Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Mountaineering Fellowship Grant Second Round, 2014-2015. This grant encourages American climbers age 25 years and younger to go into remote areas and seek out climbs more difficult than they might ordinarily be able to do.
Trevor Bloom (24), $200 for a complete traverse of Rocky Mountains.
Shayna Brown (24) and Mary Grace Helton (23), $800 each for a new route on Upuigma Tepui in Venezuela.
Dylan Cousins (25), $300 for new free routes on Mt. Hooker, Wyoming.
Tess Ferguson (20) and Alan Goldbetter (25), $500 each for a new route on Pirita Central in Patagonia.
Logan Jamison (25), $500 for a new route on The Citadel, Neacola Range, AK. Jordi Johnson (23), $200 for climbing in Cordillera Blanca.
Jacob Wells (24), $500 for an ascent of Cassin Ridge, Denali, AK.
Average age of awardees: 24
Number of awards/applications: 9/13
Committee: Yvon Chouinard, Eiichi Fukushima (Chair), James Funsten, Pete Metcalf, Travis Spitzer, Geoff Tabin.
The Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway (Gunks) Campground is now open. Learn more and reserve your stay.
After the earthquake on April 25 our partner Global Rescue was engaged in missions to contact, locate, and rescue those in need. Our latest update from Global Rescue tells us nine AAC members were affected. Global Rescue was involved in seven missions and investigations of members that were missing and all nine members were located. If you know of an AAC member in Nepal who is unaccounted for, please notify Global Rescue: 800-381-9754.
Here are the latest updates from Ang Tshering Sherpa, Chairman of Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities:
The first earthquake triggered a major avalanche killing 18 climbers and injuring 71 at Everest’s basecamp. All 71 injured were heli-rescued from Base Camp to Kathmandu on April 26. 180 climbers were evacuated from Camp 1 and Camp 2 via helicopter, due to the collapse of the Khumbu Icefall route, on April 27. All 2015 Mt. Everest expeditions are cancelled due to unsafe conditions and aftershocks.
After the first earthquake on April 25, Nepal experienced another serious earthquake with the epicenter in the direction of the Everest region on May 12. The latest reports from this earthquake include:
- Damages to property has been vast in the Solukhumbu region
- Too early to report on human and livestock casualties
- Efforts to contact others in Khumbu have failed due to difficulties in communication lines
- Reports are streaming in of the effects in other parts on Nepal
- Damages and human casualties in Kathmandu are being reported
- Emergency meetings are being held in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu
- Prime Minister has addressed the nation
AAC member Don Liska’s Memorial Information from his wife Alice Liska.
May 9th – 1-6pm at the Liska Home
The American Alpine Club seeks an Education Manager to lead the Club into a deeper focus on climbing education in America. This is an opportunity to work closely with regional clubs, climbing gyms, and other organizations to achieve basic best practices for broad categories of climbing education, volunteer leadership, and mentorship.
The American Alpine Club is grieving for the people affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal. This is a huge disaster that effects all of Nepal.
We are aware of numerous AAC members in affected areas, and our partner Global Rescue is engaged in missions to contact, locate, and rescue those in need. If you know of an AAC member in Nepal who is unaccounted for, please notify Global Rescue: 800-381-9754.
This tragedy has impacted our tribe of climbers on the high peaks. And it has devastated communities, families, and towns across Nepal. A number of AAC partner organizations are collecting relief funds to help local mountain communities and to support on-the-ground aid efforts. These include the American Himalayan Foundation, the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, dZi Foundation, and the Juniper Fund.
Members Jake Norton (MountainWorld blog) and Alan Arnette (alanarnette.com) are posting updates as information becomes available. Further AAC communications about the earthquake will be available via our Facebook Page.
The American Alpine Club team
We’re hiring a Member Services Representative. The Member Services Representative will be the “voice” of the AAC. He/She will be expected to deliver outstanding customer service to our most valuable asset – our Members. Visit our jobs page to learn more.
The 2015 Guidebook to Membership will be hitting mailboxes soon! In the meantime, you can catch the online version here.
A big thanks to AAC member Forest Woodward for the awesome cover shot of Graham Zimmerman traversing Claw Peak, via the West Ridge, as the sun sets behind Mt. Waddington.
Reservations are now open for the American Alpine Club – Gunks Campground!
Volunteer Climbing Ranger – Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier is seeking volunteers for the Climbing Ranger Program. Volunteers will perform duties related to resource education and protection, visitor services, and hiker/climber safety.
- Participate in search and rescue operations throughout the park. These include searches, rescues, and body recoveries for lost, injured, and deceased persons. Volunteers will participate and train in areas of technical rope rescue, land search, helicopter operations, and avalanche rescue.
- Climbing volunteers participate in patrols of various routes on the mountain within the volunteer’s skill level.
- Volunteers may staff the high camps (Muir and Schurman).
- Assist in resource protection efforts (including human waste management at high camp facilities)
- Staff rangers stations and issue climbing and wilderness use permits, disseminate information related to the park, including climbing, weather, safety, and climbing route information.
What we provide:
– Housing in the park;
– Reimbursement for meals/incidental expenses;
– Paid during rescues ($ depends on duties)
– All the equipment
– Training in technical SAR, EMS, ICS, etc
– Strong leadership, a great team, and a fun place to live, work, and play!
Qualifications / Requirements:
– Mountaineering experience (glacial and ice-climbing)
– Technical SAR experience
– EMT or WFR (current)
– Avalanche (AIRE 2 preferred)
– Intermediate to advanced skier or splitboarder
– A commitment from early April thru Sept 1st
Interested folks should send a resume AND a list of significant climbing/outdoor accomplishments to: Brian_Hasebe@nps.gov.