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AAC Regional and Section News

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.


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Contact & Volunteer

Email your Washington DC Section Chairs Dave Giacomin and Simon Carr at washingtondc@americanalpineclub.org

Email Southeast Regional Manager at lhummel@americanalpineclub.org.

Email the Club's main offices in Golden at info@americanalpineclub.org

Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110

Check out the Southeast Region Volunteer Wall of Fame

Volunteer in the Section—Holding an Event & Speakers

Although most events have been held in and around Washington DC, there is no reason that we can’t hold activities in other areas where there are DC members. The Club is encouraging this, in part through the role of the regional managers that have been hired to help plan events.  All that’s required is to contact Dave Giacomin, Simon Carr or the regional manger Lisa Hummel with your ideas. I’d particularly like to have regional events that are both social and provide opportunities to go climbing, so if this is something you’d be interested in arranging let me know.

— Simon Carr, 202 340 7122.


Check out the New River Gorge Campground in West Virginia


Washington DC Section Chairs

Dave Giacomin, Washington DC Section Co-Chair and native of Washington, DC. Dave Giacomin has been a member of American Alpine Club for the past four years. He climbs ice, rock and alpine routes whenever possible. His true passion is in high altitude mountaineering and some of his summits include Mt. Rainier, Illiniza Sur, Illiniza Norte, Cotopaxi, Mt. Whitney, The Grand Teton and 12+ 14,000 ft peaks in Colorado. "I look forward to helping the DC section grow into a powerful resource for local climbers to learn to climb safer and harder routes." He lives with his wife and dog near downtown Silver Spring, MD.  Please contact Dave with questions or to help out!  Email Dave Giacomin.

el potrero picture (1).jpgSimon Carr, the Washington DC Section Co-Chair, is originally from New Zealand and has lived in the U.S. for 10 years. He rock climbs most often, but has also spent a number of nights shivering on small ledges while trying to be an alpinist. He has climbed extensively in the U.S., New Zealand, the U.K., Continental Europe, and spent a summer in Antarctica as a field assistant. He is certain he has the largest collection of climbing guidebooks in Bethesda, Maryland.


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