Three years ago the American Alpine Club reached out to its members, wrote a plan, and embarked on a journey to become the national club that American climbers truly wanted and needed. Like any great expedition, that journey has been ambitious and challenging—and we have learned a lot along the way.
The AAC staff and board of directors have been given a fresh perspective on our mission and after a yearlong process, the board adopted the following statements that will guide us into a new era:
- Our MISSION is to support our shared passion for climbing and respect for the places we climb.
- Our VISION is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes.
Double-up on the 2012 and 2013 limited-edition hardcover American Alpine Journal books this week and receive nearly a 40% discount.
Don’t miss the chance to add these amazing pieces of climbing memorabilia to your collection. Sale ends Tuesday, November 11th. Buy today!
The 2012 hardcover AAJ is an exclusive, limited-edition (only 150 printed), hardbound, 400-page book, which features a special print of the Garhwal Himalaya, hand-signed by the artist Renan Ozturk. The print reflects Ozturk’s history-making first ascent of the Sharks Fin on Meru, a feature story in this edition.
The 2013 hardbound edition of the AAJ is dedicated to desert climbing pioneers Harvey Carter and Layton Kor, both of whom passed away while the AAJ was in production. The hardcover AAJ is an exclusive, limited-edition book, and only 150 were printed. Each book is hand-signed by Huntley Ingalls, who partnered with Kor on the two most important climbs in the Utah desert: Castleton Tower and the Titan (climbs which paved the way for Harvey Carter and others yet to come). Steve “Crusher” Bartlett’s photo of the Fisher Towers adorns the inside cover, and each copy also contains a special Collector’s Edition gloss insert with an essay written by Huntley Ingalls, entitled “The Colorado Plateau.”
“The Grand Rescue is a story of a rescue that became legend. On the North Face of the Grand Teton in 1967, seven rescuers risked their lives to save a severely injured climber and his companion. The rescue took three harrowing days and pushed the team to new abilities. Remarkably, the injured climber criticized those who risked their lives to save his.” Read the full story on Inclined.
AAC members, it’s grant season!
December 1 - Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Awards (cutting-edge expeditions)
December 31 - Copp-Dash Inspire Awards (exploration + storytelling)
January 1 - Mountain Hardwear McNeill-Nott Awards (new routes and unclimbed peaks)
We will start accepting applications January 1st for our popular Live Your Dream. This grant allows every-day adventurers to go out and live their dreams. Start dreaming!
Thinking about applying? Take a look at our Grant Writing Tips to get you started.
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Nearly 50 AAC members volunteered with the American Climber Science Program (ACSP) in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca this summer. For the past three years, the ACSP and AAC members have innovated new field research techniques examining environmental change on Huascaran National Park’s highest glaciated peaks, summiting peaks as high as Huascaran Sur (6,768m) to collect data.
AAC members living in Canada are now eligible for the 20% off Patagonia discount code.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Banff Mountain Festival’s Book Competition. This includes long-time AAC member Rolando Garibotti and Dörte Pietron for the guidebook, Patagonia Vertical. The AAC is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Banff Mountain Festival Book Competition, celebrating mountaineering literature.
AAC Executive Director Phil Powers will be awarding the Grand Prize for best guidebook on October 31, 2013 at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Every year, the British Mountaineering Council holds an International Winter Climbing Meet at the Glenmore Lodge in the heart of the Cairngorms, Scotland. The American Alpine Club is honored to be able to nominate two representatives to this gathering.
This year we received 9 applications, all from outstanding climbers and AAC members.
We are pleased to announce our two delegates: Patrick Cooke of Newton MA, and Bill McConachie of Livermore, CA. Both are very experienced climbers and active AAC members.
Thanks to everyone who applied, we wish we could have chosen all of you. Good luck to Bill and Patrick!