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Hueco Public Use Plan Under Review

The Hueco Tanks public use plan is under review. Learn how you can help keep climbing access open. 

Unclimbed: A Special AAJ Feature


The American Alpine Journal has teamed up with Black Diamond to bring you a special AAJ feature of more than fifteen enticing objectives, from Wyoming to wildest Asia that have never before been climbed. Catch the Unclimbed feature here.

2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award winners! Check out their rad objectives:

-Zach Clanton with James Gustafson and Tim Plotke. First ascents of unnamed and unclimbed granite spires and buttresses in the southeast Tordrillo Mountains of Alaska.

-Rachel Spitzer with Anna Pfaff and Lisa Van Sciver. Alpine-style first ascents on the sub-6000-meter peaks of the Indian Himalaya’s Zanskar Range (an area that Johnny and Micah visited in 2007, making the FA of the immense Shafat Fortress).

-Michael Wejchert with Bayard Russell and Elliot Gaddy. First ascent of the unclimbed, unattempted south face of Mount Deborah in Alaska’s Hayes Range

-Joshua Lavigne with Crosby Johnston and Tony Richardson. First free ascent of the 1150-meter northwest face of Great Sail Peak in the Stewart Valley of Baffin Island.

Visit our press room to learn more.

Listen to Podcasts from 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner by MTNmeister

Last Saturday, hundreds of climbers from all generations gathered in New York City for the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner featuring Reinhold Messner. While Messner’s presentation was the most anticipated event of the weekend, attendees also enjoyed three panel discussions Saturday morning, including Chris Bonnington and Ueli Steck’s reflections on Annapurna, a discussion on Everest, and a sneak-peak at what’s next in Sasha DiGiulian’s ever-evolving climbing career. Our friends at MTNmeister recorded each panel and created podcasts, allowing anyone who couldn’t attend in person to get the inside scoop. Listen to the podcasts.

Catch photos from the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner on our Facebook page.

2015 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2015 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award winners. This grant promotes state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbing through financial support of small, lightweight climbing teams attempting bold first ascents or difficult repeats of the most challenging routes in the world. Visit our press room to learn more about this year’s winners and their objectives.

2015 GTCR Work Week

Interested in joining us at the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch for work week? This year’s work week will be decided by raffle visit our website to learn more.

2015 Annual Benefit Dinner Silent Auction Live

For the first time ever, we’re opening the Silent Auction before the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner. Your support helps us protect each other, our climbing areas, and our heritage. The silent auction will close at Noon EST on January 31. High bids will be carried forward to the event where additional bidding will take place. To ensure that you have the best chance of retaining your highest bid please utilize the Max Bid option so we may place proxy bids for you during the event. Start bidding!


2015 Climbing Exchange in Armenia and Georgia.

Thanks to our long-time volunteer David Thoenen we will be following up on the Iranian Exchange we did five years ago, with a trip to the Caucasus range on September 5-12, 2015.  The host organization for this event is the Armenian Alpine Club. All AAC members are eligible to apply. For more information about the trip or if you are interested in alpine climbing in the southern Caucasus mountains please visit the Rock Us in the Caucasus website. Apply using the contact form.

Photo Contest: 2015 Guidebook to Membership



AAC members, submit your raddest climbing photos by Thursday at noon MST, for chance to be showcased in the 2015 Guidebook to Membership. Please look at all contest rules and details before submitting your photos to photo.contest@americanalpineclub.org.

2015 BMC International Summer Climbing Meet

If you would like to join the BMC International Summer Climbing Meet, this May in North Wales, please send us a simple climbing resume and a paragraph telling us why we should choose you to ksullivan@americanalpineclub.org by Wednesday, January 14.


BMC International Meets are truly unique. They are a great opportunity to experience British ‘trad’ climbing, and you get to meet a varied bunch of climbers from 20 to 30 countries from around the world. The Meet will be located at the Ynys Ettws Hut in the heart of the Llanberis Pass (North Wales). We stay here as guests of the Climbers’ Club who own the property. During the week you will be teamed up with British host climbers who have an excellent knowledge of climbing in North Wales.


We will team you up with a British based host climber each day and they will take you out climbing.
Partnerships will be changed every few days so that you get to climb with different people.

There will be an optional Trad Clinic (placing runners, building belays, belaying with two ropes) by James McHaffie on the first morning.
There will be one day’s stewardship work for Snowdonia National Park.
There will be several evening presentations throughout the week (evening programme to be confirmed nearer the time).


Visiting climbers must have at least two years’ experience of traditional lead climbing (experience with the placement and removal of protection).


Venue – Ynys Ettws Hut, Llanberis Pass, North Wales. Dates – Sunday 10 May to Sunday 17 May 2015.
Arrival evening is Sunday 10 May (no climbing on this day). Departure day is Sunday 17 May (no climbing on this day).


You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to the UK.
Travel details will be sent to you at the end of January when places are confirmed. The hut offers ‘alpine hut’ style accommodation with shared rooms and bathroom facilities.
There is a large camping area outside of the hut which might be used for accommodation in addition to the hut (dependent on numbers).


The fee is £130 per person and includes: Seven nights accommodation Three catered meals per day Nightly presentations

Five days’ climbing with experienced host climbers James McHaffie Trad Clinic (optional)
Transfers from Manchester International Airport
One day’s stewardship work for Snowdonia National Park

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