- GORE-TEX & AAC Event Oct. 2 @the Silver Spring Civic Center in DC
- Seneca Rocks, WV Climbing WeekendOct. 11-14
- DC Section Events coming up!
- Homoclimbtastic Convention 2013
- Slice O’ Pie Video Contest in the Southeast Kick-off
Welcome to the Southeast! A panacea of world-class climbing— the Red River Gorge KY, New River Gorge WV, Linville Gorge and Looking Glass NC, Foster Falls, T-Wall, Obed, and Stone Fort TN, Horse Pens 40 and Little River Canyon in AL, and Rocktown in GA just to name a few. From sandstone boulders to granite domes, the southeast is geologically diverse, and offers unique trad, sport, and bouldering. Contrary to popular belief, one can even ice climb here! While our region is famed for our “southern hospitality,” our climbing culture is, in some ways, an unusually guarded one. Access and inclusion issues render some of our region’s best climbing impenetrable to outsiders. “Secret Crags” is our region’s middle name. Until these issues are resolved, locals intend to keep it that way. Local and national climbing organizations, together, are making huge strides to resolve access issues by working with land mangers and owners, leasing land, and in some instances all-out purchasing acreage to protect our climbing areas.
Meet the Southeast Regional Coordinator
Lisa Hummel:Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Lisa's experience as a whitewater rafting guide during college at Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone, NC was very instrumental in her gravitation towards the outdoors, the culture surrounding it, and ultimately climbing out of the river, and on to the rock.
Almost as soon as she graduated, Lisa began traversing the country to climb in the fabled boulder fields she had heard tales about. To Lisa, while the rock always holds a challenge and the scenery is always stunning, the climbing culture and the relationships she has cultivated solidify why she is a climber.
The Southeast is at the core of Lisa's climbing experience. While there are very diverse sub-cultures and sub-regions within the Southeast, she believes we all have similar goals and values at heart being climbers.
Lisa's roots have grown deep and wide here in the Southeast, and she is very excited to get out as Regional Coordinator. "I am looking forward to connecting with local members, volunteers, and climbing organizations to establish some great local gatherings, and many meaningful projects and goals."
It's easy to get in touch with your Regional Coordinator, or the Club.
Email Lisa Hummel @: email@example.com.
Email the Club's offices in Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110
Volunteer in the Southeast Region
Join the crew of AAC Volunteers in the Southeast! Get involved, join the fun, and help us support our local climbing communities.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Southeast Regional Coordinator Lisa Hummel.
The Washington DC Section has roughly 300 members in DC, Maryland and Virginia. We hold section meetings 3-4 times a year at the Cleveland Public Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington DC. Local rock climbing events are held at Great Falls and Carderock, National Parks just outside the DC metro area, and other areas such as the New River Gorge and Seneca Rocks in WV. Members’ interests also include ice climbing, alpine climbing, ski-touring and local gym climbing.
Drive down the spine of the Southern Appalachians and discover a life time of climbing challenge. Start in West Virginia and the pump of Seneca Rocks. Head south to the AAC campground at the New and tackle the 1600 sport and trad routes around the New River Gorge. Slip down the Blue Ridge into North Carolina for Stone Mountain's friction. Try the wilderness experience of Linville Gorge, the grade V aid lines at Looking Glass and the technical face, splitter cracks and superb bouldering of Rumbling Bald. Come back in the winter to chase our ephemeral southern ice!
The heart of the Deep South--Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia may best be described as the place where the trad routes seem more like sport routes, the sport routes seem more like boulder problems, and the boulder problems seem more like a golf course--perhaps because some of them are on a golf course. Immediately west of the Appalachians you’ll find an almost year round climbing season, with bouldering in Rock Town, GA, Stone Fort, TN, and HP40, AL. Looking Glass in Georgia and T-Wall in Tennessee will ensure your cams get some wear, and there are sport routes abound from Foster Falls and the Obed TN, to Sand Rock AL. There is something for everyone and we have only just scratched the surface!
Benefits in the Southeast Region
Southeast Region Live Your Dream Grant: Application Period January 1-March1.
The Live Your Dream Climbing Grants are developed and administered locally with community support. For the Southeast Region the Live Your Dream Climbing Grant seeks to support climbers from a range of ages and experience levels, as well as a range of climbing disciplines (sport climbing, bouldering, traditional rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, etc.). Climbers from West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida are eligible and grants are typically between $300 and $500.
Download the Southeast Region Application.
• American Alpine Club Campground in the New River Gorge: The campground is on a 40-acre parcel within walking distance of all the great climbing of the New River Gorge. Check out the NRG Campground webpage for all the latest construction updates.
• The Crash Pad in Chattanooga, TN’s up and coming Southside neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from climbing, cycling, and paddling. AAC Members get a 10% discount on lodging with membership card.Visit crashpadchattanooga.com or call 423-648-8393 for all the details. World's First LEED Platinum Hostel.
• Destination Hotels & Resorts has three locations in the Southeast Region. Check out their lodging in: Chapel Hill, NC; Charleston, SC; and Tampa, FL. Get AAC Members-only pricing (25% off!) by visiting the Destination Hotels & Resorts Privileges page (destinationprivileges.com). Enter “alpineclub” as the username and password and complete a short profile form so Destination can confirm your AAC Membership.
• Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School offers Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing trips tailoring to individuals, families, groups, beginners and climbing skills courses for experienced climbers seeking to expand their skills and knowledge. They also offer climbing Instructor training and certifications in North Carolina through the AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor, Single Pitch Instructor and Rock Instructor Programs. Fox Mountain Guides is the Southeast’s only Climbing School to gain Accreditation from the American Mountain Guides Association. Visit their website at foxmountainguides.com or give them a call at 1-888-284-8433 for more information.
Discounts vary—please call or stop by each gym for the latest details!
10% Discount on day passes for AAC Members
121 Seaboard Ln.
Franklin, TN 37067
10% Discount on Gym Memberships for AAC members
3701 Presidential Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30340
10% Discount on Gym Memberships for AAC members
1007 Appling St.
Chattanooga, TN 37406