On February 13, the Club announced the winner of our One-Of-A-Kind Giveaway
centered around our March 3 Annual Dinner in Boston, MA. The winner, April, received two VIP passes, an ice axe signed by the Saser Kangri II team, $100 toward the silent auction, and a backpack filled with AAC goodies.
That Giveaway was so popular that we decided to double down and do a second round of the giveaway. The February 20 deadline rolled around and through our typically rigorous “tossing slips of paper off the balcony” method of winner-selection, we determined a winner: Kevin Brumbach of Bozeman, MT. This award is great for Kevin because not only is he a long time climber, he’s just volunteered to be the brand new Montana Section
Congratulations to Kevin Brumbach of Bozeman, MT!
Feel like you missed your chance? You still have a few days to get your tickets to the Annual Dinner! Friday, February 24 is the last day you can get your tickets to hob nob with climbing greats, see some amazing slideshows and movies, get your books signed by Freddie Wilkinson, Bernadette McDonald and David Roberts, and Support Your American Alpine Club.
Kevin will be attending the dinner as a VIP with a guest. We caught up with him via email to ask him a little bit about his climbing life:
Kevin: I have been climbing “technically” for about 12 years but grew up running around the Sawtooth Mountain Range in Idaho from a much younger age. My climbing passions encompass all facets of the climbing world, but I find myself predominantly gravitating toward cracks, ice, and mountains.
My running around the Sawtooth and desire to stand atop many of the rocky peaks pushed a couple of my childhood friends and me to purchase Freedom of the Hills, a rope, and harness and head out to our local crag (Dierkes Lake) at the age of 15. There, through trial and error, we learned how to top-rope, eventually lead, and complete our first “multi-pitch” route on a 30 foot tall section of cliff we climbed in two pitches.
Each area I have explored has truly taught me something new about myself and a greater appreciation for why I love this lifestyle.
I have climbed throughout the Rocky Mountain west, Canada, and Alaska and truly don’t believe that I can choose a favorite area. Each area I have explored has truly taught me something new about myself and a greater appreciation for why I love this lifestyle. If I had to choose, I would say Hyalite canyon for it’s endless ability to make me smile no matter how many days each week I run through its expanse, and the City of Rocks where every route has perfect granite, amazing petina edges, and no crowds!
In January I became the volunteer Montana Section Chair for the AAC. Eddie Espinosa
suggested I come out to the benefit dinner to learn more about my role and get to know all the great folks involved with the AAC. Being a huge fan of the AAC I immediately booked my flight and made plans to attend the extravaganza! I truly appreciate how the AAC is attempting to reach out to all its members in a more personal fashion through section chapters, and any way I can contribute to that, I will (ie. through chairing the Montana Section and supporting the Benefit dinner).
What I am most excited for at the dinner, frankly, is kissing ass! HAHA…..but seriously, I can’t wait to meet many of mountaineering’s greats
that, wether intentially or not, give so much inspiration, pushing me to see what I can withstand physically and mentally in the mountains and in my everyday life.
… I can’t wait to meet many of mountaineering’s greats that—intentionally or not—give so much inspiration, pushing me to see what I can withstand physically and mentally in the mountains and in my everyday life…
I support the club for the very reasons I agreed to be the Montana Section Chair. They are truly attempting to make an all-inclusive organization that is open, welcoming, and accessible to anyone, offering stewardship to new climbers, resources for all climbers, and an overall fun group of folks to just go climbing with. The benefits I find myself enjoying the most are the AAJ, and the lodging discounts
See you in Boston!
Kevin has won:
• Two VIP Passes to the Annual Dinner. The VIP reception, overlooking Boston Harbor, is an intimate gathering of North America’s most accomplished climbers and mountaineers. The guest list includes Jack Tackle, Tom Hornbein, Janet Bergman, John Bragg, Jimmy Surette, and more.
• Ice Axe signed in person by the Saser Kangri II team. Freddie Wilkinson, Mark Richey, and Steve Swenson—the evening’s keynote presenters—recently summited the world’s second-highest unclimbed mountain and will sign a special axe to the winner.
• $100 toward the Silent Auction, which includes climbing art, one-of-a-kind trips, and gear packages from The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, and Outdoor Research
• AAC backpack filled with goodies, including a signed hardback of One Mountain Thousand Summits, the award-winning book by Wilkinson. At the dinner, he will premiere The Old Breed, a video masterpiece about the Saser Kangri II expedition. Watch Trailer
The Annual Benefit Dinner is the AAC’s signature and largest annual event. In addition to fine dining and entertainment, the Dinner mingles climbers of all generations and abilities to celebrate the vibrant state of this 110-year-old organization. The event will be held in Boston at the Seaport Hotel and will celebrate a year of change and success through the theme of Partnership: Climbing through the Generations.