Support American Climbing

Become a member today and…

✓ Protect yourself with $12,500 of rescue coverage.

✓ Save money on gear, lodging, events, and more.

✓ Gain access to publications, grants, and digital resources.

✓ Meet new friends and make a difference in your local climbing community.

✓ Join a national network of more than 16,000 climbers in support of education and healthy climbing landscapes.


There are plenty of perks when you join the American Alpine Club. But if you really want to know what the AAC is all about, why it’s important, take a look around you. Look to the person holding your rope during that sketchy run out. Look to the mentor who first showed you how to belay. The partner throwing you a high-five at the summit. Your local legends. The gal next to you cracking a cold beer around the campfire. The AAC is about all of these people. It’s about community—about coming together. It’s about the legacy that is climbing, and celebrating it. Join us today.

Photo: AAC member Mike Schirf

Photo: AAC member Mike Schirf

Photo: AAC member Cheyne Lempe

Photo: AAC member Cheyne Lempe

Photo: AAC member Jeff Rueppel

Photo: AAC member Jeff Rueppel

Protect yourself with $12,500 of rescue coverage.

Accidents happen. As backcountry users, it is our responsibility to be prepared and also to have a backup plan. AAC membership automatically enrolls you for $12,500 of rescue coverage in case things go wrong climbing, hiking, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and more—any human-powered, land-based activity beyond the trailhead is covered. Simply joining the AAC helps make this $12,500 lifeline possible for you and your fellow members.

A Community Of Competent Climbers Supporting Healthy Climbing Landscapes.

Your membership dues fund important work that keeps us safe, our landscapes green, and our experience pristine:
• National climbing and safety standards.
• Climbing clinics and education nationwide.
• Policy that supports climbers’ rights, including access to public lands.
• Grants for local climbing infrastructure and anchor replacement.
Photo: AAC member Kirstin Ellis

Photo: AAC member Kirstin Ellis

Photo: AAC member Rob Kingwill

Photo: AAC member Rob Kingwill

Photo: AAC staff member Jeff Deikis

Photo: AAC staff member Jeff Deikis

Thousands of climbing partners at your fingertips.

Ask any one of our 16,000 members and they’ll tell you that one of the best perks is joining a community of like-minded individuals. Our new Member Share network makes connecting with fellow members easier than ever. Looking for a climbing partner? A couch to crash on? A guidebook to borrow? Simply log in to discover more than 10,000 climbers who have opted in to connect and share resources.

All The Information You Need, Delivered To Your Door.

As a member of the Club, you can be the first to receive new editions of the American Alpine Journal ($35 value) and Accidents in North American Climbing ($15 value), delivered to your door or inbox every summer. Read up on the year’s most significant climbs and stay in the know with accident reports and expert analysis to help keep you safe.

The AAC also has one of the most extensive climbing libraries in the world in Golden, CO. Use the Guidebook Finder to check out a guidebook for your next climbing trip, or search the catalog for a good climbing book or video. We’ll ship you whatever you want for free. Having a hard time finding information you need? Our library staff and volunteers are happy to assist with research.

Photo: AAC member Michael Lim

Photo: AAC member Michael Lim

Photo: AAC member John Lindmark

Photo: AAC member John Lindmark

Photo: AAC member François Lebeau

Photo: AAC member François Lebeau

Grants to make your dreams a reality.

All climbers have dreams. The American Alpine Club’s Live Your Dream grant has funded more than 200 dream trips all over the world. Get awarded up to $1,000 to advance your climbing, whether than means leading your first multipitch climb, testing your limits at 20,000 feet, or establishing new boulder problems.

Several other AAC grants enable climbers of all levels and disciplines to take the next step in their climbing, including cutting-edge and fast-and-light alpine pursuits as well as projects that combine climbing and humanitarian objectives.

Photo: AAC member Brad Schwarm

Photo: AAC member Brad Schwarm

Photo: AAC member Drew Smith

Photo: AAC member Drew Smith

Photo: AAC staff member Craig Hoffman

Photo: AAC staff member Craig Hoffman

Save Money On Everything You Need To Keep Climbing.

Rope. Rack. Camping fees. Gym memberships. The cost of doing what we love can add up quickly. As a member of the AAC you get access to exclusive discounts on popular brands including Patagonia, Black Diamond, Backcountry.com, and Mountain Hardwear, as well as savings at lodging facilities, gear shops, climbing gyms, and guide services across the country. Because every dollar saved is one more towards your next adventure.


Currently, the sport is growing at a rampant speed. I think that it is more essential than ever to bond together as a community to promote proper ethics and knowledge of the outdoors. Being a member of the American Alpine Club is beneficial to me because I have resources available to me to help build the path for future generations. The AAC serves as an emboldening organization for community competence and leadership advocacy. I am proud to be a member.
— Sasha DiGiulian, AAC member
 
 
For over a century, the AAC has helped protect our playgrounds around the world. Cast your vote to protect the places we climb by becoming a member today.
— Yvon Chouinard, AAC member

When you join the AAC, you’ll be welcomed into our national climbing family. Show your support and get access to:


✓ Your local chapter and a national network of 16,000 dedicated climbers.

✓ Hundreds of discounts on gear, lodging, events, and more.

✓ Dozens of benefits, including annual publications and $12,500 of rescue coverage.

✓ The satisfaction that you’re contributing to climbing education and conservation initiatives that make a difference locally and around the country.
Banner photo: AAC member Luke Humphrey