Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NY Section Autumn Dinner & Social

Last Saturday, Nov. 11th over a hundred Section Members and their guests gathered at the Union Club to meet friends, share a meal, hear a Live Your Dream grant winner report and meet Vanessa O'Brien, the first American women to summit K2.
First American women to summit K2, Vanessa O'Brien addresses the crowd

Grading the answers to the K2 Quiz, Judges Howard Sebold, Metro NY Section Chair and Jonathan O'Brien

Executive Members of the US Nepal Climbers Association (USNCA) and reps from Arc'Teryx Soho, K2 Quiz sponsor with O'Brien and Sebold
L to R - AAC CEO, Phil Powers; Metro NY Section Chair, Howard Sebold; Pasang Rinji Sherpa, President USNCA, Vanessa O'Brien, 1st U.S. woman to summit K2, Ang Gyalzen Sherpa, Secretary USNCA and Ngawang N. Sherpa 
Event speakers Vanessa O'Brien and LYD grant winner, Greg Morrissey with members of the St. Peter's Prep Adventure Club
 Former NY Section Chair Phil Erard with wife Corrine and climbing friend Kwan Choe

AAC CEO Phil Powers delivers a Club update

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Annual Autumn Social & Dinner Registration Is Open

Online registration is now open!
When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Where: Union Club, 101 East 69 Street at Park Avenue, NYC

Wine and Beer Open Bar
K2 - The Final Conquest by Vanessa O’Brien
K2 Quiz with prizes by Arc’Teryx Soho


Please join us for the 37th annual Metro NY Section social & dinner. This year we will focus on the event's social aspects allowing more time for mingling and group interaction. There will not be an auction or fundraising aspect to the dinner.

Known as The Savage Mountain, K2 had never had an American woman reach the summit before this year when Vanessa O’Brien was able to beat the odds and stand on the summit.  Join us as we hear Vanessa recount tales of attempting K2 over the course of three years and see if you have what it takes to win the K2 Quiz that was played at K2 Base Camp this year. 

Tickets sellout, so reserve early for this not-to-be-missed event!

Thank you to our beverage sponsor, Proskauer Rose LLP, and our quiz prize sponsors Arc’Teryx Soho.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Public Lands Policy & Climbing.

As many of you may have heard, things are not looking so good for Public Land policy. This has a direct impact on our climbing and outdoor recreation. In particular here are some climbing specific issues I have been following:
Both the AAC and Access Fund are working hard in Washington DC to have climber's voices heard, however it is an up-hill battle.  Section Member Mara Burns, Store Manager Patagonia Meatpacking  shared this for those of you who would like to get more involved.
One of our grantees and partners in the campaign to protect our public lands, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA), is coordinating a public lands video project this month.  They are collecting short (15-30 seconds) videos, from people who love the outdoors and value our protected public lands. Here is video BHA made as an example:

If you’d like to participate in the video project, please do the following when shooting your quick video from your phone:
1) Introduce yourself by stating where you are from and describe your favorite public land or what you like to do on public lands. The video could be shot on public land - but it’s not necessary.
2) Tag @Patagonia and #publiclandowner and #keepitpublic
3) Share this with your friends and network – encourage others to join this positive, public lands message. 

We’ll be sharing these via our social channels – and encouraging folks throughout our entire network.   Here is a great example from our own Trail Running Ambassador - Luke Nelson -