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Accident Research Study · December 4, 2014

Doctoral candidate and climber Kelli McMahan is studying the aftermath of serious outdoor accidents. If you’ve experienced or witnessed a “critical incident,” help her out by taking this short survey.

Here’s more information on the research:


“Stress and Re-engagement Following a Critical Incident”

Please consider helping me complete this research in support of my doctoral studies at Texas A&M University. I am interested in learning about stress and re-engagement of outdoor adventure participants with their sport following “exposure” to a “critical incident”.
Critical incident refers to a fatality, disability, or injury or to a “close call” that highlighted the significant potential for major harm or loss.

By exposure it is meant that you experienced the critical incident personally, were a witness to it or have knowledge of an incident that caused you to reflect on and/or re-consider your own participation.

You can help by doing the following:

a) Reflecting on a critical incident you have heard about, read about, witnessed, or been a part of.

b) Describing the incident in a brief narrative (an example will follow in survey).

c) Completing the questionnaire based on those thoughts and reactions to the critical incident. Completion of the survey will take anywhere between 8 – 20 minutes of your time. The link to the survey follows.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you may discontinue participation at any time. Your answers are confidential. I will not sell or distribute any identifying information to any party. By clicking on the link in qualtrics, you are agreeing to your participation in the study but you can discontinue at any time.


You may receive this survey more than once because it is being distributed via multiple organizations. Apologies for duplications. Please complete they survey only once.

If you have any questions or comments about this study, please contact Kelli K. McMahan at KelliMc@tamu.edu or Kelli_McMahan@Baylor.edu. You may also contact my research chair at Texas A&M, Dr. David Scott. He can be reached at d-scott@tamu.edu

This research study has gone through a thorough review with the Institutional Research Board at Texas A&M and has been approved.

If your recollection of a critical incident causes emotional pain or distress, please seek out your local MHMR as a resource for professional counseling services. Thank you for your participation and valuable feedback.


Kelli K. McMahan, Doctoral Candidate

Looking For Climbers Who Have Attempted to Climb Mount Everest · December 2, 2014

AAC member and Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine University of Washington Andrew M. Luks, MD is looking for climbers who have attempted to climb Mount Everest and are willing to take a research study. Information below:

Exposure to high altitude poses a risk of developing one of three forms of acute altitude illness: acute mountain sickness, high altitude cerebral edema and high altitude pulmonary edema. Medications are available to prevent these problems and are commonly used by travelers at moderate elevations (e.g., 3000-5000 m) for this purpose. Recent reports suggest that climbers traveling to extremely high elevations on Mount Everest and other peaks are also using these medications to improve physical performance and/or increase their odds of reaching the summit without developing altitude illness. Despite these reports, little is known about exactly how common these practices are.

We are conducting a research survey in order to estimate the number of climbers on Mount Everest who are using medications in this manner. People who have attempted to climb Mount Everest – whether they were successful in summiting or not – are eligible to participate. If are eligible and choose to participate, you will find a link to the anonymous on-line survey at the bottom of this email. The survey will less than 20 minutes to complete and does not require you to provide any personal information.

Participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any question in the survey. All of the information you provide in the survey will remain anonymous and no one will be able to identify you from the information you provide in the survey. Although you will not benefit directly from this survey, we anticipate that information learned from the survey will help guide medical practice with regard to climbers on Mount Everest and other large Himalayan mountains.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at aluks@u.washington.edu, although please be reminded that the confidentiality of emails cannot be guaranteed. We appreciate your time and effort in completing this survey and look forward to reviewing the information you provide.

Complete the survey



Andrew M. Luks, MD
Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine University of Washington

Luanne Freer, MD
Everest ER
Himalayan Rescue Association

Colin Grissom, MD

Professor of Medicine University of Utah

Peter Hackett, MD
Institute for High Altitude Medicine Telluride, Colorado


Ueli Steck is Coming to a City Near You · October 28, 2014


We’re pleased to announce a speaking tour by legendary speed climber Ueli Steck. Presented by Mountain Hardwear, with proceeds to benefit the AAC, the highly acclaimed “Swiss Machine” will present a visually stunning and interactive slideshow about his experiences climbing the world’s largest mountains, setting speed records without oxygen, training in the Swiss Alps and helping Mountain Hardwear fabricate better clothing systems for all his pursuits. View the press release.

Find a tour near you.

Help Us Make Dreams Happen · October 21, 2014

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We believe that all climbers with ambition—not just sponsored or elite athletes—should have opportunities to explore and push limits. The Live Your Dream program funds adventurers of all abilities and helps everyday climbers take their skills to a new level.

Thanks to a matching grant from The North Face, we have the potential to increase grant funding from $28,000 in 2014 to $45,000 in 2015. Back this project today to help us reach our goal of $15,000 by December 3, 2014.


Reinhold Messner is Keynote Speaker for 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner · October 9, 2014


The American Alpine Club is proud to announce Reinhold Messner as the keynote speaker for the 2015 AAC Annual Benefit Dinner, presented by Adidas.

Messner will speak January 31st, 2015 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City. Beginning with a prolific climbing career in the Alps, then pioneering the highest peaks in the world “by fair means” (i.e. without oxygen and often solo), Messner is the most famous—and regarded as the most accomplished—high-altitude climber ever to live. Read press release.

Learn more about weekend activities and buy your tickets.

2014 Cornerstone Conservation Grant Recipients Announced · October 3, 2014

We’re is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 Cornerstone Conservation Grants powered by REI. To fulfill our vision of healthy climbing landscapes we award $25,000 annually to organizations, landowners, and individuals to help fund projects such as human waste solutions, climbing trail restoration, and related infrastructure projects.

Read the press release.


UIAA Bozeman Ice Climbing World Cup and North American Championships · October 1, 2014

UIAA Bozeman Ice Climbing World Cup and North American Championships

December 11-13, 2014

USA Competitors:
As per the guidelines set forth from the UIAA, competitors who qualified to compete in the competition in Bozeman in the previous year’s North American Championship 2013-2014, are prequalified to compete in the IWC/NAC Competition in Bozeman. However, not all of the slots have been filled, so athletes who are interested are encouraged to inquire with Janet Miller:jmiller@americanalpineclub.org.
Men’s Lead/Difficulty, Women’s Lead/Difficulty, Women’s Speed, Men’s Speed.
Rules are posted on the UIAA website: http://www.iceclimbingworldcup.org

We Reached 15,000 Members · September 29, 2014


Thanks to all of our members who continue to support the AAC. You’ve helped us reach 15,000 members!

Your membership helps us fight for access, conserve our amazing climbing landscapes, and protect our heritage. It also allows us to build and maintain critical lodging facilities and enable hundreds of climbers to take their dream trips thanks to our grants program. Together we’re stronger!

Survey: Make “Accidents” Better · September 23, 2014


Help shape the future of Accidents in North American Mountaineering. Take our short survey

Announcing Your New Profile · September 17, 2014


AAC members, we’ve launched a new Member Profile! Your new Profile is a place to connect with fellow climbers and meet up, whether they’re near or far. You can now:
– Find a couch to sleep on during your next climbing trip
– Discover local discounts
– Find a climbing partner
– Sync up your Mountain Project profile
– Keep track of your membership referrals and earn exclusive gear

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