Friday, February 5, 2016

Tickets Still Available For The Annual Benefit Dinner Weekend

February 26 - 27

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, D.C.

The AAC's largest and most prestigious event of the year brings together over 500 guests including climbers of all generations and disciplines, esteemed donors and high profile leaders. The weekend includes multiple events where you can rub shoulders with climbing legends, young and old alike. 

Celebrate 100 years of climbing in our beautiful National Parks, with keynote by Alex Honnold. Tickets include Honnold's presentation, high cuisine, great wine and beer, silent and live auctions, and access to other weekend activities including the Climbers' Gathering, panel discussions, and some of climbing's highest honors.

See Dinner Website for details and ticket purchases.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 Winter Outing

      Rufus on the ascent of Algonquin Peak (5,115 ft), MacIntyre Range, Adirondacks
The annual Metro NY Section Adirondack Winter Outing was held January 22-24 and in spite of the fall weather that lasted well into December winter did finally arrive in the Dacks. As usual, we booked the entire Rock & River Lodge in Keene, NY, for the exclusive use of NY Section members and guests. Both the snow and ice conditions were better than expected and we had an enthusiastic crew of both new faces and longtime friends. In an ironic twist, a monster winter storm hit NYC just as we were all headed north looking for snow. 

After happy-hour and dinner Saturday night the Section flag was presented to Mark Aiston and Rufus Van Gruisen to carry on their upcoming trip to Nepal and climb of Mera Peak (21,247 ft). We look forward to a safe return and some good stories from Mark and Rufus at the Spring Outing. This was followed by Michael Schlenker's recount of his recent climbing exploits in the Alaska Range. I'm happy to report that our member involved in a climbing accident on the backside of Pitchoff Saturday is back home and recovering well. Thank you to all that lent a hand Sunday and helped with this.

Please mark your calendars for January 20-22, 2017 for next year's Winter Outing. I look forward to seeing some of you again at the Banff Film Festival in NYC, the Gunks work weekends this spring and at other Club events. Don't forget to reserve your tickets for the Club's Annual Benefit Dinner featuring Alhex Honnald in
 Washington D.C. at the end of this month. 

Best regards, 

Howard Sebold 

Metro NY Section Chair, AAC

Snow bike to ice climb, Chapel Pond Canyon 

Slopes of Algonquin
Some shots from Cascade X-Country Ski Center

What is more fun than a fat wheeled snow bike!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The New Yorker Article on AAC Member Ashima Shiraishi

AAC New York Section member Ashima Shiraishi featured in the January 11, 2016 issue of the New Yorker magazine. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hueco Rock Ranch Reservations Now Open

The Hueco Rock Ranch is, hands down, the best place to stay if you're climbing in Hueco. Located just outside El Paso, Texas, and just a 3 miles from Hueco Tanks—the best bouldering on the planet—the Ranch is the perfect spot to set up shop and hang with your fellow climbers.
Since getting access to Hueco can be tricky, we've got all the info you'll need to be climbing in no time. Access to the park varies by location: North Mountain and the Backcountry (East Mountain, West Mountain, and the East Spur). The climbing is awesome in every area, so check out the access details to see which area you'd like to visit.