u.s. athletes

As the UIAA Member Federation, the AAC has the responsibility to connect with all U.S. athletes wishing to compete in UIAA International World Cup Events. The AAC provides licenses to compete and registers athletes at competitions they will be attending. 


The AAC is now accepting applications for the 2020 US Ice Climbing Team. Application deadline is August 31, 2019, and team members will be announced by September 15, 2019.

Check out our News Release to learn more

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  • UIAA Competition License: This can ONLY be obtained through your countries member federation to the UIAA. In the United States, the American Alpine Club is the sole granter of UIAA licenses for ice climbing competition.

  • Individual Competition or Season Pass Registration: Each UIAA International World Cup stop must receive an athletes registration from the countries member federation to the UIAA. Again, the American Alpine Club is the sole organization that can register athletes for individual IWC events or the season pass of IWC events. Registration is limited and a formal ranking process is being developed for the time when the U.S. has more athletes request registration than the U.S. has registration slots.

  • U.S. Ice Comp Series: A series of local comps is being assessed to help in ranking individuals wishing to compete in IWC events. This system will be valuable if the International Olympic Committee were to decide that Ice Climbing is a official sport in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

meet our 2019 athletes

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