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Western Region
AAC Regional and Section News

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Welcome to the American Alpine Club's Western Region—California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii—the proud home to peaks, crags, boulders, and big walls of legendary status. From Mt. Shasta and the Southern Cascades to Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada; from Joshua Tree to Red Rocks to the Cochise Stronghold and to every climb in between, our summits and crags boast rich history and epic caliber.  More need not be said.

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Meet the Western Regional Manager


Jeff Deikis: Jeff grew up outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan and learned to climb on the overhanging sandstone of the Southeast.  After graduating from the University of Michigan he spent four years exploring the climbing and skiing of the West.  Prior to working with the AAC, Jeff worked as a marketing coordinator at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, CA and as an independent graphic designer.  In his role as Western Regional Coordinator, Jeff has worked to expand the size and number of AAC-related conservation efforts in the region as well as host social get togethers, slideshows and climbing outings.  Additionally, he is the national project manager of the AAC's Live Your Dream Grant, which seeks to inspire everyday climbers to pursue big climbing objectives.  Through his work with the AAC, he has come to understand the power and opportunities in working to bridge the climbing generations.  He currently lives in Bishop, California.

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Contact

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

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Volunteer in the Western Region

Join the crew of AAC Volunteers in the Western Region! Get involved, join the fun, and help us support our local climbing communities.  If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Jeff Deikis.

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Arizona Section

What can’t you say about Arizona? This quintessential Southwestern state has boundless climbing on a varitey of rock and with a mostly arid climate, the members can climb year round.  The historic Virgin River Gorge slashes through its northwest corner. Just a bit farther south, huge walls abound in the Grand Canyon. Bouldering, sportclimbing, and splitter columnar basalt in Flagstaff.  Amazing granite at Cochise Stronghold.  The desert sandstone spires in Sedona.  And the list goes on and on.  Your next climbing destination has practically chosen itself.

Contact Arizona Section

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Southwest Section

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.

Contact Southwest Section

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Sierra Nevada Section

The Sierra Nevada Section is one of the largest and most active sections in the American Alpine Club.  With more than 1,200 members living in Northern California and Northern Nevada, they have a long tradition of community and volunteerism that unites members and welcomes all climbers. With the likes of Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Lovers Leap, Donner Summit, Pinnacles National Monument, and Bishop--not to mention the endless granite summits of the Eastern Sierra--there is enough climbing to keep anyone budy for several lifetimes.  Sierra Nevada Section members regularly gather at events throughout the year to climb, help preserve crags and mountains, and socialize.

Contact Sierra Nevada Section

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Hawaii Section

When you visit Hawaii on vacation, don’t forget your climbing gear. Maybe few have heard of it, but there is rock on this island chain! Volcanic cliffs abound with great spots that feature sport climbs, bouldering, and even a few trad routes. And if you’re in a wandering mood, just grab your shoes and stroll the beaches for hours—there’s rock here, somewhere!

Contact Hawaii Section

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Benefits in the Western Region

Live in the Western Region? Travelling to the Western Region? Be sure to take advantage of these resources:

Grants     Lodging     Guides     Gyms

Grants:

John L. Horn Sport Climbing Grant:  An opportunity for young members of the American Alpine Club’s Sierra Nevada section to explore the world, and expand their life’s adventures, aspirations, and connections. This grant is designed for young people who share John’s passion for this particular branch of climbing, and who, as awardees, are willing to serve as lifelong sport climbing ambassadors to the larger climbing community. Read more…

Western Region Live Your Dream Grant: Application Period January 1 - March 1. 
The “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grants are developed and administered locally with community support. For the Western 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 California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii are eligible for the Western Region grant.  The Western Region Live Your Dream Grant is sponsored in part through a partnership with Touchstone Climbing and Fitness.
Download the Western Region Application in PDF or Word format

Lodging:

• Destination Hotels & Resorts has seven locations in the Western Region. Check out their lodging in Tempe and Phoenix, AZ, as well as San Diego, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe, and Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. And over in Hawaii, visit their location in Maui. 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.

Guide Services:

Alpine Skills International
ASI.jpegAlpine Skills International based in the Sierra offers a multitude of guided adventures. Visit their website for more info (alpineskills.com) or see below for phone numbers. 530-582-9170 (June-Nov)/530-582-9170 (Dec-May)  

 Shoot an e-mail to asi@alpineskills.com if you still have questions!

The Climbing Life Guides
The-Climbing-Life-Guides.jpgThe Climbing Life Guides specializes in client tailored rock climbing instruction and guided experiences in the Southern California area (Joshua Tree National Park) and a 10% discount for American Alpine Club members!

Visit their website to make a reservation:http://joshuatreeclimbinglifeguides.comCall them for more information at: (760) 780-8868. Or shoot them an email:info@joshuatreeclimbinglifeguides.com

 

Gym Discounts:

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Planet Granite

Check out the Planet Grants-It Grant Program.

$35 Joining Fee Waived for AAC Members

Planet Granite Belmont
100 El Camino Real
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 591-3030
fax (650) 591-3033

Gym Manager: Mike Griffin

Planet Granite San Francisco
924 Mason Street 
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 692-3434
fax (415) 346-3443

Gym Manager: Jeff Ceccacci

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815 Stewart Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 991-9090
fax (408) 991-9091

Gym Manager: Stephanie Ko Pound

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$10 Day Pass for AAC Members
$33 Monthly Pass for AAC Members

4926 W. Rosecrans Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 973-3388

6935 Arlington Avenue
Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 359-5040

256 Stowell Street Ste.A
Upland, CA 91786
(909) 931-5991

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$13 Day Pass w/gear included for AAC Members
$45 monthly pass w/ altered initiation fee of paying 2 months upfront as opposed to $100 which is lost and non-refundable (for AAC Members)

Solid Rock: San Marcos
992 Rancheros Dr. 
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 480-1429

Solid Rock: Old Town
2074 Hancock Dr.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 299-1124

Solid Rock: Poway
13026 Stowe Dr.
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 748-9011

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Sanctuary Rock Gym

$12 Day Pass for AAC Members
$40 Monthly Pass for AAC Members

1855 East Avenue
Sand City, CA 93955
(831) 899-2595

Email for more information.

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Waived $40 initiation fee for AAC Members

880 Hampshire Rd., Ste. A
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
(805) 557-1300

Email for more information.

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$7 day pass for AAC Members
$35 monthly pass w/ waived $40 initiation fee for AAC Members

1954 Goodyear Ave.
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 339-9022

Email for more information.

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$5 off monthly pass rate for AAC Members

Vital Climbing: Carlsbad
6102 Avenida Encinas, Ste. L
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 689-2651

Vital Climbing: Murrieta
29990 Technology Dr., Ste. 22
Murrieta, CA 92563
(951) 251-4814

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$10 Day Pass for AAC Members
$40 Monthly Pass for AAC Members

11335-G Folsom Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 852-7625

Email for more information.

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$5 Day Pass for AAC Members
$35 Registration fee waived for AAC Members

2111 Iowa Ave. Unit A
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 742-8479

Email for more information.

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$12 Day Pass for AAC Members
$34 Monthly Pass for AAC Members
$374 Annual Pass for AAC Members

720 Olive Dr.  Suite S
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 757-2902

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50% Off Initiation Fee for AAC Members

205 S. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 556-9909 

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$100 initiation fee lowered to $25 for AAC Members

Mission Cliffs
2295 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-0515

Berkeley Ironworks
800 Potter St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 981-9900

Sacramento Pipeworks
116N 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 341-0100

Diablo Rock Gym
1220 Diamond Way, Suite 140
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 602-1000 

Great Western Power Co.
520 20th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 452-2022

Metal Mark Climbing + Fitness
4042 N. Cedar
Fresno, CA 93726
(559) 229-7900

The Studio Climbing
396 S. First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-4000 

The Dogpatch Boulders
2573 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 800-8121

LA Boulders
1375 E. 6th St. #8
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(323) 406-9119

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Phoenix Rock Gym

10% off Two-Week Pass
10% off Month Pass
10% off Quarterly Pass
10% off Semi-Annual Pass
10% off Annual Pass 

1353 E University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 921-8322 


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Sender One Climbing

$100 initiation fee lowered to $20 for AAC Members

1441 S. Village Way
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 881-3456 

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