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Honorary Members

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Honorary Membership is the highest award the AAC has to offer. It is given to those individuals who have had a lasting and highly significant impact on the advancement of the climbing craft. The AAC is proud to recognize the following individuals:

  • Vitaly Mikhailovich Abalakov (Deceased)

    Duke Abruzzi (Deceased)

    Buddha Basnyat

    Robert Hicks Bates (Deceased)

    Fred Beckey

    Glen W. Boles

    Walter Bonatti (Deceased)

    Christian J. S. Bonington

    Oleg Borisenok

    David Ross Brower (Deceased)

    Joe Brown

    Belmore Browne (Deceased)

    Charles G. Bruce (Deceased)

    James Bryce (Deceased)

    John Buchan (Deceased)

    Hubert Adams Carter (Deceased)

    Riccardo Cassin (Deceased)

    Yvon Chouinard

    Nicholas B. Clinch

    Norman Asa Clyde (Deceased)

    Arthur P. Coleman (Deceased)

    John N. Collie (Deceased)

    Sir William M. Conway (Deceased)

    William Augustus Brevoort Coolidge (Deceased)

    Robert Craig

    Ome C. Daiber (Deceased)

    Kurt Diemberger

    Norman Gunter Dyhrenfurth

    Robert Charles Evans (Deceased)

    Glenn Exum (Deceased)

    Francis P. Farquhar (Deceased)

    John P. Farrar (Deceased)

    Benjamin Greely Ferris (Deceased)

    Edward Feuz (Deceased)

    William Osgood Field (Deceased)

    Douglas W. Freshfield (Deceased)

    Tom Frost

    Fritiof M. Fryxell (Deceased)

    Baron Francisque Gabet (Deceased)

    Maj. Gen. Adolphus W. Greely (Deceased)

    Jules J. Guilarmod (Deceased)

    Henry S. Hall (Deceased)

    John Harlin, III

    Arthur P. Harper (Deceased)

    Elizabeth Hawley

    Kenneth Atwood Henderson (Deceased)

    Maurice Herzog (Deceased)

    Lynn M. Hill

    Sir Edmund Hillary (Deceased)

    Thomas F. Hornbein, M.D.

    William Pendleton House (Deceased)

    Charles Snead Houston, M.D. (Deceased)

    Henry John Cecil Hunt (Deceased)

    William H. Jackson (Deceased)

    Harish Kapadia

    Andrew John Kauffman (Deceased)

    William Sargent Ladd (Deceased)

    Richard M. Leonard (Deceased)

    Richard Manning Leonard (Deceased)

    Jeffery George Lowe

    George H. Lowe, III

    Albert Henry MacCarthy (Deceased)

    Ian Macnaught-Davis

    Arisone Yuko Maki (Deceased)

    George H. Mallory (Deceased)

    Otis McAllister (Deceased) 

    James P. McCarthy

    George Melville (Deceased)

    Reinhold Messner

    Maynard M. Miller

    Dee Molenaar

    Terris  Moore (Deceased)

    Arnold L. Mumm (Deceased)

    Phyllis Beatrice Munday (Deceased)

    Tomatsu Nakamura

    Noel E. Odell (Deceased)

    Rear Admiral Robert P. Peary (Deceased)

    BernardPierre (Deceased)

    William Lowell Putnam

    Gaston Rebuffat (Deceased)

    Louis French Reichardt

    Thomas Riggs (Deceased)

    Royal Shannon Robbins

    Andre  Roch (Deceased)

    Theodore Roosevelt (Deceased)

    Galen A. Rowell (Deceased)

    Nazir Sabir

    John Salathe (Deceased)

    Audrey Salkeld

    Peter Kittlesby Schoening (Deceased)

    Douglas D. Scott

    Vittorio Sella (Deceased)

    Sir Ernest H. Shackleton (Deceased)

    Eric E. Shipton (Deceased)

    Oliver Perry Smith (Deceased)

    Jans Christian Smuts (Deceased)

    Sydney Spencer (Deceased)

    Allen Steck

    Henry Lewis Stimson (Deceased)

    Tony Streather

    Edward Lisle Strutt (Deceased)

    Lionel Terray (Deceased)

    James Monroe Thorington (Deceased)

    Harold William Tilman (Deceased)

    Miriam Eliot OBrien Underhill (Deceased)

    Robert Lindley Murray Underhill (Deceased)

    Charles Doolittle Walcott (Deceased)

    Bradford Washburn (Deceased)

    Arnold Wexler (Deceased)

    John Oliver Wheeler

    James W. Whittaker

    Edward Whymper (Deceased)

    Fritz Herman Ernst Wiessner (Deceased)

    George HubertWilkins (Deceased)

    John Edward (Jed) Williamson

    Walter Abbot Wood (Deceased)

    Fanny Bullock Workman (Deceased)

    William Hunter Workman (Deceased)

    Geoffrey Winthrop Young (Deceased)

    Shi Zhan-Chun