There’s a ground up tradition in North Carolina, and the Charlotte Chapter is no different. The chapter was born in early 2015 when some members organized a free rappelling clinic. Now the members have monthly social gatherings, or Alpine Pint Nights, at various watering holes around the city. Between crafty beverages, a motley crew of dedicated climbers is crafting new ways to give back to the broader climbing scene. They’ve hosted a book signing event and fundraiser, and have started a recurring clean up at their local crag. The Charlotte Chapter is focused on projects and people, striving to create healthy climbing landscapes and a stronger climbing community at the same time.
Meet Your Chapter Chair:
Garrett Gossett grew up in southwest Georgia, an area renowned for gnats and gators rather than rock climbing. But through scouting and summer trips to North Carolina, he fell in love with the mountains and gained an appreciation for nature. Countless backpacking trips over the years eventually led to an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, which Garrett completed after graduating. In 2006, he moved to Charlotte to work as an electrical engineer, where he soon discovered a vibrant climbing community with strong traditional ethics. Garrett has been a volunteer for the AAC since 2015 when he helped organize a rappelling clinic. He hopes that the Charlotte Chapter will be a place where both new and seasoned climbers can grow stronger. When he’s not climbing, Garrett can be found backpacking with his wife in the South’s tallest peaks.