Congratulations to the six winning teams of the 2013 Piolet d’Or awards. This includes AAC members Kyle Dempster, Hayden Kennedy, and Josh Wharton for their climb of the South face of the Ogre, Pakistan.
This marks the first year all of the nominees have won. Read the full report at climbing.com
Registration for 2013 Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch Work Week is now closed. Thank you to everyone who registered to donate their time this year!
The 4th annual Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala is coming up April 6th. This year the American Mountaineering Museum is inducting Nick Clinch, Barry Colbert, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Jeff Lowe and Peter Metcalf. Tickets are available at www.mountaineeringexcellence.org
The AAC Annual Benefit Dinner was a memorable night and an incredible success. You helped us sell out the Annual Dinner early for the first time in recent memory—with more guests than ever before. And you helped us raise more money for the American Alpine Club than any event in our 111-year history.
Read more about it here…
Congratulations to Aaron Huey, this year’s winner of the 2013 Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure.
Read the full details in the American Alpine Club press room.
Congratulations to Heath Bailey, 2013 winner of the Chris Pruchnic Wilderness First Responder Training Grant!
Heath Bailey, archeologist, traveler, and climbing developer, truly embodies Chris Pruchnic’s adventurous spirit. As an outdoor enthusiast Heath recognizes that everybody can benefit from medical training, when venturing into the backcountry. Heath hopes to not only be better prepared but to be able assist his community, when in need.
The purpose of this grant is to encourage and support climbers to obtain a Wilderness First Responder certification in an effort to increase their independence and knowledge of safe practices, provide help to those in need and promote safety in general to fellow climbers.
This grant is available for AAC members living in the Rockies Region.
This year’s 20th Hueco Rock Rodeo was a huge success! We’re thrilled to be a part of such a great event, that raised $9,000 for Hueco Tanks State Park.
Voting for the American Alpine Club’s 2013 Board of Directors is open until 5 p.m. Friday, 2/22.
The AAC’s Southern Appalachian Section offers free AAC Rappelling Best Practices clinics at a growing number of venues across North Carolina, and soon South Carolina. The clinics teach rappelling skills from “Know the Ropes,” a new department in the 2012 Accidents in North American Mountaineering.
These clinics are intended for climbers with rappelling experience, who want to ensure that they are current in their understanding of safer rappelling protocols and equipment.
Contact Southern Appalachian Section Chair David Thoenen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.