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The Eiger: Celebrating 75 Years of North Face Ascents

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by The AAC
Eiger North Face, seen from Grindelwald

Today marks 75 years since the North Face of the Eiger was first climbed. This iconic mountain face was once called the “Mordwand” and considered a nearly impenetrable, murderous wall. Today, the 6,000′ face has been climbed in under 2.5 hours. AAC board member John Heilprin lives in Geneva, Switzerland … Read more…

Terrorism in Pakistan: Tragedy with Many Losses

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by The AAC

By Phil Powers, AAC Executive Director This week a climber died in the Tetons and Taliban militants killed 10 climbers at Nanga Parbat’s base camp. The difference is not that the 10 were on one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. It is that they were not climbing … Read more…

AAC Volunteers Power Southern Appalachian Section’s Rappelling Clinics

Posted on: April 10th, 2013 by lhummel

AAC Volunteers Power Southern Appalachian Section’s Rappelling Clinics   It takes members like Danny McCracken, Aram Attarian and Patrick Weaver to demonstrate the value of the American Alpine Club to the climbing community at the grass roots level.   Over the past six months, these committed volunteers have invested significant time … 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…

2013 AAC Annual Benefit Dinner: 50th Anniversary Everest

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by The AAC

Late afternoon sun rays cut through walls of windows, setting prayer flags ablaze. Below, the best-dressed climbers you’ve ever seen filtered into the Craneway Pavilion for a celebration that can only happen every 50 years. Perched waterside, across the bay from San Francisco, the Craneway Pavilion was the venue for … 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…

20th Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo February 15-17

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by lhummel

      Fred Nicole will be slinging your hot cakes for this one! Check out all the details on this poster. Join the Facebook Event: Contact: Melissa StrongHueco Rock RodeoPhone [email protected] For Immediate Release 17530 Wagon Wheel DrEl Paso, Tx 79938 Hueco Rock Rodeo 20th Hueco Rock Rodeo 2nd … Read more…

Wilderness First Aid Class Certification and Pat Goodman Slide Show 3/23-3/24 in Chattannoga, TN

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by lhummel

American Alpine Club Events-Southeast Region Is this email not displaying correctly?View it in your browser. Wilderness First Aid ClassSaturday and Sunday, March [email protected] Crash Pad in Chattanooga, TN Wilderness First Aid Certification Class Are you prepared to deal with a medical emergency in a remote climbing area? Could you provide … Read more…

REEL ROCK 7 Februrary 21 in Charlotte, NC

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by lhummel

Come check out Reel Rock 7 and see the latest releases from Big Up Productions and Sender Films. Charlotte on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte Center City Auditorium320 E. 9th St. in downtown Charlotte. Tickets are $12 in advance at and will be $15 at the door the … Read more…

REEL ROCK 7: February 20 in Chapel Hill NC

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by lhummel

Come check out Reel Rock 7 and see the latest releases from Big Up Productions and Sender Films. Chapel Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 123 E. Franklin St. Tickets are $12 in advance at and will be $15 at the door the night of … Read more…

Rock N Rave Feb. [email protected] Summit in Atlanta

Posted on: January 5th, 2013 by lhummel

                                                    The Access Fund, The SCC and the CCC In Association with: Outdoor Research Stone Summit Climbing Gym and Unique Outfitters Presents:   Rock N … Read more…

Remembering Diana Dailey

Posted on: January 3rd, 2013 by Cascade Section

A lifetime AAC member and an honored part of our climbing community lost her battle with brain cancer this last summer.  Her husband Dave writes: Diana Shreve Dailey     5/21/43 – 7/5/12            Life Member AAC. Diana’s adventures were always successes, even if not always summits.  With this positive attitude, she climbed from new routes … Read more…

Sandstone Ice Fest – Dec 14-16, 2012

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 by Midwest Section

Sandstone Ice Festival – Celebrating our 8th year of winter adventure. The vibrant festival celebrates the best of winter adventure sports from ice climbing to skinny skiing, winter camping and shoe shoeing. It is a gathering of kindred spirits who share a love for all things cold. The Sandstone Ice … Read more…

A Night of Wintery Adventure!

Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by Montana Section

Great turnout at Northern Lights in Bozeman to hear stories from Justin Griffin and Marko Pujic about their adventures from Alaska to the Himalaya.  It was truly a night of Wintery Adventure.

The AAC and Planet Rock bring you a presentation by Bo White—Dec. 5th

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 by Great Lakes Section


Wichita Wildlife Refuge – Heartland Help Needed

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 by Heartland Section

  Hey Heartland Region AAC members-  This is a GREAT thing happening THIS weekend! If you can, please show your support by helping clean up the Wichita Wildlife Refuge who has recently assured climbing will be legal for the foreseeable future. This is a great way to say thank you! … Read more…

Reel Rock Tour Follow-up at Planet Rock

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by North Central Section

Saturday November 10th Planet Rock of Ann Arbor Michigan hosted the REEL ROCK 7 film tour for a HUGE crowd of climbing enthusiasts.  The Great Lakes Section of the AAC represented with a booth set up (conveniently next to the keg), promoting the benefits of the club.  Members and non … Read more…