Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada Section is one of the largest and most active sections in the American Alpine Club. With more than 1,200 members living in Northern California and Northern Nevada, they have a long tradition of community and volunteerism that unites members and welcomes all climbers. With the likes of Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Lovers Leap, Donner Summit, Pinnacles National Monument, and Bishop—not to mention the endless granite summits of the Eastern Sierra—there is enough climbing to keep anyone busy for several lifetimes. Sierra Nevada Section members regularly gather at events throughout the year to climb, help preserve crags and mountains, and socialize.

As a Northern California native living in Sacramento, Karen Zazzi spent most of her time water skiing, mountain biking and downhill skiing before checking off a "Bucket List Item" to see Everest and explore Nepal. The Khumbu, Ama Dablam, and the Nepalese people and culture, changed her life. She fell in love with the majesty of the mountains and found her place. She was introduced to the AAC at the Ouray Ice Festival. A week later, after climbing with Chicks WIth Picks, she became a member of the Club and her world opened up. In the AAC she found a community of fun, good people who are living their passion. She continues to meet amazing people and developed terrific friendships along the way.


Kristin Nute joined as a co-chair to the Sierra Nevada Section in April 2014. Growing up in the SF Bay Area and finding time to escape the busy pace to explore California and beyond has always been a passion. Yearly trips typically include camping and exploring near Kings Canyon, the Sierra Buttes and also catching winter peak views from the top of Thunder Saddle, Kirkwood. In the late 1990's, Kristin discovered climbing, and instantly gravitated to the challenges, adventures and community. Kristin is thrilled to be working the active and amazing Sierra Nevada Section

Banner photo: AAC member Jeff Rueppel