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Aaron Huey Wins 2013 Rowell Award · February 28, 2013

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.

2013 Chris Pruchnic WFR Training Grant Winner Announced · February 27, 2013

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.

2013 Hueco Rock Rodeo Recap · February 20, 2013

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.

See this year’s Hueco Rock Results or catch the Highlight Reel.


Vote For Your 2013 Board of Directors · February 19, 2013

Voting for the American Alpine Club’s 2013 Board of Directors is open until 5 p.m. Friday, 2/22.

Members, before you can vote, you must log into your AAC account. Once logged in the AAC website, you can then access the 2013 Board of Directors voting page.

Best Rappelling Practices Clinic · February 18, 2013

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 (dthoenen@nc.rr.com) for more information.

Annual Dinner Sold Out! · February 15, 2013

We’re excited to announce that the 2013 Annual Benefit Dinner has sold out! There are no longer tickets available for the event.

If you purchased tickets view the weekend schedule or see who’s attending.

The North Face Features the AAC · February 14, 2013

2012 was a huge year for the American Alpine Club and 2013 looks just as ambitious. This month The North Face features the American Alpine club as the February Featured Philanthropy.

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.


AAC Member Photo Contest · February 11, 2013

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 AAC Launches Explore · February 7, 2013

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.


The AAC Supports Sally Jewell · February 6, 2013

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.”

The AAC would also like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for his successful term leading the department. In particular, his important contribution of launching America’s Great Outdoors initiative did much to elevate the significance of recreation and conservation of public lands in our country.


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