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Great Lakes Section
AAC Regional and Section News


Rock and ice in the Midwest? You betcha! The Midwest has a long and colorful history of all aspects of climbing disciplines. The 350 or so Great Lakes Section Members live in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Popular crags located within the Great lakes Section include Cliffs Drive in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Whipps Ledges in Ohio, Unlikely Wall in Indiana, and of course some of the best ice climbing in the country at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. Many Midwest climbers have honed their skills at these crags and developed skills to tackle bigger projects throughout the world.


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Find Guidebooks for the Great Lakes Section


Contact & Volunteer

It's easy to get in touch with your Regional Coordinator, or the Club.

Email Great Lakes Section Chair Bill Thompson at greatlakes@americanalpineclub.org

The Central Region is administered from the Club's offices in Golden, Colorado by Community Programs Director John Bragg and his Assistant, Tricia Boomhower. 

Email Tricia Boomhower at tboomhower@americanalpineclub.org

Email the Club's offices in Golden at info@americanalpineclub.org

Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110

Check out the Central Region Volunteer Wall of Fame

Great Lakes Section Chair

Bill Thompson. For the last 26 years, Bill has lived and climbed in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He is also the organizer of the Michigan Ice Festival, which draws 400-plus climbers to the region annually. Bill enjoys traveling to different climbing destinations, but can be just as happy cragging locally with his 11-year-old son, Blake. He also has a passion for cheep beer and good stories. Bill looks forward to getting out the message of the AAC by hosting film nights, crag days, and BBQs. Never hesitate to ask Bill for anything!


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