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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!

Our first GRF trip of 2014 trip will be to Ouray, Colorado, and yes, we’re doing them in typical AAC style!  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. 

Ouray Ice Climbing Gathering
February 26 – March 2, 2014


As a continuing benefit, we are pleased to present another Great Ranges Fellowship adventure opportunity. In February we will gather in Ouray to climb together, both in the famous Ouray Ice Park and in the local backcountry. We’ve designed an adventure to fit every experience level and provide an all-inclusive transportation and lodging package. Pick and choose the seminars and guiding opportunities that fit your dreams and relax every evening with your fellow members. Who knows, we may even surprise you with a local celebrity or two!

The base package includes everything you need for lodging, transportation, meals, and even an exclusive Great Ranges Fellowship vest from Arc’Teryx. From there, just select the seminars and guiding opportunities that fit your needs to design the perfect custom adventure.

But wait… THERE’S MORE! Is there a guiding opportunity you want and is not listed? No problem. Want to test your skills on famed backcountry ice routes like The Talisman, The Ribbon, or Bird Brain Boulevard? We are partnering with San Juan Mountain Guides and Skyward Mountainnering to provide an even more customized experience. Just contact them directly at www.mtnguide.net and http://www.skywardmountaineering.com/registration to explore these, and other additional opportunities (please coordinate payment directly with SJMG and Skyward Mountaineering). Skyward Mountaineering is offering members of our group a 10% discount on the published prices found on this page.

Feel free to skip the seminars and guiding all together if you prefer and simply take advantage of the Base Package. But, we cannot make last-minute accommodations for guiding opportunities.

Great Ranges Fellowship Base Package: $775 ($1,275 for regular AAC members)

  • Transportation to and from the ice park (shuttles will run on Wednesday afternoon from Montrose airport to Ouray and Monday morning from Ouray to the Montrose airport)
  • 5 nights lodging (at the local Elkhorn Cabins on Main Street just 1 mile from the center of downtown)
  • All meals (a staff member will prepare all meals for you: breakfast, lunch and dine, with libations included every evening)

Seminars and Private Guiding:

(ice equipment included for those needing particular items)

Thursday, February 27 
    Novice/Intermediate Seminar
    $180 pp - 4:1 ratio
    *if there are different experience levels in the group we can split up into more of an Intro/Novice Group and an Intermediate Group 

Friday, February 28
    Advanced Seminar $200 pp – 3:1 ratio

Saturday, March 1
    Lead Climbing and Special Skills Seminar $200 pp – 3:1 ratio
    *there is the opportunity to split up into different groups if people want to focus on different topics - i.e. lead climbing, self-rescue, mixed climbing, etc.

    Guided Backcountry Climbing $250 pp - 2:1 ratio
    *we can obviously have multiple groups that would head out into the backcountry but would maintain that 2:1 ratio for backcountry climbing

Sunday, March 2
   Guided Backcountry Climbing $250 pp – 2:1 ratio

    Open Topics in the Ice Park $200 pp - 3:1 ratio

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. Your remainder is due on or before January 25, 2014.