From the AAC Library Collection, ©Vittorio Sella, courtesy Decaneas Archive, Boston, MA

From the AAC Library Collection, ©Vittorio Sella, courtesy Decaneas Archive, Boston, MA

2018 ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER WEEKEND

February 23 - 24, 2018 in Boston, MA

40th Anniversary of Americans on K2
 


PLEASE JOIN THE AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB FOR THE 40th ANNIVERSARYAND CELEBRATION OF THE 1978 AMERICAN K2 EXPEDITION—the first Americans to summit the Mountain of Mountains.

At 8,611 meters, K2 is the second highest peak in the world. Remote and steep, it does not see many ascents. Mountaineer George Bell said it is was “savage mountain that tries to kill you.” Later, Messner called it the “Mountain of Mountains." Regardless of your perspective on its difficulty, it is one of the most striking peaks on earth.

Jim Whittaker led the 1978 expedition that put the first Americans—Jim Wickwire, Louis Reichardt, Rick Ridgeway, and John Roskelley—on the summit. Join us in celebrating the astounding accomplishments of these climbers and the alpinists who have followed in their footsteps.

The 2018 Annual Benefit Dinner features a keynote from Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the first woman to climb all 14 8,000-meter peaks—including K2—without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters.


Look Who's Coming to Boston:

Click HERE to see which stars of climbing, industry leaders, and friends of yours are coming to the Dinner!

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INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

Join the Annual Dinner Facebook Event Page to receive the most up to date event announcements.


2018 Host Committee:

Mark and Theresa Richey - Committee Chairs

Bruce Franks, John Kascenska, Garry Menzel, Rick Merritt, Vanessa O'Brien, Louis Reichardt, Dianne Roberts, Nancy Savickas, Steve Swenson, Graham Vickowski, Pete Ward, Jim Whittaker, Jim Wickwire, Freddie Wilkinson, Jed and Perry Williamson



Weekend Schedule:

February 23, 2018

Annual AAC's Member Meeting
Time: TBA
Location: Central Rock Gym - Watertown, 74 Acton St, Watertown, MA 02472

Climbers' Gathering
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Location: Central Rock Gym - Watertown, 74 Acton St, Watertown, MA 02472

All Saturday events hosted at the Fairmont Copley Plaza at 138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA 02116

Saturday Sessions
Time: 9am - 2pm
Panels and presentations on topics relevant to today's community and climbing's storied past.

VIP Reception* 
Time: 5pm - 6pm
    *By invite only

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
Time: 6pm - 7pm

Dinner, Awards and Keynote by Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Time: 7pm - 10pm

February 25, 2018

VIP Brunch with 1978 K2 Team, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, and Award Winners*
Time: 10am -11:30am
Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza at 138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
    *Included with VIP Tables and Patron Tickets


The North Face Team posing for a family photo. Photo: Tegra Nuess

The North Face Team posing for a family photo.

Photo: Tegra Nuess

Wow, I had such an amazing time last night! I feel so lucky to have been in that room, seen the inspiring presentations, and had the opportunity to talk with all those crazy awesome people.

One surreal moment blurred into the next.
I really can’t get over how cool it was!
— AAC Member Hannah Malvin

Start Planning Your Trip:

Room Block

The AAC is proud to partner with the Fairmont Copley Plaza to offer you specially discounted rooms for the nights of 2/23 and 2/24. Rooms are limited, so reserve your today online by FOLLOWING THIS LINK or by calling 1 (800) 441-1414 and identifying your affiliation with The American Alpine Club.

Flights

The closest airport is the Boston Logan International. 

To get to the Fairmont Copley Plaza from the airport, you can take public transportation via THIS ROUTE.


Presented By:

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Supported By:


Official Media Partner of the Annual Benefit Dinner:

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Sponsorship:

To learn more about the unique and dynamic event sponsorship opportunities email Heidi at [email protected]


2017 Recap:

The record setting 2017 Annual Benefit Dinner was truly a night to remember. The climbing community gathered and great things happened: inspiring panels discussed problems facing the growing sport of climbing, old friends reunited, a record amount of money was raised for our conservation and advocacy program, Washington's Senator told us to "go get a dog", and we honored 5 very deserving climbers. All in one day!

Photo: Jim Aikman

Photo: Jim Aikman

Get the full 2017 Annual Benefit Dinner Weekend Recap here!

 

Press Room:

Climbing legend Conrad Anker tells of ‘out-of-sorts’ year, what climbers could teach Trump
"I participate, I talk to people — I’m not going to run for office. I’m an atheist and I think football is dumb."
      - Seattle Times interview

Alpinist Article on the 2017 Award Winners



Banner photo: AAC member Jim Aikman