Thursday, October 15, 2015


Saturday November 14, 2015
Union Club, 101 East 69 Street at Park Avenue, NYC
Presenting Speaker, Melissa Arnot 
Special Tribute, Phil Erard
New Member Introductions  

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Tickets sellout, so reserve early for this not-to-be-missed event. Any new members attending the dinner for the first time will be introduced and receive their membership pin (please indicate when purchasing tickets). Our program includes a special tribute to former Metro NY Section Chair Phil Erard. Professional Mountain Guide Melissa Arnot, who most famously de-escalated the volatile situation on Everest in 2013, will share her story of learning the ropes, taking us from Mount Rainier to the summit of Everest five times. Live Your Dream Grant recipient, Dominic Metcalf will start things off with a presentation on his climbing trip in preparation to attempt all six of the great North Faces of the Alps. Proceeds this year benefit the Juniper Fund and the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway (Gunks) Campground.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Metro NY Section, Gunks Camping & Climbing Weekend, September 26-27

It was a beautiful early fall weekend and a small group of Metro NY Section members gathered at the Gunks campground for socializing and climbing. The bulk of our group took the bus up from Port Authority early Saturday morning and cabbed it to the campground. This is a great way to go if you don't have a car. Our group included new members Caryn Johansen, a recent west coast transplant and Venezuelans Andres & Carlotta Monsalve. Andres told us about his planned trip to Angel Falls. He is going to hike up Auyantepui mountain and rap the full 979 m (3,212 ft) of the falls. Long-time members Andrea Salerno and Michael Schlenker joined as well. Michael gave us a report on his spring trip to Alaska and his attempt of the Cassin Ridge. On Sunday everyone teamed up for climbing, while the kids and I waited for Shayna to finish the 10 mile Pfalz Point Trail Challenge. After the race we returned to the cliffs to join others for some family climbing. I even got in a grown-up route late in the day before heading back to NYC.

We are planning another weekend over October 17-18. It is a great way to meet new friends & climbing partners and take advantage of the newest AAC lodging facility.

- Howard Sebold