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Hueco Origins: Remembering Todd Skinner

As we near a real opening for the Hueco Rock Ranch it is important to remember how it came to be in the first place. Read the story on Inclined, where Brad Werntz recalls the beginnings of the now iconic area.

Remember, the Hueco Rock Ranch is opening November 1, 2012. You can reserve camping, rooms, and find out everything you need to know about climbing in Hueco on our website.

Cornerstone Conservation Grant Recipients Announced

The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce that it has chosen the recipients of the 2012 Cornerstone Conservation Grant. The Cornerstone Grant funds essential infrastructure to reduce climber impacts at the climbing areas we love. Launched in 2011, this new AAC grant aims to protect, restore and sustain local crags around the country. This year, we are thrilled to award $25,000 to seven outstanding projects, from the Pacific Northwest to New England.

Read about the recipients and the projects on Inclined.

Annual Dinner Registration Now Open

American Alpine Club to Host the 50th Anniversary of Americans on Mount Everest

Annual fundraiser in San Francisco will reunite 1963 Everest legends and publicly honor 50 years of vertical inspiration

The American Alpine Club is thrilled to announce plans for its 2013 Annual Benefit Dinner: The 50th Anniversary of Americans on Mount Everest. The upcoming Benefit Dinner will serve as the official celebration marking half a century of Americans on Everest. This special evening is open to the public and will be held at the Craneway Pavilion on the waterfront of the East Bay of San Francisco on February 23, 2013. Every living member of the 1963 expedition team will reunite at the Dinner and present together for the first time in decades. These living legends have inspired generations of climbers and explorers: Tom Hornbein, Jim Whittaker, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Allen Auten, David Dingman, Maynard Miller, and Richard Pownall. The Annual Benefit Dinner is the AAC’s signature and largest annual event. Coupling fine waterfront dining with a presentation by these Everest pioneers, the Dinner will bring together adventurers of every age for a rare and unforgettable evening. To reserve a spot at this reunion, please visit the AAC website: americanalpineclub.org.

To read the complete press release go here.


International Climbers’ Meet

The AAC’s International Climbers’ Meet is taking place right now in Yosemite Valley from Oct 8 to Oct 13. The purpose of this event is to form connections with AAC members and climbers from all over the world, foster relations with Yosemite Park management, climb in iconic Yosemite Valley, and just have fun!

There are 55 participants in total, including 10 hosts, 23 AAC members from the U.S., and 21 International climbers, in addition to others attending the event.

To follow the event, head over to our blog Inclined! We’ll have a full re-cap of the event in the coming weeks.

Looking out at Half Dome. Andrew Burr





















New River Gorge Campground Open

You can now camp at the AAC New River Gorge Campground!

Phase one of the building process is complete! The road is finished, and we’ve cleared spaces for camping. Come have a great time at our new campground!

Basic camping is up and running with essentials like potable water, porta potties, and a friendly camp host. No reservations are necessary. Just come on down whenever you like, check in with the host, and you’ll be climbing before you know it. Everyone is welcome and, for now, the camping is free. Don’t forget—in the future, only AAC members will stay at a discounted rate. For more information and camp-area maps, go to our New River Gorge lodging page.

Be sure to check out this sweet video with AAC members bouldering just a short walk from the new campground!

Souvenir from Luke Padgett on Vimeo.


Bishop Craggin’ Classic

Tickets are on sale now for the Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic in Bishop, CA. Buy yours here!

For more information go to: https://www.americanalpineclub.org/p/craggin-classic#bishop

All proceeds from the event will be benefiting the AAC Western Region’s “Live Your Dream Grant.”






























Craggin’ Classic Video

Check out this video from the Smith Rock Craggin’ Classic:




GTCR Contract Renewal

“We have a signed contract to operate the American Alpine Club – Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch for another 10 years! Thanks to Dick Swihart and Jennifer Parker for delivering the news in person.” —Phil Powers, AAC Executive Director














Discount on AMGA Courses

Want to break into guiding? The AMGA is offering AAC members a special deal. Current AAC members get 10% off Jackson Hole Mountain Guides’ autumn AMGA certification program with Single Pitch Instructor courses and exams offered in Boulder, CO by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. Current AAC members take 10% off tuition. Call JHMG in Boulder 303.968.5816 or email boulder@jhmg.com. Invest in your climbing future with these introductory AMGA programs.



SPI Course: Sept 21-23, $475
SPI Exam: Sept 29-30, $325
SPI Course: Oct 8-10, $475
SPI Exam: Oct 15-16, $325

303.532.5184 (Jackson Hole Mountain Guides in Colorado)

Gunks Campground Update

UPDATE — September 26, 2012

The Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground is, at long last, approaching its building phase.

After much good work by our partner Jim Hall, Executive Director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, his team is poised to obtain permits and begin seeking bids for the work. The request for bids should go out sometime in late October. If all goes well, we will begin the actual work when the weather improves in the Spring.

Once open, the campground will be operated in a partnership between the American Alpine Club and the Mohonk Preserve.

Go to our Gunks Lodging Page for more info and updates.

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