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Summer Internships Available · April 24, 2013

Love climbing? Join the team this summer! AAC Internships available at our headquarters in Golden, Colorado.

In Memoriam:Layton Kor · April 22, 2013

Today we lost climbing legend and long time American Alpine Club member, Layton Kor. AAC Executive Director Phil Powers had this to say about Layton: “Layton Kor was one of the great rock pioneers of the American West. Kor attacked his climbing with passion, applying whatever skill and, when necessary, force of body and mind to get up some of the most stunning and daunting lines across the American West.”

From Jim McCarthy:”When I think of Layton, the first thing that comes up is Energy. I’ve been around climbing now for over 6 decades and have been fortunate enough to have met many of the great climbers in that span of time. Every generation someone appears with incredible drive and enthusiasm. Fritz Wiessner comes to mind. So does Galen Rowell. Layton was one of these unique people. He burst onto the scene in the late 50s like a supernova lighting up the night sky. His like comes around every once in a while. He will be missed.”
Layton passed away at the age of 74 during the night of April 21st. Read more about Layton here.

Update on Advocacy in Washington, D.C. · April 17, 2013

I wanted to share a brief update on the AAC’s advocacy work in Washington, DC in early April. We teamed up with our friends at the Access Fund to visit key policymakers and advocate on behalf of American climbers. On the congressional side, we met with legislative staff from W. VA, ID, NV, and CO. We also met with top officials of the federal agencies. Overall, it was highly productive at nurturing key relationships and establishing new ones, keeping climbing issues on the radar of influential policymakers and educating policymakers about the sport of climbing and the interests of climbers. We continued to advocate for climbing as a legitimate use of Wilderness and to allow some discrete level of fixed anchors (no power drills of course) in Wilderness. We are hopeful to have the first formalized policy on Wilderness climbing in National Parks later this year.

Leigh GoldbergConservation & Advocacy Director

The Great Ranges Fellowship: Member Profile – 6 Questions for Film Producer & Climber Steve Schwartz · April 17, 2013

Steve Schwartz is president of Chockstone Pictures, a production company he started with his wife, Paula Mae. He is a producer on such films as Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt; Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen; and the upcoming Ridley Scott film, The Counselor. Steve served as a director on the AAC Board. He was an early advocate for promoting the Club and providing the necessary benefits for all climbers of all climbing styles. We recently caught up with Steve to get some insights on life as a film producer, rock climber, and AAC member.

Read the interview on Inclined »

2013 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala Recap · April 9, 2013

The American Mountaineering Museum’s 2013 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala was a memorable night and a big success. Thanks to all our members, new and old, who joined us for this special celebration. You helped us sell-out the Gala and raise money for American Mountaineering Museum. See you next year!

Read about this year’s highlights on Inclined.

Piolets d’Or Winners Announced · April 6, 2013

Congratulations to the six winning teams of the 2013 Piolet d’Or awards. This includes AAC members Kyle Dempster, Hayden Kennedy, and Josh Wharton for their climb of the South face of the Ogre, Pakistan.

This marks the first year all of the nominees have won. Read the full report at climbing.com

2013 Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch Work Week Registration Closed · April 2, 2013

Registration for 2013 Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch Work Week is now closed. Thank you to everyone who registered to donate their time this year!

To book your stay at GTCR, please visit our website and scroll down to online reservations.