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2014 Live Your Dream Grant Trip Report: Hanna Lucy & Alexa Siegel Climb Half Dome

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by lhummel
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Live Your Dream: Hanna Lucy and Alexa Siegel Climb Half Dome   Our trip began On May 6th, 2014, at the Las Vegas airport. After dropping my boyfriend off at the “departing flights” zone, I parked the car and made my way to arrivals. It wasn’t long before I spotted … Read more…

Our Members: Artist and Filmmaker Jeremy Collins

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by The AAC

AAC Heartland Section Chair, Jeremy Collins, is best known for his amazing artwork and short films. His latest short film DRAWN caught on so quickly that it was backed on Kickstarter in fewer than 10 days. We caught up with Jeremy to learn more about his upcoming film. AAC: Your … Read more…

Honorary President Jim McCarthy

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by The AAC
Jim McCarthy on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Photo: AAC Library collection

  During our 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner weekend Jim McCarthy was anointed the AAC’s Honorary President. Jim’s climbing achievements are legendary. He advanced the climbing standard for all of us with difficult routes in the Gunks, especially on the Mac Wall. He was ahead of his time in moving over … Read more…

Photo Essay: Ski Mountaineering in Alaska

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by The AAC
The Two Towers, as well as other intimidating, fairly featureless granite buttresses made an impressive backdrop behind the cook tent. The aprons seen to the right provided some of the best snow conditions of the expedition. The Knight

AAC member Chris Marshall, Jake Gaventa, and Patrick Graham dreamed of embarking on a ski-mountaineering expedition to the Neacola Mountains, a sub-range of the Alaska Range. Their goal was to establish first ascents and descents of unclimbed peaks around the “Slingshot Glacier” and the surrounding peaks with objectives that include … Read more…


Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by The AAC
Alex & me on the top of Tenaya Peak, after he led me and my gang up it last year. 5.5 and 5.8, depending on how you finish. 12 or 14 pitches, depending on who you climb with. Alex and I simul-climbed it, one very, very long pitch! Photo credit:  Michelle Schnack

Each year our Live Your Dream Grant gives everyday climber’s the chance to live out their dreams. No dream is too big or too small and you’re never too old or too young to apply. The application period for the grant starts January 1st and goes through March 1st. Start dreaming!  By … Read more…

Our Members: Film Director and Producer Jenny Wilson

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by The AAC
Photo art for film. Rescuers:  Ted Wilson, Pete Sinclair, Ralph Tingey, Mike Ermarth, Rick Reese, Bob Irvine. Not pictured - Leigh Ortenburger Photo credit:  Grand Teton National Park

  by AAC member Jenny Wilson In 2009, with my husband and small children in tow, I visited the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, which opened in Grand Teton National Park two years earlier. It’s a stunning site, and I was excited to see a display on mountain climbing … Read more…

Climbers and Scientists Working Together in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 by The AAC
Collecting samples on the summit ridge of Yanapaccha – a mountain whose route has changed dramatically from 2012 to 2013 as new crevasses made the old route inaccessible.

By John All & Ellen Lapham Photos by ACSP team members     Nearly 50 American Alpine Club members volunteered with the American Climber Science Program (ACSP) in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca this summer. For the past three years, the ACSP and AAC members have innovated new field research techniques examining … Read more…

Members Turn Rappelling Tragedy Into Opportunity

Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by The AAC

On the anniversary of a tragic accident, one AAC leader shares the story of a team of volunteers who transformed their grief into action. Exactly one year ago today, North Carolina climber Eric Metcalf, 19, fell to his death while rappelling. In the months since his untimely passing, American Alpine … Read more…

Barry Rusnock: New Mid-Atlantic Section Co-Chair

Posted on: May 21st, 2013 by New England Section
Barry Rusnock, new Co-Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Section

By Tom Prigg   Meet Barry Rusnock, the new Co-Chair of the AAC’s Mid-Atlantic Section. Barry, from Hackettstown, New Jersey, has been a climber since the 1970s. He prefers alpine climbing, multi-pitch trad, and ice. He was introduced to the American Alpine Club a few decades ago via Accidents in … Read more…

Live Your Dream report: Gary Sorcher sends his Hueco project

Posted on: May 14th, 2013 by New England Section

Connecticut boulderer Gary Sorcher was awarded a Live Your Dream grant to help cover his travel costs to Hueco Tanks this past winter so he could work on his dream project: Baby Face (V7). Below is Gary’s report from the field.     When I found out that I had … Read more…

The Great Ranges Fellowship: Member Profile – 6 Questions for Film Producer & Climber Steve Schwartz

Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by The AAC

Steve Schwartz is president of Chockstone Pictures, a production company he started with his wife, Paula Mae. He is a producer on such films as Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt; Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen; and the upcoming Ridley Scott film, The Counselor. Steve served as a … Read more…

The 2013 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala

Posted on: April 9th, 2013 by The AAC

The sold-out 2013 Annual Mountaineering Gala was an unforgettable evening hosted by the American Mountaineering Museum and Eddie Bauer First Ascent. The event began with a reception in the American Mountaineering Museum, where guests were surrounded in mountaineering history and lore. There’s no doubt that the Everest Exhibit (sponsored by … 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…

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…

Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant Kick-starts Climbing School in Rio de Janeiro Favelas

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by The AAC
Learning the ropes. Asa Firestone

By Asa Firestone, AAC As I jump onto the back of Andrew Lenz’s motorcycle, the Rio de Janeiro traffic morphs from a mechanism of stress and tried patience into an exhilarating game of life and death. He weaves in and out of the anti-lanes that compose Rio’s hectic transit to … Read more…

Restoring Vision in the New South Sudan

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by The AAC
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By Jordan Campbell, AAC Flying over South Sudan’s vast and desolate landscape, brush fires blaze thousands of feet below us, wafting smoke over the wings of our eight-person aircraft. The fires are lit intentionally by indigenous tribes to fertilize the parched, unforgiving soil. But the sight of smoke plumes rising … Read more…

Iranian Exchange Climbers Head to Mt. Elbert

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Luke Bauer
Iran Climbers Exchange Members Head Up the Mt. Elbert Trail

By Front Range Member Melissa Alcorn The first phase of the cultural exchange between the AAC and the Alpine Club of Iran had highlighted rock climbing and hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park with operations based out of the hostel at the Colorado Mountain School in Estes Park. The bunk … Read more…

Only in Alaska! Our Volunteers: Cindi Squire

Posted on: August 7th, 2012 by Alaska Section

Alaska Section Co-Chair Cindi Squire wrote to us about her experiences climbing in Alaska. From the belay, I smile and look back over my shoulder at the immense, sweeping view of the mountains around me. It is amazing to think that some people never get to see this view or … Read more…

Emily Harrington’s Everest Lessons

Posted on: July 31st, 2012 by Abbey Smith
The team at Camp 2 during our summit bid.  Photo Courtesy Emily Harrington.

Mount Everest isn’t supposed to be a difficult mountain to climb. “Climbing” is often not even used to describe the act of reaching the summit of the world’s tallest peak. “It’s just walking. It’s not hard.” was something I’d often heard through the years. Growing up in the climbing community … Read more…

A Great Success: Iranian Women’s Climbing Exchange

Posted on: July 30th, 2012 by Luke Bauer

After just five days, the women participating in the American Alpine Club and Iranian Alpine Club Climber Exchange Program have already accomplished a lot of climbing and significant bonding as women with a common passion for the mountains and mountain sports.  After spending a day getting acquainted in the Boulder … Read more…