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Hiring Publications Intern and Volunteer Editor

“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.

AAC to Host 2013 Hueco Rock Rodeo

The Hueco Rock Rodeo brings together climbers of all abilities for a weekend full of climbing and camaraderie in the world class bouldering destination of Hueco Tanks. The American Alpine Club is very happy to be a part of the 20th Hueco Rock Rodeo hosting the event at our newly purchased Hueco Rock Ranch.

Read the full press release or go to huecorodeo.com for more information on the event and how to attend.













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Upcoming International Events

AAC members interested in attending an international climbing meet should check out these upcoming opportunities:

BMC International Sea Cliff Climbing Meet 2013, hosted by the British Mountaineering Council

Lenin Peak Veterans Festival 2013, hosted by the Kyrgyz Alpine Club (KAC) and Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA)

2013 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award Winners Announced

The 2013 grant-recipient teams will attempt lightweight, state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbs throughout the Himalaya:

  • Doug Chabot, Bruce Miller, Rusty Willis: The unattempted north face of Shispare Sar, Pakistan Karakoram
  • Jesse Huey, Raphael Slawinski, Ian Welsted: First ascent of the unclimbed west face of K6 West, Pakistan Karakoram
  • Chad Kellogg and David Gottlieb: Lunag Ri, the highest permitted unclimbed peak in Nepal
  • Matt McCormick, Pat Goodman, Jean-Pierre Ouellet: New route on the east face of Uli Biaho Tower, Trango Valley, Pakistan
Read the full press release and learn more about the Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award, the AAC’s most prestigious climbing grant.



Interview: Big UP Productions

Josh Lowell, of Big UP Productions, discusses his love affair with life in the vertical, storytelling, and how to balance being a father, husband, climber, and filmmaker. Head to our blog Inclined for the interview.














AAC Hiring Marketing Manager

Love climbing, and love marketing? Work at the AAC!

We’re hiring a Marketing Manager. Please see the job description for more information, and learn how to apply.

Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant Kick-starts Climbing School in Rio de Janeiro Favelas

The AAC’s ZMBB Grant helped Asa Firestone kick-start a successful new youth climbing program in Brazil. Get the full story on Inclined.










About the Zach Martin Breaking Barriers Grant:
While climbing is awesome and all, helping people is even better. The Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant (ZMBB) is a dual-purpose grant fund that focuses primarily on a humanitarian objective. The secondary objective involves alpinism, ice climbing, rock climbing, bouldering, or simply adventure & discovery in the natural environment. Learn more about this grant opportunity and how to apply.

Hueco Clinics are coming!

Get ready for the Hueco Rock Rodeo with climbing clinics! Learn from top climbers and their coaches in Hueco Tanks! All clinics will meet at the barn at the Hueco Rock Ranch at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. All clinics are $90 and include park entrance fee.

December 29—Jason Kehl and Nina Williams

January 19—Alex Johnson, Nick Duttle, Kris Peters

Februrary 17—Daniel Woods, Paige Classsen, Paul Robinson, Nick Duttle, and Merrick Ales (photo workshop)

Get the info and signup at huecorodeo.com










Restoring Vision in the New South Sudan

AAC Member Jordan Campbell’s goals have shifted from alpine climbing to global stewardship. This time, the adventure involves returning sight to the blind in volatile Sudan. Get the story on Inclined. 









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