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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.

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Contact & Volunteer

Email Arizona Section Co-Chairs at arizona@americanalpineclub.org
Email Western Regional Coordinator 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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Arizona Section Co-Chairs

Jeff bio.jpgJeff Snyder: Jeff Snyder grew up in the town of Gilbert, AZ–a small town on the outskirts of Phoenix.  After learning to climb around the Phoenix area, Jeff moved north to Flagstaff, AZ where, for the past seven years, he has been cultivating his craft.  When he is not working as a climbing guide for Flagstaff Climbing Center, organizing volunteer events, or working with the youth climbing team, he is exploring the endless potential of Northern Arizona climbing. Jeff’s passion for climbing began with bouldering, but after a trip to Yosemite his climbing interests took a turn towards hard, traditional routes–the scarier the better.  Jeff has developed routes and put up first ascents in Sedona, Paradise Forks, Mt. Elden, Kelly Canyon, and elsewhere.  With his excitement and energy, Jeff is a great asset to the Northern Arizona climbing community.  He is a committed member of the American Alpine Club and loves being a steward of our environment, educating new climbers and sharing his passion with others.


Erik_Filsinger_Photo.jpgErik Filsinger: 
Erik Filsinger, Ph.D. joined the American Alpine Club as Arizona Section Chair in February of 2012. His previous experience with non- profit organizations includes roles in the leadership of the Arizona Mountaineering Club since the late 1990s—including President and Board member. He is currently Land Advocacy Chair for the club and an active Outing Leader. He also served as Chair and Board member of the Queen Creek Coalition since its formation in 2008. His civic roles related to climbing access have included six years as a McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commissioner and the designated role of Liaison to the City of Scottsdale Preserve staff. Erik began his love affair with mountains in the mid-1950s on a Colorado Mountain Club outing at Lake O’Hara meadows in Canada and he has been an active rock, snow, and ice climber since. He has focused mainly on climbing in the United States, Canada, and Europe, having summited about 200 mountains. He is active in the Arizona climbing and mountaineering scene and has cleaned up much of the historic rock climbing in the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale. He resides in Scottsdale but seems to live in the rock-climbing areas nearby, if not sneaking off to his haunts in southwest Colorado.

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