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Represent the Club in Italy for the Second International Trad Climbing Meeting

Posted on: May 11th, 2012 by Luke Bauer

The AAC will send two lucky members to this year’s Second International Trad Climbing Meeting organized by the Club Alpino Accademico Italiano (CAAI). The CAAI, with the sponsorship of Alpine Club of Italy, is organizing this international event—similar to the American Alpine Club’s International Climbers’ Meet—in Ceresole Reale, Orco Valley, near Torino, Italy.

The objective is to allow the communication of experiences among international climbers, promote climbing—in particular its traditional style—and showcase the Orco Valley, a gem in the climbing world, known for its historical relevance to the development of modern climbing in Italy and it’s natural beauty & stunning granite lines.

Climbers from the all over the world—sponsored by national climbing federations—will be invited, up to 2 per nation, for a maximum of 60 participants. They will be assisted by host climbers in selecting proper climbs and locations.

Climbing days will end with thematic slideshows, open to the public. 

Trad climbing skills are required on most routes, though many of the face routes have fixed gear. Most of the climbs in the valley are multipitch adventures, some up to 500 meters in length, though most not exceeding 200 meters. As a minimum requirement applicant climbers should be able to lead 6b (5.10d) while placing protection.

This Meet will be held September 16 – 23, 2012. Selected Club representatives, chosen by the AAC staff, are responsible for paying airfare and a 100-Euro registration fee. The CAAI will provide food and accommodations during the Meet.

Interested? Become a member of the AAC and follow the application instructions below.

Meet Schedule:

Sunday 9/16—Climbers arrive. Opening ceremonies in Ceresole Reale in the Valle Orco at 7 p.m.

Monday 9/17—Climbing day, with an evening slideshow on historic and modern climbs in the area

Tuesday 9/18—Climbing day

Wednesday 9/19—Climbing day, with an evening slideshow

Thursday 9/20—Climbing day

Friday 9/21—Climbing day

Saturday 9/22—Climbing day and an evening party

Sunday 9/23—Closing ceremonies 

Application Information:

Please send the application materials listed below to the AAC by June 7, 2012. A selection committee will choose from the applicants and contact the CAAI promptly. Final selections will be made by the CAAI and applicants will receive confirmation by the beginning of July.

The Club is hoping for one male and one female climber to represent the Club at this Meet, but final selections will be made based on who applies.

Application Deadline: June 7, 2012

Application Materials: Please submit a one-page climbing resume AND one-page cover letter detailing why YOU should represent the AAC at this event. (To take part in this event climbers MUST have substantial climbing experience. Please detail this in your application.) 

As a minimum requirement applicant climbers should be able to lead 6b (5.10d) while placing protections.

Participants are asked to be equipped with personal climbing gear and sleeping bag.

Application Contact: Luke Bauer, [email protected]

 Read about our members Scott and Bayard who attended a British Mountaineering Council Winter Meet in Scotland this year.

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