Guidebook to Membership

This Is Your Club. We Are The AAC. Below is the online version of the Guidebook to Membership—the Club's collaborative yearbook. You are the climbers, photographers, and storytellers who make this publication possible. So, flip on through, and get inspired. You might even find a new discount that you didn't even know you had.

Download the 2018 Guidebook or view by clicking on an issue above. Want your own 2018 hard copy? Email us.


The 2019 Guidebook to Membership theme will be Climbers Uniting for Change. This can be change at a social level, an industry level, a personal level—however you interpret it.

We’re trying something new this year: giving you, our members, the chance to pitch us what you’d like to write about (or see written about) through this form, by January 1st. As an additional incentive, if we pursue and feature your idea, you’ll receive a $100 gift card to Patagonia.

Keep in mind that volunteering to write a story will involve a couple months of drafting and polishing it.

For creative inspiration, take a look at stories we’ve published previously by browsing the Guidebooks online above. Some of our favorite stories have included:

  • A member’s experience going with the flow when the 2013 International Climbers’ Meet unexpectedly changed location from Yosemite to Bishop

  • The story of a rescue during the first ascent of Saser Kangri II

  • How one member turned a tragedy into an opportunity to spread the word on rappelling best practices

  • Why the AAC library is what dreams are made of

We can’t wait to hear what you all have in mind for this year’s Guidebook to Membership!
Questions? Email [email protected]