Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Come Get Your Signed Copy Of The New Yankee Rock & Ice!

When: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7pm
Where: Patagonia Meatpacking, 414 W. 14th St., NYC 10014

Join us at Patagonia Meatpacking for an intimate discussion with Laura Waterman and Michael Wejchert - the two who - along with Guy Waterman - wrote the book on rock climbing in the Northeastern United States. We'll have a presentation from the authors and an opportunity to have your book signed afterwards.  Snacks and drinks provided, so please make sure to bring your reusable cup with you. 
First published in 1993 by Guy and Laura Waterman and hailed as a classic,Yankee Rock & Ice is now reissued in a new edition with four new chapters covering the 1990s through today.

Yankee Rock & Ice is a comprehensive and entertaining history of rock and ice climbing in the Northeast, traces the growth of these popular sports in New England and New York, and covers the trailblazers of the 18th century through today’s events and personalities. Well-known mountaineers and preservationists, Guy and Laura Waterman have explored every corner of the mountains of New England and New York and done solid historical research on first ascents of classic routes and the climbers who have made them legendary. Climber Michael Wejchert joins Laura for the work on the second edition.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

NY Section Autumn dinner has been canceled

It is with some sadness that I share the news that after more than three decades we will be suspending the annual NY Section dinner. The plan is to develop a more intimate event in the spring for those looking to spend a formal evening with friends, and then a larger, more accessible gathering for the fall of 2019. The reasons for this are many, including the time and effort required to put on an event of this magnitude as well as the changing demographics of the Club. These issues had been a source of discussion among the dinner committee over the last several years. This year circumstances combined to make canceling the dinner the prudent option. 

We wholeheartedly thank the many of you who supported the Section and the dinner over the years. It was a special event that spoke to the spirit of the New York climbing community. A true extension of gratitude must be made to former NY Section Chair Phil Erard, who conceived of the dinner in the early 1980s and whose tireless effort and endless enthusiasm kept the dinner going for the past 30+ years. Thank you, Phil!

I know that some of you will be disappointed with this news. It was a decision not taken lightly. It’s now time to forge ahead into the possibilities of the new. Please consider joining us at one of our Section Outings or at the new events in the spring or next fall.

Best regards,

NYC Film Premiere, Free Solo

When: Friday, Sept. 28, showtime TBD
Where: Angelika Film Center New York, NY

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, the directors of “MERU,” comes FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers opening weekend.  View Trailer

If there is enough interest, we will reserve discounted group tickets and host a social after the film. Please RSVP.


Friday, July 20, 2018

NY Section Members In North Cascades

Metro NY Section Members Rob Bixby and Greg van Inwegen just returned from a North Cascades climbing trip with AAC member and Guide Marty Molitoris of New Paltz based Alpine Endeavors. The team summited Sahale on July 16th and Forbidden Peak via the South Ridge on July 17, both from Boston Basin. 

Ron reports that conditions were excellent.  Snow had receded from most rock climbing areas the week before.  They had perfect weather for both climbs. There was a helicopter rescue of a guy who fell in a moat coming off the glacier below Mt Torment the day before they climbed Forbidden. The moats are tricky and claimed a fatality a few years ago.  There was some crevasse hazards as well. The couloir from glacier to Forbidden south ridge col is well traveled and was getting pretty thin with some holes thru it. Careful climbing was required.  South Ridge is a popular climb and was fairly crowded.  They did an alpine start to avoid the back-up at the couloir.  1am start from Boston Basin lower camp, across the glacier by daylight, up the couloir in an hour, up the ridge and summit at noon, back to Boston Basin by 7:00pm. Congrats to Rob, Greg and Marty on a great trip.

Climbing the couloir (photo provided by AAC member Ron Bixby)