The Blog Has Moved!

The blog of the American Alpine Club Library has joined the AAC’s blog, Inclined.

More information about the AAC Library can be found on the AAC website as well as on our Facebook page.

The library catalog can be searched online, and members can check out and renew books here.

Email us at library [at] americanalpineclub [dot] org, or call 303-384-0112

Hope to hear from you!

New In the Library: Books Donated by Sharp End Publishing

The Club works with its organizations including its Industry Partners to provide discounts on gear, books, and more. Most discounts are resolved through the use of special, Club-only coupon codes. To get the code for any of these promotions, please email info@americanalpineclub.org or call the AAC office at (303) 384-0110.

Sharp End Publishing is a company of climbers, for climbers. The Sharp End catalog has grown to include a comprehensive collection of guidebooks, with over 40 titles including the legendary Women of Climbing Calendar. The code is good for any product, except the already heavily discounted eBook packages.

Sharp End has agreed to donate books to the Armando Menocal Guidebook Collection so that YOU can check them out! Here’s a list of recently added books.

In no particular order (and never forgetting you can find them in the catalog!):

Mountain Biking Colorado’s Western Slope, Philip Benningfield

Rock Climbing St. Vrain Canyons, Colorado, Bernard Gillett

Fun Climbs Red Rocks Topropes and Moderates, Jason D. Martin

Double Down: A Guide to the Very Best of Vegas Limestone and Sandstone, Rob Floyd

Central Washington Bouldering: Leavenworth and Gold Bar, Kelly Sheridan

New In the Library: Books Donated by Supertopo

Chris McNamara just sent a group of books to fill some gaps in the Armando Menocal Guidebook Collection. This group of books donated by AAC Media Partner Supertopo was fun to add to the catalog because it allowed us to add links for information beyond what the library has within the brick location—downloads from Supertopo.com! Big Thanks to Supertopo for supporting the AAC Library!

Chris tells me he’ll send the newest edition of Yosemite Big Walls as soon as it’s out (In the meantime – whoever took our copies?  Send them back!).

Check it out—if you click on the link below, you get to the library catalog.  Members can log in with their AAC website username and password to request books and DVDs to be mailed to them, anywhere in the US, as part of their member benefit!  In each catalog entry for a Supertopo book there’s a link for their home page.  You can click that link for additional route beta or purchase an e-book direct from Supertopo if you decide you want it for your very own.

Not an AAC Member yet? Sign up today [http://americanalpineclub.org/benefits/] for free borrowing privileges and many more benefits [http://americanalpineclub.org/benefits/]

Yosemite Sport Climbs and Top Ropes, Chris Van Leuven and Chris McNamara

Tuolumne Bouldering, Chris Summit

Tuolumne Free Climbs, Greg Barnes, Chris McNamara, Steve Roper

Bay Area Top Ropes, Chris McNamara

Bay Area Bouldering, Chris Summit

Great Book of Base, Matt Gerdes  – this one isn’t published by Supertopo. For more information about the book, go here.

New In the Library: Books Donated by Wolverine


Wolverine PublishingWe’ve got a great relationship with several guidebook publishers: they’ve agreed to donate books to the Armando Menocal Guidebook Collection so that YOU can check them out! Here’s a list of recently added books from Wolverine Publishing. Thanks Dave and Fiona!
In no particular order (and never forgetting you can find them in the catalog!):

• Stone Mountains, Jim Thornburg
• Joshua Tree Rock Climbs, Robert Miramontes
• 1789 Straight Ups in Fontainbleau, Bart van Raaij
• Targhee Backcountry Ski Atlas, Brad Johnston
• North Wales Classics, Jack Geldard
• Whitewater of the Southwestern Rockies, Kyle McCutchen and Evan Stafford
• Backcountry Skiing California’s Eastern Sierra, Dan Mingori and Nate Greenberg
• California Road Trip: A Climber’s Guide to Northern California, Tom Slater and Chris Summit
• Santa Fe- Taos Hiking Guide, Bob D’Antonio
• Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs, Dave Pegg, BJ Sbarra, Jeff Achey, and Nate Adams
• Mammoth Area Rock Climbs: The Climbing Guide to the Eastern Sierra-North, Marty Lewis and John Moynier
• Red River Gorge Rock Climbs: Expanded 3rd Edition, Ray Ellington
• Bishop Bouldering: A Color Guide to World-Class Bouldering, Wills Young, Wills and Ryan Mick
 Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America: A Visual Tribute to North America’s Finest Ski Descents, Chris Davenport


Classic Climbs of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru – Member discount!

Attention all AAC members!
Now you can purchase the new Revised and Reprinted book Classic Climbs of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, by Brad Johnson at a $5 discount off the regular cover price of $36.


This book is considered the best guidebook to climbing in Peru’s beautiful Cordillera Blanca mountain range. It has been revised and reprinted as of January 2010. There is new updated route information on popular peaks like Alpamayo, Artesonraju, Yanapaccha, Ocshapalca and Huandoy Sur, in addition several new photos have been added and all of the logistical information to access the mountains has been updated.
Click here to purchase a copy of this beautiful coffee table guidebook signed by Brad Johnson.
And, of course, we’ll have copies available for checkout very soon. Don’t forget to contact us to get your library account log-in!

BookSigning: August 24th – Rampart Range Rocks – The New Devil’s Head Guidebook

Come meet the people involved with Tod Anderson’s new guidebook to the Devil’s Head and Rampart Range climbing areas of Colorado.   Great granite, lots of new routes, and so close to Denver I don’t really want to tell you about it!

The Rampart Range area of Colorado, located only an hour from Denver, provides a great climbing resource for Front Range climbers.  Tod Anderson will be sharing his new book Rampart Range Rocks that chronicles over 400 routes in the vicinity of Devil’s Head, many of which have never been published.  Areas covered in Rampart Range Rocks include a wide range of grades from 5.7 to 5.13, predominantly comprised of sport routes on unusually featured granite.  Tod will also be showing some photos of the area and some new climbing opportunities as well.

Books will be available for purchase for $25.

Tuesday, August 24th, 6-8pm in the AAC Library in Golden.

There will be beer, of course.

Here is the Facebook Event page, if you’d like to rsvp.

August 11: Jennifer Jordan Presents Last Man on the Mountain

In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim.  Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest.  Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn’t get back down.  Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet;  it would be another sixty-three years before Jennifer Jordan discovered his remains.

In a story where The Great Gatsby meets Into Thin Air, readers follow Wolfe from the salons of Europe to the most forbidding landscape on earth.

JENNIFER JORDAN, an award-winning author, filmmaker, and screenwriter, has twice lived at the base of K2, where in 2002 she found the hero of this, her second book.   She found much of her material in researching this book in the AAC Library.


Sponsored by: First Ascent and KEEN Footwear

$3 CMC/AAC Members, $5 Non-Members – FREE to Friends of the Museum and Friends of the AAC Library.

7:00PM – Museum open at 5:30PM for attendees.