The American Alpine Club (AAC), America’s oldest non-profit organization for climbers, is thrilled to announced the 2019 USA World Cup Ice Climbing Team. The team of 21 male and female athletes is set to compete at the upcoming UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing Finals, taking place in Denver, CO February 23-24, 2019. The AAC led the application process and final selection of the 2019 USA Team. Criteria was based on national rankings from recent competitive ice climbing seasons and events, and a preference for athletes who compete in cross-disciplinary ice competition (e.g. athletes that compete in both the Difficulty (Lead) and Speed competitions). The AAC also provided “developmental” spots on the team for less experienced competition climbers who demonstrate exceptional talent and commitment to the sport. Equal team positions were available for men and women in the performance (6) and developmental (2) categories. The final 2019 USA Team consists of 21 adults and 10 youth … [Read more...] about American Alpine Club Announces 2019 US Team for the UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing Competition
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Author: Brooke Jackson Publish date: Jul 23, 2018 Less than 20 miles southeast of Portland hides a treasure trove of rock amongst swaying madrone trees: the 1,000-foot-long, 80-foot-tall Madrone Wall, with 100-plus sport, trad, and mixed lines from 5.7 to 5.12 on 660,000-year-old igneous basalt. The Clackamas River bubbles below, while farmland and forest stretch to the horizon. It’s a perfect spot for a day trip or after-work cragging. However, the Madrone Wall was also closed for the past 20 years under the threat of development, including quarrying, a serious blow to a city full of avid climbers who have minimal high-quality rock nearby. Says Keith Dallenbach, a Portland native who returned to the area in 1997, “Climbing at Madrone Wall for the first time on a weekday after work [in 1997] confirmed why I moved back home.” In 1937, Clackamas County purchased the 44 acres of farmland surrounding the Madrone Wall for $2,000 from Anna S. Robertson and … [Read more...] about How Climbers Helped Save Portland’s Madrone Wall From Quarrying
The American Alpine Club (AAC), America’s oldest and largest non-profit organization for climbers, is pleased to announce that UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing is coming to Denver, Colorado February 23–24, 2019. The new North American tour stop will serve as the 2018/2019 World Cup Ice Climbing Finals in which over 200 athletes from 26 countries around the world will compete for the overall World Cup in both Lead and Speed categories. The 2019 event is the first time the Ice Climbing World Tour has come to Denver, Colorado. The weekend event will be held in Denver’s Civic Center Park and will be free to the public. The ice climbing competition will take place over two days with qualifying rounds on Sat, Feb 23, and semi-finals and overall finals on Sun, Feb 24. "We are proud to support our U.S. ice climbing athletes and bring this impressive event to downtown Denver," said American Alpine Club CEO, Phil Powers. "Competitive ice climbing is one of the most exciting things … [Read more...] about American Alpine Club to Host 2019 UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing Competition in Denver, CO
Organizers say it’s more important than ever to speak up for protecting the nation’s climbing resources. 0 SHARES Earlier this month, dozens of climbers convened on Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress on public lands issues. Dubbed "Climb the Hill," the event attracted people from around the country as well as a number of organizations and coalitions, including the American Alpine Club and the Access Fund, in an effort to both persuade and inspire lawmakers to get on the side of preserving the nation’s recreational resources. Participants broke up into groups representing specific regions or states and pitched targeted messages to their respective representatives and senators. The climbers also met with land managers from the Park Service and other agencies. The event wrapped up with an evening reception in the Russell Senate Building which featured talks and presentations—delivered to a standing-room-only crowd—by Alex Honnold, Tommy … [Read more...] about Climb The Hill 2018: Climbers Take Their Message to Washington, D.C.
After a slew of climbing tragedies last fall, big wall climber Madaleine Sorkin partners with the American Alpine Club to provide resources for climbers affected by death. Author: Julie Ellison Publish date: May 16, 2018 Social count: 88 88 SHARES Tragedy seemed to follow professional climber Madaleine Sorkin for the second half of 2017. In August, Sorkin and partner Kate Rutherford helped a woman hike out from Wyoming’s Wind River Range after she witnessed her climbing partner fall 600 feet to his death. In October, Sorkin’s friend and climber Hayden Kennedy committed suicide after he lost his girlfriend, Inge Perkins, to an avalanche. A few days after that, Sorkin’s longtime climbing partner Quinn Brett fell 100 feet on El Capitan in Yosemite, resulting in her being paralyzed from the waist down. Sorkin experienced intense, raw grief from these events, and she didn’t know how to process the pain. When she looked at the climbing community, she … [Read more...] about Madaleine Sorkin and the AAC Launch the Climbing Grief Fund