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American Alpine Club

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The American Alpine Journal (AAJ):

Other publications and websites come and go, but the American Alpine Journal has been recording new climbs since 1929.

The AAJ tries to be the journal of record for documenting the “world’s most significant climbs.” The 400-page annual publication seeks reports and stories on all new routes worldwide (most often these are big routes encompassing a long day or more on the climb itself).

The AAJ sometimes reports a repeat ascent if the peak or route has not been climbed in many years; if there have been major changes in conditions on the mountain; if the style is new (e.g., first free ascent); if the ascent was exceptionally fast; if it was the first winter ascent; or if the report supplies vital information for future climbers.

The AAJ does not publish reports on first “national” ascents (e.g., the first American or Italian or Japanese ascent). It also doesn’t cover first women’s ascents, handicapped climbs, or similar recognitions.

Sometimes, however, it breaks its own “rules.”

AAC_AAJ_Peru-Bolivia_2000-2011_v2_coverThe American Alpine Journal “Country Editions”:

Because each 400- or 500-page AAJ covers the world and only one year, we are developing special “Country” and “Theme” editions that collect all the reports and feature articles about regional mountains. Depending on how many new routes have been reported, a Country Edition will present one or more recent decades.

Accidents in North American Mountaineering (ANAM):

AAC_anam2012_cvrEvery year, novice and experienced climbers are injured and killed by inadequate preparation and errors in judgment. Published annually since 1947, Accidents in North American Mountaineering details the year’s most significant and teachable accidents. For each incident, the AAC’s Safety Advisory Council analyzes what went wrong so you can avoid similar situations in the future.

After over one hundred rappelling-related accidents in the last decade alone, this year’s edition features a new how-to section on best rappelling practices.

About the American Alpine Club (AAC):

The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world. We provide grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; host local and national climbing festivals and events; publish two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals; care for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manage the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch and Hueco Rock Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually give about $100,000 toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world.

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