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Use Protection: Free T-shirt When You Join · May 27, 2014



It’s free t-shirt time! Our summer member drive begins today and features a limited-edition Use Protection shirt for free when you join or renew. Together we protect each other, our climbing areas, and our heritage. This drive ends on June 2nd. Join the Club and get a Use Protection t-shirt today!

Explore Exhibit: Desert Pioneers · May 20, 2014


The AAC Library recently acquired the archives of desert climbers Harvey Carter, Eric Bjornstad, and Huntley Ingalls. Among these rare and significant collections are hundreds of unpublished artifacts and photographs that inspired us to create Desert Pioneers. This online exhibit features never-before-seen media and tells the story of a once-alien landscape that is now a bastion of American climbing. 

Experience Desert Pioneers.

Photo Contest: How Do You Use Protection? · May 19, 2014

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How do you use protection?

We’re kicking off this week with a chance to win sweet protection gear of your choice from our partner, Black Diamond Equipment Ltd!

Submit your photo.

Limited-Edition 2014 AAJ Hardcover Upgrade · May 13, 2014


The 2014 American Alpine Journal is at the printer!

New this year for AAC members is a Limited-Edition Hardcover upgrade. Instead of receiving the standard AAJ this summer, consider spending $45 to receive something extra special. Only 200 copies of this collector’s edition will be printed—and only 100 are for sale. Each copy features the Mt. Whitney artwork below and is hand-numbered and signed by artist Jeremy Collins on the inside cover. It is a fine addition to any climber’s shelf.

Read our latest interview with Jeremy on our blog, Inclined.

ICM Application Period is Open · May 6, 2014


The 2014 International Climber’s Meet application period is now open. Join us in Yosemite October 6-11. Visit our website for more information.

Update: Sherpa Support Fund · April 29, 2014

The Sherpa Support Fund was established by the American Alpine Club to lend aid and support to the families of these fallen climbers and the communities affected by this tragedy.

It has been over a week since 16 Sherpas died in an icefall avalanche on Mt. Everest. Amid the sadness, confusion, and politics, the AAC would like to thank everyone who has contributed to efforts on the ground and from afar to alleviate some of the pain of this tragedy. Learn more about how your money can help support the fallen Sherpas.

2014 Live Your Dream Winners Announced · April 29, 2014


In January, we encouraged you to apply for the 2014 Live Your Dream Grant—362 applications later, we selected this year’s winners. Thanks for dreaming big! Read on to see how the winners will be spending $28,075 to live their dreams. 

Everest Avalanche & Sherpa Support Fund · April 18, 2014

Earlier today at least 12 Sherpa guides died in an avalanche on Mount Everest. In remembrance, the American Alpine Club has established the Sherpa Support Fund to lend aid and support to the families of these fallen climbers and the communities affected by this tragedy.

Visit the Sherpa Support Fund page for more information. Gifts can be given at the donate page. Make sure to select “Sherpa Support Fund.”

Read the press release.


2014 AAJ Alaska Section · April 15, 2014


For the first time ever, we’re pre-releasing an entire section of the American Alpine Journal!  Download the PDF of this year’s Alaska Section and be one of the first to get a glimpse of the 2014 AAJ.

Want more photos like this? Follow us on Instagram. This week AAJ contributors are taking over our feed with additional inspiration from the Alaskan frontier.

Honorary President Jim McCarthy · April 10, 2014


During our 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner weekend Jim McCarthy was anointed the AAC’s Honorary President. Jim’s leadership at the AAC is equally legendary as his climbing achievements. Read about his accomplishments on Inclined.

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