Thursday, September 14, 2017

Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict, Book Launch with Steve Swenson[UNIQID]
What: Steve Swenson Illustrated Lecture
When: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 pm
Where: The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St.

Sometimes, the best way to see the world is from 25,000 feet up. Join world-class alpinist Steve Swenson as he shares stories and images from his newly released book, Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict (Mountaineers Books). Through an in-depth 45-minute multimedia presentation, Steve explores the nature of high-altitude alpine climbing, the complexities of mounting remote expeditions, the fraught geopolitics of the region, as well as his passion for the cultural communities in this area of the world. The program will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

$20 tickets include same-day museum admission, including the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition featuring his India photos.

Co-sponsored by Arc’teryx and Mountaineers Books with support from the American Alpine Club.


Save-The-Date, Annual Autumn Social & Dinner

Jan Arnet, mountain climber, jazz musician and engineer passes away at age 83

ARNET--Jan, jazz musician, engineer and mountain climber, died at home on May 13, 2017 at age 83. He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Jan was a lifelong outdoor enthusiast with a particular love of climbing the highest peak in each country that he was able to visit. He met his wife Angela while ice climbing in the Tatra Mountains 60 years ago and together they spent many vacations and weekends hiking, skiing, backpacking and rock climbing. Together they climbed to the top of many mountains around the world. He was an active member of the American Alpine Club. For more about Jan's life please see  NYT Obituary

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Section Member Vanessa O'Brien Summits K2

Vanessa O'Brien became the first American woman to summit K2 in the Himalayas.

Vanessa at the summit.

To quote Vanessa after she safely arrived back at base camp, "My summit day was exactly as Ed Viesturs described - too high winds and terrible accumulation of snow - but I remembered every word he said about Scott Fischer living in the present and Ed worried about the future and accumulation of snow. It was the hardest thing I have ever done."

This was O'Brien's third attempt at the "killer" mountain, having been unsuccessful in 2015 and 2016 because of horrific weather. No teams summited in those two years.

This year, weather was a factor again as O'Brien's was the only expedition to reach the top - heavy snowfall and unstable weather sent the bigger teams back, including Russell Brice's revered Himalayan Experience (HIMEX).

O'Brien climbed Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak at 29,035 feet, in 2010 en route to becoming the then-fastest woman to climb the Seven Summits - highest mountain on each continent - plus ski the last degree to the North and South Poles, doing all in just 11 months.

Congratulations Vanessa!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

 It is with great sadness that I report world class Alpinist and friend of the AAC, Ueli Steck was killed in an accident while acclimatizing for a traverse attempt of Everest and Lhotse. More details here:

Ueli visited us last summer to talk about his adventure climbing all 82 Alps peaks over 4,000m (13,100ft) in 62 days. Our condolences to all of Ueli’s family, friends and admirers around the world.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Special comp tickets available for the NY Film Premiere of Sherpa Stew

Sunday, April 9, 6:30 pm
NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, C95

Benefit screening for the U.S. Nepal Climbers Association.
We have a limited amount of free tickets available for Metro NY Section members plus one guest. You must RSVP by Friday to qualify for the free tickets.

This film follows Nepalese Sherpa who climbed Mt Everest but now live in New York City working low-wage jobs to try to support their families. The filmmaker and Sherpa will be on hand for Q&A afterwards. This film was made with 26 backers through a Kickstarter campaign.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NYC Section Social

What: Social and book talk by Member John All, Executive Director of the American Climber Science Program
When: Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Steep Rock Bouldering, 603 W 129th (the Jerome L Greene Science Center, Columbia University)

John will talk about his new book "Icefall, Adventures at the Wild Edges of Our Dangerous, Changing Planet", climbing in Peru and Nepal and the Climber Science program. John recruits climber volunteers to help with his research. If you are interested in the ACSP this is a perfect opportunity to meet John and learn about this amazing program.

We are hosting this gathering in a brand new (as in, not-even-open-yet) climbing gym, Steep Rock Bouldering. Come by to meet fellow members and check out the space. Light refreshments will be served. This social is free and open to all current AAC members and guests. RSVP  to the Metro NY Section Chair is required if you plan to attend.

Hope to see some of you there.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Royal Robbins, mountaineer and clothing company founder, dead at 82

Sad to report one of our American climbing greats has moved on.

Royal and his partner Tom Frost were among the earliest speakers at our Annual dinner way back in the 1980's. I missed that one being a non-climbing teenager back then, but I hear it was awesome.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017 Returns To NYC

Join the Metro NY Section at the Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th, 7:30 pm, Sunday, March 5, Monday, March 6, Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8. Doors open at 7:00 pm. We will have an info table set up. Come by and say hello.

Tickets are available at Symphony Space, 212.864.540, and Paragon Sports. 212.255.8036, ext 2.

Howard Sebold 
- Metro NY Section Chair