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New England Section
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The New England Section has a long tradition of gathering, bringing climbers together from across multiple generations. Join one of our biannual barbecues at Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire and you’re likely to bump into a mix of climbers, from someone on their first trip to the White Mountains to a local legend who put up some of the area’s classics. New England AAC Members also gather at numerous community slide shows throughout the year, several ice festivals, and an annual dinner in Boston. The New England Section hosts the Northeast Craggin Classic every September.

New Englanders have some great crags in their backyards, including Rumney, Pawtuckaway, Smuggler’s Notch, Lake Willoughby, Boston’s Quincy Quarries (Henry’s Barbers first crag), Hammond Pond, College Rock, Crow Hill, Rock Rimon, and the famed Cathedral Ledge.

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Contact & Volunteer

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

Email your New England Section Co-Chairs at newengland@americanalpineclub.org

Email your Northeast Regional Coordinator Sarah Garlick at sgarlick@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 Northeast Volunteer Wall of Fame

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New England Section Co-Chairs

Nancy Savickas got the climbing bug on a trekking trip in Nepal in the mid 1980s. Staring at the snow-covered mountains in the distance, she knew then and there that is where she wanted to be. In subsequent years, Nancy has been lucky enough to have traveled and climbed on all but one continent. Her first love is alpine and ice climbing (but other climbing will do in a pinch). Nancy has been on the Boston AMC’s Mountaineering Committee since 1991 and a member of the American Alpine Club since 1995. In 1998 Bill Atkinson asked her to step in as Vice Chair of the New England Chapter of the AAC and in 2009 she became chair. In addition to being a proud member of the AAC, Nancy is also a member of the Lancashire Mountaineering Club in the U.K.

Rick Merritt is an 11th generation resident of Norwell, Massachusetts. He began spending time hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his father in the late 1960s after receiving a gift membership in the Appalachian Mountain Club. His love of the mountains eventually led to rock climbing and then to ice climbing. Rick has climbed throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, South America, Africa, and Switzerland. He has been a member of the AMC since 1968 and a member of the AAC since 1989. At the urging of former New England Section Chair Bill Atkinson, Rick became Vice Chair of the Section in 2009 when Nancy Savickas became the Chair. Over the years, Rick has become known as the New England Section grill master, sometimes cooking for as many as 60 attendees at the summer and fall barbecues. When not climbing, Rick enjoys family, politics, golf and fishing.

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