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2014 Annual Benefit Dinner



American Alpine Club - Annual Benefit Dinner Weekend
February 7 & 8, & 9 
Denver, Colorado


The 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner featuring Yvon Chouinard is the American Alpine Club’s biggest and most anticipated event of the year. With numerous legends of Yosemite in attendance, you will not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime presentation celebrating the 150th anniversary of Yosemite. Rub shoulders with legends, enjoy fine dining and socializing, and celebrate an unforgettable time in climbing’s history.

Your ticket includes:
Dinner presentation by Yvon Chouinard, dining, open bar featuring wines by Silver Oak Winery & beer from Avery Brewing, silent and live auctions,
and free access to the other  weekend activities including book signings and panel discussions.
Check out the  LIVE and SILENT auction previews!

Every ticket sold helps fund American Alpine Club programs!

Thank you to our generous wine & beer donors: 


If you are staying at the Sheraton Hotel in Denver and wish to take public transportation to the Friday Night Climbers' Gathering at Earth Treks, you can take the Light Rail W Line. Simply take the (FREE) shuttle on the 16th Street Mall to Union Station. At Union Station, take the W line to the end of the line: Jefferson County Government Center. From there simply cross over 6th Avenue using the raised pedestrian bridge.


There is an underground parking garage located UNDER the Sheraton Hotel. Overnight guests will receive a 25% discount on parking ($18 with discount). Local guests attending the gala who are not staying overnight will be charged $8. There are also several public parking lots located nearby.

Friday, February 7, 4:30PM - 5PM
Annual Membership Meeting
Foss Auditorium
American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

Friday, February 7, 6PM-11PM
Climbers' Gathering
Featuring a Celebrity Climbing Comp, DJ, Libations & Awards Earth Treks Climbing Gym
700 Golden Ridge Road, Golden, CO

Saturday, February 8, 11AM - 3PM
Weekend of Activities
Sheraton Denver Downtown
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202

Saturday, February 8, 5PM - 9:30PM
Annual Benefit Dinner
Sheraton Denver Downtown 
1550 Court Place 
Denver, CO 80202

4:30pm - 5:30pm: VIP Reception
5:00pm - 6:15pm: General Reception & Silent Auction
6:30pm: Dinner, Live Auction, Awards, Keynote Presentation
Keynote: Yvon Chouinard

Sunday, February 9
VIP Brunch
10am - 12pm
 Sheraton Denver Downtown 
1550 Court Place 
Denver, CO 80202

Registration is CLOSED! 
Look Who's Going!

Yosemite: Our Pioneering Spirit

Fifty years ago, when Yvon Chouinard stood in the shadow of El Capitan, he brought with him a pioneering spirit that ushered the Golden Age of Yosemite Climbing. His first ascents of the North America Wall and Muir Wall redefined how to approach even the biggest climbs on earth more boldly: all free, with minimal gear and scant supplies. Yosemite was not only Chouinard’s proving ground for climbing, it was also the source of inspiration for a lifelong philosophy: to accomplish more with less, no matter the cost.

Frustrated with the single-use soft iron pitons of yesteryear, Chouinard began forging harder pitons that could be hammered into cracks again and again, minimizing the impact on our climbing landscapes. Yet in 1970 he realized that his increasingly successful business was further damaging the rock climbs he dearly loved. Essentially abandoning his main revenue source overnight, Chouinard again reinvented removable climbing gear in what is known as the Clean Climbing Revolution. It was a revolution that demanded climbers do more with less, and it spawned the extraordinary achievement that we see in Yosemite today.

His company Great Pacific Iron Works eventually became Patagonia, famous for its values of simplicity and sustainability and now a global leader in corporate responsibility.

Climbers today continue to pioneer “the impossible” in Yosemite and beyond, accomplishing incredible feats with less and less gear—a lesson that Chouinard continues to advocate in the world of business.

Please join the American Alpine Club in Denver on February 7–8, 2014 for a special weekend featuring Yvon Chouinard alongside climbing and business pioneers of yesterday and tomorrow.