Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Save the Date : 2015 Annual Dinner

Save-The-Date, Please join us for the Metro NY Annual Dinner, Saturday, November 14, 2015

Invitations will be mailed and online registration will open in early October. Tickets sellout, so reserve early for this not-to-be-missed event. We have made some tweaks to the format this year that are sure to be crowd pleasers. Our program includes a tribute to former Metro NY Section Chair Phil Erard for his years of dedicated service to the Club. Professional Mountain Guide Melissa Arnot will share her story of learning the ropes, taking us on a journey from Mount Rainier to the summit of Everest five times. Proceeds this year benefit the Juniper Fund and the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway (Gunks) Campground. Come catch-up with old friends and make new ones. Inquires please email

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AAC Craggin' Classic on September 17-20

The AAC's Craggin' Classic Series is a premier gathering of the tribe celebrating our traditions, culture, and craft. The components of the Craggin' Classic Series include community fellowship, competency and education, stewardship of our resources, and fundraising for critical programs such as the AAC's Live Your Dream Grant. Our aim is to gather the tribe in iconic climbing destinations nationwide and deliver on these components. Each weekend-long celebration is made possible through the partnership and leadership of our local businesses, volunteers, local climber coalitions, and industry partners.

Working with local guides and professional athletes, the Craggin' Classic Series is fast becoming the nation's premier resource for technical clinics on a wide range of topics for climbers at every level. The clinics are designed to deliver something far beyond what most climbers are able to learn in a gym. Expect to find clinics focused on Alpinism & Mountaineering, Trad/Multi-Pitch Climbing, and Physical Conditioning & Technique. A plethora of safety response skills and certifications are also available at most events.

We support healthy climbing landscapes; it's part of the AAC mission. Working with local climbing organizations and land managers, each event involves a stewardship component where climbers can put some of our brawn and brains into efforts aimed at conservation, sustainability and access.

Gathering together with a purpose is the heart and soul of our club. We share ideas, pass along knowledge, help improve the landscapes, and we care. Our social events celebrate our past, our recent achievements, and our future. We provide the best gear sales and games and even raise substantial dollars to benefit climbing grants and conservation projects. When we gather, we make a difference.

For more information and to register, please visit: 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Metro NY Gunks Camping Weekend September 26-27

Join the Metro NY Section for a early fall weekend in the Gunks. Swampy weather is behind us and the rock is cool, dry and oh so climbable. We will be staying at the new Gunks campground and enjoying the sunny days and cool bonfire perfect nights. This is an unstructured communal event and each member/party is responsible for reserving a site, providing their own food, camping & climbing gear. Family participation is welcome and we will have a bonfire with s'mores Saturday night. For those interested this is also the weekend of the Mohonk Preserve Pfalz Point Trail Challenge, a 10 mile trail run through Preserve lands, Public transportation to New Paltz is available and we will assist with setting up ride-shares where possible. If interested please reply to Metro NY Section Chair for more details and event registration. 

NYC Film Premier - Everest - September 17th

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Co-Produced by AAC Member David Breashears

Join the Metro NY Section for the NYC premier of the film and gather for drinks and socializing after. Unfortunately ticket discounts are not available for IMAX film. Please purchase your tickets directly from the theater.

Date: Sept. 17
Time: 7:00pm Showing
Place: AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 & IMAX
Please RSVP to Metro NY Section Chair for info and to confirm participation.