The American Climber Science Program (ACSP) works to link scientists and climbers to help provide the knowledge necessary to preserve the alpine environment. The ACSP led expeditions to the Cordillera Blanca of Peru in the summers of 2011 and 2012 and will continue in 2013.
With a focus on integrated environmental assessment, ACSP strives to:
- Offer non-alpinist climbers and scientists the knowledge and experience necessary to safely explore mountain environments
- Foster a new generation of mountain scientists by engaging students in applied alpine research
- Integrate research agendas to help scientists communicate and achieve synergies in field data collection
- Increase conservation efforts in underserved international mountain regions and assist vulnerable stakeholders striving towards sustainability
If you would like to donate to this project, please click the DONATE button at right. Once you've entered your information, choose "Climber Science Peru Expedition 2013" from the “please use my gift for” drop-down menu, and proceed.
Mountains provide critical services for much of humanity, but currently they are undergoing unprecedented changes due to intensified human land uses and climate changes. The ACSP aims to examine these changing environmental conditions holistically through multi-discipline scientific research expeditions.
In 2013, the ACSP will be working in Huascarán National Park, Peru. The Cordillera Blanca mountains are a magnet for American climbers with over 33 peaks higher than 6,000 meters and hundreds of 5,000+ meter peaks. UNESCO declared this region – which includes Huascarán National Park (HNP) – critical enough to be designated the Huascarán Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.
The ACSP has already conducted successful expeditions to the Cordillera Blanca in 2011 and 2012 that gathered a great deal of data and have led to several publications and grant proposals to agencies such as NSF, NASA, and USAID. Our work is in conjunction with many Peruvian stakeholders including local universities, national park officials, and national ministries and is responsive to their expressed needs for environmental information. In 2014, we will likely expand to include Aconcagua and several localities in Nepal.
How to Apply
If you are a climber or scientist interested in participating in the June-August 2013 expedition, please fill out the application form below.
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Please note: The American Alpine Club (‘AAC’) has no relationship (legal or otherwise) to the ACSP and cannot be considered a partner or joint venturer of the ACSP. The AAC has not and will not review, monitor, comment on or condone any of the climbing or scientific aspects of the ACSP expeditions. Persons wishing to participate in ACSP expeditions must accomplish their own ‘due diligence’ on the appropriateness of participation and they should make no assumptions about the nature or safety of the expedition simply because this link appears on the AAC website. AAC cannot and will not bear any responsibility or liability for ACSP expeditions.