- Craggin’ Classic: Fall Highball in Bishop
- Rowell Award Deadline Extended
- 1st Annual Forks Fest 2012!
- Sierra Nevada Section Annual Holiday Dinner
- Southwest Section Annual Holiday Dinner
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.
Meet the Western Regional Coordinator
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 a four-year odyssey exploring the climbing and skiing of the Western states. 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. In this capacity, he has come to understand the power of community building and the bridging of climbing generations. He currently lives in California’s Eastside amongst the juggernaut boulders of Bishop.
Email Western Regional Coordinator Jeff Deikis at email@example.com
Email the Club's main offices in Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Host a Send-n-Social:
Want to organize a monthly gym night or crag outing in your community and get sponsored by the AAC? Organize a Send-n-Social event in your area and let the AAC buy you and your member buddies a beer after a day of pulling hard! Contact your Regional Coordinator for more information on how to set this up!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Benefits in the Western Region
Live in the Western Region? Travelling to the Western Region? Be sure to take advantage of these resources:
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.
• Destination Hotels & Resorts has seven locations in the Southwest 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.
•Alpine Skills International
Alpine 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 email@example.com if you still have questions!
• The Climbing Life Guides
The 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!
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
fax (650) 591-3033
Gym Manager: Mike Griffin
Planet Granite San Francisco
924 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94129
fax (415) 346-3443
Gym Manager: Jeff Ceccacci
Planet Granite Sunnyvale
815 Stewart Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
fax (408) 991-9091
Gym Manager: Stephanie Ko Pound
$10 Day Pass for AAC Members
$33 Monthly Pass for AAC Members
$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
Solid Rock: Old Town
2074 Hancock Dr.
San Diego, CA 92110
Solid Rock: Poway
13026 Stowe Dr.
Poway, CA 92064
$12 Day Pass for AAC Members
$40 Monthly Pass for AAC Members
1855 East Avenue
Sand City, CA 93955
Waived $40 initiation fee for AAC Members
880 Hampshire Rd., Ste. A
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
$7 day pass for AAC Members
$35 monthly pass w/ waived $40 initiation fee for AAC Members
1954 Goodyear Ave.
Ventura, CA 93003
$5 off monthly pass rate for AAC Members
Vital Climbing: Carlsbad
6102 Avenida Encinas, Ste. L
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Vital Climbing: Murrieta
29990 Technology Dr., Ste. 22
Murrieta, CA 92563
$10 Day Pass for AAC Members
$40 Monthly Pass for AAC Members
11335-G Folsom Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
$5 Day Pass for AAC Members
$35 Registration fee waived for AAC Members
$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
50% Off Initiation Fee for AAC Members
205 S. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
$100 initiation fee lowered to $25 for AAC Members
2295 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
800 Potter St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
116N 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Diablo Rock Gym
1220 Diamond Way, Suite 140
Concord, CA 94520
Great Western Power Co.
520 20th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Metal Mark Climbing + Fitness
4042 N. Cedar
Fresno, CA 93726
The Studio Climbing
396 S. First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
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