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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.

Visit our press room to learn more.

Listen to Podcasts from 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner by MTNmeister · February 5, 2015

Last Saturday, hundreds of climbers from all generations gathered in New York City for the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner featuring Reinhold Messner. While Messner’s presentation was the most anticipated event of the weekend, attendees also enjoyed three panel discussions Saturday morning, including Chris Bonnington and Ueli Steck’s reflections on Annapurna, a discussion on Everest, and a sneak-peak at what’s next in Sasha DiGiulian’s ever-evolving climbing career. Our friends at MTNmeister recorded each panel and created podcasts, allowing anyone who couldn’t attend in person to get the inside scoop. Listen to the podcasts.

Catch photos from the 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner on our Facebook page.

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 GTCR Work Week · January 22, 2015

Interested in joining us at the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch for work week? This year’s work week will be decided by raffle visit our website to learn more.

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.

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