Registration for Smith Craggin' Classic Opens; Others Coming Soon

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We're topsy-turvy with excitement—registration for the Smith Rock Craggin' Classic is now open!

Join us and CAMP USA in historic Smith Rock State Park September 14th-16th for films, slideshows, clinics, parties, community and local stewardship and conservation projects in celebration of the Pacific Northwest's climbing and climbers.

Registration for the six other Craggin’ Classics will open soon; keep an eye on this page.

Photo: Trúc Nguyen Allen

Join us at Outdoor Retailer!

Check out our event line-up for the Outdoor Retailer! We hope to see you there.

AAC to Host 2019 UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing Competition in Denver, CO

The AAC is pleased to announce that UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing is coming to Denver, Colorado February 23–24, 2019. The new North American tour stop will serve as the 2018 / 2019 World Cup Ice Climbing Finals in which over 200 athletes from 26 countries around the world will compete for the overall World Cup in both Lead and Speed categories.

The 2019 event is the first time the Ice Climbing World Tour has come to Denver, Colorado. The weekend event will be held in Denver’s Civic Center Park and will be free to the public. The ice climbing competition will take place over two days with qualifying rounds on Sat, Feb 23, and semi-finals and overall finals on Sun, Feb 24.

Learn more.
 

AAC Creates Yosemite Timeline with NativesOutdoors

"Yosemite Valley (Ahwahnee in the language of the Ahwahnechee, who originally inhabited the area) has long been a bastion for American climbing, from the first ascent of the NW Face of Half Dome (Tissaack) to the first free solo of El Cap (Tutocanula). The AAC has been there nearly every step of the complicated (and sometimes dark) way—from guiding the establishment of the park to fighting for climbing as a legitimate use of wilderness in National Parks and advocating for the preservation and 2018 improvements to Camp 4, the iconic climbers' campground."

...We've worked with NativesOutdoors to put together this resource for all things Yosemite climbing and history. Check it out! 


Join or Renew for a Free Honn Solo T-shirt!

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Join or renew your AAC membership this month for this sweet t-shirt!

Yosemite Valley (Ahwahnee in the language of the Ahwahnechee, who originally inhabited the area) has long been a bastion for American climbing: from the first ascent of the NW Face of Half Dome (Tissaack) to the first free solo of El Cap (Tutocanula). We've been there nearly every step of the complicated (and at times dark) way—from guiding the establishment of the park, to fighting for climbing as a legitimate use of wilderness in National Parks and advocating for the preservation and 2018 improvements to Camp 4, the iconic climbers' campground. 

Help the Club continue its efforts in Yosemite and across the country by using PROMOCODE: HONNSOLOSHIRT when you join or renew in June and receive a free “Honn Solo” t-shirt with illustration by Lynn Mandziuk.

Access Fund Executive Director Steps Down

 Photo courtesy of Nate Ptacek

Photo courtesy of Nate Ptacek

Our friend Brady Robinson is stepping down from his role as Executive Director of the Access Fund to pursue global conservation work.

"From establishing and funding the Climbing Conservation Loan Program to the deep relationships with Local Climbing Organizations and his leadership in the Outdoor Alliance, Brady has expanded and strengthened the Access Fund,” says our CEO Phil Powers, "I look forward to working with Brady in his new role at Thompkins Conservation and, since he'll be staying nearby, many climbing days to come.”

It’s been a pleasure working with you, Brady!

2018 Live Your Dream Grant Recipients Announced

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The AAC and The North Face are proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Live Your Dream grantIn total, $72,150 was awarded to 158 individuals from across the nation, making 2018 the most successful year in the history of the Live Your Dream grant program. Roughly one out of every three applicants received an award. See the complete listing of grant recipients and their trips.
 
The climbing grant for climbers, by climbers, the Live Your Dream grant seeks to fund every-day adventurers looking take their abilities to the next level. Be it transitioning out of the gym or establishing a first ascent in the greater ranges, the purpose of this grant is to support and promote unforgettable experiences for mountain adventurers—to dream big, to grow, and to inspire others.

The 2019 Live Your Dream grant cycle will open for applications on February 1, 2019.

Climb the Hill Recap

 Stephen Gosling photo. 

Stephen Gosling photo. 

Climbers with the American Alpine Club, Access Fund and partner organizations just completed an impressive third ascent of Capitol Hill. On May 10th, an elite team of professional climbers, outdoor industry leaders, and grassroots partners charged the Hill to advocate for outdoor recreation and improved climbing management, with a specific focus on the Antiquities Act, the Land Water Conservation Fund and the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act.

Climb the Hill meetings helped move the needle on several policy issues and inspired congressional office to take action. Learn more about what we accomplished in the recap!

AAC Grief Fund Launches with 24hrs into the Black

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We're proud to launch 24-Hours into the Black, a fundraiser to help kickstart AAC's Climber Grief Fund: a program to support grieving climbers in need. At the end of this month, climbers Madaleine Sorkin and Mary Harlan will attempt to link 3 major routes in the Black Canyon in 24 hours. Madaleine says the effort is "for the nourishment we can find in the void, in the Black, and for the fierce and gentle persistence to trust life enough to risk returning time and time again.” 

Learn more about the journey here, follow Madaleine and Mary and donate on their fundraiser page, and look for updates on AAC’s Facebook

We're hopeful that Madaleine and Mary's incredible efforts to come on these climbs will kick off a positive beginning for a fund dedicated to helping climbers through dark times. 


Happy Mothers Day!

 "I feel like one of my most important roles as a mother is sharing the experience of mountains with my daughter." -Ammi Midstokke

"I feel like one of my most important roles as a mother is sharing the experience of mountains with my daughter." -Ammi Midstokke

We're sending hugs to all the moms out there who have encouraged and supported us, whether that's meant putting up topropes, helping us identify birds at the crag, looking at our photos when we return, or— in the case of AAC Member Ammi Midstokke and her daughter Beverly— taking us on wild and formative adventures.  

Read about Ammi and "B"s climbs and explorations here, and keep an eye out for more from this dynamic duo in the 2018 Guidebook to Membership. 

Thank you to all the strong mothers in this community. We're grateful for you!


Excellence In Climbing Registration Now Open

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Tickets to our Excellence In Climbing Celebration are on sale now! Raise a glass with us in celebration of climbers who give back. Dine, drink, and dance as we recognize those who better their communities.

This will be the 3rd Annual Excellence in Climbing Celebration, and undoubtedly the best one yet! Come peruse silent auction items ranging from gear to art to trips. Grab a tasty cocktail while you try your hand at the wine ring toss. After sampling the variety of delicious foods, the program will begin.

The highlight will undoubtedly be inducting the 2018 Hall of Mountaineering recipients. Past inductees into this esteemed hall include Libby Sauter, Tom Frost, Yvon Chouinard, Geoff Tabin, and more. Also presented at this year's event will be the esteemed Ad Carter Literary Award, recognizing excellence in climbing literature.

Back due to high demand: The AAC's Excellent Dance Party featuring Colorado's own 80's cover band—The Goonies! Last year's after party was off the hook with glow sticks, inflatable guitars, and dance moves so spicy they left people begging for more. This is one party you do not want to miss!

Last year's event sold out, so be sure to get your ticket here before they're gone. 

#ExcellenceinClimbing


Survey: Sexual Harassment and Assault in Climbing

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We're partnering with Alpinist and climbing organizations across the country to launch a survey on the occurrence of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the climbing world. Our goal is to quantify the extent of this problem in our community.

Your responses are important whether or not you have experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault. All responses will be kept anonymous unless you specify otherwise. The survey won’t require specifics, but you will have the opportunity to share details if you wish, or participate voluntarily in follow-up conversation(s). You may also have the opportunity to opt-in to journalistic reporting. The survey takes fewer than 5 minutes to complete, and should be done by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) on THURSDAY, May 31, 2018. (The deadline has been extended from May 6.) Take the survey here.


Responses gathered will be generalized for the purpose of reporting, and will be used to help us to impove policies to reduce incidents, increase understanding, and provide better support systems for all climbers. Analysis will be done by two independent data scientists: Dr. Callie Rennison, renowned victimologist, and leading expert in statistical and survey methods; and Charlie Lieu, trained computational biologist with nearly 25 years of big data and decision analytics experience, often in clinical context requiring HIPAA privacy and security.

Other than use for analysis purposes by the two data scientists listed above, the raw data will be inaccessible by anyone else without explicit consent. The final data set will be stored with the highest security method, on a password-protected air-gapped device.

If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact Dr. Rennison, at [email protected].

 

Photo: AAC member Jason Gebauer

American Alpine Club and Access Fund Prepare to Climb the Hill

 Some of the climbing representatives display their power after a successful day on Capitol Hill. From left to right are Sasha DiGiulian, Caroline Gleich, Libby Sauter, Quinn Brett and Katie Boue. Photo: Derek Franz.

Some of the climbing representatives display their power after a successful day on Capitol Hill. From left to right are Sasha DiGiulian, Caroline Gleich, Libby Sauter, Quinn Brett and Katie Boue. Photo: Derek Franz.

We're teaming up with Access Fund to tackle our next challenging ascent: Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill. On May 9-11th, we'll kick off the annual effort by meeting with law and policy makers and to advocate for public lands, outdoor recreation, and improved climbing management— and we'll bring an elite team of professional climbers, outdoor industry leaders, and grassroots partners to help.

Together, we'll advocate for balanced land management policy, with a focus on the Land Water Conservation Fund and Antiquities Act. Both organizations plan to pursue legislative and administrative efforts to increase access to public lands, defend environmental protections and pursue balanced energy policies on public lands.

To learn more, check out the Climb the Hill website and our press release. Stay tuned for more info on how you can get involved!


AAC Chicago Chapter Chair Savannah Buik Passes Away in Climbing Accident

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Our hearts are heavy with the news that Savannah Buik passed away in a climbing accident yesterday. Savannah was our charismatic Chicago Chapter leader, spent last summer interning with us here in Golden, and just graduated with her BS in Mathematics.

When, a few months ago, we asked her why she climbs, she wrote:
"I divert to climbing to help me experience ALL emotions: happiness, anger, frustration, sadness, excitement... the emotions combine to make me feel whole again. Climbing is my way of feeling."

Savannah was an inspiration in our community, and we miss her laugh ringing through the office and local crags. We continue to be inspired by her positive spirit.

*UPDATE: Savannah’s family has started the Savannah Buik Memorial Fund, which enables you to make a gift to the Club in her honor. Donate through the drop-down menu here. Thank you!

Membership Through the Lens: 2018 Guidebook Photo Contest Launches

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Calling all photographers! We're teaming up with Rab to feature your work in our annual Guidebook to Membership

Not only could you see your photo next to names like Keith Ladzinski and Andrew Burr in the 2018 Guidebook, but a couple lucky winners, drawn from submissions at random, will receive spring jackets from Rab! So start scrolling back through photos from your year—your sends, your flails, your campfires, your bivvies. Learn the contest rules and details, then send us those photos.

Deadline is April 10th. We can't wait to see your shots! 


2018 Research Grant Recipients Announced

 2017 Research Grant Recipient Rachael Mallon collects a sample on the Gerdine Glacier while studying the biogeography of snow algae communities.

2017 Research Grant Recipient Rachael Mallon collects a sample on the Gerdine Glacier while studying the biogeography of snow algae communities.

We're proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Research Grants, powered by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy (NREL) and supported by Icebreaker, Kavu, the Henry Gholz Memorial Fund, and the following endowments: Lara-Karena Bitenieks Kellogg Memorial Fund, Scott Fischer Memorial Fund, Arthur K. Gilkey Memorial Fund and the Bedayn Research Fund.

The AAC Research Grants program supports scientific endeavors in mountain environments around the world. Grant recipients’ research reflects AAC’s mission “to support our shared passion for climbing and respect for the places we climb” by contributing valuable information to our understanding of the world’s mountain ecosystems. Each grant recipient becomes an AAC Researcher, sharing their experiences, lessons learned, and findings with fellow climbers and the research community.

Check out our press release to see this year's Researcher's projects and learn more about the Grants here. Researchers: we can't wait to see what you discover!


AAC Celebrates Women's History Month

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Photo: climber Margaret Griffin, in camp and on Mount Baker, ca. 1920.

Women are sending the hardest routes out there and putting up first ascents worldwide. We couldn't be more excited to celebrate these feats this month and see where women lead the climbing community next!

Check out our Women Mountaineers exhibit, created in partnership with the Mazamas and Colorado Mountain Club Libraries, and our Women in Climbing Timeline.  

If you're in Colorado's Front Range, join us at the Women's HERstory Month gathering the evening of March 28th at our headquarters in Golden. 

Here's to the ladies who strengthen our community!