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Midwest Section
AAC Regional and Section News


The Midwest Section is home to numerous impressive climbing areas, though many might not know it. Minnesota’s lakefront features tall cliffs that harbor stunning ice in the winter, and fun rock in the summer. Shady woodland crags and boulders abound across the Section, particularly in southern Illinois where the sandstone bouldering is some of the best in the country. And of course, Wisconsin houses the classic Devil’s Lake. 


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Find Guidebooks for the Midwest Section


Contact & Volunteer

It's easy to get in touch with your Regional Coordinator, or the Club.

Email Midwest Section Chair Ray Kopcinski at midwest@americanalpineclub.org

The Central Region is administered from the Club's offices in Golden, Colorado by Central Regional Manager Adam Peters

Email Adam at apeters@americanalpineclub.org

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

Check out the Central Region Volunteer Wall of Fame

Midwest Section Chair

Ray Kopcinski. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Ray started working after college as a teacher. Marriage and raising a family followed closely thereafter as well as a new job opportunity as a training manager for a Fortune 100 company. Currently employed by an international  professional association, Ray manages a full department of meeting planners responsible for organizing and producing large conventions across the globe.  While his interest in climbing started later in life, he has managed to have climbed on five of the seven summits, in addition to the Matterhorn, Grand Teton, volcanoes in Mexico, and most of the peaks in the Pacific Northwest. Love of the outdoors is superseded only by the love of a new grandson whom he hopes to be fitting for climbing shoes in the very near future!


The Midwest Section has a lot of great climbing. Are there any dedicated rock junkies interested in becoming an Ambassador? Community Ambassadors are climbers who live and are active in their local climbing communities. Like Section Chairs, they promote the AAC in their area. Local communities consist of climbing locales, population centers with significant numbers of climbers, and special interest groups like ice climbers, women or boulderers. Communities are best served by multiple ambassadors, those with time and energy to coordinate with Section Chairs and rally climbers in the area. Interested? Contact The American Alpine Club for more information.


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