Thursday, January 31, 2013

 Michael on P2 of Power Play
 Michael on P2 of Power Play
 Robert Below P2 of Positive Thinking
 Robert on P2 of Positive Thinking Barely Visible in the Fog
 Robert on P2 of Positive Thinking Now Visible
Wayne and His Guide Ready to Start the Day

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

AAC Winter Outing Photos

Martin Torresquintero, Margaret, John Bragg on Chapel Pond
The ever fashion-forward Phil Erard at the Baxter Mountain Tavern

John Bragg and Andrea Salerno
John and Martin organize ropes - after smelling the orange and grape ropes!

Andrea, Martin and John at the bottom of Chouinard's Gully

Phil takes home gold!

John Bragg on Chouinard's Gully
The stunning Climbers' Lodge at Rock & River

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Illustrated Lecture - Waddington the Mystery Mountain - AAC Member Olaf Soot

Monday, February 4, 2013
Reception: 6-7PM
Illustrated Talk: 7PM
The Explorers Club
46th East 70th Street
New York, NY
(Between Madison & Park)
Once known as the “Mystery Mountain”, Mt. Waddington, British Columbia’s highest peak, was one of the last great summits conquered in North America.  In 1936, an expedition lead by Fritz Wiessner finally succeeded in summiting this most spectacular and challenging peak in B.C.’s Coastal Range. Since that time, the mountain still sees relatively few ascents  even though access has been simplified over the years thanks to the skill of bush pilots.

Enamored by the beauty of this peak and its challenges, Olaf Soot has made 3 attempts over a 20 year span, finally succeeding in 1985   with son Mark Soot and Coloradoans Malcolm Daly and Bob Street. The adventure had more than its share of challenging moments including a final 5:10 poorly protected chimney on summit day.

Olaf is one of the best known and most admired members of the NY Section. An engineer by profession, he is know for his innovative theatrical designs, extraordinary photography and the hospitality he and his wife and longtime climbing partner Gitta have shown to the climbing community over the years at their home in Greenwich.

There is a $20 charge for the reception and talk. Advance reservations may be made with a credit card at 212-628-8383.or payment may be made at the door.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Upcoming Talk from AAC Member Gregory Frux - The Mountains of Columbia

When:  Tuesday, January 6, 2013 at 6PM
Where: 49 Fulton Street in Manhattan (One Block From the South Street Seaport)
What: A Presentation about the Mountains of Columbia that is open to the general public

AAC Guide Martin Torresquintero lead a small group of climbers to El Cocuy National Park in Colombia's Eastern Cordillera.  The party included famed alpinist and explorer Kurt Diemberger, Sang Park, Edythe Hulet and Gregory Frux.  The trip ran from September 8th through the 27th, 2012. Despite daily rain attempts were made on two of park major peaks Pan de Azucar a (16,896 ft) and Ritak Uwa Blanco (17,749 ft), with some success. The beautiful landscape and unique highland plants are the stand out features of this region.