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2015 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award Winners Announced · January 26, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award winners. This grant promotes state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbing through financial support of small, lightweight climbing teams attempting bold first ascents or difficult repeats of the most challenging routes in the world. Visit our press room to learn more about this year’s winners and their objectives.

2015 Annual Benefit Dinner Silent Auction Live · January 14, 2015

For the first time ever, we’re opening the Silent Auction before the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner. Your support helps us protect each other, our climbing areas, and our heritage. The silent auction will close at Noon EST on January 31. High bids will be carried forward to the event where additional bidding will take place. To ensure that you have the best chance of retaining your highest bid please utilize the Max Bid option so we may place proxy bids for you during the event. Start bidding!


2015 Climbing Exchange in Armenia and Georgia. · January 14, 2015

Thanks to our long-time volunteer David Thoenen we will be following up on the Iranian Exchange we did five years ago, with a trip to the Caucasus range on September 5-12, 2015.  The host organization for this event is the Armenian Alpine Club. All AAC members are eligible to apply. For more information about the trip or if you are interested in alpine climbing in the southern Caucasus mountains please visit the Rock Us in the Caucasus website. Apply using the contact form.

Photo Contest: 2015 Guidebook to Membership · January 12, 2015



AAC members, submit your raddest climbing photos by Thursday at noon MST, for chance to be showcased in the 2015 Guidebook to Membership. Please look at all contest rules and details before submitting your photos to photo.contest@americanalpineclub.org.

2015 BMC International Summer Climbing Meet · January 8, 2015

If you would like to join the BMC International Summer Climbing Meet, this May in North Wales, please send us a simple climbing resume and a paragraph telling us why we should choose you to ksullivan@americanalpineclub.org by Wednesday, January 14.


BMC International Meets are truly unique. They are a great opportunity to experience British ‘trad’ climbing, and you get to meet a varied bunch of climbers from 20 to 30 countries from around the world. The Meet will be located at the Ynys Ettws Hut in the heart of the Llanberis Pass (North Wales). We stay here as guests of the Climbers’ Club who own the property. During the week you will be teamed up with British host climbers who have an excellent knowledge of climbing in North Wales.


We will team you up with a British based host climber each day and they will take you out climbing.
Partnerships will be changed every few days so that you get to climb with different people.

There will be an optional Trad Clinic (placing runners, building belays, belaying with two ropes) by James McHaffie on the first morning.
There will be one day’s stewardship work for Snowdonia National Park.
There will be several evening presentations throughout the week (evening programme to be confirmed nearer the time).


Visiting climbers must have at least two years’ experience of traditional lead climbing (experience with the placement and removal of protection).


Venue – Ynys Ettws Hut, Llanberis Pass, North Wales. Dates – Sunday 10 May to Sunday 17 May 2015.
Arrival evening is Sunday 10 May (no climbing on this day). Departure day is Sunday 17 May (no climbing on this day).


You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to the UK.
Travel details will be sent to you at the end of January when places are confirmed. The hut offers ‘alpine hut’ style accommodation with shared rooms and bathroom facilities.
There is a large camping area outside of the hut which might be used for accommodation in addition to the hut (dependent on numbers).


The fee is £130 per person and includes: Seven nights accommodation Three catered meals per day Nightly presentations

Five days’ climbing with experienced host climbers James McHaffie Trad Clinic (optional)
Transfers from Manchester International Airport
One day’s stewardship work for Snowdonia National Park

2014-15 Mountaineering Fellowship Grant Fall Recipients · January 7, 2015

Mountaineering Fellowship Grant Fall, 2014-2015


Brady Deal (19), $800 for exploratory new ascents, Pika Glacier, Alaska.

Riley Hawkins (24), $200 for the first adaptive ski traverse of Wapta Icefield, Alberta.

David Lee (21), Kurt Ross (23), and Keenan Waeschle (22), $250 each for a new route on West Face of Peak 11300, West Fork of the Ruth Glacier, Alaska.

Matthew Morriss (24), $250, and Philip Staub (24), $700, for a 3 week expedition to Mt. Huntington area with a new route on Reality Peak, Alaska.

Ethan Newman (24), $800 for a new route on Hall Peak, Purcell Wilderness, British Columbia.

Kat Vollinger (25), $200 for new routes on Lawrenny and Terror peaks from Poseidon Creek, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

Jimmy Voorhis (24), $200 for a new route on Tabor Wall, Hamlin Peak, Mt. Katahdin, Maine.

Ryan Wichelns (20), $700 for Brooks-Silverthorne traverse, Alaska.


Learn more about the Mountaineering Fellowship grant.

2015 Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch Reservations Open · January 5, 2015



Reservations are now open for the 2015 season. Reserve your stay today.

2015 Live Your Dream Grant Application Period is Now Open · January 1, 2015


The Live Your Dream grant powered by The North Face, is designed for you—no matter your age, ability level, or climbing discipline. Dream big with your friends, apply, and the AAC might just fund your next adventure. This year, more than $50,000 is available for climbers who want to take their skills to the next level. Apply to Live Your Dream between January 1 and March 1, 2015.

Before you apply, read these 10 tips for winning a Live Your Dream grant.

Honorary President Bill Putnam Dies · December 22, 2014

Bill with his dog. Photo from his friend Dan.

Bill with his dog. Photo from his friend Dan.


We are sad to announce that former Honorary President Bill Putnam passed away yesterday. William Lowell Putnam began his service to the Club as editor of our Canadian guidebooks in 1957 and later became Club President. As a tribute we share his “A Great Many Years” speech that he gave at the Club’s 2011 Board Meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

A memorial service will be held at the Barney Carriage House at Forest Park in Springfield, MA on Saturday, December 27 from 1-3 p.m. Another service will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona sometime in 2015.


Northern Selkirks, 1962. Descending order: David Michaels, Graham Matthews, Bill Putnam, Ben Ferris. Photo: Jed Williamson


1962 – Miner’s Cabin – Ben Ferris and Bill Putnam. Photo: Jed Williamson


1960 – Carnes Group in Northern Selkirks. Photo: Jed Williamson

1962 - First Ascent of Bridgeland Peak in Selkirk Mountains. L to R David Michaels, The Bear (with shoulder rappel  patch), Graham Matthews, Ben Ferris. Photo: Jed Williamson

1962 – First Ascent of Bridgeland Peak in Selkirk Mountains. L to R David Michaels, The Bear (with shoulder rappel
patch), Graham Matthews, Ben Ferris. Photo: Jed Williamson



Vote for Your Board · December 19, 2014


Every year a few committed members are selected to join the AAC Board of Directors—but it’s you who have the responsibility to vote them in or not. This year the AAC Governance Committee is proud to have Mia Axon, Stacy Bare, Mark Butler, Chas Fischer, and Lauren Sigman on the board slate. Learn more about this board slate by visiting our website.

AAC members, can participate by voting online or by attending the Annual Membership Meeting on January 31.  Online voting closes at noon on January 31st.

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