Raise a glass to climbers who give back

June 2, 2018 at the History Colorado Center

Raise a glass with the American Alpine Club in celebration of climbers who give back. Dine, drink, and dance as we recognize those who better their communities.

This will be the 3rd Annual Excellence in Climbing Celebration, and undoubtedly the best one yet! Come peruse silent auction items ranging from gear to art to trips. Grab a tasty cocktail while you try your hand at the wine ring toss. After sampling the variety of delicious foods, the program will begin.

The highlight will undoubtedly be inducting the 2018 Hall of Mountaineering recipients. Past inductees into this esteemed hall include Libby Sauter, Tom Frost, Yvon Chouinard, Geoff Tabin, and more. Also presented at this year's event will be the esteemed Ad Carter Literary Award, recognizing excellence in climbing literature.

Back due to high demand: The AAC's Excellent Dance Party featuring Colorado's own 80's cover band—The Goonies! Last year's after party was off the hook with glow sticks, inflatable guitars, and dance moves so spicy they left people begging for more. This is one party you do not want to miss!

Proceeds benefited the American Alpine Club Library and Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum— helping to preserve and celebrate our shared climbing history.

2018 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence

Three highly accomplished climbers from a variety of backgrounds will be inducted into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence. Inductees come from all disciplines; mountaineering, rock, ice and mixed. Inductees have had a significant impact on climbing history, but have also made contributions of meaning in other areas relating to the mountains and their vibrant communities. The multi-dimensional inductees have made lasting contributions in the areas of culture, environmental responsibility, community, the arts and sciences. And now we celebrate the sense of teamwork and selfless giving these amazing people have demonstrated!
Danika Gilbert

Danika Gilbert - For her work with ASCEND: Leadership Through Athletics, empowering young Afghan women through climbing to become leaders who are equipped and motivated to help their society transition to peace. More on Danika and her work with ASCEND.

David Roberts

David Roberts - For his storied career as a published author of over 20 books and mentorship of young  authors, preserving and growing the art of storytelling. More on David in this Alpinist interview.

Doug Chabot

Doug Chabot - For co-founding the Iqra Fund, which provides access to quality education, especially for girls in the remote regions of northern Pakistan, improving their quality of life. More on Doug and his inspiring work.

2018 H. Adams Carter Literary AWArd

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The H. Adams Carter Literary Award was established to recognize excellence in climbing literature by North American writers. Recipients of the award have contributed extensively and over many years to mountain and climbing literature.

Jeff Jackson - For dedicating over a decade of his life to the crafts of writing, editing, and storytelling. He currently serves as editor at large for Rock & Ice.

2018 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Selection Committee

Thank you to these volunteers for giving their time and expertise to help identify and recognize the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Inductees.

Chair: Charley Mace

Committee Members: Alison Osius, Libby Sauter, Michael Wejchert, Freddie Wilkinson


Host Committee:

Kevin Duncan, Paul Gagner, Charley Mace, Jim Moss, Alison Osius, Kim Reynolds, Sherry Richardson, Libby Sauter, Lauren Sigman, Michael Wejchart, Freddie Wilkinson

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Start Planning Your Trip:

Airport - If you're are joining us form afar, fly into Denver International Airport.

Hotel - Your closest option is the ART Hotel. Two other good options, each approximately 1 mile from the venue, are the Hyatt and the Sheraton.


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Press Room:

True Heroes of Climbing
"The word hero gets thrown around a lot in climbing. But as impressive as summiting K2 or bouldering V15 might be, the genuine heroes of climbing are those whose achievements help make the world a better place..." 

Women Are On The Rise In The Climbing World
"It was a giant stepping stone,” said Libby Sauter, the award recipient and also the keynote speaker of the night. Sauter is the youngest climber to be added to the Hall, and only one of five women in its history, since the club’s birth more than a century ago..."
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Banner photo: AAC member Luke Humphrey