Whether you’re new to climbing or have been at it for decades, the AAC is your single best climbing education resource. We have been at the leading edge of climbing education since we began publishing Accidents in North American Climbing in 1948. And today our education team is working with the UIAA and institutions around the country to establish national curriculum and safety standards to improve climbing knowledge and reduce accidents.

Here at the AAC, we take a different approach to education. We believe that learning mechanics are less important than understanding the governing principles behind those mechanics. As a result, the programs and resources here take a knowledge-based approach rather than encourage pre-packaged, prescriptive methods.


Universal Belay Program

The AAC’s Universal Belay Program is designed to help every belayer find a common language and recognizable belay standard to ensure you get a safe catch.


Know The Ropes

View the Club's index of educational videos and resources.

Volunteer Resources:

Local Education Resources

UIAA Volunteer Certification

Meet Your Education Team:

Have a safety or education question you’d like answered? Email Ron and Azissa.