickets to The Event—All Proceeds Donated … Read more…

3rd Annual Needles Pumpkin Party—October 8, 2011

Posted on: September 27th, 2011 by North Central Section

Hosted by the Black Hills Climbers Coalition and the North Central Section of the American Alpine Club.  Get ready to do some pumpkin carving like you’ve never done before! Meet us in the Ten Pins area, just before the Cathedral Spires Trailhead on the Needles Highway in Custer State Park … Read more…

Take the Survey—Win the Gear

Posted on: September 26th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

  A couple of years ago we surveyed climbers—Members and non-members alike—to see what was important to them about The American Alpine Club, the climbing community, and climbing in general. We’ve developed a new survey over the last several weeks and we’d like you to take it and share it … Read more…

New Jersey Top-Rope Social and Oktoberfest Celebration Oct. 22

Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 by Northeast Region

Join the American Alpine Club and Riverview Outdoor Adventures & Clinics for a Top-Rope Social and Oktoberfest Celebration at northern New Jersey’s beautiful Allamuchy State Park. AAC member and volunteer Barry Rusnock is graciously hosting this event. We’ll have top-ropes setup on climbs from 5.5 to 5.11 on the Main … Read more…

Saser Kangri II—The Full Story

Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 by Intern

Last week we posted some snippets from Steve Swenson’s blog posts on the first ascent of Saser Kangri II.  The team consisted of Swenson (the current AAC President), past club President Mark Richey, and renowned alpine climber Freddie Wilkinson. Mark recently provided the AAC a full write-up, complete with pictures! … Read more…

UPDATE: Annual New England Fall Barbecue, October 22, 2011

Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 by Northeast Region

It’s AAC Fall Barbecue time! Please join for a little fun and a celebration of the New England climbing community, Saturday, Oct. 22 at the lovely Echo Lake State Park at the base of Whitehorse in North Conway, New Hampshire. This event is free and open to all climbers and … Read more…

Come have Coffee with a Ranger, Rumney, Oct. 1

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by Northeast Region

Join the Rumney Climbers Association, the U.S. Forest Service, and the American Alpine Club on Saturday October 1, 2011 for Rumney Rocks’ first ever Coffee with a Ranger.  Beginning at 8:30 a.m. representatives from the three organizations will be staffing a table at the main parking lot below the group … Read more…

Represent the AAC on a Climbing Trip to Scotland

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

— Update 10/18/2011: Congratulations to Scot and Bayard, our selected to delegates to the BMC Meet! — 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 Winter Meet, located in Scotland’s Cairngorms. … Read more…

Adopt-a-Crag (Trail Work)

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 by admin
Eldorado Canyon

Join REI and the Access Fund for a day of trail maintenance at one of the best climbing spots in Colorado: Eldorado Canyon! Adopt a Crag is a national commitment by the climbing community to natural resource stewardship and volunteerism. All ability levels are welcome! We will have projects ranging from weed … Read more…

New Guidebook Finder—Have You Seen This Thing?

Posted on: September 15th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce the launch of its newest informational tool: The AAC Guidebook Finder. Sponsored by Patagonia, an AAC Industry Partner, the Guidebook Finder provides a Google Maps-powered interface to make finding one of the thousands of guidebooks in the AAC Library intuitive, easy, and … Read more…

Reel Rock Film Tour Stop—September 22, 2011

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by Luke Bauer
Reel Rock 2011

Once again High Country Outfitters is bringing the Reel Rock Tour to Atlanta, GA! September 22, 2011.  Showing at Lefont Theater in Sandy Springs 5920 Roswell Road Northeast.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door (please bring … Read more…

In Memoriam: Walter Bonatti

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

The American Alpine Club is sad to note the passing of an alpine great, Walter Bonatti. Bonatti died after a long battle with cancer Tuesday evening in Rome. He was 81. Bonatti was known for his pure, clean, and fast style, often climbing solo and in winter. He has left … Read more…

The North Face Speaker Series in New England Oct. 17-18, 2011

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by Northeast Region

Ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers will be presenting her show: Journey Through the Arctic Refuge, Northeast Alaska in Burlington, Vermont on October 17 and in New Haven, Connecticut on October 18. We’ll have AAC volunteers on sight to welcome Kit and all the guests. Check The North Face Speaker Series web … Read more…

Saser Kangri II—The Descent

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

AAC President Steve Swenson was evacuated from Advanced Base Camp after difficulty breathing. He has recovered quickly and completely and sent us a number of reports on his, Mark Richey’s, and Freddie Wilkinson’s successful ascent of Saser Kangri II. We’ve reposted parts of these reports here. After I had a … Read more…

Saser Kangri II Day 4—The Summit

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

AAC President Steve Swenson was evacuated from Advanced Base Camp after difficulty breathing. He has recovered quickly and completely and sent us a number of reports on his, Mark Richey’s, and Freddie Wilkinson’s successful ascent of Saser Kangri II. We’ve reposted parts of these reports here. August 24.  We only … Read more…

Saser Kangri II Day 3

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

AAC President Steve Swenson was evacuated from Advanced Base Camp after difficulty breathing. He has recovered quickly and completely and sent us a number of reports on his, Mark Richey’s, and Freddie Wilkinson’s successful ascent of Saser Kangri II. We’ve reposted parts of these reports here. On the morning of … Read more…

Saser Kangri II Day 2

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

AAC President Steve Swenson was evacuated from Advanced Base Camp after difficulty breathing. He has recovered quickly and completely and sent us a number of reports on his, Mark Richey’s, and Freddie Wilkinson’s successful ascent of Saser Kangri II. We’ve reposted parts of these reports here. We knew that achieving our goals on … Read more…