“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!
Join your local climbing community at one of our five Craggin’ Classics this summer!
SLC, UT: Sept 5-7
North Conway, NH: Sept 12-14
New River Gorge, WV: Sept 19-21
Smith Rock, OR: Oct 10-12
Bishop, CA: Nov 7-9
Does your crag need some love? The Cornerstone Conservation Grant is the AAC’s foundational program to deliver high impact conservation projects that create healthy climbing landscapes, promote respect for the places we climb, and empower local climbing communities. Apply today.
It’s free t-shirt time! Our summer member drive begins today and features a limited-edition Use Protection shirt for free when you join or renew. Together we protect each other, our climbing areas, and our heritage. This drive ends on June 2nd. Join the Club and get a Use Protection t-shirt today!
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 Among these rare and significant collections are hundreds of unpublished artifacts and photographs that inspired us to create Desert Pioneers.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.
How do you use protection?
We’re kicking off this week with a chance to win sweet protection gear of your choice from our partner, Black Diamond Equipment Ltd!
The 2014 American Alpine Journal is at the printer!
New this year for AAC members is a Limited-Edition Hardcover upgrade. Instead of receiving the standard AAJ this summer, consider spending $45 to receive something extra special. Only 200 copies of this collector’s edition will be printed—and only 100 are for sale. Each copy features the Mt. Whitney artwork below and is hand-numbered and signed by artist Jeremy Collins on the inside cover. It is a fine addition to any climber’s shelf.
Read our latest interview with Jeremy on our blog, Inclined.