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Southwest Section
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The Southwest Section of the American Alpine Club covers all of the fantastic Southern California and Southern Nevada climbing.  From classic areas like Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, and Tahquitz to Idyllwild, Malibu, and Mt. Charleston--the Southwest Section hosts more climbing and great weather than most folks know what to do with. The Section is active and growing daily with various climbing-related activities occuring in the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas areas.


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Contact & Volunteer

Email Southwest Section Chair at southwest@americanalpineclub.org
Email Western Regional Coordinator Jeff Deikis at jdeikis@americanalpineclub.org
Email the Club's offices in Golden at info@americanalpineclub.org
or Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110

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Southwest Section Co-Chairs

Jim_P_Bio_Pic.jpgJim Pinter-Lucke
grew up with a view of Mt Hood and eagerly climbed the mountain at the first opportunity and managed to survive. Since then he has climbed Oregon volcanoes, in the Washington Cascades, in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, and in Denali National Park, usually at the suggestions of others such as John Roper and Dave Stevenson. While these days he mostly rock climbs at Joshua Tree, Tahquitz, and Red Rocks, he is willing to be dragged into the Alpine Zone.

On a parallel track he completed a BA at Whitman College, a Mathematics Ph.D. at Duke University, and has taught for 41 years at Claremont Mckenna College. As he is entering retirement he has set his sights on other things such as volunteering with the Access Fund and working with Section Co-Chair Tony Yeary in trying to breathe life back into the Southwest Section of the American Alpine Club.


Tony_Yeary.JPGTony Yeary, a native Southern Californian, started climbing in the early 70’s at Rubidoux.  Before long, he’d graduated to Big Rock, Joshua Tree, Tahquitz and Suicide, the Needles, the Valley and beyond--pursuing bigger mountains from the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, and the Mexican Volcanoes, to the high peaks of the Andes; including several expeditions to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.  At the end of the day, however, he’ll say’s he’s still a boulderer at heart!

Between exploits on the rock Tony managed to earn a BA from CSUF, in Geography, specifically Geomorphology; specializing in Pleistocene Glaciology in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California.  He raised four children and retired from a career with Ralph’s Gro. Co.  When not climbing, he now works at REI as a camping/climbing specialist.  Tony has been an active member of the AAC for over 25 years—he eats, breathes, and sleeps climbing—from mountaineering and alpine routes to sport climbing, trad cragging, bouldering and everything in between.


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