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Archive for the ‘Conservation’ Category

Healthy Climbing Landscapes—It’s Up To Us

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by The AAC
Climbing in Wilderness Infographic_final

Climbers and climbing organizations play a key role in keeping the places we all love healthy and open to the public. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, here’s a look at the history of how climbers are connected to the wilderness: We’re proud to help support local climbing … Read more…

Our Members: Alpine of the Americas Project Founder Jonathan Byers

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by The AAC
The changes are obvious. What will we do about it?

  AAC member Jonathan Byers and his friend Edgardo LeBlond realized firsthand the changes taking place in the mountains while on a 23-day trip that followed the highest parts of the Sierra Nevada. As a climber, photographer, scientist, and educator based in Yosemite, California, he decided to do something about … Read more…

Rumbling Bald Trail Days Re-Cap

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by lhummel
boulder area restoration

Although climbing is winding down at Rumbling Bald this season, climbers have still been quite busy there.  In April, representatives from several different groups came together to discuss the uses and best management practices of the bouldering areas and trails at Chimney Rock State Park, which is home to the … Read more…

Spring into Stewardship!

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by edemarco
Fun and Festivities at Smith Rock Spring Thing 2012

With the snow melting and temperatures warming up, no doubt climbers are psyched to get out of the gym and start pulling on real rock. Another thing to be excited about is a number of community-building stewardship days happening at crags around the country. You can’t get into the full … Read more…

Ellen Lapham Wins 2013 David R. Brower Conservation Award

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 by edemarco
John Bragg presents Lapham with Brower Award

by Erin DeMarco, AAC Conservation and Advocacy Intern If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further. Ellen Lapham sets the bar high and she loves sharing the view with anyone who can keep up. From broadening awareness of the importance of alpine conservation to pioneering high tech solutions and leading … Read more…

Our Members: Alan Kearney Documents Our Changing Glaciers

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by edemarco
Forest Fire in the Cascades

by Alan Kearney, AAC In 2005 while sorting through my photographs from over three decades of climbing in the Cascades, I realized I had some exceptionally high quality photographs of Cascade glaciers from as early as 1982. I decided I wanted to return to the glaciers, to photograph them today, and … Read more…

Boulder Canyon Faces a Serious #2 Problem

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013 by edemarco
Building and installing the dispensers was a volunteer based project

By Erin DeMarco and Emma Walker, AAC Conservation and Advocacy Interns Boulder, Colorado attracts climbers from all over the country and it’s easy to understand why: when world-class climbing is in your backyard, it’s too hard to leave. Just minutes from downtown Boulder are two of the most heavily used … Read more…

Mapping the Future of Rumbling Bald

Posted on: February 19th, 2013 by edemarco
One of many lovely blocks of stone at Rumbling Bald

by Erin DeMarco, AAC Conservation and Advocacy Intern Rumbling Bald, a mountain in Western North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge area has something for every type of climber, but its clusters of metamorphic gneiss boulders, some of them over 30 feet tall, have drawn more and more boulderers to the area in … Read more…

Celebrating 2012′s Biggest Wins

Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by edemarco
Improving climbing access at Smith Rock Spring Thing

by Leigh Goldberg, Conservation & Advocacy Director The AAC has spent 110 years protecting the places we climb. Thanks to our members, we have done remarkable work on behalf of the climbing community, and I wanted to celebrate some of our most noteworthy achievements in conservation and advocacy. The AAC … Read more…

10 Year Anniversary of Grand Teton National Park Human Waste Pack Out Program

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by edemarco
Grand Teton National Park

by Erin DeMarco, AAC Conservation and Advocacy Intern The central massif of the Teton Range in Wyoming is an alluring destination for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. Its ridgeline is symbolic; it’s the Manhattan skyline of the American West. The alpine and sub-alpine regions of Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) boast … Read more…

Boat Rock Gets an Upgrade, Thanks to AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by edemarco
SCC climbers enjoying a day of bouldering at Boat Rock

by Erin DeMarco, AAC Conservation & Advocacy Intern The Southeastern Climbers Coalition was a recipient of the 2011 AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant, which funds essential infrastructure to protect and conserve climbing areas. After hard work by local climbers and volunteers, and about $6,000 in fundraising, Boat Rock, an inspiring boulder … Read more…

Photos from International Climbers’ Meet

Posted on: November 29th, 2012 by The AAC

Andrew Burr was on the scene to document the AAC’s International Climbers’ Meet this past October. The collection of shots he put together are sure to provide a lifetime of inspiration. Head to Andrew’s blog or to the AAC’s ICM Facebook page to check out hundreds of amazing shots! To learn more … Read more…

From the Diary of a Yosemite Climber Steward

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by The AAC
Steward Work Week

From the Diary of a Yosemite Climber Steward: NPS Steward Week Three By John Connor Yosemite National Park contains some of the greatest concentration of granite climbing in the world. With 3,000’ faces, over 5,000 routes, and 1,200 square miles of terrain in the park, it’s astonishing that there are … Read more…

AAC Headquarters Going Solar

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by Rockies Region

By Emma Walker, AAC Conservation & Advocacy Intern The American Alpine Club is passionate about conserving the places you love to climb, and now we’re embarking on greening our home. The American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado houses the AAC along with the Colorado Mountain Club, Big City Mountaineers, the … Read more…

2012 Cornerstone Conservation Grant Recipients Announced

Posted on: October 17th, 2012 by The AAC

By Emma Walker, AAC Conservation & Advocacy Intern The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce that it has chosen the recipients of the 2012 Cornerstone Conservation Grant. The Cornerstone Grant funds essential infrastructure to reduce climber impacts at the climbing areas we love. Launched in 2011, this new AAC … Read more…

Mr. President: Protect Our Outdoors and the $646 Billion Recreation Economy

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012 by The AAC

By Scott Braden, CMC Conservation Director With the Presidential debates gearing up for Denver tomorrow, we are eager to hear about President Obama’s plans for his conservation legacy for America. This week’s Denver visit comes on the heels of President Obama’s September 13th speech to voters in this swing state, just … Read more…

Our Members: Ross Trainor—Climbing, Fishing, Conserving the Environment

Posted on: June 29th, 2012 by Abbey Smith
Bears!

AAC member Ross Trainor sent us this post about his recent bear and mosquito-plagued climbing and canoeing trip in Alaska.  It was curiosity that brought me into commercial fishing. Curiosity got me to Alaska, and it again made me want to venture up the Naknek River and lake to the … Read more…

Our Members: Joe Poulton—Mapping Geology with High-Resolution Photography [Part 3]

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by Abbey Smith

Telling the stories of our members is important to us because it helps the community understand who makes up that community.  Member Joe Poulton, with AAC Friend Abbey Smith, produced this stunningly-cool three part series about his experiences in Yosemite—photographing geology in ways that help YOSAR study rockfall, help climate scientists … Read more…

Our Members: Joe Poulton—Mapping Geology with High-Resolution Photography [Part 2]

Posted on: May 8th, 2012 by Abbey Smith
Photo by Peter Duke

Telling the stories of our members is important to us because it helps the community understand who makes up that community.  Member Joe Poulton, with AAC Friend Abbey Smith, produced this stunningly-cool three part series about his experiences in Yosemite—photographing geology in ways that help YOSAR study rockfall, help climate scientists … Read more…

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…