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New River Gorge Campground—Grand Opening · May 23, 2013

Last weekend marked the 10th annual New River Rendezvous. It also marked the official Grand Opening of the American Alpine Club’s Campground in the New River Gorge, which was offered to participants of the Rendezvous for the weekend for free. The American Alpine Club is proud to own and offer a climber friendly campground in the heart of the New River Gorge, walking distance to world-class climbing. Read up on the campground and all the weekend festivities here.

Protecting the Places We Climb · May 23, 2013


“When conservation and recreation are on equal ground with development, we can protect our public lands for our mutual benefit today, and for the next generation of climbers.” -AAC Executive Director, Phil Powers

Read Phil’s article “Protecting the Places We Climb” to find out why we think Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is the right pick for the job.

Sustainable Summits Conference Postponed · May 21, 2013

After lengthy consideration, the American Alpine Club and Denali National Park have decided to postpone the Sustainable Summits Conference for one year. Read on for details.

NPS: Climbing as Legitimate Activity in Wilderness · May 15, 2013

On Monday Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, signed Director’s Order #41, which has significant implications for how climbers can enjoy recreating in Wilderness areas of the National Park System.

Director’s Order #41 marks the first time a land management agency has given national direction that climbing is a legitimate activity in Wilderness, and that fixed anchors necessary for climbing are also allowed. The order permits for the authorization of new bolts by zone, not just case-by-case permits for individual routes/bolts. Also under the order, interim fixed anchor permits may be granted prior to the establishment of dedicated climbing management plans.

For several decades, the AAC has been involved in the negotiations for this language in collaboration with the Access Fund. This latest action by NPS comes on the heels of the AAC’s April joint advocacy trip with the Access Fund to Washington, D.C. In early April, the AAC and AF policy team spent two days with top NPS officials negotiating the final language of DO#41.

We hope the precedent set by the National Park Service will also be adopted by other agencies including the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

Read the Order »

2013 Live Your Dream Award Winners Announced · May 7, 2013

The American Alpine Club (AAC) is proud to announce that 42 dreams will be funded in 2013 through the Live Your Dream grant program. In total the AAC received a record-breaking 250+ Live Your Dream applications from across the country in 2013. Six regional committees awarded 42 grants, totaling $18,000. The awardees and their dreams are outlined in the Press Room.

AAC Celebrates Everest 50th · May 1, 2013

50 years ago today, Jim Whittaker became the first American to stand atop Everest. Congratulations on 50 years to the entire American Mount Everest Expedition team!

At our 2013 Annual Benefit Dinner, celebrating the 50 Years of Americans on Everest, we collaborated with National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine to talk to the people who know Everest best. See what they had to say about the state of Everest in the film “50 Years on Everest- Climbers’ Candid Thoughts on the State of the World’s Tallest Peak.”

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