Pittsburgh Chapter




Meet Your Section Co-Chairs:

Cat Salvatore of the Pittsburgh, I am originally from Connecticut. I have been in Pittsburgh for about 3 years and started climbing not long after moving to the city. I absolutely fell in love The New River Gorge and the amazing community of people that live and climb there. I just came back from an amazing climbing trip in California and Nevada and now that I am back, looking forward to helping create more opportunities for community building in Pittsburgh. When I’m not in in the city you can catch me sport climbing at the New, following endless pitches of trad in the Gunks or tearing my way through “jagger bushes” in the backwoods hills of Southwestern PA in search of a good pebble wrestling match.


Jim Kunz, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the new Co-Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Section. Jim is a Pittsburgh native and got involved with climbing as a Boy Scout. He’s returned to climbing as an adult and says he has been amazed by the support and encouragement of the Pennsylvania climbing community, who welcomed a relative newcomer into the climbing way of life with open arms. Now, with the American Alpine Club, Jim is dedicated to extending that same support and openness to more climbers, especially in western Pennsylvania. When he’s not climbing, Jim is an Operating Engineer in a local union, of which his father and grandfather were both members. He also is involved in composing and playing experimental music.