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Introducing Member Share 2.0 · November 3, 2015


What is Member Share?

Member Share is a network of AAC members who have opted in to share resources or meet up to climb. It’s a completely optional and great way to meet people in your local climbing community or around the country.

What’s new for Member Share 2.0:

  • More ways to search for like-minded climbing partners (by age, grade level, type of climbing and hiking preferences, affiliations, and more)
  • Find local discounts on guide services, gyms, lodging, and gear near you
  • Search results are much faster
  • Personalize your own bio
  • More privacy settings available
  • Search results now map you by city and state rather than home address

Learn more about Member Share 2.0. AAC members, log into your profile and check it out.

Grant Season is Here! · October 27, 2015


It’s grant season! Dream big and apply for the grant that’s right for you.

November 1 – Mountaineering Fellowship, Fall (climbing grants for young climbers)
December 1 – Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Awards (cutting-edge expeditions)
December 31 – Copp-Dash Inspire Awards (exploration + storytelling)
January 1 – Mountain Hardwear McNeill-Nott Awards (new routes and unclimbed peaks)


Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Nomination · October 26, 2015

We are looking for accomplished mountaineers who have given back to the community to recognize at our 2016 regional dinner in Denver.

The American Mountaineering Museum’s Hall of Mountaineering Excellence award is given to several people each year, including posthumous awardees. In keeping with the goals, mission and vision of this award, the nominees will be broad spectrum in their accomplishments.
Simply climbing great routes, while impressive, is not enough to encapsulate the meaning of this award. Thus, we will look at potential awardees with the following criteria in mind:

1. Accomplished Mountaineer: Awardee must have a substantial list of mountaineering accomplishments.

2. Multi-dimensional: The awardee should be giving back to the community directly through advocacy, activism, inspiring a legacy for future climbers, positively impacting the environment or mountain cultures, and/ or contributing to the field of science and medicine.

Please note: name recognition will not be taken into account, grassroots and community leader nominations encouraged.

Nominate a mountaineer.

2015 Anchor Replacement Fund Recipients Announced · October 15, 2015


For the first time ever we just awarded $10,000 for bolt replacement projects across the country through our new Anchor Replacement Fund grant program! Learn more about the 17 bolt replacement projects that received funding.

Metro NY Section Dinner · October 14, 2015

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Cordially invites you to the Thirty-fifth Annual Dinner
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Honoring Melissa Arnot

Learn more and buy your tickets.

2015 Cornerstone Conservation Grants Recipients Announced · October 7, 2015

Congratulations the the 2015 Cornerstone Conservation Grants powered by REI. To fulfill our vision of healthy climbing landscapes we award $25,000 annually to organizations, landowners, and individuals to help fund projects such as human waste solutions, climbing trail restoration, and related infrastructure projects. Read the press release to learn about the eight recipients. 

Save the Date: 2016 Annual Benefit Dinner · September 28, 2015


The 2016 Annual Benefit Dinner is coming to Washington, DC!

AAC’s largest and most prestigious event of the year brings together over 500 guests including climbers of all generations and disciplines, esteemed donors and high profile leaders. The weekend includes multiple events where you can rub shoulders with climbing legends, young and old alike:

Friday, February 26 – Climbers’ Gathering, Earth Treks Rockville
Saturday, February 27 – Afternoon Panel Discussions and presentations
Saturday, February 27 – Evening Gala, Mayflower Hotel

Book your hotel now! The Mayflower hotel is offering Gala attendees a special rate of $133/night.
We only have 100 of these rooms on hold, so book early!
Book now or call 877-212-5752 (be sure to mention the American Alpine Club).

More details coming soon.

AAC Member Tex Bossier Passes Away · September 7, 2015

Longtime AAC member Tex Floyd Allen Bossier passed away yesterday in Saint-Jorioz France.

AAC member Malinda Chouinard wrote this about Tex, “…a decade later Tex opened Patagonia’s first offices in the EU: a drafty warehouse in Annecy. Tex then moved the office to Nice, and later to Paris, before moving the office back to Annecy.

Tex loved Annecy. He proudly toured us all about his historic village with enthusiastic stories of climbing history when we were last together.

Tex has been long missed in Santa Barbara where he taught rock climbing. Phil Powers of The America Alpine Club reports that Tex was his first climbing teacher; as do hundreds of others.

The AAC museum in Golden Colorado has featured Tex along with his partner Layton Kor’s climbs. It is to one of those climbs which Tex’s ashes are to be returned; Long’s Peak, facing his son Jack’s home.”

4 Reasons Climbers Should Care About The Public Land Heist · September 1, 2015


Why does the public land heist matter for climbers?

Across the country, a battle is looming over the sale of a huge swath of America’s public lands—putting millions of acres (and the climbing opportunities they offer) under siege. Here’s what you need to know.

1.     Over 71% of climbing areas in the west are on public lands.

From Red Rocks to Indian Creek, some of best climbing in the country is on public lands. These are iconic places, and they belong to all of us.

2.     Proposals to transfer public lands to states are a direct threat to America’s climbing.

The public land heist threatens 5,000 crags and over 29,000 climbing routes. These includes gems like Red Rocks in Nevada, Cochise Stronghold in Arizona, South Platte and Shelf Road in Colorado, Indian Creek in Utah, Liberty Bell in Washington, and Wild Iris in Wyoming, as well as countless other climbing areas on National Park Service, US Forest Service, and BLM lands.

3.     If the public land heist is successful, our prized public lands and climbing areas could be on the auction block.

Most states can’t afford to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of public land and keep them open for climbing. A single wildfire can cost $100 million to control, and states are required to balance their budgets. This would mean higher fees, closures, or even auctioning off wild places to raise revenue. On national public lands, we have a guaranteed voice and guaranteed access, because we are shareholders, not customers.

4.     You have the power to speak up and protect America’s climbing. 

This bad idea is gaining traction, and the only thing powerful enough to stop it is raising our voices and sharing our support for keeping public lands public. Join thousands of other climbers and outdoor enthusiasts who have signed the petition to keep public lands public, and protect the places you love to climb today and into the future.

Visit our partners at Outdoor Alliance to sign the petition and learn more about the Public Land Heist: http://www.protectourpublicland.org

AAC and Access Fund Launch Anchor Replacement Fund · August 17, 2015


The American Alpine Club and Access Fund are proud to announce a joint grant program available to local climbing organizations and anchor replacement groups seeking funding for fixed anchor replacement at climbing areas across the United States. By partnering on this program, the nation’s two national non-profit climbing organizations are filling a need unmet by their existing climbing conservation grants—replacing fixed anchors at local crags. This grant program is made possible by corporate support from ClimbTech, Petzl, and Trango. Read the press release.

Apply for the Anchor Replacement Fund.

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