The American Alpine Club Launches Largest Fundraiser of the Year

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T-shirt membership drive engages new and renewed AAC members in its fight to protect the vertical frontier.

GOLDEN, Colo. (June 1, 2017   

The American Alpine Club, the nation’s leading mountaineering and climbing organization, today kicks off its largest fundraising membership drive of the year to combat threats to the vertical frontier. The T-shirt membership drive runs until July 1 and aims to educate the public about the club.


“For climbers, public lands are not just our nation’s greatest asset, they are where we practice our craft. At the AAC we are committed to caring for our shared spaces and helping people enjoy them competently,” said AAC CEO Phil Powers. “Every AAC membership strengthens our voice and our ability to advocate for our nation’s public lands.”

Any individual who joins or renews in June will receive a Jeremy Collins-designed “United We Climb” T-shirt and exclusive member benefits. All new or renewing members will also be entered to win an all-expenses-paid day of climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park with AAC athlete ambassador Sasha DiGiulian and AAC Education Director Ron Funderburke. The T-shirt is also available for purchase via a $25 donation on the AAC website.

“As outdoor athletes and enthusiasts, we have a responsibility to our community beyond sheer performance,” said DiGiulian. “We have platforms to reach more people than we may know personally, and connections to business leaders and politicians that can influence legislative changes. We need to band together and make our voices heard.”

Membership starts at $40. Benefits include: access to discounts at hundreds of gear shops, gyms, guide services and U.S. lodging facilities. Active AAC members also receive up to $12,500 in rescue benefits anywhere in the world.

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The American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose vision is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. Together with our members, the AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world's most sought-after climbing annuals, the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world's leading climbing library and country's leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $100,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants that fund adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at


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