The Club—along with prominent Colorado organizations like The Wilderness Society, Sheep Mountain Alliance, Telluride Mountain Club, American Mountain Guides Association, and the Colorado Mountain Club has joined the Access Fund to advocate for the naming of two currently unnamed 13,000 foot peaks in San Miguel County, Colorado after Charlie Fowler and Christine “Chris” Boskoff.
We’ve updated our Facebook cover photo in honor of our newest publication—the Guidebook to Membership. And we totally didn’t photoshop the photo at all. Really. (Okay, we did, but that’s because the AAC Staffers who took the photograph forgot to grab the Guidebook from the car!). Check it out on Facebook.
The American Alpine Club Library’s Booksearch feature will be undergoing an upgrade for a few hours this morning. Unfortunately, it will be unavailable from the hours of 8 — 11 (MST), but will return—with improved functionality—this afternoon. Visit the Library.
Well, this is pretty cool of the government: As part of the Joining Forces initiative to support our nation’s service members and their families, several U.S. government agencies announced an annual pass to active duty service members and their dependents, granting free access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation in the coming years. Watch the video on YouTube.com.
Well, we’ve been running the Climbers’ Ranch for a long time now, but every once in a while, the Park Service renews the Concession Contract. This year, we reapplied—and we got it again! Another ten great years at the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch to look forward to! Read more on the NPS site.
The American Alpine Journal never fails to satisfy your need to read about incredible ascents (or attempts) worldwide.
Khan Tengri (6,995m)—The two climbers—who are not, according to Russian ranking lists, “alpinists,” but “hiking mountaineers”—made an unsupported assault on the peak and were lucky enough to hitch a ride home in a helicopter after their harrowing descent.
Pik Eggemenduluk (5,210m); Pik Lyell (4,864m); Pik Georgina (4,631m); Pik Annika (4,685m)—Mottram and company were back for a second go at Sarychat, after border crossings and severe weather impeded their first attempt a year earlier.
Pik Oleg (4,859m); Pik Byeliy (5,697m); Plus some other ascents and ski descents—Stres’ team planned to attempt a few unclimbed peaks, but its goal was also to allow its younger climbers to gain high-altitude mountaineering experience.
Pik Vernyi (5,250m); Cztery Pory Roku—Two years earlier, their team was sidelined by an injury; Krol and his partner picked up where they left off and were nearly successful on their second summit attempt.
First Ascents in the Oibala Range—Van der Smeede and his party were blessed with a long period of unusually good weather, allowing them to bag the first ascents of six peaks in the area, including the tallest summit in the range.
Pik 4,810m—Lavrinenko points out that while the major walls of the Karavshin have been climbed, the area still presents a number of interesting projects.
When Ted Eliason fell on Longs Peak’s classic Kieners Route last August, he and his then-fiancée, Kendra Thompson-Eliason (the two have since married), weren’t sure how they were going to pay for his helicopter evacuation, which totaled around $17,000. Fortunately, the Eliasons had become AAC members in March 2011—they wanted to stay at the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch during an upcoming climbing trip—and his rescue was covered, in part, by the AAC’s Domestic Rescue Insurance. Read the whole story on Inclined.
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The AAC will send two lucky members to this year’s Second International Trad Climbing Meeting organized by the Club Alpino Accademico Italiano (CAAI). The CAAI, with the sponsorship of Alpine Club of Italy, is organizing this international event—similar to the American Alpine Club’s International Climbers’ Meet—in Ceresole Reale, Orco Valley, near Torino, Italy.
The objective is to allow the communication of experiences among international climbers, promote climbing—in particular its traditional style—and showcase the Orco Valley, a gem in the climbing world, known for its historical relevance to the development of modern climbing in Italy and it’s natural beauty & stunning granite lines. Read more and find application information on Inclined.