he American Alpine Club (AAC) has hired Dougald MacDonald to spearhead AAC publications as the organization’s first Executive Editor. The announcement marks another milestone in the Club’s ambitious Five-year Plan.
The Executive Editor will infuse digital life into the AAC and its publications—starting with the Club’s beloved flagship annuals: the American Alpine Journal (AAJ) and Accidents in North American Mountaineering (Accidents).
Sadly, 19-year-old climber Eric Metcalf was killed in a climbing accident a few weeks ago. His brother contacted us through Southern Appalachian Section Chair David Thoenen to let us know that he wanted to make donations to the Club through album sales in honor of his brother’s passing.
From basscausality.bandcamp.com: “This is a tribute to Eric Metcalf, my brother and best friend. Eric died in a rock climbing accident on July 8th, 2012. All of the proceeds from this short EP will go to the AAC (American Alpine Club). The AAC is an organization supporting climbing safety through the use of accident publications; these publications allow climbers to learn from others’ mistakes to prevent future accidents. The AAC is also heavily active in environmental conservation and awareness, something Eric cared deeply about.”
AAC friend Abbey Smith wrote to us in response to our One Day Member Drive to Celebrate the Hueco Rock Ranch:
“When I think of “home” I think of the Hueco Rock Ranch. The place of peace, where I am whole. Desert sunshine. Majestic boulders. Starry nights. Blissful solitude. The place where I struggle, learn, grow and connect with myself, friends and nature. The memories here follow me. Breaking my boundaries on highballs. Dancing by bonfires. Claiming the Texas Hold’em poker pot. Prolific family feasts. Lots of laughter. This place is my whole world complete. Thanks to the American Alpine Club and the Access Fund, the Hueco Rock Ranch continues to remain. The place where my heart will stay.”
Last year hundreds of climbers asked us to provide better digital climbing resources. We’re well on our way to making that happen, and we just need a little more input from you, our users.
This survey on Digital Publications should only take you about five minutes to complete. Not only will your answers improve the programs that you enjoy, but you’ll also have a shot at winning a 60-meter Sterling/AAC Benefit Rope!
We just finished updating a lot of information about the Club’s Past Presidents—an impressive group of people! Were you ever curious about conservation pioneer and Sierra Club founder John Muir’s involvement with the Club? Want to find out which Past President was the first American to summit both Everest and K2? Check out the Past Presidents page!
As the sole American organization that’s a member of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (the UIAA), the Club often receives communications of relevance. This week, the UIAA contacted us with an update on the issue of environmental degradation of anchors caused both by general corrosion as well as chloride stress corrosion cracking.
Going climbing somewhere near the ocean? Give this report a read and see if you’re in a safe place!
As a knowledge institution, we incessantly publish stories, photos, videos, podcasts, and other content in many forms. Since we don’t expect you to follow us in dozens of places, we recently built a news feed that gives you easy access to everything that’s happening now in your Club. Simply visit our homepage or americanalpineclub.org/news to access this one-stop-shop of stories. That’s where we pull together information from all of our various content channels, listed below.
For a more detailed list of those sources, check out americanalpineclub.org/connect!