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Interview: Big UP Productions · December 21, 2012

Josh Lowell, of Big UP Productions, discusses his love affair with life in the vertical, storytelling, and how to balance being a father, husband, climber, and filmmaker. Head to our blog Inclined for the interview.














AAC Hiring Marketing Manager · December 20, 2012

Love climbing, and love marketing? Work at the AAC!

We’re hiring a Marketing Manager. Please see the job description for more information, and learn how to apply.

Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant Kick-starts Climbing School in Rio de Janeiro Favelas · December 17, 2012

The AAC’s ZMBB Grant helped Asa Firestone kick-start a successful new youth climbing program in Brazil. Get the full story on Inclined.










About the Zach Martin Breaking Barriers Grant:
While climbing is awesome and all, helping people is even better. The Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant (ZMBB) is a dual-purpose grant fund that focuses primarily on a humanitarian objective. The secondary objective involves alpinism, ice climbing, rock climbing, bouldering, or simply adventure & discovery in the natural environment. Learn more about this grant opportunity and how to apply.

Hueco Clinics are coming! · December 14, 2012

Get ready for the Hueco Rock Rodeo with climbing clinics! Learn from top climbers and their coaches in Hueco Tanks! All clinics will meet at the barn at the Hueco Rock Ranch at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. All clinics are $90 and include park entrance fee.

December 29—Jason Kehl and Nina Williams

January 19—Alex Johnson, Nick Duttle, Kris Peters

Februrary 17—Daniel Woods, Paige Classsen, Paul Robinson, Nick Duttle, and Merrick Ales (photo workshop)

Get the info and signup at huecorodeo.com










Restoring Vision in the New South Sudan · December 13, 2012

AAC Member Jordan Campbell’s goals have shifted from alpine climbing to global stewardship. This time, the adventure involves returning sight to the blind in volatile Sudan. Get the story on Inclined. 









AAC Partners with Rock & Ice Magazine to Bring You Accidents Digitally · December 12, 2012

Rock & Ice Magazine and the American Alpine Club (AAC) have teamed up to create a new online educational resource for climbers.

Rockandice.com and americanalpineclub.org now provide free access to digital excerpts of the AAC’s most popular book, Accidents in North American Mountaineering. Today climbers can read through 25 reports and analyses, from belay failure to bee stings. Over time, more excerpts will become available exclusively on these two websites.

“This partnership will save lives,” said Erik Lambert, Information & Marketing Director for the AAC. “Climbers have a healthy fascination in learning the mistakes of others. We expect that making this information freely available will encourage climbers to learn some new tricks and recognize how human error plays a role in most accidents, climbing more safely as a result.

“The American Alpine Club and Rock & Ice have a mutual goal—making climbers safer,” says Rock & Ice editor Jeff Jackson. “Making Accidents in North American Mountaineering available online and for free will help the message get to the growing number of climbers who otherwise would have to learn the hard way.” Read the full press release here.

Read 2011 Accidents at Rockandice.com

Read 2011 Accidents at americanalpineclub.org

Orco International Trad Climbing Meet 2012 Report · December 11, 2012

Head over to Inclined for Nathan Brown’s report on the 2012 Orco International Trad Climbing Meet.

“This past September, I was honored to represent the American Alpine Club at the 2012 Valley Orco International Climbing Meet hosted by the Club Alpino Accademico of Italy. Traditional crack and slab climbing were the focus of the meeting and the Valley Orco crags, 50 kilometers North-East of Torino, were the perfect venue. For American perspective, if you could put Veadawoo, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Yosemite’s Cathedral Spires, and the movie Heidi in a blender, out would come a smoothie that tastes like Valley Orco…(Read More)”










Recap of the Bishop Craggin’ Classic · December 10, 2012

Head to our blog, Inclined, for a full report on the Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic held in Bishop, CA, written by AAC Arizona Section Co-Chair, Jeff Snyder.









Join the AAC and win Clif Bars · December 10, 2012

Join the AAC or Renew your membership this week and be entered to win a box of limited-edition Clif Bars. We’re giving away 100 boxes of these bars, so you have a great chance to win something special. Simply use promotion code CLIF at checkout to be entered to win!

What does an AAC membership provide? Check out the benefits.

Click on the image below for more information on the promotion.







Jeremy Collins Live Auction 12/7 · December 6, 2012

Greetings art-hungry members,

Heads up on a cool opportunity this Friday evening, December 7.

AAC Heartland Section Chair, AAC Media Partner, and recent National Geographic cover artist, Jeremy Collins, is hosting a live online auction at his studio for some of his original artwork.

If one of our AAC members wins the auction, Jeremy will donate 10% to the AAC!

On the auction block are three gorgeous map-scape originals: The south ridge of Mt. Everest, The Mt. Whitney Cirque, and the John Muir Trail.

You will be competing with those who are there LIVE at his studio in Kansas City, MO.

Bidding starts at 6 p.m. CST with one piece auctioned an hour:
6-7 p.m. John Muir Trail
7-8 p.m. Mt. Whitney Cirque
8-9 p.m. Mt. Everest

Each piece also comes with a 17 x 22” fine print of the art with added details, route lines, and historical notes.

To join this speed auction: “Like” Jeremy’s art page @facebook.com/JeremyCollinsArt then bid in the comments section of the image that arrives for each hour on December 7.

Preview the works online: