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We’re Hiring an Education Manager · April 30, 2015

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.

Learn more about this position.

Nepal Earthquake · April 29, 2015


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.

With heartache,

The American Alpine Club team

Hiring: Member Services Representative · April 3, 2015

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.

2015 Guidebook to Membership Shipping Soon · March 13, 2015


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.

Gunks Reservations Are Open · March 13, 2015


Reservations are now open for the American Alpine Club – Gunks Campground!


Volunteer Climbing Ranger—Mount Rainier · March 10, 2015

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.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: New Online Exhibit · March 6, 2015

In honor of Women’s History Month, join us in celebrating the accomplishments of women throughout climbing history! Check out our latest online exhibit featuring:
-A timeline of significant climbing milestones accomplished by women
-The biggest misconceptions about women and other perspectives from eight women climbers
-Rare photos and archives from some of the first pioneering women in mountaineering historyAAC_FB_IWD

Hueco Public Use Plan Under Review · February 20, 2015

The Hueco Tanks public use plan is under review. Learn how you can help keep climbing access open. 

Unclimbed: A Special AAJ Feature · February 20, 2015


The American Alpine Journal has teamed up with Black Diamond to bring you a special AAJ feature of more than fifteen enticing objectives, from Wyoming to wildest Asia that have never before been climbed. Catch the Unclimbed feature here.

2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award Winners Announced · February 12, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award winners! Check out their rad objectives:

-Zach Clanton with James Gustafson and Tim Plotke. First ascents of unnamed and unclimbed granite spires and buttresses in the southeast Tordrillo Mountains of Alaska.

-Rachel Spitzer with Anna Pfaff and Lisa Van Sciver. Alpine-style first ascents on the sub-6000-meter peaks of the Indian Himalaya’s Zanskar Range (an area that Johnny and Micah visited in 2007, making the FA of the immense Shafat Fortress).

-Michael Wejchert with Bayard Russell and Elliot Gaddy. First ascent of the unclimbed, unattempted south face of Mount Deborah in Alaska’s Hayes Range

-Joshua Lavigne with Crosby Johnston and Tony Richardson. First free ascent of the 1150-meter northwest face of Great Sail Peak in the Stewart Valley of Baffin Island.

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