- GORE-TEX & AAC Event Oct. 2 @the Silver Spring Civic Center in DC
- Seneca Rocks, WV Climbing WeekendOct. 11-14
- Slice O’ Pie Video Contest in the Southeast Kick-off
- Members Turn Rappelling Tragedy Into Opportunity
- Rumbling Bald Trail Days Re-Cap
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!
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Contact & Volunteer
It's easy to get in touch with your Regional Coordinator, or the Club.
Email your Southern Appalachian Section Chair, David Thoenen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Email the Club's offices in Golden at email@example.com
Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110
Southern Appalachian Section Chair
David Thoenen started climbing in college in 1964, attending rock-climbing classes sponsored by the college outing club. He then retired from climbing to focus his college years on beer, lacrosse, and sloppy partying. However, he’s always been an enthusiastic reader of mountaineering literature, collecting climbing books since he was 12 years old. When he hit the double nickel, after four decades of mountain backpacking, it occurred to him that the time had come to get back into climbing or give up the notion for good. So off he went at 55 to an eight-day Outward Bound rock-climbing school in western North Carolina. He survived, much to his amazement, relearning not only the basics of climbing but also some very interesting new dialect from his twenty-something classmates. David has recently retired after 35 years at IBM, so he now has time to invest in “Golden-Years Alpinism.”