The Southwest Section of the American Alpine Club covers all of the fantastic Southern California and Southern Nevada climbing.  From classic areas like Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, and Tahquitz to Idyllwild, Malibu, and Mt. Charleston—the Southwest Section hosts more climbing and great weather than most folks know what to do with. The Section is active and growing daily with various climbing-related activities occurring in the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas areas.


Los Padres

Los Angeles

San Diego


Meet your section chair:

Tony Yeary, a native Southern Californian, started climbing in the early 70’s at Rubidoux.  Before long, he’d graduated to Big Rock, Joshua Tree, Tahquitz and Suicide, the Needles, the Valley and beyond—pursuing bigger mountains from the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, and the Mexican Volcanoes, to the high peaks of the Andes; including several expeditions to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.  At the end of the day, however, he’ll say he’s still a boulderer at heart!

Between exploits on the rock Tony managed to earn a BA from CSUF, in Geography, specifically Geomorphology; specializing in Pleistocene Glaciology in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California. He raised four children and retired from a career with Ralph’s Gro. Co. When not climbing, he now works at REI as a camping/climbing specialist. Tony has been an active member of the AAC for over 25 years—he eats, breathes, and sleeps climbing—from mountaineering and alpine routes to sport climbing, trad cragging, bouldering and everything in between.

Banner photo: AAC member Jeff Rueppel