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American Alpine Club Announces New Southeast Regional Coordinator

June 21, 2012; Golden, CO—Today marks another important milestone in the AAC’s implementation of their Strategic Five-year Plan. The Club is pleased to welcome Lisa Hummel as the new Southeast Regional Coordinator. Later this summer, she’ll join the rest of the Club’s Community Programs team—completing the hiring process for all regions of the U.S.

As part of the AAC’s Strategic Plan, the Club will deliver ever more AAC programs at the local level—through more social gatherings, advocacy for local crags, initiatives such as mentorship and skills education, and conservation work—identified by local climbing communities and supported by AAC grant funding (like the new Cornerstone Crag Conservation Grant).

Lisa Hummel joins the Club with a wide variety of work experiences: from organic farming to stone masonry to sales & account management in the climbing industry. She started climbing while attending Appalachian State in Boone, NC, and has climbed and bouldered all over the United States. Recently she has been a pioneer in the development of bouldering in the Linville Gorge.

Hummel has been active all over the Southeast as a volunteer for Local Climbing Organizations and events like the Triple Crown Bouldering Series.

She brings great enthusiasm and energy to everything she does and will be a great asset to Community Programs as the Club continues to build its local presence in the Southeast.

Hummel said, by email, “The Southeast—Appalachia in particular—houses some of the greatest characters as well as some of the best, world-class climbing; from run-out hairball trad in Linville Gorge, NC, to steep jug-hauls in the Red River Gorge, KY, to the bouldering-style sport routes in the New River Gorge, WV. Not to mention some of the best rock quality and high concentrations of bouldering from Chattanooga, TN, to Horse Pens 40, AL, to Boone, NC. There are enough established boulder fields, and many more to be discovered to keep someone busy for a lifetime.”

She continued, “The Southeast is at the core of my extended climbing community. While there are very diverse sub-cultures and sub-regions within the Southeast, I believe we all have similar goals and values at heart. My roots have grown deep and wide here in the southeast, and I am very excited to get out as the Club’s Regional Coordinator. I am looking forward to connecting with local members, volunteers, and climbing organizations to establish some great local gatherings, and many meaningful projects and goals.”

About the Southeast Region of the American Alpine Club
The Southeast Region of the American Alpine Club comprises Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia. From clusters of sandstone boulders in Alabama to 1,000’ granite cliffs in North Carolina, the Southeast has an incredible variety of stone. Geologic excellence abounds at destinations such as Laurel Knob, New River Gorge, T-Wall, Obed, Stone Fort, Horse Pens 40, and dozens of backyard crags. Locals here are hard at work protecting these areas as the community grows in this region. Many active Sections of the AAC inhabit this area and it is the home of the New River Gorge Campground of the Club, new for 2012. Read more about the Southeast Region—and all the Regions of the Club—in the 2012 Guidebook to Membership.

About The American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org. Join the AAC’s online community at facebook.com/americanalpineclub, americanalpineclub.org/news, or follow all the latest press on the Club’s Press Room RSS feed at americanalpineclub.org/prfeed.