The AAC’s Research Grants are aimed to expand understanding of geographic, environmental, and social change in Arctic and Alpine regions. With expanding stresses on these fragile and beautiful environments worldwide, particularly from accelerating climate change and increased demands on water and related natural resources by growing populations, such research highlights the need for scientific understanding and practical techniques that can be applied elsewhere.
The $10,000 in 2012 grants were awarded to 27 individuals and 1 climbing expedition during the annual review process. Read about the awardees and their projects.
This year, we awarded $4,100 of grants that support young climbers to explore uncharted territory. The Mountaineering Fellowship Fund Awards began in 1966, and every year since we’ve helped climbers under 25 expand their climbing experience. Check out the winners from this year; they’re planning trips from Peru to Canada to Pakistan. Read the press release on the Press Room page.
We did! (With a lot of great help from our partner, the Access Fund).
The Access Fund and American Alpine Club (AAC) are pleased to announce that the iconic Hueco Rock Ranch will stay in climber-friendly hands with new ownership by the AAC. The Ranch is the primary lodging facility and guiding headquarters for climbers visiting the stunning bouldering and climbing of Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site outside of El Paso, TX. Read the details on the Press Room.
Brain and Paul received money from the first Northeast Region Live Your Dream Grant. They said, via email, “This project allows us to live our dreams as individuals and as a team. We both want to expand our skill sets on long, granite alpine routes and we feel that going to the back country, multi-pitch routes of the Wind River Range cannot be replicated for us in the Northeast. Although we love the long routes on Cannon, Cathedral, Whitehorse, and in Huntington’s Ravine, we feel that in order to truly learn our craft, we need to push ourselves on bigger and longer climbs in remote, high alpine back country locations.”
We got in touch with them before they left on their trip to see what they thought of climbing, motivation, and the Club. Read the whole story on Inclined.
The five grant winning teams from the Southeast Region plan trips to California, the Tetons, Smith Rock, New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Kentucky with goals of testing themselves on classic routes, climbing alpine rock with family members, and reconnecting with friends over classic Sierra granite. Read the details in the Press Room.
The five grant winning teams from the Rockies Region plan trips to Africa, British Columbia, Patagonia, and Italy with goals of tackling difficult alpine rock climbs and hard Euro sport-climbs. Read the details in the Press Room.
On Tuesday, July 10, we announced the new Benefit Rope—a collaboration between the Club, the Access Fund, and Sterling Rope that benefits the two former organizations. We’ve been getting some cool feedback from members, like this great post on Sterling’s Facebook Page from Todd Magilla Isaksen:
“I already believed that Sterling Rope makes some of the best climbing ropes (I own 2 so far). As a company they’re fantastic, but to go above and beyond and make a rope to support a cause is commitment. It shows they want climbing areas to remain open and also with hopes of developing new crags. This is a great cause, way to go Sterling Rope!!!”
The five Live Your Dream Grant winning teams from the Central Region plan trips to Arizona’s Cochise Stronghold, the Tetons, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, the High Sierra, and the volcanoes of the Northwest with goals of attempting classic routes, speed-climbing big walls, building traditional skills, doing a first multi-pitch route, and more… Read the Press Release on the Press Room.
Brand new Southeast Regional Coordinator Lisa Hummel was featured this week in an article from High Country Press. Congratulations again, and welcome to the team, Lisa! Read the article on the High Country Press website.
We just finished updating a lot of information about the Club’s Past Presidents—an impressive group of people! Were you ever curious about conservation pioneer and Sierra Club founder John Muir’s involvement with the Club? Want to find out which Past President was the first American to summit both Everest and K2? Check out the Past Presidents page!
The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce that it has entered a partnership with the Access Fund and Sterling Rope to produce a new special-edition benefit rope. The purpose of the rope is to celebrate and bring awareness to the collaborative efforts of America’s two national climbing organizations—the AAC and Access Fund—and to raise money for their missions. Read the full press release on the Press Room or check out the details of the rope on our Store.