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LAST CHANCE: Receive AAJ and Accidents · July 30, 2013


Don’t miss out on the new American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering. Join or Renew your membership by July 31st to receive the newly redesigned AAJ and Accidents.

For the first time, this year the AAJ is printed in full color and puts more focus on rock climbs, especially in the Lower 48. Read features by Alex Honnold, Adam Ondra, Freddie Wilkinson, and dozens more. In Accidents we’ve added reports from Canada, an educational section on lowering, and more photos than ever before.

Don’t miss out! 

Join Us at Summer Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City · July 30, 2013

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Headed to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City? Come out and support the AAC on Wednesday, July 31st at Wild Country Booth #1001 for a Life Size Jenga Party.


Also, join us Thursday, August 1st at the Mountainsmith Booth#20015 for free beer, raffles, and $20 pack sales that benefit the AAC.


The Eiger: Celebrating 75 Years of North Face Ascents · July 24, 2013

Today marks 75 years since the North Face of Eiger was first climbed. AAC board member John Heilprin lives in Geneva, Switzerland and shared the story of the North Face with us to remember and commemorate the last 75 years. Read the full story on Inclined.

Free Adventure Film Night at AMC · July 24, 2013


We are a proud sponsor of Women’s Leadership & Adventure Summit, hosted by Peaks Foundation. This is a great opportunity for women to join professional female athletes and try new outdoor adventures in a comfortable environment. This opportunity also promotes teaching women leadership skills in the outdoors. All participants will receive a one year membership to the AAC to introduce them to climbing.

Registration is now closed for the event, but you can join us this Saturday night, July 27th, for Adventure Film Night, at the American Mountaineering Center. This event is FREE and open to public. Get inspired by speakers and films showcasing women in the outdoors.

Visit Peaks Foundation website for more information. Follow the event on Facebook.

Climbers Raise Funds to Establish Facilities at Frenchman Coulee · July 23, 2013


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For more information contact:
Matt Perkins, Washington Climbers Coalition, (206) 389-3404
Eddie Espinosa, American Alpine Club, (206) 478-4131
Sarah Krueger, The Mountaineers (206) 521-6012

Climbers Raise Funds to Establish Facilities at Frenchman Coulee

SEATTLE – The Washington Climbers Coalition, the American Alpine Club and The Mountaineers announced today that they have reached their fundraising goal to install a toilet at the Frenchman Coulee climbing area in central Washington. “It is going to be a great day when, after a two or three hour drive from Seattle or Spokane, there is some place to ‘go’,” said Washington Climbers Coalition president Dave Haavik.

Climbers have been asking for a permanent toilet facility at the popular Frenchman Coulee climbing area (often referred to as “Vantage”) for 20 years.  In February 2012 the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife authorized the project, saying they would built a toilet if climbers could fund it.  A fundraising goal of $50,000 was announced in March 2012.  The Washington Climbers Coalition reports that the $45,000 mark was met in June 2013 when they received a grant from the Spokane Mountaineers.  The American Alpine Club holds another grant from the Access Fund in the amount of $5,000 which is dedicated to this effort.  Virtually all of the local climbing clubs in Washington and several gyms and climbing shops, have hosted fundraising events or made significant donations to the effort.

This project presents challenges above and beyond the simple matter of building a toilet.  State regulations required a cultural resource study to insure that no sensitive artifacts are disturbed.  The hole for the holding tank is going to have to be blasted into bedrock.  An ADA ramp will serve the entry.  But it will all be worth it: the planned facility will be a concrete vault toilet similar to those at many recreation sites across the state and it will replace porta-potties and cat-holes to provide a much more enjoyable and environmentally sustainable climbing destination.  “We are on track for an installation in the fall,” said Washington Department of Wildlife Assistant Manager for Frenchman Coulee, Chad Eidson.

This popular climbing and hiking destination features outstanding rock climbing in a desert environment and attracts climbers from around the region.  The area includes climbs for virtually all ability levels, and hundreds of climbers can be found here on a busy weekend in the spring or fall.  Frenchman Coulee is a Northwest gem where thousands of climbers left the ground for the first time.  The construction of a toilet facility will be a big step toward taking care of this valuable recreation area.

Choss Boss Returns! · July 23, 2013


Choss Boss returns for its third year! To kick it off we’re looking for your best “Crack Climbing” photos. Send them in my July 24th, by noon for a chance to win some sweet prizes.

Follow along on our Facebook page to see the submissions and check out our website for weekly photo themes and submission guidelines.

New! Redpoint Room · July 16, 2013

Thanks to member feedback the AAC has launched changes to its email newsletter schedule and content.

The first week of every month will be dedicated to local news and events around your section and region. Weeks that follow will be designed to engage you with one or two important notices, plus a new department—the Redpoint Room! Each week the Redpoint Room will feature a different member-only deal, including special pricing on gear, magazines, climbing gyms, lodging, and more. Some deals will be part of the classic suite of AAC discounts, while others will be available only via the Redpoint Room.

These streamlined electronic newsletters will replace our traditional e-newsletters, including E-News, Publications E-News, and The Greenpoint. The first issue went out this morning to subscribed members.

We would love your feedback on these new electronic newsletters—please contact us with your thoughts!


Now Available: AAC Publications Search · July 16, 2013

The AAC Publications Search is now live! Publication Search allows you to search, read, and explore every year of the American Alpine JournalAccidents in North American Mountaineering, and Alpina Americana.

Visit the AAC Publication Search and get started!

2013 Accidents and 2013 Guidebook to Membership are here! · July 11, 2013

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We’re excited this month to offer you early digital access to the brand new 2013 Guidebook To Membership and 2013 Accidents in North American Mountaineering!

For AAC members just log-in, then visit your Member Profile to start reading for free.

If you’re not a member, join today or purchase Accidents in our online store. Non-members can access the Guidebook for free!

AAC members, The 2013 editions of the AAJ and Accidents are at the printer and will soon be at your doorstep. If your address has changed since the arrival of last year’s publications, you have until July 31 to update our database. Vist your Member Profile to update your address.

Hiring Publications Intern and Volunteer Editor · July 10, 2013

“Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success…”

While we are not recruiting for anything as hazardous as Ernest Shackleton’s expedition, we are looking for an extraordinary volunteer for a one-of-a-kind position and a talented intern.

Digital Editor
The AAC is seeking someone who is passionate about climbing and the documenation of new routes, expeditions, and accidents. We hope to find a dedicated, long-term volunteer for the new position of Digital Editor, helping AAC staff and other volunteers develop, populate, and curate the AAC’s new publications website, as well as new forms of digital storytelling. We won’t lie: There will be a substantial grunt work involved. But you’ll also be a key leader and manager in shaping the future of the AAC’s digital information resources. If you love the AAJ and Accidents, and you love online information, this may be the volunteer opportunity of a lifetime. Previous experience with publishing on WordPress or similar platforms very important. Basic image processing skills a plus. Residence in metro Denver area helpful but not required. The time and flexibility for a significant commitment to AAC publications: essential. If this sounds appealing, contact Dougald MacDonald, AAC Executive Editor. Honor and recognition (and some cool perks, too) are guaranteed.

Publications Intern 
Always dreamed of working on the American Alpine Journal or Accidents in North American Mountaineering? Want to learn print and digital publishing skills in the climbing industry? The Publications Intern will work among a dedicated team of climbers and editors to gain lifelong skills in multimedia journalism and publishing. While intern missions vary from day to day, the AAC gives interns the freedom to design work plans that support both the organization and their future aspirations. Interns must work from AAC headquarters in Golden, CO and commit 20 hours/week for four to six months. The Publications Intern position is unpaid; however, interns may receive college credit. Check out the complete description. Applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Erik Rieger, AAC Assistant Editor.

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