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December 12, 2012, Golden, COâ€”Rock & Ice Magazine and the American Alpine Club (AAC) have teamed up to create a new online educational resource for climbers.
Rockandice.com and americanalpineclub.org now provide free access to digital excerpts of the AAC’s most popular book, Accidents in North American Mountaineering. Today climbers can read through 25 reports and analyses, from belay failure to bee stings. Over time, more excerpts will become available exclusively on these two websites.
For decades, both organizations have published accident reports and analyses to educate climbers and keep them safe. Rock & Ice is known for its longtime magazine and website column â€œAccident Report.â€ And the AAC has published the 120-page Accidents in North American Mountaineering for more than 60 years, documenting a full spectrum of climbing incidents and errors.
â€œThis partnership will save lives,â€ said Erik Lambert, Information & Marketing Director for the AAC. â€œClimbers have a healthy fascination in learning the mistakes of others. We expect that making this information freely available will encourage climbers to learn some new tricks and recognize how human error plays a role in most accidents, climbing more safely as a result.
â€œWe are proud to share our resources with Rock & Ice, the only climbers’ magazine to show a long-term devotion to climbing accident prevention.â€
â€œThe American Alpine Club and Rock & Ice have a mutual goalâ€”making climbers safer,â€ says Rock & Ice editor Jeff Jackson. â€œMaking Accidents in North American Mountaineering available online and for free will help the message get to the growing number of climbers who otherwise would have to learn the hard way.â€
About Accidents in North American Mountaineering
Every year, novice and experienced climbers are injured and killed by inadequate preparation and errors in judgment. Published annually since 1948, Accidents in North American Mountaineering (originally Mountaineering Safety) details the year’s most significant and teachable accidents. For each incident, the AAC’s Safety Advisory Council analyzes what went wrong so you can avoid similar situations in the future.
About Rock & Ice Magazine
Rock & Ice is the only magazine owned and operated by climbers. For over 25 years, our editors, writers and photographers have poured their passion for climbing into the pages that have made award-winning Rock & Ice the sport’s true voice. Whether you are a beginner or expert climber, Rock & Ice is equally inspirational and informative, offering expert training and medical advice, gear tips, features on the best climbing areas here and abroad, and cutting-edge tales from real climbers who push themselves to the edge.
About The American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that 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 Hueco Rock Ranch and 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 americanalpineclub.org.