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April 06, 2012

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BENEFITING: American Alpine Club

John Heilprin


Computers. Magazines. Blogs. Libraries. … Journals. Facebook. Maps. E-zines. … Websites. Newspapers. Twitter. Books. … iPhone. iPad. Kindle. Nook.

We live in an amazing time, when the information we’re looking for to prepare our explorations and adventures is increasingly at our fingertips, accessible anytime and just about anywhere.

This proliferation of new mobile digital devices also means we can catch up on our friends’ latest climbs or take in the history and culture of a favorite region pretty much wherever and whenever we want.

The American Alpine Club shares in the excitement of this emerging world of information—and the countless ways our members can use these handy new devices to keep informed and stay connected.

We’re a leading provider of global climbing information. We’re committed to maintaining and expanding that firmly established role. Now we want you to help us make sure we explore all the possibilities.

Already, we’ve built the world’s leading climbing library. We’ve published 85 issues of the American Alpine Journal (AAJ), the record of the world’s most significant climbs.

But in a world fast turning away from dead-tree editions to a digital online future, we need to ensure the information you’re looking for gets into your hands when you need it most.

The American Alpine Club Library is working on the solution. It’s an adventure you can help lead.

We’re building a state-of-the-art Digital Asset Management system to store, organize, tag, and deliver climbing information that is just a few clicks away. It’s being built right now. But we need your help.

With over 60,000 books, journals, and papers from around the world, this is a momentous project. So big, in fact, we’ve hired a digitization archivist, Elizabeth Surles. Her task is to deliver this mountain of information—the AAJ, maps, documents, books, videos—in a format you can easily find anywhere.

Simply put, we have a huge resource that’s been well cared for—but never digitized. It’s a big job, yes, and one that is crucially important to all of us. As AAC members, we care deeply about climbing, exploration… the lifeblood of stories that connect us all. To us, this information is priceless.

But this huge undertaking cannot be accomplished from membership dues alone. The AAC needs contributions above and beyond your dues to help us all get there. We need your support today to make this huge and vital push, building on our legacy as a leader of climbing information resources.

We are lucky to belong to an organization that values this shared information and history. It’s yet another measure of our passion for being in the mountains and getting to climbing areas. The AAC safeguards the stories of those who climbed before us. We pass on their accomplishments to inspire new generations.

We want to keep on inspiring. And we want to keep providing information that spans the globe and is essential to us getting out there, wherever our imagination can take us, by helping plan new explorations and adventures. Now is the time to help make this resource accessible to climbers everywhere.

Consider giving a gift today to support the American Alpine Club’s information resources—our shared history, the stories we don’t want to lose. We cannot take this step without support from members like you. Every gift, like any adventure, no matter how large or small, brings us all closer to our goal.

Please go online to to contribute today.


John Heilprin
Information & Marketing Committee Chair



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