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Great Ranges Fellowship Trips

Great Ranges Fellowship
Exclusive Climbing Trips

Climbing. Together.

The AAC's 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.

2016 Great Ranges Trips

AAC is thrilled to offer two great trips to our current Great Ranges Fellowship members to two iconic mountains: Mt. Rainier and Mt. Blanc.

Mt. Rainier – Disappointment Cleaver

July 7-11th, 2016
Limit: 9 Participants

This iconic mountain dominates the skyline in the northewest corner of the country and boasts the most glaciers in the lower 48 states. Rising 14,410 feet, it creates its own weather systems and provides climbers a true mountaineering experience. Join AAC member Graham Zimmerman (Piolet d’or nominee and author of first ascents around the world) and past AAC president Steve Swenson (Everest and K2 without oxygen, Piolet d’or recipient) on a three day climb of this magnificent mountain.

Note: This is not a guided trip, but an excursion with friends who have decades of climbing experience to assist with logistics, on-mountain skills and navigation during the climb. We’ll climb the Disappointment Cleaver route, using historic Camp Muir as our basecamp and spend an extra day acclimatizing and reviewing some glacier travel skills.

Thursday, July 7th
Travel to Seattle / last minute logistics and gear check.
Group dinner in Seattle;
Participants can stay in Seattle or Ashford, WA.

Friday July 8th
Travel to Mt. Rainier (or meet at Mt. Rainier) and ascend as a group to Camp Muir. We’ll go from 5,400 feet to just over 10,000 feet (approximately 6 hours) and establish our base camp.

Saturday, July 9th
We’ll spend the day at Camp Muir acclimatizing, reviewing glacier skills and organizing gear. We’ll head for the summit that evening around 11pm to take advantage of the firm snow conditions.

Sunday, July 10th
We’ll catch the sunrise as we near the summit, then descend to Camp Muir and pack up our basecamp. We’ll then return to Paradise and check in to the Paradise Inn and enjoy a celebratory dinner.

Monday, July 11th
Return to Seattle

Price includes
  • Camping and climbing permits
  • Friday morning pre-climb breakfast, Friday and Saturday night dinner on the mountain
  • Use of group equipment including ropes, tents and cooking gear
  • Sunday evening group dinner at Paradise Lodge

Transportation & Lodging:
Seattle – Tacoma International (SEA) will be the airport you fly into. It is about an hour outside of Seattle and has the standard options of getting into town including a light rail system. Depending on availability we can arrange airport pickups among the volunteers. We’ll also arrange for rooms at the same hotel in Seattle Thursday.

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.

Mt. Blanc 15,771FT
August 12 – 19, 2016
Limit 7 participants

Whether you have many notches on the bamboo shaft of your piolet or have never been to the summit of a glaciated peak before; Mt. Blanc could be the adventure you are seeking.

Mt Blanc is the centerpiece of the Chamonix valley and the tallest peak in the Alps. A truly iconic summit with a rich history that is integral to the history of mountaineering. A climb on Mt Blanc combines all the charm of the mountain life style in the Alps with spectacular views, big mountain days, tasty cuisine, and the wonderful European hut experience.

AAC is partnering with American Guide Service Mahoney Alpine Adventures to provide a 2:1 client:guide ratio for our trip. Kevin Mahoney is a internationally certified guide through IFMGA in ski mountaineering, rock and alpine climbing. Additionally, Kevin is the recipient of the 2016 Underhill Award, and past winner of the Copp/Dash Inspired Award, Lyman Spitzer Award, Mugs Stump Award, Golden Piton Award for various climbs across the world.

August 12:
Fly into Geneva and travel to the Chamonix valley. We will enjoy a kick off dinner and get to know each other and our guides before tucking into our beds in town.

August 13:
This day is used to shake off the jet lag, a skill assessment day as well as the first step in acclimatizing. We will climb the Petite Vert from the Grand Montet tram above the town of Argientiere. Sleep in Chamonix.

August 14 & 15:
We will move up high and stay at either the Cosmique Hut or the Torino Hut and spend the two days climbing peaks such as Point Lachenal, Tour Ronde, Aiguiles Entreves, Arrete des Cosmique. Each climb offers spectacular views of the Mt Blanc Massif with a combination of rock, snow and glacier climbing. We will stay high in a hut on the 14th, and sleep back down in Chamonix on the 15th.

August 16 & 17:
After waking up in Chamonix we will head up high to the Tete Rousse Hut at 3187M/10,456FT. From Le Houches we take the Bellevue Telepherique up to the tramway Mt Banc ending at Nid D’Aigle 2,370M/7,775FT. After a 2.5 hour hike we arrive at the Tete Rousse hut. From here we will start our summit bid on Mt Blanc. The climb starts with a 600M climb of the grand Couloir, beyond the Gouter Hut and onto the Gouter Dome and to the summit of Mt Blanc. The climb consists of 1,621M/5,319FT over 6-7 hours with a 4-5 hours descent to the Tete Rousse Hut where we will spend another night.

August 18:
After breakfast at the Tete Rousse Hut we will head back into Chamonix. After a bit of rest and relaxation, we will head out to dinner to celebrate our week in the Alps! Sleep in Chamonix.

August 19:
We will travel back to Geneva and fly home (or for those of you who haven't had enough of the Alps, you are welcome to extend your trip and explore everything that the Chamonix Valley has to offer!

Price Includes
  • Ground transportation between Geneva and Chamonix
  • 2:1 Client to guide ratio
  • All stays in huts (includes breakfast, dinner)
  • Tram transportation as outlined in the itinerary above
  • Hotel accommodation in Chamonix when not on the mountain
  • Welcome and celebration dinners
The Geneva airport will be the airport you fly into. It is about an hour outside of Chamonix and has many flight options. We will travel as a group to Chamonix, and back again at the end of the trip.

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