Since its founding in 1902, the American Alpine Club has been a force in helping safeguard our country’s wild landscapes and natural treasures. Working alongside our members and partners, we focus on critical issues facing climbers and outdoor recreation nationally, such as keeping public lands pristine, wild, and open to human-powered recreation. All of us at the AAC find great joy and meaning in climbing, and we are committed to a thriving outdoor community sustained by healthy mountains and climbing landscapes for generations to come.
The future of climbing, and all outdoor recreation, depends on a bounty of healthy open spaces and the ability to visit and enjoy them. For this reason our policy focus areas are:
Protecting Public Lands
Ensuring Lands are Open for Human-Powered Recreation
Safeguarding Fragile Mountain and Climbing Environments
Combating Climate Change
Why We Work Together
For over 15 years, Outdoor Research has been proud to support the AAC’s important efforts in education, publications, policy & advocacy, grants, and community events as they help bolster our shared climbing community.
Outdoor Research Ambassador Graham Zimmerman is on the Board of the American Alpine Club, working on governance, policy, fund development, and membership.
Graham has made the choice to share the stories of his time in the mountains in order to engage, inspire, and empower his community. Besides encouraging those around him to get out and make good decisions while following their personal inspirations, he also drives us towards solutions on issues that affect each and every one of us, namely climate change.