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Funniest Climbing Writer? · May 15, 2012

There’s been quite a few comments on this question on our Facebook page. Chime in! Visit the American Alpine Club Facebook page.

Himalayan Stove Project Trip Report · May 14, 2012

Check out the recent report from George Basch—”Head Cook” of the Himalayan Stove Project—on the Club’s Trip Reports page. Are you a member? You can log in to the site and upload your own trip report! Read the report.

New AAC Video Is Totally Awesome! · May 14, 2012

Conrad Anker voices this newest AAC video. The guys from Alstrin Films and Oracle Films put this thing together, and it’s awesome! Watch the video on Inclined or on our YouTube channel.

Represent the Club in Italy · May 11, 2012

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.

Friday AAJ Reports—May 11, 2012 · May 11, 2012

The American Alpine Journal never fails to satisfy your need to read about incredible ascents (or attempts) worldwide.

Bahini Group, Tridesh (ca 5,100m), Soneri Behin (ca 5,250m), and Prabha Behin (ca 5,500m)—Payne made a number of alpine-style ascents in the area on this trip, and noted that he received valuable assistance from a number of super-helpful local mountaineering groups. (More details are at the end of his report.)

In the footsteps of John Claude White AND photography of some unclimbed peaks—The pair followed the historic expedition of John White, even shunning modern technologies in favor of compasses and contour maps. They hope to make the area seem more accessible to adventurous trekkers and help put a stop to poaching in the area.

Pik Emma (4,783m map, 4,803m GPS); Pik Laetitia (4,940m map, 4,952m GPS); Pik 5,318m—Brighton and his party’s initial goal remains unclimbed, but their alpine-style efforts didn’t go altogether unrewarded: they managed to stand atop three other peaks during their trip.

Rakhmat (5,144m); Pik 4,887m; Tushunbodum (5,081m)—Llado and Rubi amused the locals on this trip (to the same valley as Brighton) with the sometimes-ridiculous names they assigned to their routes.

Pik Alexandra (5,290m), Pik Pernille (5,190m), Pik Lea (4,950m), Pik Kathryn (4,885m)—Though the region has only been visited a handful of times, Szilas’ initially disastrous expedition was saved by a family from Moscow, who used their working satellite phone to request additional supplies for the climbers.

Launch of Guidebook to Membership Press Release · May 10, 2012

While those of you that frequent the site probably know full well that our new publication, the 2012 Guidebook to Membership, is hitting your mailboxes this month, we do like to release official news from time to time. Check out the Press Room for more!

AAJ Editor Offers Inside Look at the American Alpine Journal · May 10, 2012

American Alpine Journal editor John Harlin gives us an inside look at the process of creating the AAJ. More videos from John are in the works! Check it out on Inclined.

Club Heads to Yosemite for Conservation · May 7, 2012

Leigh Goldberg, our new Conservation & Advocacy Director, joined Executive Director Phil Powers in Yosemite for some great meetings with the Park Superintendent regarding camping, parking, transportation, and more topics of relevance to climbers. Read about their trip on Inclined.

Friday AAJ Reports—May 4, 2012 · May 4, 2012

The American Alpine Journal never fails to satisfy your need to read about incredible ascents (or attempts) worldwide.

Dudh Ganga Col (5,350m) and Deotoli Col (5,400m)—Mukherjee and company explored the area, which is accessible to any experienced Himalayan trekker, in hopes of encouraging mountaineers to explore the unclimbed peaks.

Junai Kangri—The party hadn’t originally planned to climb Junai Kangri, but their initally goal proved to dangerous when they encountered an impassable crevasse just past their first camp.

Exploration of the Lenak and Giabul Valleys—The author and his party (all between the ages of 70 and 73) were thrilled to find dozens of virgin peaks in an area previously unexplored—and untainted with garbage—by climbers.

“Mont Maudit”—Schaar and his partner enjoyed seven successful ascents on this expedition thanks to mild weather and good planning, but their take-away had more to do with life in general than strictly with climbing.

Raru Valley—In August, a team of nine young Swiss climbers set out to climb in the Raru Valley—they spent a month in the area and eventually determined that August was too late in the season for good conditions, but Flugi determined that one could spend an entire summer exploring the valley.

Raru Valley—Arriving shortly after the departure of the Swiss expedition, Scott’s group split into two teams, each attempting a different route on the previously unclimbed R6.

Calling All AAC Women · May 2, 2012

Looking for an opportunity to spend ten days climbing and hiking in Colorado in July with a truly unique group of visiting women climbers?

Motivated to reach across political divides to develop new friendships with other women who love to climb?

Interested in learning more about the culture, the climbing scene, and the day to day life of women climbers in Iran?

Eager to share the American climbing life style with the women climbers of Iran?

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