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AAC Partners with Rock & Ice Magazine to Bring You Accidents Digitally

Rock & Ice Magazine and the American Alpine Club (AAC) have teamed up to create a new online educational resource for climbers.

Rockandice.com and americanalpineclub.org now provide free access to digital excerpts of the AAC’s most popular book, Accidents in North American Mountaineering. Today climbers can read through 25 reports and analyses, from belay failure to bee stings. Over time, more excerpts will become available exclusively on these two websites.

“This partnership will save lives,” said Erik Lambert, Information & Marketing Director for the AAC. “Climbers have a healthy fascination in learning the mistakes of others. We expect that making this information freely available will encourage climbers to learn some new tricks and recognize how human error plays a role in most accidents, climbing more safely as a result.

“The American Alpine Club and Rock & Ice have a mutual goal—making climbers safer,” says Rock & Ice editor Jeff Jackson. “Making Accidents in North American Mountaineering available online and for free will help the message get to the growing number of climbers who otherwise would have to learn the hard way.” Read the full press release here.

Read 2011 Accidents at Rockandice.com

Read 2011 Accidents at americanalpineclub.org

Orco International Trad Climbing Meet 2012 Report

Head over to Inclined for Nathan Brown’s report on the 2012 Orco International Trad Climbing Meet.

“This past September, I was honored to represent the American Alpine Club at the 2012 Valley Orco International Climbing Meet hosted by the Club Alpino Accademico of Italy. Traditional crack and slab climbing were the focus of the meeting and the Valley Orco crags, 50 kilometers North-East of Torino, were the perfect venue. For American perspective, if you could put Veadawoo, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Yosemite’s Cathedral Spires, and the movie Heidi in a blender, out would come a smoothie that tastes like Valley Orco…(Read More)”










Recap of the Bishop Craggin’ Classic

Head to our blog, Inclined, for a full report on the Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic held in Bishop, CA, written by AAC Arizona Section Co-Chair, Jeff Snyder.









Join the AAC and win Clif Bars

Join the AAC or Renew your membership this week and be entered to win a box of limited-edition Clif Bars. We’re giving away 100 boxes of these bars, so you have a great chance to win something special. Simply use promotion code CLIF at checkout to be entered to win!

What does an AAC membership provide? Check out the benefits.

Click on the image below for more information on the promotion.







Jeremy Collins Live Auction 12/7

Greetings art-hungry members,

Heads up on a cool opportunity this Friday evening, December 7.

AAC Heartland Section Chair, AAC Media Partner, and recent National Geographic cover artist, Jeremy Collins, is hosting a live online auction at his studio for some of his original artwork.

If one of our AAC members wins the auction, Jeremy will donate 10% to the AAC!

On the auction block are three gorgeous map-scape originals: The south ridge of Mt. Everest, The Mt. Whitney Cirque, and the John Muir Trail.

You will be competing with those who are there LIVE at his studio in Kansas City, MO.

Bidding starts at 6 p.m. CST with one piece auctioned an hour:
6-7 p.m. John Muir Trail
7-8 p.m. Mt. Whitney Cirque
8-9 p.m. Mt. Everest

Each piece also comes with a 17 x 22” fine print of the art with added details, route lines, and historical notes.

To join this speed auction: “Like” Jeremy’s art page @facebook.com/JeremyCollinsArt then bid in the comments section of the image that arrives for each hour on December 7.

Preview the works online:

Photos from International Climbers Meet

Andrew Burr was on the scene to document the AAC’s International Climber’s Meet this past October. The collection of shots he put together are sure to provide a lifetime of inspiration.

Head to Andrew’s blog or to the AAC’s ICM Facebook page to check them out!

Rob Pizem does the offwidth dance durring a clinic at the ICM. Andrew Burr










Bored with the offwidth clinic, two bad boys snuck away for a try at Killer Arete. Andrew Burr













Live Your Dream Smith Rock Film

Kevin Ziechmann began to pursue his dream of climbing and storytelling through a Live Your Dream Grant. He then put together this incredible short film about his journey:

Live Your Dream Smith Rock from kevin ziechmann on Vimeo.

Climbing in the Name of Climate Science

We’re proud of Hari Mix, AAC member and Live Your Dream Grant recipient. His recent trip to Kyrgyzstan not only fulfilled a longtime aspiration—it also yielded important data for the study of climate change. Hari brought back microbe samples from 23,000′, the highest-altitude collection of its type. To learn more, please read this blog from Outside Magazine or check out this press release from Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), an AAC partner.

For many years the AAC has awarded grants to the scientific community for studying changes to our mountains (Research Grants and the AAC Nikwax Bellwether Grant). Just recently we started something new, the Live Your Dream Grant. This “everyman” grant provides seed money to climbers of every ability who have compelling ambitions to progress as climbers. This year we awarded Live Your Dream Grants to 41 outstanding climbers, including Hari Mix. The next opportunity to submit an application for a Live Your Dream Grant is January 1. Application information and materials here.

Hueco Rock Rodeo Happening February 15-17

Mark your calendars for the 20th annual Hueco Rock Rodeo hosted by the AAC and the Hueco Rock Ranch, happening February 15-17!

For more information on how to register for the competition and clinics leading up to the event head to the Hueco Rock Rodeo webpage.















Jewell Lund’s Live Your Dream Report

From the Rockies: Jewell Lund wrote to us about her Live Your Dream Grant experience. You can read Choose Your Own Adventure on our blog Inclined.

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