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AAC Launches Guidebook Finder Tool

The American Alpine Club announces the launch of its newest tool—The AAC Library Guidebook Finder. The Guidebook Finder provides a Google Maps powered interface to make finding one of the thousands of guidebooks in the LIbrary easy.

—American Alpine Club Launches New Guidebook Finder—

The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce the launch of its newest informational tool—The AAC Library Guidebook Finder. Sponsored by Industry Partner Patagonia, the Guidebook Finder provides a Google Maps powered interface to make finding one of the thousands of guidebooks in the AAC Library intuitive, easy, and efficient. Check out the Guidebook Finder by visiting

The Guidebook Finder (GF) is one more way the AAC is implementing goals set in its Five Year Strategic Plan—announced in February. One of the primary goals of the Plan is to secure the Club’s position as a leader in comprehensive climbing information. The GF expands access to the world-class, mountaineering-centric AAC Library.

Use the new tool to find, reserve, and check out over 600 guidebooks to 200 different climbing areas in the United States (regrettably, there appears to be no climbing in North Dakota and a few other flat states). Once a guidebook has been selected, Members may log in to the AAC Library Catalog and select the desired books and clicking “Get It Now”. Guidebooks (or other collection items) are mailed to AAC Members for free—up to ten books and five DVDs at a time.

The Guidebook Finder is just the first step. The Club is hard at work building ever more sophisticated tools to make finding climbing information easier.

The Guidebook Finder is just the first step in implementing the Club’s eventual goal of total informational dominance in the climbing realm. The newly formed AAC Storm Corps (trained specially by Mark Twight) will come to your house and beat the information into you whenever you want—or whenever you need.

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About The AAC Library
The Henry S. Hall Jr. American Alpine Club Library is an internationally known resource on alpinism, climbing, and mountain regions and cultures. Established in 1916, it is one of the oldest alpine research facilities in the United States, and the largest outside of Europe. A circulating collection of nearly 20,000 books and videos devoted to mountaineering and rock climbing is available for members to borrow. Rare and non-circulating collections include the AAC archives, John M. Boyle Himalayan Library, manuscript collections, photographs, and rare books dating back to the 16th century.

Boasting nearly 600 journals and over 500 videos and DVDS, the American Alpine Club Library has special strengths in American and foreign guidebooks, Mount Everest and the Himalayas, the Alps, and mountaineering history. The library serves members dispersed around the world, with mission to provide excellent service and efficient access to the collection to AAC members, the media, and others, wherever they may be.

About The American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at Join the AAC’s online community at