aac-endorsed climbing schools

Every climber is a student at some point, and finding a good teacher is not always the easiest thing to do. Advertisements and google searches do not always lead to the best teachers. There is not always a guarantee that guides and instructors are adequately trained or certified.  Use the catalog below to discover AAC-endorsed climbing schools, guides, and instructors that are recommended by the American Alpine Club.  AAC Education recommends AMGA certified guides and instructors, and we happily refer students to AMGA Accredited climbing schools and guide services.  Check out the American Mountain Guides Association website for a complete list of certified guides, climbing instructors, and AMGA accredited programs.

If you know an AMGA accredited program that is not on this list but should be, apply to AAC Education Manager Ron Funderburke with a cover letter to start a formal review and endorsement application.

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
Contact: Jon Tierney
PO Box 121
Orono, ME 04473-0121


Alpine Endeavors
Contact: Martin Molitoris
PO Box 58
Rosendale, NY 12472

American Alpine Institute
Contact: Dunham Gooding
1515 12th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7419


Atlantic Climbing School
Contact: Eli Simon
PO Box 514
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


Certified Guides Co-operative
Contact: Geoff Unger
P80 Old Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903

Chockstone Climbing Guides
Contact: Jim Ablao
1533 NW Saginaw
Bend, OR 97701


Colorado Mountain School
Contact: Mike Alkalis
2829 Mapleton Ave
Boulder, CO 80301


Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School
Contact: Keith Moon
PO Box 514
North Conway, NH 03860


Exum Mountain Guides
Contact: Cyndi Hargis
S Jenny Lake Box 56
Moose, WY 83012


First Ascent Climbing School
Contact: Jim Ablao
1136 SW Deschutes Ave
Redmond, OR 97756


Fox Mountain Guides
Contact: Karsten Delap
3228 Ashville Rd
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768


High Xposure Adventures
Contact: Robert Ferrari
8 Nichols Rd
Armonk, NY 10504


International Mountain Guides
Contact: George Dunn
PO Box 246
Ashford, WA 98304


Irwin Backcountry Guides
Contact: Alan Bernholtz
PO Box 1807, 330 Bellview Ave
Crested Butte, CO 81224


Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
Contact: Dan Heilig
PO Box 7477
Jackson, WY 83002


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Alpine Guide Program
Contact: Dave Miller
PO Box 290
Jackson, WY 83025


Kent Mountain Adventure Center
Contact: Harry Kent
P.O. Box 835
Estes Park, CO 80517


Mountain Madness
Contact: Mark Gunlogson
3018 SW Charlestown St
Seattle, WA 98126


Mountain Skills Climbing Guides
Contact: Doug Ferguson
PO Box 991
New Paltz, NY 12561


Mountain Trip
Contact: Todd Rutledge
PO Box 658
Ophir, CO 81426


Oregon Ski Guides
Contact: Pete Keane
PO Box 1167
Bend, OR 97709


Peak Rescue Institute
Contact: Glenn Pinson
23737 Outrigger Dr
Canyon Lake, CA 92587


Sawtooth Mountain Guides
Contact: Erik Leidecker
250 Neice Ave - PO Box 18
Stanley, ID 83278


Skyward Mountaineering
Contact: Vince Anderson
2394 Ridgeway Ct
Grand Junction, CO 81507

970 325 3305

Smith Rock Climbing School
Contact: Cliff Agocs
PO Box 1167
Bend, OR 97709


Sylvan Rocks
Contact: Daryl Stisser
PO Box 600
Hill City, SD 57745


The Rock Club
Contact: Matt Raue
130 Rhodes Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801


The White Mountain School
Contact: Ted Teegarden
371 West Farm Rd
Bethlehem, NH 03574


Timberline Mountain Guides
Contact: Cliff Agocs
PO Box 1167
Bend, OR 97709


University of Utah Climbing Program
Contact: Nate Furman
375 S 1400 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Some of these climbing schools, guides, and instructors offer discounts to AAC members.