51 episodes

We’re climbers. Gym climbers and trad climbers. Sport climbers and mountaineers. Boulderers, backcountry skiers, and alpinists. We’re the largest community of rock-scaling misfits in the country—and you belong here.

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That’s right. You can now take a deep dive into your favorite American Alpine Club content via your headphones, car stereo, and more. The drive to work—or your favorite hang board routine—just got way more interesting. Episodes will typically fall into four categories: Climb; Protect; Educate; Connect.

“Climb” episodes are just that—about climbs big and small, and the things they make us realize, in conversation with AAC community members.

“Protect” episodes dive into the nuances of policy and advocacy issues that matter most to climbers.

“Educate” episodes span the logistics of safety and accidents, as well as the history of climbing and how it can inform our present.

“Connect” episodes cover the social side of our climbing community, including important conversations about equity and inclusion that have emerged from our work with the Climb United initiative.

American Alpine Club Podcast American Alpine Club

    • Sports
    • 4.5 • 36 Ratings

We’re climbers. Gym climbers and trad climbers. Sport climbers and mountaineers. Boulderers, backcountry skiers, and alpinists. We’re the largest community of rock-scaling misfits in the country—and you belong here.

———

That’s right. You can now take a deep dive into your favorite American Alpine Club content via your headphones, car stereo, and more. The drive to work—or your favorite hang board routine—just got way more interesting. Episodes will typically fall into four categories: Climb; Protect; Educate; Connect.

“Climb” episodes are just that—about climbs big and small, and the things they make us realize, in conversation with AAC community members.

“Protect” episodes dive into the nuances of policy and advocacy issues that matter most to climbers.

“Educate” episodes span the logistics of safety and accidents, as well as the history of climbing and how it can inform our present.

“Connect” episodes cover the social side of our climbing community, including important conversations about equity and inclusion that have emerged from our work with the Climb United initiative.

    EDUCATE: The Climbing World's Best Books about Accidents and the Cutting Edge

    EDUCATE: The Climbing World's Best Books about Accidents and the Cutting Edge

    This year’s editions of Accidents in North American Climbing and American Alpine Journal are off to the printer! We had Dougald MacDonald and Pete Takeda on the podcast, the editors of these world-renowned books, to discuss all the details of what goes into making these books: including how stories get selected, the challenges of investigating how accidents happen, how these books fit into the larger climbing media landscape, and the long history of these books. Our editors also chat about what it’s like to edit over 100 stories about climbers hurting themselves and then still go climbing. We cover how these books have been translated and utilized across the globe, as well as trends in accidents this year. If you’re looking for more details about how the AAC produces such robust reporting on cutting edge climbing and accident analysis each year, you’ll have to hear from the editors themselves!

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    If you're listening to this in June 2024, you can still grab one of our limited edition t-shirts! Just join the AAC, renew your membership, or donate $30+ in the month of June, using promo code VIBE24, to snag this vibing tee! Check it out: https://americanalpineclub.org/vibe24

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EDUCATE: The Untold Stories of Sherpas, Baltis, and other Local Climbers in the Greater Ranges

    EDUCATE: The Untold Stories of Sherpas, Baltis, and other Local Climbers in the Greater Ranges

    In this episode, we cover the untold and complex experience of local climbers in the Greater Ranges—how Sherpa, Baltis, and other local climbers have navigated the complex landscape of living and working on Everest and in the Karakoram. We sat down with three incredible writers—Nandini Purandare and Deepa Balsavar, who are the authors of the newly released book "Headstrap–Legends and Lore from the Climbing Sherpas of Darjeeling"; and also the well-known mountain writer Bernadette McDonald, who has recently released "Alpine Rising: Sherpas, Baltis, and the Triumph of Local Climbers in the Greater Ranges."

    Though it's easy to lump these mountains together from a foreign climber’s perspective, these books cover distinct geographical locations that are deeply impacted by the politics of this region of the world. In conversation, these writers illuminated the unique challenges for Nepali, Tibetan, Pakistani, and Sherpa climbers from Darjeeling, as well as the shared challenges that all of these climbers have faced in making a name for themselves, fighting for safe working conditions, navigating the way colonization has impacted the boundaries of mountaineering, and more. We discuss topics like how Tenzing Norgay’s identifying as Sherpa when he first climbed Everest catapulted the idea of “Sherpa” into the limelight, how the Partitioning of India and Pakistan affects the work prospects of Darjeeling Sherpa, navigating relationships with foreign climbers vs climbing for themselves, and much more. Whether you’re a mountaineer yourself, or just have a passing respect for Everest, join us in this episode to hear about the deeply human experiences of individual Sherpa and Pakistani climbers, and how they navigate death, risk, financial independence and glory in the big mountains of our world.

    Learn more about these two books and grab a copy yourself at mountaineers.org/books!

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    We apologize but there are two or three moments in this episode where the audio was corrupted—we couldn't fix it, but we think the episode is great anyway! Sorry for the inconvenience!

    • 1 hr 27 min
    CONNECT: Inside the Life of a Climbing Photographer

    CONNECT: Inside the Life of a Climbing Photographer

    Note: This episode is explicit.

    In this episode, we had adventure photographer Jeremiah Watt on the pod to talk about all things climbing photography. Miah is a big fan of the AAC, and regularly donates his incredible photos to us! In this episode, Miah and the AAC’s award-winning Graphic Designer Foster Denney dive into topics like the life of a freelancer, what it takes to get the right shot on the wall, trends in climbing photography, the physical toll like jugging fixed lines to get the shot, mistakes new photogs make, and more. Ever wondered what’s going on behind the lens? Listen to this episode to get the behind the scenes life of an adventure photographer!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    CONNECT: Mo Beck on the Impact of Adaptive Climbing Fest, and Retiring from Competitions

    CONNECT: Mo Beck on the Impact of Adaptive Climbing Fest, and Retiring from Competitions

    *Adaptive Climbing Festival is a finalist for the 2024 Changemaker Award!*

    Adaptive Climbing Festival (ACF) is crafting a shift in adaptive climbing. Not only is it easier than ever for a person with a disability to TRY paraclimbing, but through ACF, there are also now more opportunities to build skills and depth in the paraclimbing community, deepening the knowledge and expertise that adaptive leaders can use to empower future generations of adaptive climbers.

    We sat down with Mo Beck, one of the organizers of ACF and a pro athlete, to talk about how Adaptive Climbing Fest started, its impact, and why ACF is such a meaningful finalist for the AAC’s Changemaker Award. We also chatted about Mo’s climbing philosophy, the emotions of retiring from competing, trolls on Mountain Project, and how she’s seen the sport change over 25 years of climbing.

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    Hear from the other finalists and Climbing Award winners at the AAC's Annual Gala! Learn more and grab tickets: https://americanalpineclub.org/annual-benefit-gala

    • 49 min
    CLIMB: Katie Lamb Dives Deep on Her Send of "Box Therapy" and Losing Anonymity

    CLIMB: Katie Lamb Dives Deep on Her Send of "Box Therapy" and Losing Anonymity

    *Katie Lamb's send of Box Therapy is a finalist for the AAC's Climb of the Year Award!*

    In 2023, Katie Lamb sent Box Therapy. It was a definite level-up for her personal climbing, and with this ascent, she became the first woman in history to climb a boulder that many consider to be V16. Her landmark send made waves, and that’s why she is a finalist for the AAC’s Climb of the Year Award. We chatted with Katie about all that went into projecting Box Therapy, her climbing philosophy, how to use excuses to your advantage on bad days, what it was like to lose anonymity, her secret to work-climbing balance, the experience of everyone talking about you on the internet, and being authentic in the current climbing world.

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    Attend the AAC's Gala to hear from more Climbing Award finalists and winners! Learn more at: https://americanalpineclub.org/annual-benefit-gala

    • 1 hr 6 min
    CLIMB: Babsi Zangerl's Secret to Her Exceptional Yosemite Resume

    CLIMB: Babsi Zangerl's Secret to Her Exceptional Yosemite Resume

    "I like to suck" Babsi says...and this mentality means she's constantly trying climbing styles and skills that she's bad at. And with that sense of curiosity, she acquires a breadth of mastery that is evident in her Yosemite accomplishments...

    In many ways, Babsi Zangerl has flown under the radar here in the United States. She doesn’t like to brag—she just wants to climb hard. But her dedication to climbing has resulted in an astonishing Yosemite resume. She has 6 free ascents of El Cap to her name, including the first female free ascents of Zodiac, El Nino, and Magic Mushroom. In this interview, we talk about some of these iconic climbs, what inspires her and her goal-setting process, how she taught herself to crack climb in Indian Creek so she could climb in Yosemite, the magic duo that is her partnership with Jacopo Larcher, and her perspective on the ground-up ethic of big wall climbing. She also admits to why she’s been avoiding the Monster Off-Width pitch and gives us a hint of her ambitions for future Yosemite trips. Dive into this episode to hear from one of the most accomplished modern Yosemite climbers—and honestly, she’s just getting started.

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    Hear more incredible Yosemite stories by attending the AAC's Annual Benefit Gala this April! Learn more: https://americanalpineclub.org/annual-benefit-gala

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Leepea ,

Love this

Such a variety of content and guests and always keeps me interested.

kateharp ,

Too many distracting giggles

I really like the content of this podcast. if I could change one thing, I'd ask the female moderator to cut out the unnecessary giggling. It doesn't work well in audio, and fills too much time. It's a high-pitched distraction and inappropriate during serious topics.I think she means well and has good topics, but this nervous habit seems to undercut the high value of the content.

Kkk444444 ,

Stop, laughing while you are interviewing!

The interviewer needs to stop laughing so much especially at inappropriate times… it is not funny, for example, discussing people falling to their deaths! The subject matter is super interesting, but it’s almost impossible to listen to it based on the interviewers immature and constant inappropriate laughter

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