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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.

Benefit Rope Feedback · July 12, 2012

On Tuesday, July 10, we announced the new Benefit Rope—a collaboration between the Club, the Access Fund, and Sterling Rope that benefits the two former organizations. We’ve been getting some cool feedback from members, like this great post on Sterling’s Facebook Page from Todd Magilla Isaksen:

“I already believed that Sterling Rope makes some of the best climbing ropes (I own 2 so far). As a company they’re fantastic, but to go above and beyond and make a rope to support a cause is commitment. It shows they want climbing areas to remain open and also with hopes of developing new crags. This is a great cause, way to go Sterling Rope!!!”

Thanks! Read about the Benefit Rope in the Press Room or check it out on the AAC Store.

Introducing the Benefit Rope! · July 10, 2012

The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce that it has entered a partnership with the Access Fund and Sterling Rope to produce a new special-edition benefit rope. The purpose of the rope is to celebrate and bring awareness to the collaborative efforts of America’s two national climbing organizations—the AAC and Access Fund—and to raise money for their missions. Read the full press release on the Press Room or check out the details of the rope on our Store.

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.

Climber Scientist Peru Expedition Report #3 · June 30, 2012

A team of AAC Volunteers is in Peru right now on the Climber Scientist Peru Expedition, following up on their 2011 scientific work. Below you’ll find a report from the field. Stay tuned to the AAC News for more reports from Peru!

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Ross Trainor—AAC Member—Goes Fishing · June 29, 2012

AAC member Ross Trainor sent us this post about his recent bear and mosquito-plagued climbing and canoeing trip in Alaska. 

“It was curiosity that brought me into commercial fishing. Curiosity got me to Alaska, and it again made me want to venture up the Naknek River and lake to the highest elevations of the Bristol Bay watershed…”

Read the whole post on Inclined.

Climber Scientist Peru Expedition Report #2 · June 27, 2012

A team of AAC Volunteers is in Peru right now on the Climber Scientist Peru Expedition, following up on their 2011 scientific work. Below you’ll find a report from the field. Stay tuned to the AAC News for more reports from Peru!

Read more

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.

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