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Explore Exhibit: The Yeti · September 2, 2014


I believe in the yeti. I have seen his tracks, heard his yelping calls, listened to first-hand experiences of local people…Indeed, why should he not exist?

When Lord John Hunt wrote these words in 1954, the Yeti was an oft-circulating topic of discussion among climbers and explorers. Indeed, it was an obsession for many— trips to the Himalaya at the time weren’t only for climbing, but also for scientific research into the nature of the beast.

With the help of the invaluable resources of the AAC Library, we’ve also obsessed over the Yeti and put together an online exhibit that examines the search for the mythical creature. With great excitement, we bring you the fruits of our explorations The Yeti!

Explore Exhibit: Desert Pioneers · May 20, 2014


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 Among these rare and significant collections are hundreds of unpublished artifacts and photographs that inspired us to create Desert Pioneers.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. 

Experience Desert Pioneers.

Yosemite Explore Exhibit · January 23, 2014

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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!

Now Available: AAC Publications Search · July 16, 2013

The AAC Publications Search is now live! Publication Search allows you to search, read, and explore every year of the American Alpine JournalAccidents in North American Mountaineering, and Alpina Americana.

Visit the AAC Publication Search and get started!

New in Explore: Huntley Ingalls Slideshow and Frux Expedition Cards · July 2, 2013

Explore continues to grow with new galleries featuring:

While visiting Explore, check out our Ad Carter gallery and our newest exhibit Denali Centennial: Commemorating our Pioneers by Jonathan Waterman.


“Denali Centennial: Commemorating Our Pioneers” Online Exhibit · June 7, 2013

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.

Visit Explore to experience the online exhibit.

Help out the AAC Library · October 24, 2012

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 esurles@americanalpineclub.org.


Corey Rich On Donating His Images to the Club · July 10, 2012

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.

Behind the Closed Doors of the AAC Library · June 11, 2012

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.

Booksearch Undergoing Maintenance Today 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. · June 4, 2012

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.

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