AAC Education

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 is 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.


Meet Your New Education Director: Ron Funderburke

Ron has been climbing for about 20 years, from boulders to big walls, on rock, ice, and snow. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on climbing education and safety with decades of experience:

AMGA-certified Rock Guide

Discipline Coorindator, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

Contributing Technical Editor, Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual

Author of five FalconGuides: Climbing: Gym to Rock, Climbing: Protection, Climbing: Knots, Climbing: Toproping to Sport, Climbing: Sport to Trad

Author, “Know the Ropes: Protection,” Accidents in North American Mountaineering

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Endorsed by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA)

Endorsed by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA)

In collaboration with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)

In collaboration with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)

 

 

And in partnership with guide services and climbing gyms nationwide.