The 2015 Guidebook to Membership will be hitting mailboxes soon! In the meantime, you can catch the online version here.
A big thanks to AAC member Forest Woodward for the awesome cover shot of Graham Zimmerman traversing Claw Peak, via the West Ridge, as the sun sets behind Mt. Waddington.
Reservations are now open for the American Alpine Club – Gunks Campground!
Volunteer Climbing Ranger – Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier is seeking volunteers for the Climbing Ranger Program. Volunteers will perform duties related to resource education and protection, visitor services, and hiker/climber safety.
- Participate in search and rescue operations throughout the park. These include searches, rescues, and body recoveries for lost, injured, and deceased persons. Volunteers will participate and train in areas of technical rope rescue, land search, helicopter operations, and avalanche rescue.
- Climbing volunteers participate in patrols of various routes on the mountain within the volunteer’s skill level.
- Volunteers may staff the high camps (Muir and Schurman).
- Assist in resource protection efforts (including human waste management at high camp facilities)
- Staff rangers stations and issue climbing and wilderness use permits, disseminate information related to the park, including climbing, weather, safety, and climbing route information.
What we provide:
– Housing in the park;
– Reimbursement for meals/incidental expenses;
– Paid during rescues ($ depends on duties)
– All the equipment
– Training in technical SAR, EMS, ICS, etc
– Strong leadership, a great team, and a fun place to live, work, and play!
Qualifications / Requirements:
– Mountaineering experience (glacial and ice-climbing)
– Technical SAR experience
– EMT or WFR (current)
– Avalanche (AIRE 2 preferred)
– Intermediate to advanced skier or splitboarder
– A commitment from early April thru Sept 1st
Interested folks should send a resume AND a list of significant climbing/outdoor accomplishments to: Brian_Hasebe@nps.gov.
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The American Alpine Journal has teamed up with Black Diamond to bring you a special AAJ feature of more than fifteen enticing objectives, from Wyoming to wildest Asia that have never before been climbed. Catch the Unclimbed feature here.
Congratulations to the 2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award winners! Check out their rad objectives:
-Zach Clanton with James Gustafson and Tim Plotke. First ascents of unnamed and unclimbed granite spires and buttresses in the southeast Tordrillo Mountains of Alaska.
-Rachel Spitzer with Anna Pfaff and Lisa Van Sciver. Alpine-style first ascents on the sub-6000-meter peaks of the Indian Himalaya’s Zanskar Range (an area that Johnny and Micah visited in 2007, making the FA of the immense Shafat Fortress).
-Michael Wejchert with Bayard Russell and Elliot Gaddy. First ascent of the unclimbed, unattempted south face of Mount Deborah in Alaska’s Hayes Range
-Joshua Lavigne with Crosby Johnston and Tony Richardson. First free ascent of the 1150-meter northwest face of Great Sail Peak in the Stewart Valley of Baffin Island.
Last Saturday, hundreds of climbers from all generations gathered in New York City for the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner featuring Reinhold Messner. While Messner’s presentation was the most anticipated event of the weekend, attendees also enjoyed three panel discussions Saturday morning, including Chris Bonnington and Ueli Steck’s reflections on Annapurna, a discussion on Everest, and a sneak-peak at what’s next in Sasha DiGiulian’s ever-evolving climbing career. Our friends at MTNmeister recorded each panel and created podcasts, allowing anyone who couldn’t attend in person to get the inside scoop. Listen to the podcasts.
Catch photos from the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner on our Facebook page.
Congratulations to the 2015 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award winners. This grant promotes state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbing through financial support of small, lightweight climbing teams attempting bold first ascents or difficult repeats of the most challenging routes in the world. Visit our press room to learn more about this year’s winners and their objectives.