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GEARUP Giveaway Winner

Posted on: February 3rd, 2012 by Luke Bauer

This past Fall, we at the Club decided to give away $1,000 in gear to one lucky Member. When all the new memberships were in, we gathered a big stack of forms and slips of paper with current members that had emailed us their entries, and tossed them off the balcony in the American Mountaineering Museum. The entry that fell closest to the scale model of Everest was the winner!
Admittedly, this is not the most scientific way to select a winner, but it’s certainly random enough for our purposes.
The lucky slip of paper turned out to belong to a new member in California named  Johanna. We contacted her and asked her a few questions about her Membership, her life, and her climbing plans now that she’s got this new gear coming to her.
Why did you decide to join The American Alpine Club?
It seems like a really worthwhile organization, and it’s not all that expensive to join. I’m glad that when I donate more money to the AAC it will go towards several admirable projects.
How long have you been climbing?
Four years.  I started in SW Montana, then moved to California for work.  It’s hard not to go climbing when I’m surrounded by so many great areas.
Favorite type of climbing?
Trad climbing, especially finger cracks.
Got a trip planned so you can use your new gear?
I made plans to go down to Joshua Tree next month before I found out I won all this gear, so winning this makes me even more excited for that trip.
Favorite climbing area? 
It has to be Yosemite because I live 20 miles west of the park entrance.  It’s hard to pick a favorite spot in Yosemite, but Tuolumne Meadows tops the list due to the quality climbing, the scenery, the high-alpine environment, and the closeness to the east side of the Sierra.
What do you think the biggest challenge facing the climbing community is?
I don’t know if it’s the biggest challenge, but climbers as a group minimizing our impacts to the environment will become even more important as new areas get developed and more people get into the sport of climbing.  Education is key; sometimes people do detrimental things just because they don’t know the lasting impact they can have and how fragile some of these areas are.

Last summer Boston native Mark Richey led an expedition to the remote peaks of the Indian Karakoram—an expedition capped by the coveted first ascent of Saser Kangri II.

The story of their expedition provides more than a glimpse into the future of exploratory alpinism. It highlights the powerful tradition long exemplified by the New England climbing community and The American Alpine Club: partnership across generations. The team will be the keynote presenters at this year’s AAC Annual Benefit Dinner.

Buy your tickets by February 6 and win a prize package so unique that it cannot be bought. The giveaway will offer one winner a unique prize package, redeemable in Boston at the 2012 Annual Benefit Dinner on March 3.

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