Wednesday, April 4, 2018

NY Section, Gunks Campground Work/Play Weekend

Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22
Gunks Campground, Gardiner, NY
Begin your spring climbing season in style this April. Join the NY Section as we kick off the camping season with our Gunks Campground work-and-play weekend. In exchange for free camping, lunch, Saturday night dinner and two additional free nights camping over the summer, we ask participants to donate one day of the weekend to help get the campground ready for the season. See link below for info and registration. Public and private transportation options available.


Join us for this annual Section tradition and a chance to rekindle old friendships, make new ones and give back to the Gunks.


Friday, April 20, 6pm-9pm
Brooklyn Boulders, Queensbridge, NYC

BKB is bringing the outdoor climbing experience into the gym at Camp BKB(x): A Spring Showcase & American Alpine Club Fundraiser. Join for destination climbing routes by the Brooklyn Boulders Expeditions team, gym-to-crag workshops with the American Alpine Club, "anchor bolts, knots & hItches" classes by REI, yoga, live music, plus fuel and brews from Clif Bar, High Brew, Fields Good Chicken and Sierra Nevada.

$5 of every ticket purchase benefits the American Alpine Club.
 $15 BKB & AAC Members
$24 Guests
(includes day pass)


Monday, March 19, 2018

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey


Friday, March 23 
Doors 7PM    Film 7:30PM

Join Patagonia MaPa for Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, a documentary film celebrating the life and legacy of the original “dirtbag” mountaineer, who died last year at 94. Fred is a true American icon, whose monumental first ascents and eloquent stories inspired generations of climbers to explore this amazing planet. Barry Blanchard will kick off the evening with stories of rock, ice and the impact Fred had on the climbing community. We’ll also enjoy snacks and beer and give you the chance to win a pair of our newest climb pants at this free event!

Reservations are not required, but arrive early to get a seat.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Banff Film Festival In NYC

What: Banff Mountain Film Festival – NYC
When: SaturdayWednesday, March 3-7, 7:30pm
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning for a record 5-night run this year. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Arrive early and hear alphornist Barbara Oldham at 7:15We will be hosting a table at the event. Come by and say hello.


Meet the Photograhper, Jim Herrington - CANCELED



What:  Book discussion and presentation "The Climbers"
When: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7:30pm
Where: Arc'teryx Soho
, 69 Spring St., New York

Event co-sponsored with Arc'teryx Soho. Jim Herrington will be presenting his photography book The Climberswinner of the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Competition. This is the culmination of a 20-year project to track down and document the surviving legendary climbers of the early-to-mid 20th Century ‘Golden Age’ of climbing. The stories of these climbers and their era are inspiring and captivating, and Herrington's effort to locate, travel to, and get them in front of his camera includes anecdotes of despair, hilarity and adventure.



What: Section meet-up at the Annual Dinner
When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 4:30pm-6pm
Where: The Fairmont Copley Plaza Bar, Boston, MA

Drop in and join your fellow Section members attending the Annual Dinner for a casual pre-dinner gathering in the hotel bar. Good friends and good conversation. Please let me know if you will be joining. RSVP, Metro NY Section Chair.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Live Your Dream Grant Now Open For Applications!

The American Alpine Club’s Live Your Dream grant, powered by The North Face, is currently accepting applications for the 2018 grant cycle—and this year we're awarding climbers like you over $70,000 to live your dream trip!

Since 2012, the AAC and The North Face have awarded nearly 400 every-day adventures with over $200,000 to help take their abilities to the next level. This grant is about personal progression—about supporting each other to push our limits. Be it transitioning out of the gym or establishing a first ascent in the greater ranges, the purpose of this grant is to create opportunities for climbers to dream big, to grow, and to inspire others.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Winter Outing

Guide's House, Rock & River Lodge
The annual Metro NY Section Adirondack Winter Outing was held January 19-21. Conditions were excellent and it may have been one of best weekends of the winter so far. As usual, we booked the entire Rock & River Lodge in Keene, NY, for the exclusive use of NY Section members and guests. We sold out and had an enthusiastic crew of both new faces and longtime friends.

As luck would have it the World Cup Ski Aerials were taking place at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jump complex. May of us took the chance to watch upcoming Olympic hopefuls soar 40 feet in the air twisting and turning before landing it... hard. It was amazing to watch. After happy-hour and a delicious meal catered by Rob Hastings of Rivermede Farm Sophie Helneck inspired us with her 2010 climb of Huantsán mountain, Peru. Sophie and her team put 2 new routes on the mountain and were featured in the 2011 AAJ.

Please mark your calendars for January 25-27, 2019 and a very special 30th Anniversary of the Winter Outing at Rock & River. In lieu of our regular climbing presentation we will be sharing stories and photos of the Outing from the past 30 years. I look forward to seeing some of you again at the upcoming Club events below.
  • Feb. 23-24, Boston, MA - AAC Annual Benefit Dinner, celebration of the 1978 American K2 Expedition
    • I will host a Section Meet-up at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Bar on Saturday, 4pm-6pm.
  • April 7-8 - Annual Gunks Campground Volunteer work weekend
  • May 18-20 - Annual Spring Outing in the Dacks
Additional pictures from the Winter Outing below.

Best regards,


Waterfall at Poko

X-skiing was perfect!

World Cup Ski Aerials

Rock climbing the chimney

Each morning starts with a fabulous breakfast buffet as teams plan their day

Thursday, January 25, 2018


The American Alpine Club and Jones Snowboards are proud to announce two new grants that encourage human-powered exploration of the winter wilderness by motivated amateur backcountry snowboarders!

The Jones Backcountry Adventure Grant & the Jones Live Like Liz Award look to support multi-day splitboarding expeditions with a strong exploratory and adventure components. The project objective may focus on a single descent/summit or a tour/traverse of a region. Each grant recipient will receive a $1,500 cash award plus a Jones splitboard, skins and backcountry touring backpack.

The applications are accepted now through January 30th, 2018. Jones Snowboards company founder Jeremy Jones and Jones brand managers will review all applications and select the recipients.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Last Call, Annual Winter Outing Jan. 19th-21st

On the ascent of Algonquin Peak (5,115 ft), MacIntyre Range, Adirondacks, Outing 2016
The January "thaw" not withstanding, this is shaping up to be a fantastic winter in the NE. Conditions are great upstate and we have an almost full house for our annual Winter Outing. In addition to ice climbing, there are many other winter pursuits at our doorstep including snowshoeing, cross-county or downhill skiing, rock climbing the Lodge chimney and of course, relaxing with a beverage around the fire. This are only a very few spots left. Please email me ASAP, if interested.