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