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Last Chance to Live Your Dream


The Live Your Dream grant deadline is quickly approaching. This is your reminder to apply by March 1st!

This grant is designed for you—no matter your age, ability level, or climbing discipline. Dream big with your friends, apply, and the AAC might just fund your next adventure. This year we’ve partnered with The North Face and expanded the program to about $20,000 so we can make even more dreams come true.

Apply today!

2014 Annual Benefit Dinner Recap

Yvon Chouinard speaking at the 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner. Photo: AAC member Lee Pruitt

Yvon Chouinard speaking at the 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner. Photo: AAC member Lee Pruitt

About 1,000 members attended the 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner festivities last weekend featuring Yvon Chouinard. We climbed, we partied, we schmoozed, we met old and new friends, and we raised more than $150,000 for AAC programs! Thank you to everyone who volunteered and contributed to these special events—it was a weekend to remember. Read the full story on Inclined.

2014 Copp-Dash Inspire Award Grant Winners Announced

Congratulations to the four winning teams of the 2014 Copp-Dash Inspire Award grant. This award was designed to support small teams with big goals in the hight mountains and empower them to bring their adventures back and share their stores through multimedia. Visit our press room for more details on the 2014 winners and their objectives.

Learn more about the Copp-Dash Inspire Award.

LAST CHANCE: 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner Tickets


LAST CHANCE! Tickets to the 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner are nearly sold-out. With numerous legends of Yosemite in attendance, you will not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime presentation celebrating the 150th anniversary of Yosemite.

Ticket sales end Monday, February 3, but they’re selling out fast. Purchase your tickets today!

Our Members: Marc Beverly on Ice Climbing in the Olympics


Between pursuing his PhD, raising a family, and preparing for Sochi, AAC member Marc Beverly found time to chat with us about why he thinks ice climbing should become a medaled sport in the winter Olympics and how he is preparing for the event. Read his story on Inclined.

2014 Guidebook to Membership Photo Contest


AAC members, send in your climbing photos for a chance to be featured in the 2014 Guidebook to Membership. Email photos to photo.contest@americanalpineclub.org by noon on February 4. Read contest details.

Yosemite Explore Exhibit

Yosemite Explore Scroller

In celebration of our Annual Benefit Dinner and keynote speaker Yvon Chouinard the American Alpine Club Library has a new online exhibit featuring eleven items that tell the story of the evolution of climbing on El Capitan. Go Explore.

February 2 is the last day to purchase your 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner ticket. Get yours now before they are gone!

Photo Essay: Ski Mountaineering in Alaska

Taking a moment to brew up in the Alaskan twilight on the descent of Rick’s Ridge (FA), Knox Peak. Photo credit: AAC member Chris Marshall

AAC member Chris Marshall, Jake Gaventa, and Patrick Graham dreamed of embarking on a ski-mountaineering expedition to the Alaska Mountains. Their goal was to establish first ascents and descents of unclimbed peaks around the “Slingshot Glacier” and the surrounding peaks with objectives that include both technical alpine routes and ski descents. Based on their research, this area has seen little or no previous climbing or skiing traffic. View photos from their trip to Alaska on Inclined.

The Live Your Dream grant period is January 1st through March 1st. Apply today! 

Vote For Your Board

Every year a few committed members are selected to join the AAC Board of Directors—but it’s you who have the responsibility to vote them in or not. This year the AAC Governance Committee is proud to have Kit Deslauriers, Phil Lakin, and Janet Wilkinson on the board slate. Learn more about this board slate by visiting our website.

AAC members, can participate by voting online or by attending the Annual Membership Meeting on February 7th.  Online voting closes at noon on February 7th.


2014 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winner’s of the 2014 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award. This year the AAC’s most distinguished climbing grant goes to four teams traveling to Asia.

For more information on the winners and their inspiring objectives, visit the press room.

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