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Washington DC Section
AAC Regional and Section News The DC Section has roughly 300 members in DC, Maryland and Virginia. We climb ice, rock and alpine routes as well as other sports in the mountain environment. We run climbing speaking events, conduct climbing education events, climb rock and ice together and facilitate a stronger climbing community in the DC area.

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Contact & Volunteer

Email your Washington DC Section Chair Dave Giacomin at washingtondc@americanalpineclub.org
Email Southeast Regional Manager at lhummel@americanalpineclub.org.
Email the Club's main offices in Golden at info@americanalpineclub.org
Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110
Check out the Southeast Region Volunteer Wall of Fame

Volunteer in the Section—Holding an Event & Speakers

Although most events have been held in and around Washington DC, there is no reason that we can't hold activities in other areas where there are DC members. The Club is encouraging this, in part through the role of the regional managers that have been hired to help plan events. All that's required is to contact Dave Giacomin or the regional manger Lisa Hummel with your ideas.

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Washington DC Section Chairman

Dave Giacomin,
Washington DC Section Chairman and native of Washington, DC. Dave Giacomin has been a member of American Alpine Club for the past five years. He climbs ice, rock and alpine routes whenever possible. His true passion is in high altitude mountaineering and some of his summits include Mt. Rainier, Illiniza Sur, Illiniza Norte, Cotopaxi, Mt. Whitney, The Grand Teton and 12+ 14,000 ft peaks in Colorado. "I look forward to helping the DC section grow into a powerful resource for local climbers to learn to climb safer and harder routes." He lives with his wife and dog near downtown Silver Spring, MD.

Please contact Dave with questions or to help out!
Email: Dave Giacomin
Phone: 240-478-5475

Other Chapters in the DC Section

Richmond Chapter


Rick DeJarnette, originally a native of Colorado, Rick has been climbing for almost 20 years. While spending his days at a desk job, he enjoys spending (very) early mornings and weekends rock and ice climbing, with an occasional trip back to the Rockies or the Tetons for a “bigger objective." Now happily residing in Richmond, VA with his wife and two young boys, Rick is excited to strengthen the community of and opportunities for climbers in Richmond by increasing the presence of the American Alpine Club. Please feel free to contact him with questions or to help out!

DC University Chapter


Charlotte Dreizen is the Chair of the DC University Chapter and has been a member of the AAC for the past five years. After summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 15, she shifted from competitive and ultra-distance rowing to find her home on rock instead of water. Climbing both rock and ice, Charlotte is looking to increase the technicality of her objectives at higher altitudes. Growing up in New York City, she also chaired the regional association for the Venturing contingent of the Boy Scouts of America. Currently, Charlotte serves as an outdoor guide for the George Washington University where she studies International Development and Environmental Studies. She's looking forward to connecting young climbers at DC universities to the immense wealth of knowledge and experience of the DMV climbing community.

Baltimore Chapter


There was a time John Richardson didn't even know a world of rock and ice existed - that was until his sister discovered a climbing gym in the local community. Over the next few years climbing quickly turned from hobby, to obsession and passion. A web developer and entrepreneur by trade, John is a true weekend warrior at heart. From spring to fall you'll typically find him fighting off procrastination at work - readying for a weekend at one of the many local crags. And as fall turns to winter, the file comes out as he sharpens his axes and cramps for the ice ahead. As Baltimore Chapter Chairman, John is excited to share his passion by helping spread the mission and values of the AAC. He looks forward to growing and working with the Baltimore climbing community as a representative of the American Alpine Club.

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