A Letter from Jeff—Our New Western Regional Coordinator
My name is Jeff Deikis and I would like to introduce myself as the new Southwest Regional Coordinator with the American Alpine Club. I want to take this opportunity to tell you about my background and highlight a couple of exciting new things that I see happening with the AAC in the Southwest Region this year.
A little about myself: I grew up in the Midwest—in Southeastern Michigan outside of Detroit. To escape the cornfields, my parents and I would take trips to Colorado where I learned to ski and scramble around in the Rocky Mountains at a young age. Later, while attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, I made frequent trips to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, the New River Gorge in West Virginia, and Rumney in New Hampshire—the places I credit with having taught me how to climb. After graduating I moved to the Southwest and have since lived in South Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, and, where I currently make my home, amongst the juggernaut boulders of Bishop, California.
As a new team member to The American Alpine Club I am looking forward to an exciting year. It is my goal to see the AAC community grow and become more active through an increase of social gatherings such as slideshows and parties, conservation projects, climbing events, and climbing festivals. As our region grows, I hope to see a strong support base of volunteers to help us reach our goals and, ultimately, increased partnerships with other, more localized climbing organizations. Working together I know we can extend the reach of the Club’s message in the Southwest, expand our membership base, and ultimately provide increased support for the greater climbing community while helping to conserve the environment we all love to play in.