In 2013, in an effort to recognize the long tradition of AAC activity in New York City and to spur new growth in other areas of the state, we split the New York Section into two centers: Metro New York and Upstate New York. The Upstate New York Section works closely with the Gunks Climbers Coalition in New Paltz and is involved with community events in the Albany area and the Adirondacks.


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Meet Your Upstate New York Section Co - Chairs:

Will Roth moved to Keene Valley in January 2005 after reading an article in a climbing magazines about the ice climbing scene in the Adirondacks. After his first winter he was hooked on the area. Now residing "up the hill" in Lake Placid with his wife Sara, he tries to be active in all aspects of climbing which results in him being mediocre, at best, at them all! Whether that's bouldering, rock or ice climbing, putting up new routes, he loves being outside getting after it. Besides climbing locally inside the "blue line" as much as possible he did spend a few years out west climbing all over and has traveled internationally to climb in the U.K, Peru and Bolivia. Will has been a member of the AAC since 2004. He joined originally for the rescue benefits so that he would be covered on his first international trip. Now besides all the other benefits of being a member, he feels that the community that the AAC supports and fosters is what really makes the AAC worth being a part of!

Mark Scott grew up in the Adirondacks, half an hour from the High Peaks. As a child he learned to suffer through, and find enjoyment in, the long winters and the dreaded bug season. He has distinct memories of paralyzing fear while cross-country skiing and hiking his first peaks with his family. These experiences served him well in travels and tribulations throughout the American West and in Peru and New Zealand. He has returned to the Adirondacks to continue his education in humility.