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Club Heads to Yosemite for Conservation

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 by Luke Bauer
Two climbers atop Yosemite

The AAC continues to advocate on behalf of our members: Executive Director, Phil Powers and Conservation & Advocacy Director, Leigh Goldberg met with the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park last week. Expanding camping, parking and transportation options throughout the Valley, including expanding and improving amenities at Camp 4, continues to be … Read more…

GTCR Work Week Video

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Johnny Waldman, a writer based in Boulder, CO, has been visiting the Climbers’ Ranch for over a decade. He even interned there one summer. Waldman put together this video in the hopes of sharing his experiences during Work Weeks past and inspiring volunteers for the quickly approaching 2011 Work Week. Because … Read more…

Volunteer and Stay for Free: Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch Work Week

Posted on: April 13th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Plan ahead! The Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch is seeking volunteers for its fourth annual Work Week, June 6-10, 2011. What is Work Week? Work Week is an opportunity for volunteers to prepare the Ranch for its opening–in exchange for free lodging during the month of June. Each year, skilled and … Read more…

The AAC in Washington, D.C.: Denali Fees Senate Hearing (Webcast)

Posted on: April 8th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

As reported previously on Inclined, the American Alpine Club, the Access Fund, and the AmericanMountain Guides Association (AMGA) have been working with Denali and Mt. Rainier National Parks on their proposed mountaineering fee increases. The Club considers the small increases at Rainier to be a win for our and other organizations’ advocacy … Read more…

Mt. Rainer Climbing Fee Increases to $43

Posted on: March 15th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Mt. Rainier National Park has announced that as of today, March 15, 2011, climbing permit fees will increase $13, to $43. Additionally, a new Annual Youth Permit for climbers under 25 (who make up approximately 5-10% of the annual 11,000 permitted climbers on the mountain) will be available at the … Read more…

National Park Service Wilderness Climbing Management Plan: Comments Needed

Posted on: February 24th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

In January the National Park Service (NPS) released an updated draft of its wilderness management policies which cover a wide range of topics including provisions specific to climbing fixed anchors. Iconic climbing areas in the U.S.—including Yosemite, Zion, Black Canyon, and Rocky Mountain national parks—will be governed by this new … Read more…

Climber-Scientist Needs Your Pictures

Posted on: February 15th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

What follows is a guest posting by AAC member John All, PhD, JD, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University. Much like fellow member Alton Byers, featured recently in Inclined, Dr. All is a climber-scientist, taking his love of the mountains even further, by … Read more…

Denali: Climber Comments Needed

Posted on: January 26th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Since last fall the Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and American Mountain Guides Association have been working with Denali National Park on their proposal to raise mountaineering fees 150% from $200 to $500. We are concerned that such a high fee at Denali is unnecessary and unfair, and are looking for … Read more…

Rainier: Climber Comments Needed

Posted on: January 25th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Since last fall the Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and American Mountain Guides Association have been working with Mount Rainier National Park on their proposal to raise mountaineering fees. We are concerned that the ever-expanding Mountaineering Program at Rainier will require high fees at Rainier, and are looking for ways to cut … Read more…

Golden Recap: NPS Meeting on Denali Fees

Posted on: January 25th, 2011 by Erik Lambert

In 2009 the National Park Service announced that a significant climbing fee increase (from $200 to $500) could go into effect on Denali and Mt. Foraker as early as 2012. On Tuesday night at AAC headquarters in Golden, CO, the NPS hosted one of five open houses on this issue.  … Read more…

Protect Mountaineering on Denali: Attend a NPS Open House in Seattle, WA or Golden, CO

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Denali National Park proposes to raise mountaineering fees 150% from $200 to $500 per climber. As part of the public involvement process, the National Park Service is hosting two open houses in January to provide information on the mountaineering program and how the special mountaineering use fee is used. Representatives from … Read more…

Joining the Conversation: National Climbing Management Summit

Posted on: December 14th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

At the end of October I drove from Boulder to Red Rocks for a climbing trip, and to represent the American Alpine Club at the second National Climbing Management Summit, hosted by the Access Fund. About 60 land managers from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and United … Read more…

Denali and Rainier: Voice Your Opinion

Posted on: November 18th, 2010 by Luke Bauer

Fee Increases Possible Both Denali and Rainier National Parks recently proposed fee increases for their mountaineering visitors, citing an inability to maintain present facilities and services for those and other user groups under the present rate structure. Under pressure from climbers and advocacy groups like the AAC, both parks have … Read more…

Addressing Mountaineering Fees on Denali and Rainier

Posted on: September 10th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

On September 7, 2010, the American Alpine Club, Access Fund, and American Mountain Guides Association sent the following letter to Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service: September 7, 2010 Jon Jarvis Director, National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240 RE: … Read more…

Threatened Climbing Areas in Latin America Need Help Now

Posted on: July 20th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
Cochamo Valley

A message from Kika Bradford, executive director of Access PanAm: Our numbers are strengthened by local climbers in almost all countries in the Americas with mountains and stone. The surge of climbing in the North is spreading southward, and most U.S. climbers will eventually make it to the world class … Read more…

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative – Share Your Input

Posted on: July 2nd, 2010 by Erik Lambert

The America’s Great Outdoors Initiative was established by Presidential Memorandum, and represents a huge push to reconnect the American people to the outdoors alongside community-level undertakings to restore and conserve outdoor areas. As climbers who use these outdoor spaces, it’s important that we get involved in and pay attention to … Read more…

AAC Member Summiting for Nepalese Orphans

Posted on: June 25th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
Fleming and Kami with Nepalese students

Back in 2001, AAC member Dr. RJ Fleming saw a need in Nepal. Running a guide service out of Europe and Asia, RJ and his business partner, Ang Kami, saw many guiding companies addressing the environmental issues in Nepal, but did not know of any addressing the needs of the … Read more…

Climbers: Weigh in on Yosemite’s Future

Posted on: June 18th, 2010 by Erik Lambert
Yosemite Valley

Below is an important message from Linda McMillan, committee chair for the AAC’s Yosemite Committee as well as a representative for the AAC on the UIAA’s Protection Commission. AAC Members, In February, we helped submit comments during the scoping period for Yosemite’s Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan. There will … Read more…

Tragic Climbing Accident in Turkey

Posted on: June 3rd, 2010 by Erik Lambert

The AAC is about climbers coming together and supporting one another, and for Salavat Rakhmetov, champion Russian climber, the community has never been more needed. Last week in Turkey, Salavat was leading a pitch when a rock dislodged and came down directly on his 5-year old daughter, Zalia. She is … Read more…

The AAC Would Like Your Comments

Posted on: May 17th, 2010 by AAC Library

We strive to be relevant to the needs of the climbing community and to individual climbers. We frequently get and read comments from members and non-members alike on various blogs, forums, events, and emails. Your ideas and your input help make us better and help us understand the ways we … Read more…