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Community, Education, Stewardship, Fundraising, & Debauchery ... Country-Wide
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The Craggin' Classic

Unites climbers around the campfire in world-class climbing destinations across the U.S. Among great people, great food, and amazing atmosphere, the weekend-long Craggin' Classic climbing celebrations are focused on community, competency, stewardship and fundraising.
photo credit Jeff Deikis
The AAC's Craggin' Classic Series is a premier gathering of the tribe celebrating our traditions, culture, and craft. The components of the Craggin' Classic Series include community fellowship, competency and education, stewardship of our resources, and fundraising for critical programs such as the AAC's Live Your Dream Grant. Our aim is to gather the tribe in iconic climbing destinations nationwide and deliver on these components. Each weekend-long celebration is made possible through the partnership and leadership of our local businesses, volunteers, local climber coalitions, and industry partners.


Gathering together with a purpose is the heart and soul of our club. We share ideas, pass along knowledge, help improve the landscapes, and we care. Our social events celebrate our past, our recent achievements, and our future. We provide the best gear sales and games and even raise substantial dollars to benefit climbing grants and conservation projects. When we gather, we make a difference.


Working with local guides and professional athletes, the Craggin' Classic Series is fast becoming the nation's premier resource for technical clinics on a wide range of topics for climbers at every level. The clinics are designed to deliver something far beyond what most climbers are able to learn in a gym. Expect to find clinics focused on Alpinism & Mountaineering, Trad/Multi-Pitch Climbing, and Physical Conditioning & Technique. A plethora of safety response skills and certifications are also available at most events.


We support healthy climbing landscapes; it's part of the AAC mission. Working with local climbing organizations and land managers, each event involves a stewardship component where climbers can put some of our brawn and brains into efforts aimed at conservation, sustainability and access.

SLC, UT - August 28-30, 2015

A gathering of the climbing tribe in the Salt Lake area to connect, climb, learn, eat, drink, dance, and celebrate the SLC community!
photo credit Andrew Burr
Join the American Alpine Club, Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, C.A.M.P. USA, and Black Diamond for the annual Salt Lake Craggin' Classic held at the Peruvian Lodge in Alta, Utah. A weekend long event that focuses on providing education in the way of competency clinics from Mountain Education and Development, as well as some of today's top athletes. We'll kick off the event on Saturday morning with a Breakfast by presenting sponsor Black Diamond, then we'll move into a day of clinics with MED and some amazing athletes sent our way by the great collection of partners we have this year. Get ready, because Saturday night you'll get fed by your favorite Nepalese restaurant, the Himalayan Kitchen and Moab Brewery will be pouring their finest beverages for the adult crowd. Grab a seat and enjoy the show, we'll have....speaking and then get ready to party with the musical genius, Matty D! Don't stay out too late, you've got some climbing to do the next day!

Registration Information:

Tickets are sold online at
Bring your own Plate and Fork!!!
Weekend passes WITH Clinics are $95 which includes a Klean Kanteen Steel Pint Cup and a super slick hat, Saturday night camping, two breakfasts, Dinner by Himalayan Kitchen, clinics on Sat. and Sun., entrance into the vendor fair, games, beer by Himalayan Kitchen, presentations, and much more!
Tickets will be sold online and at the door...first come, first serve for clinics.
Weekend passes WITHOUT Clinics are $45 and includes everything BUT clinics for the weekend.
Saturday Night Passes are $25 and include camping, dinner by Himalayan Kitchen, entrance into vendor fair, presentations, beer by Moab Brewery, and much more!!!
ALL Proceeds from the SLC Craggin' Classic benefit the American Alpine Club's Rocky Mountain Region Live Your Dream Grant (money for YOU to go on your dream trip) and the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance.
Register Here

Event Details:

Friday, August 28th

9am - 4:30PM
Full Day Clinics
Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon
Multi-Pitch Mileage
Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing
Intermediate Multi-Pitch Climbing
Intermediate Multi-Pitch
Advanced Multi-Pitch Climbing

Saturday, August 29th

8am - 9am
Yoga provided by Lululemon of Park City. Embrace the day and get ready for some climbing with the fantastic teachers from Lululemon.
8:30 - 10am
Breakfast by Black Diamond! Come grab a burrito and coffee, check out some new shoes or other equipment from one of our sponsors, and get ready for a day of instruction and fun with Mountain Education and Development!
10am - 1pm, then 2pm - 5pm
Half Day Clinics
Multi Pitch Transistions and Efficiency
Anchors for Climbing
Base Site Self Rescue
Top Site Self Rescue
10am - 4:30pm
Full Day Clinics
Outdoor rock Climbing for Kids
Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing
Sport Lead Climbing
Traditional Lead Climbing

Sunday, August 30th

8am - 9am
Yoga with Lululemon
8:30am - 10am
Breakfast and Demo equipment pick up
10am - 1pm
Half Day Clinics
clinics are the same as Saturday
10am - 5pm
Full Day Clinics
clinics are the same as Saturday
check in demo gear and head home!
Brought to you by:
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710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

SMITH ROCK, OR - Sept 4-6, 2015

REEL ROCK Film Festival, CAMP Crushfest Climbing Competition, Stewardship Day, Food, Refreshments and Community.
photo credit Luke Humphrey
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710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

NORTH CONWAY, NH - September 11-13, 2015

Pig Roast and Live Music, Clinics and Slide Shows, Pancake Breakfast and more!
photo credit Bryan Rafferty
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Golden, CO 80401

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV - Sept 18-20, 2015

Pig Pickin' and Old Time Music, Enormocast and Matt Wilder, clinics, dyno comp, dance party and more!
photo credit Jay Young

Join the American Alpine Club, C.A.M.P., Black Diamond, New River Mountain Guides, and the New River Alliance of Climbers (NRAC) for the 4th annual Craggin' Classic in the New River Gorge. The festivities will take place at the American Alpine Club's campground, kicking off Thursday evening with a very special movie screening of Jeff Lowe's "Metanoia". NRAC will host a stewardship project on Friday to complete a trail leading to Butcher's Branch. Misty Mountain Threadworks will host a ping-pong tournament Friday afternoon. And it continues all weekend long with Pisgah Brewing pouring cold tasty libations! Continuing the tradition, we will have our Friday Night Pig Pickin' & Live Old Time Music. Count on the ever-entertaining Pat Goodman Friday night with a slide show of his most recent trip to the Northwest Territories. More gear give-aways, demos and debauchery this year in the vendor village--think 'Price is Right'. Saturday includes coffee and breakfast before setting out to climb. New River Mountain Guides will host an array of clinics with top athletes to build upon your skills and psyche! Enter the NRG Bouldering Comp, crush your proj or build your skills, and roll your bones back to the campground for Saturday night! Happy Hour with Black Diamond kicks off at 6:30 PM followed by dinner, games, dyno comp., and vendor village debauchery. With Mercury in retrograde, the dance party will be off the chain this year! Sunday wraps up with coffee and breakfast and some restorative yoga, you're going to need it!


Tickets will be sold online at the Tickets are limited to 350 Weekend and Day Passes.

BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK! No cutlery will be provided, Kleen Kanteen steel cups will be sold. Weekend Pass includes steel cup. CARPOOL ! Each car-load of 3 or more people will receive raffle tickets per-person for pilling in and saving gas!

Weekend Passes are $50, which includes:

  • Kleen Kanteen steel cup & cold one
  • AAC trucker hat
  • Friday and Saturday camping, entertainment, and meals (minus lunch)
  • Sunday morning breakfast

Day Passes are $15, which includes:

  • Entertainment and dinner.
  • AAC trucker hat
  • Bring your own cup, or purchase an AAC steel cup for $5. Libations available.

Clinics range from $30 half to $60 full day. Register here for clinics.

All proceeds from the NRG Craggin' Classic benefit the Live Your Dream Grant in the Southeast Region ($ to climb for YOU).

Register Here

Event Details:

Thursday, September 17
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Jeff Lowe's "Metanoia" Film Screening
$10 @ AAC NRG Campground
Friday, September 18 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Trail building project with NRAC
Meet at the Kaymoor parking lot to do trail work leading to Butcher's Branch with the New River Alliance of Climbers. All participants will receive swag!
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ping-Pong Tournament with Misty Mountain

Misty Mountain is hosting a bracket style tournament with prizes for the winner!
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Pig Pickin' & Live Old Time Music

Join us for din din and settle into the campground. BBQ style Pig Roast with sides. BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK!
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Part One of the Silent Auction & Vendor Village

Visit the AAC booth to check out and bid on our huge gear give-away, walk the vendor village!
9:00 PM - 10:00PM
Pat Goodman slide show: Moriane Hill Madness: A climber's journey into the indefinite.

Outdoor Research Presents: Veteran adventurer Pat Goodman takes Jessa Goebel on her first journey from the comforts of our modern world and introduces her to the isolated alpine climbing of Canada's Northwest Territories; sometimes the climbing is the easy part. Saturday, September 29
8:00 AM
Coffee & Breakfast
Hearty breakfast burritos and coffee. BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK!
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Half Day Clinics & Gear Demos

Meet in the vendor village: demo the latest and greatest gear from our wonderful sponsors, break out into climbing clinics for the day:
Climber First Aid, Self-Rescue, and Evacuation w/ Vertical Medicine Resources
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Full Day Clinics & SCARPA Bouldering Competition
Meet in the vendor village: demo the latest and greatest gear from our wonderful sponsors, break out into climbing clinics for the day:
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Happy Hour with Black Diamond
Join the usual suspects for some FREE concoctions; liquor before beer...
7:00PM - 9:00 PM
Worn to shreds? We hope so, and welcome you back to the campground for cold beverages and taco dinner. Mingle around the fire and participate in the photo booth. BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & FORK!
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Part Two of the Silent Auction & Vendor Village
Same gear, second day. Make sure you aren't out-bid! Remember all proceeds benefit the Southeast's Live Your Dream Grant! Enter-to-win debaucherous games from your favorite sponsors: Metolius Sumo Wrestling and Petzl Plinko! Bring cash or card to enter. Big prizes!
9:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Clif Dyno Competition with fresh beats by DJ Carl
$10 Enter-to-win dyno-comp. Qualifying round best of 6, finals best of 3. Winner takes home prize pack and all the glory.
Dance Party at the Tuggin' Shack with Mracy L 2007
Head back to the Tuggin' Shack and throw down with Marcy L 2007
Sunday, November 9
9:00 AM Breakfast & Yoga
Roll your old bones out of camp for breakfast including coffee, fresh fruit, hot jacks, and pastries. Participate in some restorative yoga before heading out to climb!


Climbing Areas: The New River Gorge, WV
Event Headquarters: AAC NRG Campground
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710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

DEVIL'S LAKE, WI - Oct 16-18, 2015

Pig Pickin' and Old Time Music, Enormocast and Matt Wilder, clinics, dyno comp, dance party and more!
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Golden, CO 80401

SHELF ROAD, CO - Oct 30-Nov 1, 2015

Pig Pickin' and Old Time Music, Enormocast and Matt Wilder, clinics, dyno comp, dance party and more!
photo credit Alton Richardson
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BISHOP, CA - November 6-8, 2015

Buttermilks & Beers & Clinics & Films & Beers!
photo credit Jeff Deikis
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The following gyms are participating members of the American Alpine Club's National Gym Program. AAC members can take advantage of discounts offered by these companies who share our philosophy of uniting climbers to advance the climbing way of life. Please contact the gym directly for more information.
—Discount or Promotion Will Vary by Gym—

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Boston Rock Gym

No Initiation Fee. $50/month no contract membership rate.
Instruction: Intro Class- $25 for AAC members
Learn To Lead- $25 for AAC members
78G Olympia Ave.
Woburn, MA 01901
(781) 935-7325

Boulder Rock Club

Annual Pass: $550
2829 Mapleton Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301

Boulderdash Indoor Rock Climbing

Waived $40 initiation fee for AAC members
880 Hampshire Rd., Ste. A
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
(805) 557-1300

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No Initiation Fee for new EFT (monthly memberships)
Get Daily Passes at student day pass rate with free harness rental
328 Parker Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(603) 986-0686

Climb Nashville

10% discount on gym memberships for AAC members
West Location
3600 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 463-7625
East Location
1900 Eastland Ave #104
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 610-2200

The Crag at Cool Springs

10% discount on day passes for AAC members
121 Seaboard Ln.
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 661-9444

Earth Treks

Initiation Fee is 1/2 off for AAC members
Columbia Climbing Center
7125-C Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
410-872-0064 (fax)
Timonium Climbing Center [ Directions ]
1930 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
410-560-2260 (fax)
Rockville Climbing Center [ Directions ]
725 Rockville Pike (The Marlo Building )
Rockville, MD 20852
240-238-9004 (fax)
Golden Climbing Center [Directions ]
700 Golden Ridge Rd.
Golden, CO 80401

Edgeworks Climbing Gym

20% off annual or EFT membership, 50% off EFT Initiation fee, $12 Day Pass Special
6102 North 9th Street, Suite 200
Tacoma, Washington 98406

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10% off Day Passes
$75 Waived Initiation Fee
10 Langdon Ave.
Concord, NH
(603) 715-9171

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50% Off Initiation Fee for AAC members
205 S. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 556-9909

GA Logo.jpgGranite Arch Climbing Center

$11 Day Pass for AAC members
$45 Monthly Pass for AAC members
11335-G Folsom Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 852-7625

The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms

10% off our standard adult and student day pass rate during non-discounted days

107 Pleasant Avenue @ Route 17N
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
(201) 934-ROCK (7625)

40 Watchung Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928
(973) 701-ROCK (7625)

37 Kanes Lane
Middletown, NJ 07748
(732) 856-9599

Green Mountain Rock Climbing

10% off annual pass
10% off montly pass
$10 day pass
10% of any guided trip
223 Woodstock Avenue
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 773-3343
68 East Woodstock Road
Hartland, VT 05073
(802) 457-7090

Hangar 18

$10 Day Pass for AAC members
$33 Monthly Pass for AAC members
Hanger 18 South Bay L.A.
4926 W. Rosecrans Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 973-3388
Hanger 18 Riverside

6935 Arlington Avenue
Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 359-5040
Hanger 18 Upland
256 Stowell Street Ste.A
Upland, CA 91786
(909) 931-5991

High Point Climbing and Fitness

$2.00 off day passes for adults
219 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

New Jersey Rock Gym

10% off day passes
373 U.S. 46
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(973) 439-9860

Peak Experiences

$60/month membership for AAC members (10% off)
11421 Polo Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 897-6800

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EFT Innitiation Fee waived for new members ($45 Value)
20% off monthly pass
First visit free, 20% off future daily passes
105 Briggs Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 657-3872

Phoenix Rock Gym

10% off Two-Week Pass
10% off Month Pass
10% off Quarterly Pass
10% off Semi-Annual Pass
10% off Annual Pass
1353 E University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 921-8322

Planet Granite

$35 Joining Fee Waived for AAC members
Planet Granite Belmont
100 El Camino Real
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 591-3030
fax (650) 591-3033
Planet Granite San Francisco

924 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94129
415) 692-3434
fax (415) 346-3443
Planet Granite Sunnyvale
815 Stewart Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 991-9090
fax (408) 991-9091

Sanctuary Rock Gym

$12 Day Pass for AAC members
$40 Monthly Pass for AAC members
1855 East Avenue
Sand City, CA 93955
(831) 899-2595

Seattle Bouldering Project

10% off monthly EFT membership, $10 passes during Send and Social events
900 Poplar Place South
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 299-2300

Rock Fitness Gym

No initiation fee and 20% off Monthly Membership for AAC members.
20% off Day Pass fee for AAC Members.
24305 Prielipp Rd. Ste. 107
Wildomar, CA 92595
(951) 677-1122


$12 Day Pass for AAC members
$34 Monthly Pass for AAC members
$374 Annual Pass for AAC members
720 Olive Dr. Suite S
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 757-2902

Rock'n & Jam'n

10% off on day passes, month passes, or Paid-in-Full memberships for AAC members
Rock'n & Jam'n 1
9499 Washington Street
Thornton, CO 80229
(303) 254-4344
Rock'n & Jam'n 2
7390 S Fraser St Unit E
Centennial CO 80112
(303) 766-5462

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10% off annual pass
Waived EFT set-up fee
Daily Pass Discount: $12 day pass/$18 day pass with gear rental
Three Locations:
Lincoln, Rhode Island
100 Higginson Avenue
Lincoln, RI 02865
(401) 727-1704
67 Sprague St
Boston, MA 02136
(617) 333-4433
South Boston
30 Old Colony Ave
Boston, MA 02027
Peace Dale
1174 Kingstown Rd
South Kingstown, RI 02879
(401) 789-SPOT

Sender One Climbing

$100 initiation fee lowered to $20 for AAC members
1441 S. Village Way
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 881-3456

Solid Rock Gym

$13 Day Pass w/gear included for AAC members
$45 monthly pass w/ altered initiation fee of paying 2 months upfront as opposed to $100 which is lost and non-refundable (for AAC members)
Solid Rock: San Marcos
992 Rancheros Dr.
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 480-1429
Solid Rock: Old Town
2074 Hancock Dr.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 299-1124
Solid Rock: Poway
13026 Stowe Dr.
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 748-9011

The Spot

Free day pass for first visit
$10 day pass if visited before (limit 1 per customer)
$40 first month of membership (limit 1 per customer)

Stone Summit

10% off all climbing options for AAC members
Stone Summit Atlanta
3701 Presidential Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30340
(678) 720-9882
Stone Summit Kennesaw
2801 George Busbee Parkway
Kennesaw. GA 30144
(770) 545-6227


10% discount on gym memberships for AAC members
3804 Saint Elmo Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37409

Threshold Climbing Gym

$5 Day Pass for AAC members
$35 Registration fee waived for AAC members
2111 Iowa Ave. Unit A
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 742-8479

Touchstone Climbing

$100 initiation fee is lowered to $25 for AAC members
Mission Cliffs
2295 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-0515
Berkeley Ironworks
800 Potter St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 981-9900
Sacramento Pipeworks
116N 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 341-0100
Diablo Rock Gym
1220 Diamond Way, Suite 140
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 602-1000
Great Western Power Co.
520 20th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 452-2022
Metal Mark Climbing + Fitness
4042 N. Cedar
Fresno, CA 93726
(559) 229-7900
The Studio Climbing
396 S. First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-4000
The Dogpatch Boulders
2573 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 800-8121
LA Boulders
1375 E. 6th St. #8
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(323) 406-9119

Vertical Heaven Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

$7 day pass for AAC members
$35 monthly pass w/ waived $40 initiation fee for AAC members
1954 Goodyear Ave.
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 339-9022

Urban Rocks

10% discount on gym memberships for AAC members
1007 Appling St.
Chattanooga, TN 37406

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$5 off monthly pass rate for AAC members
Vital Climbing: Carlsbad
6102 Avenida Encinas, Ste. L
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 689-2651
Vital Climbing: Murrieta
29990 Technology Dr., Ste. 22
Murrieta, CA 92563
(951) 251-4814
Vital Climbing: Bellingham
1421 North State Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 399-3248
25% off day passes

Warehouse Rock Gym

10% off all memberships including day passes
315 Jefferson St. NE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 596-9255

X-treme Rock Climbing

13972 SW 139th Ct.
Miami, FL 33186
(305) 233-6623

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