Have you or your local climbing organization applied for our Cornerstone Grant? We award up to $25k a year for crag conservation! The deadline is this coming Wednesday, August 15th! Be sure to get letters of support from your land manager and AAC Section Chair. Read all about the grant, or download the application on the Cornerstone page.
Eddie Espinosa, our Northwest Regional Coordinator, sent us this article from the Everett, Washington Herald:
“INDEX — Rock climbers have put up the money to save one of their favorite local haunts. Now they’re investing sweat equity. During the final weekend of July, dozens of volunteers arrived at Index Lower Town Wall to man bucket brigades. They’ve been busy building trails, grading the parking lot and planning to install a permanent bathroom…”
Every year, the American Alpine Club hosts Regional Craggin’ Classic climbing festivals in iconic climbing destinations across the country. Each event features fascinating presentations from climbers that have inspired us over the generations, camping, food, music, camaraderie, and of course climbing on some amazing stone! Join climbers in your area or travel to a Craggin’ Classic on your next road trip.
Online Registration for some of the 2012 Craggin’ Classics is Open Now! Check out all the info on the Craggin’ Classic page!
Our friends over at Trailspace asked us to write something for their blog, so we combed the Library and our own devious little minds to come up with five tips for backcountry survival that you might not have known. Read them on trailspace.com.
Front Range Member Melissa Alcorn wrote to us about the Iranian Women’s Climbing Exchange:
“The first phase of the cultural exchange between the AAC and the Alpine Club of Iran had highlighted rock climbing and hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park with operations based out of the hostel at the Colorado Mountain School in Estes Park. The bunk beds, showers, and ample kitchen and dining space were a fantastic facility to allow the group to solidify around a plan for the next stage of our program. The women from Iran wanted to stand on the top of Colorado and the American team got to work to make it happen.”
Our Alaska Section Co-Chair, Cindi Squire wrote to us about Alaska, climbing, and the construction of the Snowbird Hut.
The International Federation of Sport Climbing put together a new Facebook page that they hope will help them in drumming up support for climbing’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics. What do you think? Check out their page here.
AAC Member Emily Harrington: “Mount Everest isn’t supposed to be a difficult mountain to climb. “Climbing” is often not even used to describe the act of reaching the summit of the world’s tallest peak. “It’s just walking. It’s not hard.” was something I’d often heard through the years. Growing up in the climbing community gave me a unique and opinionated perspective toward a place I’d never even visited or bothered to learn about. When non-climbers asked me if I ever dreamed of climbing Everest, I would snidely reply “Um, no. That’s not the kind of climbing I do.””