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Great Ranges Fellowship Trips

Great Ranges Fellowship
Exclusive Climbing Trips

Climbing. Together.

The AAC just launched a new climbing-trips program for our Great Ranges Fellowship members. Whether you are into extended backpacking trips, technical routes, or glacier travel, we have something for you.

As a Club, we understand how important it is to travel and climb with friends, new and old, that share the same outdoor values, passion, and ethics. AAC members embrace the same spirit and mission across every climbing discipline. We're a tribe!

Each trip includes a bit of AAC swag and some serious fun with your fellow members before, during, and after the trip. Each trip is coordinated with a trusted AAC guide service partner.

Not a Great Ranges Fellow yet? Not a problem. We can adjust the trip pricing to include you as a new Member to the Great Ranges Fellowship.

2015 Great Ranges Trips

Mt. Whitney
July 16 - 20, 2015
Limit: 7

Trip Description:

At 14,508'/4422m, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. It is also one of the most sought after mountains in North America. Join with fellow Great Ranges members for a weekend of hiking, camping and climbing led by Kurt Wedberg, a long time AAC member himself and Himalayan veteran with three successful ascents of Mt. Everest as well as 100+ major expeditions to all seven continents on his resume.

With a 2:1 guide to client ratio we will have flexibility in our choice of routes depending on the group's interests and experience levels. The most common and sought after ascents are the Mountaineers Route on Mt. Whitney (3rd Class), the East Face of Mt. Whitney(5.6), and East Buttress of Mt. Whitney (5.7), however other objectives abound in the area such as Mt. Russell's classic ridge traverse (3rd Class), Fishhook Arête (5.9), and Mithril Dihedral (5.9).

The Mountaineer's Route on Mt. Whitney offers an opportunity for a climb up slopes that range from 25 to 40 degrees. The terrain is over trails and rock with some interspersed 3rd class climbing requiring the use of hands and feet on good quality granite but the terrain is not considered technical in nature. The first ascent of this route is credited to John Muir in 1873.

The East Face and East Buttress routes are 10- 11 pitches long with the most difficult moves rated at 5.7. These climbs are true mountaineering classics. Many consider them to be two of the finest alpine rock climbs in the United States. The routes are on firm white granite in an exhilarating setting topping out to an incredible view of the magnificent Sierra range.

Base Cost: $725

  • · Professional Guides from Sierra Mountaineering
  • · Permits for camping & climbing in Mt. Whitney Basin
  • · Kick-Off Breakfast at Alabama Hills Cafe in Lone Pine, CA on July 17th
  • · Breakfasts & dinners during the climb
  • · Use of all group equipment including tents, stoves, cook gear, climbing ropes and hardware
  • · Celebration BBQ at AAC Western Regional Manager Jeff Deikis' house in Bishop, CA on July 19th
Thursday, July 16: Arrive and overnight in Lone Pine

Friday, July 17: The group will meet at the Alabama Hills Café in Lone Pine, CA at 7:00am for a kick-off breakfast with Sierra Mountaineering International. We will then drive to the trailhead in Whitney Portal and ascend the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. The route takes us through boulder fields, pine trees, lakes, and high alpine meadows. We will make camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake (11,300') or Iceberg Lake (12,610').

Saturday, July 18: Summit day! We wake before sunrise and ascend to the base of our routes over 2/3 class terrain. We will carry light packs with provisions needed for the day including food, water, clothing layers, plus necessary climbing gear. Descent is via the Mountaineer's Route.

Sunday, July 19: The final day will be our descent back to the trailhead, aiming to be in Lone Pine by lunchtime. A celebration BBQ will be held at the house of AAC Western Regional Manager Jeff Deikis in Bishop, CA the evening of July 19th. Overnight in Lone Pine (optional)

Monday, July 20: Depart

Optional Add-On:

If you are interested in pursuing different objectives from the groups choice routes, wish to stay an extra day on the mountain to tackle a second objective, or wish to climb in a 1:1 guide to client ratio, additional guides can be hired through Sierra Mountaineering International for $360. Contact Kurt Wedberg at kurt@smiguides.com.

Transportation & Lodging:

If you are flying, your choice of airports are Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Reno. The airfares will vary depending on where you are coming from. In addition, Alaska/Horizon Air and United now have daily service into Mammoth Lakes. Rent a car from wherever you fly into and drive to Lone Pine, CA. There are many good motels in Lone Pine and camping is also available a few miles out of town.


To make your reservation, please contact Vickie Hormuth at (303) 951-4566 or vhormuth@americanalpineclub.org. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation.

August 16 - 21, 2015

Choose your own adventure! Spend a week climbing, hiking, fishing, and exploring the Grand Teton National Park with Phil Powers, Executive Director of the AAC, your fellow Great Ranges members, and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

The Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch offers the most accessible lodging for climbers visiting the Park. Located a mere three miles south of Jenny Lake and four miles north of the Park Headquarters in Moose, WY, it provides access to the climbing in the Tetons.

Base Price: $250

  • Transportation between Jackson Hole airport and the Climbers' Ranch
  • 4-nights of accommodations at the Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch
  • Welcome dinner on August 16th
  • Kick-off breakfast on August 17th
  • Celebration dinner on August 19th
  • The Ranch is a perfect jumping off point for a wide-range of climbing opportunities. From moderate to difficult rock routes, to mountain summits that can be reached in a long day or two easier days, there's no shortage of adventures to be had. Possible guided or un-guided day climbs from the Ranch include, but are not limited to:
Guides Wall - Storm Point II, 5.6-5.9
Symmetry Spire - Southwest Ridge -10,560' II, 5.7
Teewinot - East Face12,325' II, 4th class

If it's a backpacking adventure you are looking for, Paintbrush Divide is a great 2-day, 18.1-mile backcountry trek that wanders the rugged canyons, alpine lakes, and scree fields of Grand Teton National Park. See a Tetons highlight reel of big views, lumbering moose, and sweet solitude on this loop starting at String Lake trailhead.

There are many other options as well. For a more relaxing stay, fishing in the Grand Teton region offers a true wilderness experience and incredible scenery. Nearby opportunities include Cottonwood Creek, Bradley Lake and Taggart Lake.

Optional Add On:

2 nights at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides base camp (August 17, 18)

AAC has 8 spaces reserved at the JHMG Corbet High Camp. From here, may climbs are possible in addition to the Grand:

  • Irene's Arete - Garnet Canyon III 5.8-5.10a
  • West Face of Disappointment Peak
  • The Corkscrew
Price Per Person: 3:1 Client: Guide ratio: $185
Price Per Person 2:1 Client: Guide ratio: $312

This trip is fully customizable! Explore day and overnight climbs here:

Suggested Itinerary:

Sunday, August 16: Arrive in Jackson Hole, kick-off dinner and overnight at the ranch*

Monday, August 17: Depart for JHMG Corbet High Camp and overnight here, or climb on your own

Tuesday, August 18: Climb from high camp; overnight here, or climb on your own

Wednesday, August 19: Climb from high camp and hike out to Teton Ranch and overnight or climb on your own

Thursday, August 20: Cragging day in Grand Teton National Park, or climb/tour park on your own; celebration Dinner

Friday, August 21: Depart Jackson Hole

*if you are coming from a low elevation, we recommend flying in a day early to acclimate to the elevation before heading up to high camp.

To make your reservation please contact Vickie Hormuth at 303.951.4566 or vhormuth@americanalpineclub.org.
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation.