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Photos from International Climbers Meet · November 29, 2012

Andrew Burr was on the scene to document the AAC’s International Climber’s Meet this past October. The collection of shots he put together are sure to provide a lifetime of inspiration.

Head to Andrew’s blog or to the AAC’s ICM Facebook page to check them out!

Rob Pizem does the offwidth dance durring a clinic at the ICM. Andrew Burr










Bored with the offwidth clinic, two bad boys snuck away for a try at Killer Arete. Andrew Burr













Live Your Dream Smith Rock Film · November 28, 2012

Kevin Ziechmann began to pursue his dream of climbing and storytelling through a Live Your Dream Grant. He then put together this incredible short film about his journey:

Live Your Dream Smith Rock from kevin ziechmann on Vimeo.

Climbing in the Name of Climate Science · November 27, 2012

We’re proud of Hari Mix, AAC member and Live Your Dream Grant recipient. His recent trip to Kyrgyzstan not only fulfilled a longtime aspiration—it also yielded important data for the study of climate change. Hari brought back microbe samples from 23,000′, the highest-altitude collection of its type. To learn more, please read this blog from Outside Magazine or check out this press release from Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), an AAC partner.

For many years the AAC has awarded grants to the scientific community for studying changes to our mountains (Research Grants and the AAC Nikwax Bellwether Grant). Just recently we started something new, the Live Your Dream Grant. This “everyman” grant provides seed money to climbers of every ability who have compelling ambitions to progress as climbers. This year we awarded Live Your Dream Grants to 41 outstanding climbers, including Hari Mix. The next opportunity to submit an application for a Live Your Dream Grant is January 1. Application information and materials here.

Hueco Rock Rodeo Happening February 15-17 · November 21, 2012

Mark your calendars for the 20th annual Hueco Rock Rodeo hosted by the AAC and the Hueco Rock Ranch, happening February 15-17!

For more information on how to register for the competition and clinics leading up to the event head to the Hueco Rock Rodeo webpage.















Jewell Lund’s Live Your Dream Report · November 18, 2012

From the Rockies: Jewell Lund wrote to us about her Live Your Dream Grant experience. You can read Choose Your Own Adventure on our blog Inclined.

Copp-Dash Inspire Award Accepting Applications for 2013 · November 15, 2012

November 15, 2012 (Salt Lake City, UT) – The Copp-Dash Inspire Award is currently accepting applications from November 15, 2012 through December 31, 2012 for small climbing teams attempting fast and light alpine climbing objectives with a desire to creatively document and share their experience. The award was established in memory of American climbers Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, who were killed in an avalanche in China in May 2009 along with filmmaker Wade Johnson.

Sponsored by Black Diamond Equipment, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear, and Patagonia, with support from the Jonny Copp Foundation, American Alpine Club and Sender Films, the Copp-Dash Inspire Award will distribute $20,000 in 2013 to North American applicants.

In honoring Jonny and Micah, the award supports climbers who choose to follow a similar path, both in life and in the mountains. The fund’s goal is to assist climbers before, during and after expeditions with financial grants and multimedia instruction to help empower them to share their current and future adventures with a wider audience.

“The Inspire Award continues to do exactly that: inspire climbers to pursue their adventures and share their stories,” says Jonathan Thesenga, Content Manager at Black Diamond Equipment. “It’s a great tribute to Jonny and Micah that so many great stories have been shared by the past award winners through an outstanding assortment of photos, videos, paintings and podcasts.”

For more information on the Copp-Dash Inspire Award and application downloads, go to CoppDashInspireAward.com or http://www.americanalpineclub.org/grants/g/5/Copp-Dash-Inspire-Award. Only teams/individuals from North America are eligible for expeditions occurring between April 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014. Award winners will be announced by March 30, 2013.

About the Copp-Dash Inspire Award: 

The Copp-Dash Inspire Award will help support small teams tackling difficult climbs in the great mountains of the world that plan to personally document and share their ascents through a multimedia blend of storytelling elements. Proposed trips should be focused on unclimbed objectives in distant ranges and regions, requiring a high level of skill and commitment. Climbs should be done in a fast, light and clean style that stay true to the progression of expedition climbing. Proposed documentation styles can include any mix of photos, video or writing that will vividly capture the essence of the trip or climb. Proposed sharing of these storytelling elements could involve slideshows, viral film clips, magazine articles, multimedia presentations, etc. The Copp-Dash Inspire Award is sponsored by Black Diamond Equipment, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear, and Patagonia, and is supported by Alpinist magazine, American Alpine Club, the Jonny Copp Foundation, Sender Films, and photographers John Dickey and Mikey Schaefer.

New England’s Early Season Ice Race · November 13, 2012

Every year a devoted cadre of climbers vies for the first annual ascent of Cannon Cliff’s famous multi-pitch ice climb, the Black Dike. For the first to the top, a successful ascent marks the unofficial opening of ice season.

You can read the full report from Live Your Dream Grant winner, Erik Eisele on Inclined.

“This tradition isn’t a race. Any one of us would happily join any other team member for opening day. It’s about extending the season, it’s about sucking the marrow out of winter, and it’s about ticking the Black Dike when its ripe. In October or November the Dike is an alpine nightmare, and climbing it required every ounce of skill and concentration. After a long summer of clipping bolts and whipping out of cracks, mixed climbing above tenuous gear is a wakeup call. The Dike is a cold reminder of why we love the sport, and each year it demands you get your head in the game (read more…)”


2012 International Climbers Meet Recap · November 9, 2012

Julie Ellison, from Climbing Magazine, recently wrote a report recapping her experience at the AAC’s 2012 International Climber’s Meet.

“Imagine being in a stunningly beautiful and ultra-classic climbing area at the most perfect time of year, camping in a secluded campground, climbing four-star routes with 50 of the most rad people you’ll ever meet from across the globe, chilling by a fire every night with a cold PBR in hand, and three ridiculously delicious meals a day served piping hot right in front of you. (As one person said insightfully, “the only climbing trip you’ll ever gain weight on.”) Sounds nice, huh? That’s the essence of the American Alpine Club’s International Climbers Meet, an event held every year in Yosemite to foster relations between the AAC and international Alpine Clubs…(Read More)”

You can also find short reports from the event on our blog, Inclined.













Lyman Spitzer Grant Deadline Approaching · November 9, 2012

Are you a climber pushing the limits with the bare essentials? The Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award 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’s great mountain ranges. The 2012 deadline is December 1, 2012. To apply, download the application or visit our grants page.

Triple Crown Bouldering Series Wrap-Up · November 8, 2012

From the Southeast: The Tripple Crown Bouldering Series is a wrap and the AAC’s Slice O’ Pie Video Contest was a great success!

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