The American Alpine Club (AAC) has some sweet new ideas sprouting into a gold mine of new support for it’s members and non-members. This new gauntlet runs from the “Choss Boss” photo contests for every photographer out there to great rescue insurance.
The new member benefits for May 2011
- Improved Rescue Benefits: New $5,000 domestic INSURANCE added to current $5,000 worldwide rescue service
- New Insurance Options: Health, Accident, Life, Trip & Travel
- New AAC Clubhouse in Kathmandu ($15/night)
- New Lodging Discounts
- New Gym Discounts
- New Gear Discounts
- New Guide Service Discounts
- New AAC Cornerstone Grant ($25,000/year) for crag infrastructure
- New Online: Post your trip reports on americanalpineclub.org
- New Online: Connect locally through interactive section websites
- New Online: Digitally update your library book mailing address
- New Online: Entire library collection now searchable
- More Local Programs: Events, conservation, mentorship, advocacy
- More Local Support: Full-time Regional Coordinators hired across the U.S.
(Note at time of publish: Some of the above links from AAC may not work)
Another cool thing the AAC is doing to connect with the climbing public. They are showing up to climbing events like the Zanskar Odyessy film premier that took place at the Eldorado Springs Art Center.
One the other new things the AAC is doing. They are cutting down on surplus by only printing the American Alpine Journal (AAJ) for it’s members in the future. This is a good thing since most the books they print end up sitting on a shelf not purchased, therefore not helping the club funding and also wasting product and time that could have been spent in a more useful manner. Besides, the AAJ is available online after the print issue has been out.