Congratulations to Aaron Huey, this year’s winner of the 2013 Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure.
Read the full details in the American Alpine Club press room.
Congratulations to Heath Bailey, 2013 winner of the Chris Pruchnic Wilderness First Responder Training Grant!
Heath Bailey, archeologist, traveler, and climbing developer, truly embodies Chris Pruchnic’s adventurous spirit. As an outdoor enthusiast Heath recognizes that everybody can benefit from medical training, when venturing into the backcountry. Heath hopes to not only be better prepared but to be able assist his community, when in need.
The purpose of this grant is to encourage and support climbers to obtain a Wilderness First Responder certification in an effort to increase their independence and knowledge of safe practices, provide help to those in need and promote safety in general to fellow climbers.
This grant is available for AAC members living in the Rockies Region.
This year’s 20th Hueco Rock Rodeo was a huge success! We’re thrilled to be a part of such a great event, that raised $9,000 for Hueco Tanks State Park.
Voting for the American Alpine Club’s 2013 Board of Directors is open until 5 p.m. Friday, 2/22.
The AAC’s Southern Appalachian Section offers free AAC Rappelling Best Practices clinics at a growing number of venues across North Carolina, and soon South Carolina. The clinics teach rappelling skills from “Know the Ropes,” a new department in the 2012 Accidents in North American Mountaineering.
These clinics are intended for climbers with rappelling experience, who want to ensure that they are current in their understanding of safer rappelling protocols and equipment.
Contact Southern Appalachian Section Chair David Thoenen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
We’re excited to announce that the 2013 Annual Benefit Dinner has sold out! There are no longer tickets available for the event.
Find out why it’s never been a better time to be a member and what 2013 holds for the AAC, on the The North Face blog.
Head over the American Alpine Club facebook page to find out how you can send in your raddest climbing photos, for a chance to be showcased in the 2013 Guidebook to Membership! Contest starts 2/11 and ends 2/18/2013.
Read contest details here.
The American Alpine Club is proud to announce the launch of Explore and our first-ever online exhibit: Everest 1963: The American Odyssey. Visit this new resource to see special photos, videos, and documents that tell one of the greatest stories in mountaineering history. Explore also features a supplemental Everest gallery with over 200 images from the 1963 expedition.
Can’t get enough Everest? This month the AAC hosts the 2013 Annual Benefit Dinner Week, celebrating 50 years of Americans on Everest.
We learned today that the head of one of our Industry Partners, REI, has been nominated by President Obama to become Secretary of the Interior. The AAC applauds the nomination of REI Chief Sally Jewell as a good choice for America. We advocate for opportunities to climb on American public lands and the importance of protecting the places we climb. Sally Jewell has a strong track record in both protecting public land and getting more Americans including our youth outdoors. We look forward to collaborating with Mrs. Jewell to protect even more public lands and encourage even more citizens to get outdoors, climb and conserve the places we love.
“We at the American Alpine Club are extremely pleased to see a climber like Sally Jewell be nominated for Secretary of the Interior,” said Executive Director Phil Powers. “Climbers are a diverse group with wide-ranging backgrounds and politics, but there is one thing we all agree on — we must protect the public lands where we find our crags and mountains.”