The AAC Library recently acquired the archives of desert climbers Harvey Carter, Eric Bjornstad, and Huntley Ingalls. Among these rare and significant collections are hundreds of unpublished artifacts and photographs that inspired us to create Desert Pioneers. This online exhibit features never-before-seen media and tells the story of a once-alien landscape that is now a bastion of American climbing.
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!
The AAC Publications Search is now live! Publication Search allows you to search, read, and explore every year of the American Alpine Journal, Accidents in North American Mountaineering, and Alpina Americana.
Visit the AAC Publication Search and get started!
Explore continues to grow with new galleries featuring:
- Huntley Ingalls Slideshow and Audio Recordings- Early 1960 slides from Ingalls personal slide collection featuring significant first ascents on Utah towers and in Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Gregory William Frux Expedition Cards- In conjunction with Frux’s paintings featured in the AAC Library and his Shawangunk prints that are in the Mountaineering Museum this summer, you can now see his expedition cards in Explore.
While visiting Explore, check out our Ad Carter gallery and our newest exhibit Denali Centennial: Commemorating our Pioneers by Jonathan Waterman.
Today marks the centennial of the first successful ascent of Denali, and to celebrate, we’re unveiling our second online exhibit, “Denali Centennial: Commemorating Our Pioneers,” written and curated by Jonathan Waterman.
The new Explore exhibit chronicles early summit attempts, false summit claims, and the early mountaineers’ primitive equipment, personalities, and experiences on Denali. This is the story of North America’s first alpine style ascent, as well as an audacious siege-style bid that finally led climbers to Denali’s summit.
The AAC Library is looking for individually bound volumes of the 1930 American Alpine Journal and copies of Accidents in North American Mountaineering from 1949, 1950, and 1971. The copies will be used for the AAC publications’ digitization project and returned after the project is complete. The AAC Library contains copies of every AAC publication, however, these specific volumes are not suitable for digitization. Anyone able to help the Library locate these individual volumes will earn some free AAC swag! Please contact email@example.com.
Corey Rich of Aurora Photos (a frequent contributor to many of our projects) wrote a nice piece on his website about the Club and why he donates. Thank you, Corey! Read Corey’s piece.
Brendan Leonard, also known as Semi-Rad, a contributor to our friends at Adventure Journal, and the author of many a post on his own blog, uses the AAC Library frequently for research—both for work and for play. He recently spent some time in the Library composing this ode to our collection. Read it on adventure-journal.com.
The American Alpine Club Library’s Booksearch feature will be undergoing an upgrade for a few hours this morning. Unfortunately, it will be unavailable from the hours of 8 — 11 (MST), but will return—with improved functionality—this afternoon. Visit the Library.
The American Alpine Club’s Honorary President, William Lowell Putnam gave this speech at the Club’s 2011 Board Meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona. We’ve reproduced it because it’s a fantastic speech, broad in scope and incredibly rich in Club history—and mountaineering history. Read Mr. Putnam’s speech on Inclined, or check out the photo gallery that goes along with it.