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Online Exhibit: 1966 American Antarctic Mountaineering Expedition · February 11, 2016

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Fifty years ago, a team of 10 American men made the daring first ascents of six of Antarctica’s tallest peaks, including Vinson Massif. The AAC will honor the 1966 team for their landmark accomplishments in Antarctica with the President’s Gold Medal at the 2016 Annual Benefit Dinner on February 27.

Our latest exhibit documents the expedition and celebrates the daring achievements of team members Nicholas Clinch, Barry Corbet, John Evans, Eiichi Fukushima, Charley Hollister, Bill Long, Brian Marts, Pete Schoening, Samuel Silverstein, and Richard Wahlstrom.

View the online exhibit.

2016 Board Slate · January 21, 2016


The following AAC members have been selected to serve on your Board of Directors. Learn more about your board slate and vote.

2016 AAC Award Winners Announced · January 21, 2016


Every year the AAC recognizes outstanding achievements in conservation, climbing, and service to the climbing community. This year is no exception. Eighteen individuals will be recognized for displaying monumental drive, courage, and commitment in the mountains and in their lives. This year, most notable among them will be the ten members of the 1966 American Antarctic Mountaineering Expedition. For only the fifth time in the Club’s 114-year history, this intrepid team will be awarded the President’s Gold Medal. Eight other outstanding community members also will receive awards: Bob Kandiko, Mike Helms, James Donini, Kevin Mahoney, Jonathan B. Jarvis, Alison Osius, Katie Ives, and David Allfrey. All awards will be presented during the AAC’s Annual Benefit Dinner weekend, February 26–27, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Seats are very limited.

Read the press release.

AAC Accepting 2016 Youth Olympic Games Nominees · January 5, 2016

American climbers between the ages of 15-18 interested in participating in ice climbing at the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games should contact the American Alpine Club as soon as possible. Call the office 303-384-0110 or email info@americanalpineclub.org

2016 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award Winners · January 4, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award winners. This grant, made possible by the generous support of Lyman Spitzer Jr., 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.

The two Shagrilas – Chris Wright & Tico Gangulee will travel to the Kullu Himalaya in India to fill in blanks on the map. The team has several objectives, all unclimbed. According to one US climber who saw the peak on a 2011 ski expedition, “I have no idea if this peak has a name or not but it was drop dead gorgeous. I just remember thinking the potential for rad alpine climbs up this valley would be endless.”

Unclimbed, often tried Link Sar – Rob Duncan, Jesse Mease, Marcos Costa will travel to the head of the Charakusa glacier in the Pakistan Karakoram, with two objectives in mind. The first and primary objective is the still unclimbed 7,041 meter summit of Link Sar, a complex and stunning peak. After this ascent the team will move to the Choktoi Glacier to climb Ogre II via the NE ridge a route attempted and climbed this past year to just below the summit. The AAC and Spitzer committee wish both teams good luck.

Learn more.

AAC President Doug Walker Dies in Avalanche · January 1, 2016


We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of AAC President Doug Walker. Doug was killed in an avalanche on Granite Mountain yesterday.

AAC CEO Phil Powers had this to say about Doug, “Doug Walker’s leadership at the AAC was the secret weapon that cemented the Club as one that welcomes and represents all climbers. He led the capital campaign that funded our growth and stepped from that directly into leading our board with strength and grace. He was not only a mentor and adviser for me; he was a climbing partner and friend.”

Doug had a serious commitment to conservation of mountain landscapes and promotion of the climbing way of life. He served on many environmental nonprofits including Wilderness Society, Sierra Club Foundation, Conservation Lands Foundation, and was also a former chairman of REI.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doug Walker Fund through the American Alpine Club: www.americanalpineclub.org/donate.

Doug will be greatly missed.


AAC Gift Memberships on Sale! · December 15, 2015

Need a last-minute gift to send out this holiday season? We’ve got you covered. AAC gift memberships are easy and immediate because they can be delivered by email. No need for expensive shipping or scrambling around town. Give your friends/family the gift of membership, and support the AAC at the same time!

Here’s how it works:

  1. You purchase a gift membership e-card
  2. We email you a promo code that’s good for one (1) membership
  3. You give the promo code to whoever you want, however you want (wrapped box, email, smoke signals, etc.)
  4. The recipient visits: americanalpineclub.org/membership
  5. They enter the code in the Promo Code box. Price will be reduced to $0

Mountaineering Fellowship Grant First Round, 2015-2016 · December 15, 2015

Congratulations to the following Mountaineering Fellowship Grant First Round, 2015-2016 winners:

Lance Colley (23) and Deni Murray (21), $500 each, for exploratory trip to Gunsight Range, North Cascades, with possible new routes.

Dylan Cousins (25), $800 for a new route on Mt. Augusta, St. Elias Range.

John Edwards (20) and Harrison Johnson (20), $600 each, for first free ascent of Cenizas a Cenizas on El Hermano in Northern Patagonia, Chile.

Tess Ferguson (21) and Jessica Keil (22), $600 each for an exploratory foray into Nyainbo Yuze Range, Qinghai Province, China.

Average age of awardees: 22
Number of awards/applications: 7/10

Committee: Yvon Chouinard, Eiichi Fukushima (Chair), James Funsten, Pete Metcalf, Travis Spitzer, Geoff Tabin.

Learn more about the Mountaineering Fellowship Grant. Applications for the Spring round will open in April.

2016 Annual Benefit Dinner Registration is Now Open · December 2, 2015


Alex Honnold will be in Washington D.C. on February 26th & 27th to help the AAC celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at our Annual Benefit Dinner. This is your chance to hear from one of the most talented, unique, and accomplished climbers in the world! Public registration is now open. Hurry, this event will sell out!

Specific event details, including climbing at Earth Treks and Saturday afternoon presentations are available here.

Read the press release to learn more. Seating is limited and tickets will sell out. Buy your tickets today!

Helmets Matter · December 1, 2015


Helmets aren’t just for the mountains. We’ve partnered with Petzl this month to bring you stories about helmets preventing injuries at the crags.

Share your photos and stories of sport climbing with a helmet, tag them with #HelmetsMatter and #aacgram, and you could win a new Petzl helmet.

Read the stories.

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