CLIMBERS FOR CLIMATE
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CLIMB. PROTECT. EDUCATE. CONNECT.
Our ethos is directly tied to healthy mountain environments, and the American Alpine Club community endorses the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. Mountain regions are warming at roughly twice the pace of the global average and its time that we address this direct threat to our community. As such, we’re committed to taking action on climate change. Join us.
OUR CLIMATE CHANGE EFFORTS
As climbers, skiers, and mountaineers, we are intimately familiar with the mountain landscapes of the world. In our travels, many of us have already witnessed changes as mountain weather becomes more extreme, glaciers retreat, and danger from avalanche, rockfall, and mudslides increase. As we set off on this new route of engaging in coordinated action to mitigate the impacts of climate change, our efforts will focus on the following internal, local and global initiatives:
Developing a Climate Change Task Force comprised of leading researchers
Actively reducing our own carbon footprint by identifying means of moving towards net-zero carbon emissions as an organization
Expanding funding for AAC Research Grants, which are partly aimed at understanding and minimizing the impacts of climate change on alpine environments
Increasing the sustainability of AAC campgrounds and other properties.
LOCAL & NATIONAL
Advocating for legislation and policies that act to mitigate the impacts of climate change
Endorsing plans which pivot from traditional energy sources towards a future of clean and renewable energy
Developing scientific research on the economic and ecological impacts of climate change on local outdoor recreation based economies
Partnering with other national organizations such as Protect Our Winters, Winter Wildlands Alliance, The Outdoor Alliance and others.
Identifying pathways for our members to participate in carbon offset programs when traveling for climbing
Developing resources to connect climbers with scientists doing research in mountain settings
Partnering with global climbing organizations to craft and implement global solutions to mitigating the effects of climate change.
ABOUT JILL PELTO’S DECREASE IN GLACIER MASS BALANCE
ABOUT JILL PELTO—THE ARTIST & SCIENTIST
Jill Pelto is an artist and scientist from New England who grew up loving winter sports and trips to the mountains. She incorporates scientific research and data into paintings and prints to communicate environmental changes. Her multi-disciplinary work weaves visual narratives that reveal the reality of human impacts on this planet.
She completed both her B.A. degrees in Studio Art and Earth and Climate Sciences and her M.S. focused on studying the stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet at the University of Maine. Jill has conducted research on the mountain glaciers of Washington and British Columbia, in the Dry Valleys and Transantarctic Mountains of Antarctica, over the carved cirques of the Falkland Islands, and around the glacially-carved lakes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. While doing field research, Jill brings her trusted art supplies—watercolors and colored pencils—to capture the remote and beautiful landscapes that inspire her.
Jill draws on her diverse background to create artwork that opens dialogue about human impacts across temporal and spatial scales. Having researched and witnessed the reality of a changing planet, Jill believes we still have much work to protect it. Her work engages the complexity of climate change data and provides a new visual context to engage audiences.
Jill works in the North Cascade range in Washington every August with her father, glaciologist Dr. Mauri Pelto, on his North Cascade Glacier Climate Project (NCGCP). Every summer since 1984, Dr. Pelto leads a research team to study and measure a group of mountain glaciers, several of which have disappeared, across the range. In 2015, Jill felt particularly compelled to communicate the changes she witnessed after the field season—the severe effects of drought and forest fires and the creation of new lakes where glaciers used to be.
Her watercolor Decrease in Glacier Mass Balance is the first in a series she developed to engage climate change communication. In this work, Jill used scientific measurements from the NCGCP to highlight the decrease in mass balance of 10 glaciers between 1980-2014. Mass balance is the annual budget for the glaciers—the difference between total snow accumulation and loss. The NCGCP data show the glaciers’ mass balances were consistently negative, with the amount of loss increasing annually. Jill used the shape of the data line to illustrate the profile of a retreating glacier, a choice she emphasized by shifting the colors across the painting from snow to debris-filled ice.
By incorporating graphical information into her art, Jill hopes to provide audiences with new knowledge that can be connected to a wider emotional narrative. She views art as a uniquely articulate lens—through it she can address environmental concerns, raise awareness, and inspire people to see the planet differently.
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POLICY + ADVOCACY
PROTECT THE PLACES YOU CLIMB. The AAC was founded–and still exists today–because the mountains hold great power. The AAC policy team is working hard with partners, lawmakers and agency leaders to address issues facing outdoor recreation. Learn more
GET INVOLVED. Chapters are smaller, localized organizations within the AAC. Our Chapters work on a grassroots level in communities across the country by connecting members through local events, stewardship projects, and education. Learn more
CLIMB SMART, CLIMB SAFE. For over 100 years the AAC has led climbing education by documenting successes and failures and recommending best practices. Learn more
ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. As backcountry users, it is our responsibility to be prepared and also to have a backup plan. If the worst should happen on your human-powered backcountry adventure, though, we've got your back. Your AAC membership includes:
Up to $7,500 of Global Rescue Trailhead Rescue Services (available worldwide)
Up to $5,000 of Domestic Rescue Benefits (available in the U.S. only)
AAC members can purchase additional Global Rescue benefits at a 5% discount
INFORMED AND INSPIRED. Club members enjoy included copies of two of climbing’s most historic and treasured annual publications:
ACCIDENTS IN NORTH AMERICAN CLIMBING
Details the most noteworthy climbing and backcountry ski accidents each year. In this keystone of the Club’s education mission, climbers, rangers, rescue professionals, and editors analyze what went wrong so you can learn from others’ mistakes. Learn more and explore the Accidents archives.
THE AMERICAN ALPINE JOURNAL
Published since 1929, the AAJ documents mountain exploration and the year’s most significant ascents through first-person reports and photos; It’s both an essential historical record and a feast of inspiration. Learn more and explore the AAJ archives.
THE SHARP END PODCAST
Each month, the Sharp End brings to life stories from the pages of Accidents in North American Climbing, the annual publication of the American Alpine Club (AAC). Host Ashley Saupe interviews the climbers, skiers, and rescuers involved in life-threatening incidents and shares their lessons, helping all of us become safer climbers.
THE CUTTING EDGE PODCAST
The Cutting Edge podcast brings to life stories from the pages of the AAJ. Each month, an AAJ editor interviews a world-class climber just back from a wild new route or expedition, with in-depth discussion of the tactics behind the climb, along with the highs and lows of these adventures.
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SUUNTO - 30% off
Friction Labs - 48% off
Sterling Ropes - 15% off
Big Agnes - 40% off
Black Diamond - 20% off
Patagonia - 20% off
Rab - 20% off
Adidas Outdoor - 40% off
Outdoor Research - 40% off
KAVU - 50% off
All climbers have dreams. The American Alpine Club’s Live Your Dream grant has funded more than 200 dream trips all over the world. Get awarded up to $1,000 to advance your climbing, whether than means leading your first climb, testing your limits in the backcountry, or establishing new boulder problems.
Several other AAC grants enable climbers of all levels and disciplines to take the next step in their climbing, including cutting-edge and fast-and-light alpine pursuits as well as projects that combine climbing and humanitarian objectives.
*Must join between June 4th and June 31st, 2019 to receive free t-shirt incentive
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