Five Things You May Not Know About The American Alpine Club

1.  ​The American Alpine Club (AAC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community.

 

2.  Members receive benefits that include rescue and insurance, discounts on many industry products and services, multiple publications, access to grants and lodging, among other great advantages.

 

3.  The AAC was a proud recipient of a 2013 Golden Piton Award for its service to the climbing community. Named the year’s “Community Developer” in the February 2013 issue of Climbing magazine, the award recognizes several recent triumphs that have benefitted Club members and the community at large.

 

4.  Last month, The AAC hosted a special evening that celebrated 50 years of Americans on Everest. Living legends from the 1963 American Everest Expedition, and the generations of climbers who have been inspired since, came to this rare reunion.

 

5.  John Muir (1838-1914), considered by some to be a founder of the wilderness preservation movement, was the American Alpine Club’s second president (1908-1910).