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Sierra Nevada Section
AAC Regional and Section News


The Sierra Nevada Section is one of the largest and most active sections in the American Alpine Club.  With more than 1,200 members living in Northern California and Northern Nevada, they have a long tradition of community and volunteerism that unites members and welcomes all climbers. With the likes of Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Lovers Leap, Donner Summit, Pinnacles National Monument, and Bishop--not to mention the endless granite summits of the Eastern Sierra--there is enough climbing to keep anyone budy for several lifetimes.  Sierra Nevada Section members regularly gather at events throughout the year to climb, help preserve crags and mountains, and socialize.


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Contact & Volunteer

Email Sierra Nevada Section Chair at sierranevada@americanalpineclub.org
Email Western Regional Coordinator Jeff Deikis at jdeikis@americanalpineclub.org
Email the Club's main offices in Golden at info@americanalpineclub.org
or Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110

Check out the Western Region Volunteer Wall of Fame


Sierra Nevada Section Co-Chairs

Karen Zazzi:

As a Northern California native living in Sacrament, Karen spent most of her time water skiing, mountain biking and downhill skiing before checking off a "Bucket List Item" to see Everest and explore Nepal. The Khumbu, Ama Dablam, and the Nepalese people and culture, changed her life.  She fell in love with the majesty of the mountains and found her place.  

On her return to California, Karen joined guided trips to learn how to climb. It was at the Ouray Ice Festival that she was introduced to the American Alpine Club. A week later, after climbing with Chicks WIth Picks, she became a member of the Club and her world opened up.

In the AAC she found a community of fun, good people who are living their passion. She has continued to meet amazing people and developed terrific friendships along the way—becoming one of the Sierra Nevada Section’s most active volunteers. She is looking forward to giving back to the Section that welcomes all and cares so much for their high places.

Kristin Nute:

Kristin joined the Sierra Nevada Section in April 2014. Growing up in the SF Bay Area and finding time to escape the busy pace to explore California and beyond has always been a passion. Yearly trips typically include camping and exploring near Kings Canyon, the Sierra Buttes and also catching winter peak views from the top of Thunder Saddle, Kirkwood. In the late 1990’s, Kristin discovered climbing, and instantly gravitated to the challenges, adventures and community. 

She is thrilled to support the Sierra Nevada Section … And, if you see her behind the desk at Mission Cliffs in San Francisco every once in a while, stop by and say hello!


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