Honorary Members

Honorary Membership is the highest award the AAC has to offer. It is given to those individuals who have had a lasting and highly significant impact on the advancement of the climbing craft. The AAC is proud to recognize the following individuals:

  • Vitaly Mikhailovich Abalakov

  • The Duke of Abruzzi

  • Buddha Basnyat

  • Robert Hicks Bates

  • Fred Beckey

  • Glen W. Boles

  • Walter Bonatti

  • Christian J. S. Bonington

  • Oleg Borisenok

  • David Ross Brower

  • Joe Brown

  • Belmore Browne

  • Charles G. Bruce

  • James Bryce

  • John Buchan

  • Hubert Adams Carter

  • Tommy Caldwell

  • Riccardo Cassin

  • Yvon Chouinard

  • Nicholas B. Clinch

  • Norman Asa Clyde

  • Arthur P. Coleman

  • John N. Collie

  • Sir William M. Conway

  • William Augustus Brevoort Coolidge

  • Robert Craig

  • Ome C. Daiber

  • Kurt Diemberger

  • Norman Gunter Dyhrenfurth

  • Robert Charles Evans

  • Glenn Exum

  • Francis P. Farquhar

  • John P. Farrar

  • Benjamin Greely Ferris

  • Edward Feuz

  • William Osgood Field

  • Douglas W. Freshfield

  • Tom Frost

  • Fritiof M. Fryxell

  • Baron Francisque Gabet

  • Maj. Gen. Adolphus W. Greely

  • Jules J. Guilarmod

  • Henry S. Hall

  • John Harlin, III

  • Arthur P. Harper

  • Elizabeth Hawley

  • Kenneth Atwood Henderson

  • Maurice Herzog

  • Lynn M. Hill

  • Sir Edmund Hillary

  • Thomas F. Hornbein, M.D.

  • William Pendleton House

  • Charles Snead Houston, M.D.

  • Henry John Cecil Hunt

  • William H. Jackson

  • Kevin Jorgeson

  • Harish Kapadia

  • Andrew John Kauffman

  • William Sargent Ladd

  • Richard M. Leonard

  • Richard Manning Leonard

  • Jeffery George Lowe

  • George H. Lowe, III

  • Albert Henry MacCarthy

  • Ian Macnaught-Davis

  • Arisone Yuko Maki

  • George H. Mallory

  • Otis McAllister

  • James P. McCarthy

  • George Melville

  • Reinhold Messner

  • Maynard M. Miller

  • Dee Molenaar

  • Terris Moore

  • Arnold L. Mumm

  • Phyllis Beatrice Munday

  • Tomatsu Nakamura

  • Noel E. Odell

  • Rear Admiral Robert P. Peary

  • Bernard Pierre

  • William Lowell Putnam

  • Gaston Rebuffat

  • Louis French Reichardt

  • Mark Richey

  • Thomas Riggs

  • Royal Shannon Robbins

  • Andre Roch

  • Theodore Roosevelt

  • Galen A. Rowell

  • Nazir Sabir

  • John Salathe

  • Audrey Salkeld

  • Peter Schoening

  • Douglas D. Scott

  • Vittorio Sella

  • Sir Ernest H. Shackleton

  • Eric E. Shipton

  • Oliver Perry Smith

  • Jans Christian Smuts

  • Sydney Spencer

  • Allen Steck

  • Henry Lewis Stimson

  • Tony Streather

  • Edward Lisle Strutt

  • Lionel Terray

  • James Monroe Thorington

  • Harold William Tilman

  • Miriam Eliot OBrien Underhill

  • Robert Lindley Murray Underhill

  • Charles Doolittle Walcott

  • Bradford Washburn

  • Arnold Wexler

  • John Oliver Wheeler

  • James W. Whittaker

  • Edward Whymper

  • Fritz Herman Ernst Wiessner

  • George Hubert Wilkins

  • John Edward (Jed) Williamson

  • Walter Abbot Wood

  • Fanny Bullock Workman

  • William Hunter Workman

  • Geoffrey Winthrop Young

  • Shi Zhan-Chun