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 (Deceased)
  • Duke Abruzzi (Deceased)
  • Buddha Basnyat
  • Robert Hicks Bates (Deceased)
  • Fred Beckey
  • Glen W. Boles
  • Walter Bonatti (Deceased)
  • Christian J. S. Bonington
  • Oleg Borisenok
  • David Ross Brower (Deceased)
  • Joe Brown
  • Belmore Browne (Deceased)
  • Charles G. Bruce (Deceased)
  • James Bryce (Deceased)
  • John Buchan (Deceased)
  • Hubert Adams Carter (Deceased)
  • Tommy Caldwell
  • Riccardo Cassin (Deceased)
  • Yvon Chouinard
  • Nicholas B. Clinch (Deceased)
  • Norman Asa Clyde (Deceased)
  • Arthur P. Coleman (Deceased)
  • John N. Collie (Deceased)
  • Sir William M. Conway (Deceased)
  • William Augustus Brevoort Coolidge (Deceased)
  • Robert Craig (Deceased)
  • Ome C. Daiber (Deceased)
  • Kurt Diemberger
  • Norman Gunter Dyhrenfurth
  • Robert Charles Evans (Deceased)
  • Glenn Exum (Deceased)
  • Francis P. Farquhar (Deceased)
  • John P. Farrar (Deceased)
  • Benjamin Greely Ferris (Deceased)
  • Edward Feuz (Deceased)
  • William Osgood Field (Deceased)
  • Douglas W. Freshfield (Deceased)
  • Tom Frost
  • Fritiof M. Fryxell (Deceased)
  • Baron Francisque Gabet (Deceased)
  • Maj. Gen. Adolphus W. Greely (Deceased)
  • Jules J. Guilarmod (Deceased)
  • Henry S. Hall (Deceased)
  • John Harlin, III
  • Arthur P. Harper (Deceased)
  • Elizabeth Hawley
  • Kenneth Atwood Henderson (Deceased)
  • Maurice Herzog (Deceased)
  • Lynn M. Hill
  • Sir Edmund Hillary (Deceased)
  • Thomas F. Hornbein, M.D.
  • William Pendleton House (Deceased)
  • Charles Snead Houston, M.D. (Deceased)
  • Henry John Cecil Hunt (Deceased)
  • William H. Jackson (Deceased)
  • Kevin Jorgeson
  • Harish Kapadia
  • Andrew John Kauffman (Deceased)
  • William Sargent Ladd (Deceased)
  • Richard M. Leonard (Deceased)
  • Richard Manning Leonard (Deceased)
  • Jeffery George Lowe
  • George H. Lowe, III
  • Albert Henry MacCarthy (Deceased)
  • Ian Macnaught-Davis
  • Arisone Yuko Maki (Deceased)
  • George H. Mallory (Deceased)
  • Otis McAllister (Deceased)
  • James P. McCarthy
  • George Melville (Deceased)
  • Reinhold Messner
  • Maynard M. Miller
  • Dee Molenaar
  • Terris Moore (Deceased)
  • Arnold L. Mumm (Deceased)
  • Phyllis Beatrice Munday (Deceased)
  • Tomatsu Nakamura
  • Noel E. Odell (Deceased)
  • Rear Admiral Robert P. Peary (Deceased)
  • BernardPierre (Deceased)
  • William Lowell Putnam (Deceased)
  • Gaston Rebuffat (Deceased)
  • Louis French Reichardt
  • Thomas Riggs (Deceased)
  • Royal Shannon Robbins
  • Andre Roch (Deceased)
  • Theodore Roosevelt (Deceased)
  • Galen A. Rowell (Deceased)
  • Nazir Sabir
  • John Salathe (Deceased)
  • Audrey Salkeld
  • Peter Schoening (Deceased)
  • Douglas D. Scott
  • Vittorio Sella (Deceased)
  • Sir Ernest H. Shackleton (Deceased)
  • Eric E. Shipton (Deceased)
  • Oliver Perry Smith (Deceased)
  • Jans Christian Smuts (Deceased)
  • Sydney Spencer (Deceased)
  • Allen Steck
  • Henry Lewis Stimson (Deceased)
  • Tony Streather
  • Edward Lisle Strutt (Deceased)
  • Lionel Terray (Deceased)
  • James Monroe Thorington (Deceased)
  • Harold William Tilman (Deceased)
  • Miriam Eliot OBrien Underhill (Deceased)
  • Robert Lindley Murray Underhill (Deceased)
  • Charles Doolittle Walcott (Deceased)
  • Bradford Washburn (Deceased)
  • Arnold Wexler (Deceased)
  • John Oliver Wheeler
  • James W. Whittaker
  • Edward Whymper (Deceased)
  • Fritz Herman Ernst Wiessner (Deceased)
  • George Hubert Wilkins (Deceased)
  • John Edward (Jed) Williamson
  • Walter Abbot Wood (Deceased)
  • Fanny Bullock Workman (Deceased)
  • William Hunter Workman (Deceased)
  • Geoffrey Winthrop Young (Deceased)
  • Shi Zhan-Chun