- Climbers Raise Funds For Stewardship Efforts at Rumbling Bald Climbing Area
- Climbing City of Rocks, ID: Live Your Dream Grant Trip Report by Sara Casey
- GORE-TEX & AAC Event Oct. 2 @the Silver Spring Civic Center in DC
- Seneca Rocks, WV Climbing WeekendOct. 11-14
- DC Section Events coming up!
SLICE O' PIE VIDEO CONTEST 2014
A showcase of all things climbing in the southeast
Who wants thirds?The American Alpine Club's Southeast Region, Misty Mountain Threadworks, and The Triple Crown Bouldering Series are teaming up to offer you a chance to get your Slice O' Pie for the best southeast climbing video! Top finalists and winner will have their videos aired at the last leg of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series; Rumbling Bald.
Best overall video gets a big ol' bag o' swag!
Video submission deadline is November 23.
Rules & RegulationsAll entries must be no longer than 10 minutes.
Upload your videos to YouTube, Vimeo, or your preferrred platform, and email the link to email@example.com.
Keep it clean!
We will choose the finalists, but YOU will pick the winner.
To VoteStop by the American Alpine's Southeast Region's Facebook page between November 23 and December 12, and check out the "Slice O' Pie" photo album. Each finalist will have a screenshot from their film with a link to their video in the caption. Vote for your favorite by "liking" the screenshot. The screenshot with the most likes by December 12 at midnight wins "Best Overall Video". The winner will be announced at the Rumbling Bald after-party.
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Welcome to the Southeast! A panacea of world-class climbing— the Red River Gorge KY, New River Gorge WV, Linville Gorge and Looking Glass NC, Foster Falls, T-Wall, Obed, and Stone Fort TN, Horse Pens 40 and Little River Canyon in AL, and Rocktown in GA just to name a few. From sandstone boulders to granite domes, the southeast is geologically diverse, and offers unique trad, sport, and bouldering. Contrary to popular belief, one can even ice climb here! While our region is famed for our “southern hospitality,” our climbing culture is, in some ways, an unusually guarded one. Access and inclusion issues render some of our region’s best climbing impenetrable to outsiders. “Secret Crags” is our region’s middle name. Until these issues are resolved, locals intend to keep it that way. Local and national climbing organizations, together, are making huge strides to resolve access issues by working with land mangers and owners, leasing land, and in some instances all-out purchasing acreage to protect our climbing areas.
Events Sections Benefits Volunteer Contact
Meet the Southeast Regional Manager
Lisa Hummel:Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Lisa has spent over the last decade (more or less) living and climbing in the Southeast. She began climbing while studying Cultural Anthropology at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. While the southeast is at the core of Lisa’s climbing experience, occasionally traveling nationally and internationally to climb continues to fuel her passion for being part of the amazing climbing community. Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, climbers share similar stories, goals, and values that Lisa relates to.
As the AAC’s Southeast Regional Manager, Lisa continues her commitment and passion for the climbing community through local climber gatherings, support of meaningful projects, and partnerships with local climbing organizations. Connecting with fellow climbers, volunteers, and local climbing organizations crystalize both the importance of, and responsibility for our collective climbing community; looking out for one another, perpetuating good ethics, and challenging each other to live our dreams keeps us strong…so do push-ups.
Email Lisa Hummel @: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email the Club's offices in Golden at email@example.com
Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110
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Volunteer in the Southeast Region
Join the crew of AAC Volunteers in the Southeast! Get involved, join the fun, and help us support our local climbing communities. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Lisa Hummel.
Check out the Southeast Region Volunteer Wall of Fame
The Washington DC Section has roughly 300 members in DC, Maryland and Virginia. We hold section meetings 3-4 times a year at the Cleveland Public Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington DC. Local rock climbing events are held at Great Falls and Carderock, National Parks just outside the DC metro area, and other areas such as the New River Gorge and Seneca Rocks in WV. Members’ interests also include ice climbing, alpine climbing, ski-touring and local gym climbing.
Contact DC Section Chair Dave Giacmoin
Southern Appalachian Section
Drive down the spine of the Southern Appalachians and discover a life time of climbing challenge. Start in West Virginia and the pump of Seneca Rocks. Head south to the AAC campground at the New and tackle the 1600 sport and trad routes around the New River Gorge. Slip down the Blue Ridge into North Carolina for Stone Mountain's friction. Try the wilderness experience of Linville Gorge, the grade V aid lines at Looking Glass and the technical face, splitter cracks and superb bouldering of Rumbling Bald. Come back in the winter to chase our ephemeral southern ice!
Contact Southern Appalachain Section Chair Danny McCracken
Deep South Section
The heart of the Deep South--Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia may best be described as the place where the trad routes seem more like sport routes, the sport routes seem more like boulder problems, and the boulder problems seem more like a golf course--perhaps because some of them are on a golf course. Immediately west of the Appalachians you’ll find an almost year round climbing season, with bouldering in Rock Town, GA, Stone Fort, TN, and HP40, AL. Looking Glass in Georgia and T-Wall in Tennessee will ensure your cams get some wear, and there are sport routes abound from Foster Falls and the Obed TN, to Sand Rock AL. There is something for everyone and we have only just scratched the surface!
Contact Deep South Section Chair Michael Kidder
Benefits in the Southeast Region
Grants Lodging Gyms Guides
Southeast Region Live Your Dream Grant: Application Period January 1-March1.
The Live Your Dream Climbing Grants are developed and administered locally with community support. For the Southeast 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 West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida are eligible and grants are typically between $300 and $500.
Download the Southeast Region Application.
• American Alpine Club Campground in the New River Gorge: The campground is on a 40-acre parcel within walking distance of all the great climbing of the New River Gorge. Check out the NRG Campground webpage for all the latest construction updates.
Destination Hotels & Resorts has three locations in the Southeast Region. Check out their lodging in: Chapel Hill, NC; Charleston, SC; and Tampa, FL. Get AAC Members-only pricing (25% off!) by visiting the Destination Hotels & Resorts Privileges page (destinationprivileges.com). Enter “alpineclub” as the username and password and complete a short profile form so Destination can confirm your AAC Membership.
The Crash Pad in Chattanooga, TN’s up and coming Southside neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from climbing, cycling, and paddling. AAC Members get a 10% discount on lodging with membership card.Visit crashpadchattanooga.com or call 423-648-8393 for all the details. World's First LEED Platinum Hostel.
Wexler Hut: Located at the only crossroads in Seneca Rocks, WV, just a stone's throw from the rock. Arnold Wexler was a famous climbing pioneer at Seneca and in the DC area, crony of Don Hubbard (1st ascentionist of Seneca Rocks), and was influential in introducing the dynamic belay to America. He was also the first to visit and named the Cirque of the Unclimbables in BC. AAC members receive 20% off lodging at the Wexler Hut. Call for reservations and directions 304-567-2115
Vertical Medicine Resources - Vertical Medicine Resources is a medical guiding and consulting team dedicated to provide equipment, training, and support for clients in vertical and mountainous terrain." We offer a 25% discount to all AAC members for our individual training (WFR, WFA, CFA etc) and a $5.00 discount on our signature Vertical Aid Kit also known as the 'Oh S#!T Kit.' Visit our website to sign up for training or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the member discount on the Vertical Aid Kit using code 'AACVAK.
Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School offers Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing trips tailoring to individuals, families, groups, beginners and climbing skills courses for experienced climbers seeking to expand their skills and knowledge. They also offer climbing Instructor training and certifications in North Carolina through the AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor, Single Pitch Instructor and Rock Instructor Programs. Fox Mountain Guides is the Southeast’s only Climbing School to gain Accreditation from the American Mountain Guides Association. Visit their website at foxmountainguides.com or give them a call at 1-888-284-8433 for more information.
The Crag at Cool Springs
10% Discount on day passes
121 Seaboard Ln.
Franklin, TN 37067
Urban Rocks Gym
10% Discount on Gym Memberships
1007 Appling St.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
10% Discount on Gym Memberships
3701 Presidential Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30340
10% Discount on Gym Memberships
3804 Saint Elmo Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37409
High Point Climbing and Fitness
$2.00 off day passes for adults
219 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
10% Discount on Gym Memberships
3600 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209
1900 Eastland Ave #104
Nashville, TN 37206
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