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Yvon Chouinard is Keynote Speaker for 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner

—Registration now open for biggest AAC event of the year—

December 1, 2013, Golden, CO—The American Alpine Club is proud to announce Yvon Chouinard—climbing legend, pioneer of the clean climbing movement, and founder of both Patagonia and Black Diamond Equipment—as the keynote speaker for the 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner celebrating the pioneers of Yosemite.

Chouinard will be speaking February 8th, 2014, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel in Denver, CO. Chouinard’s philosophy that “less is more” drove his success on the big walls of Yosemite, and still drives his success in business today. His presentation will address what the corporate world can learn from this simple climbing ethic.

The festivities will kick off on Friday, February 7th in Golden, CO with the Annual Membership Meeting at the American Mountaineering Center and a Climbers’ Gathering at the new Earth Treks Climbing Gym. Open to AAC and Earth Treks members, the evening will feature a celebrity climbing competition, DJ, libations, and awards.

Dinner attendees will have special access to numerous events on February 8. The (extra) X Factor: Pioneering Women in Climbing panel discussion will give the stage to climbing legends Lynn Hill and Melissa Arnot with Alison Osius as moderator.

The main event that night will mingle climbers of all generations and abilities for a Yosemite celebration. In addition to Chouinard’s keynote address, attendees will enjoy fine dining, Silver Oak wine, live and silent auctions, and awards honoring climbing’s luminaries and rising stars. All proceeds benefit AAC programs.

For more information and tickets, visit americanalpineclub.org/p/2014-annual-benefit-dinner. Registration closes on February 2, or when sold out.

About the American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose vision is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. Together with our members, the AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants that fund adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.