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Third Annual Cornerstone Grant Recipients Awarded

The American Alpine Club (AAC) is proud to announce the recipients of the third annual Cornerstone Crag Conservation Grant. This year, $25,000 will go toward multiple local projects: human waste management systems, road and parking improvements, trail work, signage, camping improvements, and more.

For more information on recipients visit our press room.

Terrorism in Pakistan: Tragedy with Many Losses

“This week a climber died in the Tetons and Taliban militants killed 10 climbers at Nanga Parbat’s base camp. The difference is not that the 10 were on one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. It is that they were not climbing at all.” AAC Executive Director, Phil Powers reflects on his time in Pakistan and expresses his sadness at the tragic news. Read his full letter on Inclined.

New River Gorge Campground—Grand Opening

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.

NPS: Climbing as Legitimate Activity in Wilderness

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

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.

The Great Ranges Fellowship: Member Profile – 6 Questions for Film Producer & Climber Steve Schwartz

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 »

Annual Benefit Dinner Recap

The AAC Annual Benefit Dinner was a memorable night and an incredible success. You helped us sell out the Annual Dinner early for the first time in recent memory—with more guests than ever before. And you helped us raise more money for the American Alpine Club than any event in our 111-year history.

Read more about it here…

AAC Awarded 2013 Golden Piton Award

AAC’s Work as “Community Developer” Acclaimed in Climbing Magazine 

The American Alpine Club (AAC) is a proud recipient of a 2013 Golden Piton Award for its service to the climbing community. Named the year’s “Community Developer” in the February 2013 issue of Climbing magazine, the award recognizes several recent triumphs that have benefitted Club members and the community at large.

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Fall 2012 Mountaineering Fellowship Grant Recipients

Zach Clanton (24), $700 from REI Challenge Fund for a new route and full traverse of Dragon’s Spine

James Gustafson (19), $700 from John Hudson Fund for an ascent up Cassin Ridge, Denali.

Sam Hennessey (23), $700 from Boyd Everett Fund for new routes on Thunder Mountain and Mt. Providence, Alaska.

David Hertel (24) $300 each from Rick Mosher Fund for exploring new routes in Chilkat Range, Alaska, and hiking and canoeing out.

Trevor Kreznar (23), $300 from Rick Mosher Fund for an ascent of Harvard Route on Huntington.

Kirill Langer (20), $300 for exploring Columbia Icefield peaks such as Mt. Andromeda and Mt. Kitchner.

Ryan Leary (25), $700 from REI Challenge Fund for exploring new routes and possible first ascents on Leaning Towers, Purcell Mountains, BC.

David Lee (19), $300 for exploring Columbia Icefield peaks such as Mt. Andromeda and Mt. Kitchner.

Miles Moser (24), $700 from REI Challenge Fund to explore North, Central, and South towers of Paine over four months.

Cade Ray (17), $150 for gaining climbing experience in RMNP, Tetons, and Banff.

Kurt Ross (21), $300 for exploring Columbia Icefield peaks such as Mt. Andromeda and Mt. Kitchner.


Committee: Yvon Chouinard, Eiichi Fukushima (Chair), James Funsten, Kestrel Hanson, Joe LaBelle, Pete Metcalf, Travis Spitzer, Geoff Tabin.

Three Days Left to Apply for Mountaineering Fellowship Grant

Only three days left to get your application in!

Twenty-five or younger? Fuel your inspiration with a Mountaineering Fellowship Grant.

Started in 1966, Mountaineering Fellowship Grants have long encouraged American climbers age 25 years and younger to go into remote areas and seek out climbs more difficult than they might ordinarily be able to do.

Application deadlines for the Fall round of Mountaineering Fellowship Grants are Nov. 1—only a couple days away—so apply now!

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