✓ Meet new friends and make a difference in your local climbing community.
✓ Join a national network of more than 24,000 climbers in support of education and healthy climbing landscapes.
✓ Protect yourself with $12,500 of rescue coverage.
✓ Save money on gear, lodging, events, and more.
✓ Gain access to publications, grants, and digital resources.


Accidents happen. As backcountry users, it is our responsibility to be prepared and also to have a backup plan. If the worst should happen on your human-powered backcountry adventure, though, we've got your back. Your AAC membership includes: 

  • Up to $7,500 of Global Rescue Trailhead Rescue Services (available worldwide)

  • Up to $5,000 of Domestic Rescue Benefits (available in the U.S. only)

  • AAC members can purchase additional Global Rescue benefits at a 5% discount

Photo: AAC member Shelby Miller

Photo: AAC member Shelby Miller

Photo: AAC member Cheyne Lempe

Photo: AAC member Cheyne Lempe

Photo: AAC member Jeff Rueppel

Photo: AAC member Jeff Rueppel


AAC members have access to discounts from 300+ brands, 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. You’ll save on brands including:

  • Black Diamond - 20% off

  • Patagonia - 20% off

  • Rab - 20% off

  • Mountain Hardwear - 20% off

  • Adidas Outdoor - 40% off

  • Backcountry Access - 30% off

  • Outdoor Research - 40% off

  • Icebreaker - up to 40% off

  • Mammut - up to 45% off

  • CAMP - 25% off CAMP Outlet

  • SUUNTO - 30% off

  • Friction Labs - 48% off

  • Sterling Ropes - 15% off

  • Big Agnes - 40% off


As a member of the Club, you can be the first to receive new editions of our annual publications, 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.



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 staff member Sterling Boin

Photo: AAC staff member Sterling Boin

Photo: AAC member Ryan Sarka

Photo: AAC member Ryan Sarka

Photo: AAC member Michael Lim

Photo: AAC member Michael Lim



Protect the places you climb. The AAC was founded–and still exists today–because the mountains hold great power. The AAC policy team is working hard with partners, lawmakers and agency leaders to address issues facing outdoor recreation. Learn more


Get involved. Chapters are smaller, localized organizations within the AAC. Our Chapters work on a grassroots level in communities across the country by connecting members through local events, stewardship projects, and education. Learn more


Climb smart, climb safe. For over 100 years the AAC has led climbing education by documenting successes and failures and recommending best practices. Learn more