Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Save the Date - NY Section Autumn dinner

When: Saturday, Nov. 3
Where: Union Club, NYC

Online registration will open in October. Tickets sell out, so reserve early for this once-a-year event where you can mix and mingle with your fellow Section members. Come catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Fall Foliage Gunks Camping Weekend

When: Saturday, Oct. 13 - Sunday, Oct. 14
Where: AAC Gunks Campground, Gardiner, NY

Join the Metro NY Section for what is by far one of the most beautiful times of year for climbing in the Gunks.  The campground usually closes in November, so come celebrate the end of the season. Climb, hike, bike and/or partake in any of the numerous activities in and around the Preserve. On Saturday evening we will show Dirt Bag The Legend Of Fred Beckey. This documentary celebrates the life and legacy of the original “dirtbag” mountaineer, who died last year at 94. Come meet new friends, climbing partners and check out this awesome film.

This is an informal event and each member/party is responsible for reserving a site, providing their own food, camping & climbing gear. We will organize a pre-film communal dinner Saturday night for those who are interested. Public transportation to New Paltz is available and we will assist with setting up ride-shares where possible. Download link below for info and registration.


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)