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Sprucing Up the Index Wall · August 9, 2012

Eddie Espinosa, our Northwest Regional Coordinator, sent us this article from the Everett, Washington Herald:

“INDEX — Rock climbers have put up the money to save one of their favorite local haunts. Now they’re investing sweat equity. During the final weekend of July, dozens of volunteers arrived at Index Lower Town Wall to man bucket brigades. They’ve been busy building trails, grading the parking lot and planning to install a permanent bathroom…”

Read the rest on the Herald’s website

Climber Scientist Peru Expedition Report #4 · August 2, 2012

Dr. John All sent us this report from Peru:
“Expect a more detailed report once everyone is back in the US and information can be condensed. For now, here is a summary of our 2012 work:
Ten Peaks climbed and sampled – up to 6354 m and grade D+ – (Pisco, Urus Este, Ishinca Traverse, Vallunaraju, Yanapaccha, Chopicalqui, Maparaju, San Juan, Pisco (second set of samples), Alpamayo, and Quitaraju). Nearly every member of the expedition summitted a peak – including eight (out of our sixteen members) people who had never been above 5000 meters.

Abbey Smith on the Hueco Rock Ranch Celebration · July 26, 2012

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.”

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We Need a Conservation & Advocacy Intern · July 18, 2012

The Conservation & Advocacy Intern will support the Clubs domestic and international climbing policy initiatives as well as conservation grants program. While intern missions vary from day to day, the AAC gives interns the freedom to design work plans that support both the Club and their future aspirations.

Interns must work from AAC Headquarters in Golden, CO and commit 20 hours/week for four to six months. The Conservation & Advocacy Intern receives a stipend of $200/month and/or college credit.

Applications accepted year-round. Please email a cover letter and resume to Conservation & Advocacy Director Leigh Goldberg.

Saving the Places We Love With Science! · July 16, 2012

The AAC’s Research Grants are aimed to expand understanding of geographic, environmental, and social change in Arctic and Alpine regions. With expanding stresses on these fragile and beautiful environments worldwide, particularly from accelerating climate change and increased demands on water and related natural resources by growing populations, such research highlights the need for scientific understanding and practical techniques that can be applied elsewhere.

The $10,000 in 2012 grants were awarded to 27 individuals and 1 climbing expedition during the annual review process. Read about the awardees and their projects.

Protect Your Local Crags—Cornerstone Crag Conservation Grants · July 1, 2012

Last year we started a new grant program that delivers $25,000 a year to locally developed crag conservation projects. It’s called the Cornerstone Grant, and, frankly, we think it’s awesome. We hope you do too! The first eight recipients sure did.

This year, we’re looking for even more applications so we can be sure we’re putting our members’ money in the best places possible!

Does your local climbing area need a little TLC? Apply now. The application deadline for 2012 is August 15.

Cornerstone Crag Conservation Grants—Application Dates Approaching · June 21, 2012

Last year we started a new grant program that delivers $25,000 a year to locally developed crag conservation projects. It’s called the Cornerstone Grant, and, frankly, we think it’s awesome. We hope you do too! The first eight recipients sure did. This year, we’re looking for even more applications so we can be sure we’re putting our members’ money in the best places possible!

Does your local climbing area need a little TLC? Apply now. The application deadline for 2012 is August 15.

Naming Peaks in Honor of Fowler and Boskoff · May 22, 2012

The Club—along with prominent Colorado organizations like The Wilderness Society, Sheep Mountain Alliance, Telluride Mountain Club, American Mountain Guides Association, and the Colorado Mountain Club has joined the Access Fund to advocate for the naming of two currently unnamed 13,000 foot peaks in San Miguel County, Colorado after Charlie Fowler and Christine “Chris” Boskoff.

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