Wednesday, July 2, 2014

October 30, 2014 Event at the New Paltz Library

Distinguished Climbers on the Shawangunk Cliffs Program at Elting

The Shawangunk Ridge is a defining edge of our valley and our livesThis unique wilderness has seduced generations of hikers and drawn climbers from around the world.  The Gunks’ compact but diverse landscape inspired artist Gregory Frux to create a twelve etching portfolio and many oil paintings, which will all be on display at the Elting Memorial Library, beginning October 27th. On Thursday, October 30th, Mr. Frux will also moderate a discussion with veteran rock climbers John Ross, Rick Gottlieb and [to be added] on their pioneering experiences on these seductive quartzite escarpments.  These cliffs have caught the climbing world’s imagination, and have changed lives.  Come hear these fascinating stories! This presentation is free and open to the public, and will be held at 7 PM, in the Steinberg Reading Room at Elting Library, 93 Main Street, New Paltz.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Photos from the AAC Summer Outing in the Adirondacks

Ausable Club between two heads, from the summit of Giant

John Tiernan and Phil Erard

Purple trillium, South face of Giant

Andrew Miller between boulder and hard place, Rocky Peak

Trillium on descent of Giant to Roaring Brook

Big boulder near Bald Peak, with Rocky Peak on the right

Dianne Lob at Owl's Head Lookout

New Cascade slide across the Valley

Joe DiSaverio and Wayne Wilson

Interesting sculpture on top of Pitchoff
Conor Moran pointing out the High Peaks of the Great Range on the First Brother on the way to Big Slide

Mary Margaret Anderson on her first rock climb

Lisa Andrews on TR at the Beer Walls

After hiking over Bald Mountain, Rocky Peak and Rocky Peak Ridge from Route 9

On top of Rocky Peak on the way to Giant

Bob Hall climbing on Shelving Rock near Lake George

John Tiernan and Joe DiSaverio on Pitchoff

View from Giant after hail and rain storm

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Announcing Two June Dinner Events for AAC Members

Date: Thursday June 5, 2014

Location: Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street ( Mad./Park)


Chin is perhaps the most celebrated and sought after adventure photographer and cinematographer
today. His work includes documenting first ascents in Africa and the Himalayas, including Kit Deslauriers
famed ski decent of Everest.

Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres 6PM; Dinner 7PM; Presentation 8PM

Date: Thursday June 12, 2014

Location: Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street ( Mad. /Park)


Special Guests: Conrad Anker and Wade Davis
Remembering the Great Everest Pioneer who disappeared on Everest 90 years ago by the climber who
discovered his body and by one ofthe great chroniclers ofthe British Expeditions of the 1920's.
There will also be an art sale, benefiting the Khumbu Climbing Center, of work by Jenni Lowe Anker and
Thorn Ross. The Khumbu Climbing Center, founded by Conrad, trains Sherpas in safe climbing

Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres 6PM; Dinner 7PM; Presentation 8PM

AAC Member Price (for each event): $65 Non Members $70. No refunds for cancellations or no shows
To make a reservation please email reservations or call the Explorers Club at 212-628-
8383 with credit card information.

As both events will surely sell out, prompt response is strongly advised.

Friday, January 31, 2014

April 2014 Trip to Utah's Redrock country

Make Art in Utah’s Redrock Canyon Country
with Instructors Gregory Frux and Janet Morgan - April 14-18

Attention Artists!

Immerse yourself in the quiet, colorfully textured beauty of Southern Utah’s labyrinth of canyons. Escape Goats ( is teaming up with Art & Adventures ( to provide a unique fully catered fun filled 4-night 5-day specialty tour within the Escalante Grand-Staircase National Monument.  Base camp will be located at a seldom-visited location along the famous Hole-in-the Rock Road.  Guided hikes and art instruction will be held at gorgeous settings like Harris Wash, Big Horn Slot Canyon, Cedar Wash Arch,  Devils Garden  and other spectacular areas.

Hikes will vary from 2 to 5 miles round trip. You will receive lessons and work alongside two professional artists with over thirty years experience each. Gregory Frux is an expert in outdoor oil painting, Janet Morgan is an accomplished watercolorist, both are conversant in field sketching and they can provide individual instruction in various mediums at all experience levels. This trip will be a rich learning experience--  We will explore geology, plants, desert wildlife, and local history.  All gear and transportation from Escalante to base camps and hikes will be provided (tents, sleeping bags, pads, food). $1250.00 plus tax per person.  $200 deposit required, non-refundable 30 days prior to trip.  Group size is minimum four guests, maximum eight, insuring personalized attention.

Art & Adventure’s  Janet Morgan and Gregory Frux are artists whose sense of adventure, both local and exotic inform and enrich their art. Together they have taken their unique painting styles, often working side by side  in remote locations including Morocco, Peru, Bolivia,  Patagonia, Antarctica, Arctic Norway, Central Asia (showing at National Museum of Art of Kyrgyzstan) and Mt. St. Helen National Volcanic Monument and as Artists-in-Residence in Death Valley National Park , Weir Farm National Historic Site, Joshua Tree National Park and Glacier National Park.  The artists have been to this region to paint and explore five previous times. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Photos from the AAC Winter Outing

Michael Schlenker leading Waterfall, Poko-Moonshine

Peter Helmetag and Gianna

Michael on Waterfall at Poko-Moonshine

Gully near Bushido, Poko-Moonshine

Vic Benes on Waterfall, Poko-Moonshine