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Central Region
AAC Regional and Section News ____________________________________________________________________________________________

The Central Region encompasses a vast swath of middle America. Every state in the Region has something to climb. Some Central areas—such as Hueco Tanks in Texas, the Black Hills in South Dakota, sandstone boulders at Rock City in Kansas, and Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas—are world renowned. You won’t find any huge walls or alpine routes, but poke around for ice during cold snaps, and the Rockies aren’t too far off.


It's easy to get in touch with your Regional Coordinator, or the Club.
Check out your Central Region Manager, Adam Peters' bio or email him at apeters@americanalpineclub.org.
Email the Club's offices in Golden at info@americanalpineclub.org
Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110

Volunteer in the Central Region

Join the crew of AAC Volunteers in the Central Region! Get involved, join the fun, and help us support our local climbing communities.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please email the Central Region.
Check out the Central Region Volunteer Wall of Fame
North Central Section
The North Central Section of the American Alpine Club covers North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. While the focus of the Section’s events and its membership’s climbing priorities are oriented on Black Hills crags, our 50 or so members from the Section frequently travel to alpine environments all over the country.
Heartland Section
Seriously? There are climbers in the Heartland? Of course! Some of the most dedicated, obsessed, and inspired climbers live the farthest from the biggest mountains. There are 150 Members in the area. Every weekend of the year, rain or shine, heat or cold, these inspired climbers hike across golden plateaus, dry river beds, and narrow hollers seeking to meet their vertical addiction on every kind of rock, from Oklahoma to Missouri.

Texas Section

What is there to climb in Texas? Crags of granite and limestone are scattered across this immense state, but the real draw needs no introduction: Hueco Tanks. This area has been called the best bouldering in the country, if not the world. If you like to boulder and haven’t visited, you are missing something truly special. Texas has about 125 AAC members.

Great Lakes Section

Rock and ice in the Midwest? You betcha! The Midwest has a long and colorful history of all aspects of climbing disciplines. The 350 or so Great Lakes Section Members live in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Popular crags located within the Great lakes Section include Cliffs Drive in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Whipps Ledges in Ohio, Unlikely Wall in Indiana, and of course some of the best ice climbing in the country at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. Many Midwest climbers have honed their skills at these crags and developed skills to tackle bigger projects throughout the world.

Midwest Section

The Midwest Section is home to numerous impressive climbing areas, though many might not know it. Minnesota’s lakefront features tall cliffs that harbor stunning ice in the winter, and fun rock in the summer. Shady woodland crags and boulders abound across the Section, particularly in southern Illinois where the sandstone bouldering is some of the best in the country. And of course, Wisconsin houses the classic Devil’s Lake area. The Midwest Section has about 250 members.

Benefits in the Central Region

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

Central Region Live Your Dream Grant: Application Period April 1 - May 1.
The Live Your Dream Climbing Grants are developed and administered locally with community support. For the Central 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 North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio are eligible and grants are typically between $300 and $1000.
Download the Central Region Application.


• AAC members receive 20% off online purchases at Marquette, MI’s Down Wind Sports. Email Section Chair Bill Thompson for details.


Horseshoe Canyon Ranch: The site of the wild and crazy 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell and some of the Midwest’s best climbing offers a 20% discount to members who stay in cabins or campsites at the Jasper, AR ranch. Visit www.climbhcr.com or call 1-800-480-9635 for details.
Hueco Rock Ranch: Members receive a 25% discount on lodging at Hueco Tanks, TX. The ranch has seven bedrooms in the main house ranging from private rooms to a 8 person bunk room, in addition to on-site camping. Contact (915) 856-7181 or visit www.huecorockranch.com.

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