The Physics of Climbing
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

The Physics of Climbing

The Physics of Climbing is coming back and will be at Tufas Boulder Lounge on May 2nd! If you missed this last year, join us as Bob Johnson, PhD., a Physics Professor at UPenn & AMGA SPI presents the motions, forces, and energies behind climbing. There will be beer and pizza as we discuss kilonewtons, how the rope absorbs energy, and why some falls are more dangerous than others!

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Hold Fast Film Tour
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Hold Fast Film Tour

Update: - Tickets available at door while supplies last. The Philadelphia Chapter of The American Alpine Club is proud to host a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) with the East Coast premier of Hold Fast. The film catalogs the journey of legendary alpinist Conrad Anker and AAC Philadelphia Chapter Chair Alex Wildman as they both overcome serious medical issues and team up to climb El Capitan in Yosemite, California. 

Show up at 6pm when the doors open to get raffle tickets for the amazing items that have been generously donated. The film starts at 7pm, followed by a behind the scenes look and Q&A with the subject of the film, Alex Wildman. Continue the good vibes with us afterwards at Tap House Logan Square from 9-midnight. 

From executive producers Tom Brady, Gotham Chopra, and Michael Strahan, Religion of Sports' "Hold Fast" follows American rock climber and mountaineer Conrad Anker and his mentee, cancer survivor Alex Wildman, as they attempt to scale El Capitan in Yosemite, California. Conrad Anker is one of the greatest and most notorious professional mountain climbers in history. But at 54, his career in the big mountains is winding down, especially after suffering a heart attack on a climb high in the Himalayas. His friend Alex Wildman is a novice big-wall climber and cardiac nurse who recently recovered from stage 3 lymphoma and intense chemotherapy. With a new lease on life, Alex is hungry to return to a life in the mountains. Together, they team up to support each other on a climb up Yosemite's El Capitan, and put their traumatic brushes with mortality behind them.

Hold Fast has had eight different film festivals screening both domestic and international. The film also received the 'Spirit of Adventure Award' this past year at the Adventure Film Fest in Boulder Colorado. 

Alex is also Captain of Team Hold Fast and Honored Hero for Big Climb Philly, an LLS event taking place the following weekend, Saturday April 13th. 

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Battle of the Blocks Bouldering Comp
Mar
23
3:30 PM15:30

Battle of the Blocks Bouldering Comp

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PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE BATTLE OF BLOCKS HAS CLOSED. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

WHAT:

The AAC Philadelphia Chapter and Tufas Boulder Lounge Proudly present Philadelphia’s first ever Battle of the Blocks! The BOB is a team-based bouldering competition designed for participants to have fun, meet other climbers in their area, and team up with their neighbors in a light-hearted competition. Are you a North Philly Narwhal? A South Philly Sloth? Come out and help us determine which of Philly’s hoods loves climbing the most!

WHO:

Anyone who thinks climbing and making new friends is a good time! Even if you’re new to climbing, you can still contribute points to your team’s score!

WHEN:

Saturday March 23rd.

  • 3:30-4:00: Check-In

  • 4:00- 4:15: Team Meetings

  • 4:15-7:15: Open Bouldering

  • 7:15-8:00: Dinner & Awards (Pay-as-you-go food trucks will be on site!)

  • 8:00- 11:00: Afterparty! (included in registration)

WHY:

Meet climbers in your hood, and represent your block to the rest of the city!

COST:

$35 for AAC and Tufas Members, $40 general registration. (use coupon code AACPHL at checkout)

$15 to spectate and attend the afterparty (climbing walls will be open during the afterparty. But please no climbing after you’ve started drinking)

HOW IT WORKS:

  • The main event is a red-point style bouldering competition. Each problem has a point value based on difficulty, and your top 5 highest point values contribute to your team’s overall score. Even if you’re brand new to climbing, you can still contribute valuable points to your team’s score.

  • There will also be teambuilding-style games distributed throughout the event, so you and your new teammates can work together to earn your team even more points!

  • After the comp, we’ll announce the winning team, pass out prizes, grab dinner from the food trucks on hand just outside , and then rock out with a local DJ for a couple hours (drinks included).

TEAM BOUNDARY MAP

TO SIGN UP:

  • Figure out which Block you’re in. Tip: Click an area of the map for a description of your team’s boundaries. The edges of the map are shown for clarity. If you live beyond the edge, feel free to register for your corresponding team.

  • NOTE: You must sign up for the block you live in. Competitors must bring an ID, piece of mail addressed to you, or some other way to prove where you currently live. NO RECRUITING! See the team map above for block boundaries.

  • Register using the links below. If you would like to attend the event but not compete, please register as a guest. Guests are welcome to stay for dinner and the afterparty and climb once the main competition is over.

  • NOTE: If you haven’t done it yet, we highly suggest signing the Tufas waiver before arriving day of at the comp.

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Climbing Quizzo Night
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Climbing Quizzo Night

Join us for a night of climbing-related trivia! Show off your climbing knowledge, or hang out and learn some new climbing trivia! Show up solo, or with some friends at 7pm. We'll form teams from 7:00 to 7:30 and get our trivia on from 7:30 to 9. Each member of the winning team will get a prize from our sponsors! Don't let that cold winter weather crimp your style.

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No Man's Land Festival (SOLD OUT)
Feb
2
4:00 PM16:00

No Man's Land Festival (SOLD OUT)

No Man’s Land is an adventure film festival celebrating women in pursuit of the radical! From first ascentionists to mountain bikers, surfers to sherpas, amputee mountaineers to big wall hopefuls, this festival highlights incredible athletes through a uniquely female lens. In addition to the film screening, we will also have open gym climbing, belay classes, a women’s climbing technique clinic, REI workshops, Butora shoe demo, food trucks, free beer and whiskey, games and raffle prizes! All ages, genders and experience levels are welcome.

YOUR TICKET INCLUDES: 
• Admission to the film screening
The films begin at 7:30 pm.
Bring your own chair/picnic blanket
• Gravity Vault day pass and gear rental
Open gym climbing is from 4-7 pm
AAC volunteers will be on hand to belay new climbers!
• Access to all of REI’s drop-in workshops at the event, no registration required
• Games and chances to win swag from REI, Arêt basewear, Adventure Medical Kits, Ausabl and more!

COST: $20 AAC and Gravity Vault members, $25 General Admission

CLINICS:
We are offering these at a special rate of $15! These classes are normally $35+!
Please note: You must also buy a ticket to No Man’s Land in order to sign up for a clinic.

Belay clinic (4:30-6:30 pm)

For new climbers who want to learn how to manage the ropes and climb safely. This class covers climbing equipment, climbing knots, and proper belay technique.

Women’s Technique clinic (4:30-6:30 pm)
Instructors: Jess Riley and Jackie Finklestein
If you are a beginner (V0/5.8) through an intermediate climber (V3/ 5.10) and you're looking to improve your technique, learn the "lingo" and start moving through the grades, then this class is for you!  In this course you will learn how to find and correctly use your center of gravity through proper foot and hand technique that will allow you to "flow" up the walls.  This increased efficiency will allow you to save your energy and link more difficult sequences. Techniques will include back-steps, flags, and perching, as well as heel hooks, drop knees and the differences between dynamic and static movement. We respectfully ask that only women/trans/femme sign up for this clinic.

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Top Rope Anchors Clinic
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Top Rope Anchors Clinic

This event is sold out. To be added to the wait-list, please send us an email at phillychapter@americanalpineclub.org

The Philadelphia Chapter of the AAC is excited to announce a top-rope anchors clinic as part of our expanding educational programming. We welcome novice and intermediate climbers who are interested in gaining more experience with anchors for top-rope climbing outdoors. Participants will receive first-hand experience in building a top-rope anchors on bolts or (simulated) trees under the supervision of experienced AAC educational instructors. The clinic will take place at Tufas Boulder Lounge on Wednesday January 23rd at 7 pm and costs $20 for AAC members and $25 for non-members. The clinic registration cost includes a climbing day pass for Tufas.

STEP ONE

STEP TWO

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to use the EARNEST acronym to evaluate top-rope anchors

  • Learn how to construct an EARNEST anchor on bolts or trees while staying safe when approaching the edge of the cliff

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in outdoor top-roping at places like Livezey Rock, Ralph Stover, the Gunks, etc. This clinic will be useful for climbers interested in transitioning from the gym to the crag, people looking for a refresher, and those interested in becoming more efficient and safe!

Things to Bring

Harness, rock shoes, belay device.

Pre-requisite Knowledge to Attend

Must know how to safely belay and tie a figure-eight knot.

Additional Resources

American Alpine Club- Know the Ropes publication about anchors.
https://americanalpineclub.org/resources-blog/2017/7/31/anchors

Addition questions, send us a message at phillychapter@americanalpineclub.org

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Reel Rock 13 & Afterparty
Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Reel Rock 13 & Afterparty

Get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars, and ascents. REEL ROCK 13 premieres four new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration. Whether you are a committed climber, or just want to see what climbing is all about, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Alpine Club and Tufas Bouldering Lounge invite you to come and be inspired by some of the best cinematography the climbing world has to offer! 

After the film, hop on the complimentary party bus to Tufas Boulder Lounge for a Rockin Afterparty at Tufas Boulder Lounge, where Tufas and the AAC will be providing free climbing, beers courtesy of St. Benjamin’s Brewery (no climbing after consuming), food, tunes, games, raffles, and more! The afterparty is free to all ticket holders, so please join us!

DOORS: 6:30pm

FILM: 7:00pm

AFTERPARTY: 9:30 to 11:30

AAC members, use coupon code AACPHL at checkout for $5 off your ticket. Not a member? Join HERE

Ticket Price: $14 Members, $19 Non-Members

The Kimmel Center will assign you a seat, but we run our show as open seating, so no need to purchase specific seats for the show.

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Story Swap
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Story Swap

PRESALES HAVE ENDED. BUT TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!

Join us for a night of inspiration, grit and misadventure, as told by fellow Philly climbers! We have assembled a panel of 6 presenters, who will each tell a short story and share photos from a recent trip. Free pizza and beer will be provided.

Time: Doors @ 6:30, show 7-9
Tickets: $12 AAC members, $16 non-members
Early Bird Sale (until 9/21): $8 AAC members, $12 non-members

AAC Members use coupon code AACPHL at checkout. Not a member? Join HERE

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Cleaning Sport Anchors Clinic
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Cleaning Sport Anchors Clinic

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLINIC IS SOLD OUT. TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL AT PHILLYCHAPTER@AMERICANALPINECLUB.ORG

The Philadelphia Chapter of the AAC is excited to announce a sport anchor cleaning clinic designed to teach efficient and safe methods to clean the gear from single pitch sport climbing anchors. We welcome climbers with basic belay skills, who know how to tie a figure-eight knot, to the clinic, where they will receive first-hand experience cleaning a sport anchor under the supervision of experienced AAC educational instructors. The clinic will be held at Livezy rock in the Wissahickon park on Sunday September 23rd at 4 pm and costs $5 for AAC members and $10 for non-members.

STEP ONE

STEP TWO

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to safely clean the gear from the top of a single-pitch sport climbing route and be lowered off by our belayer

  • Understand the importance of communicating a plan with our belayer and assessing their understanding of the plan

  • Recognize that the material in this course will not cover all situations and know when rappelling (not covered in this course) may be more appropriate.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in single pitch outdoor sport climbing, people looking for a refresher, and those interested in becoming more efficient and safe!

Things to bring

Harness, rock shoes, belay device, water.

Pre-requisite knowledge to attend

Must know how to safely belay and tie a figure-eight knot.

Where to Park

Park at the waypoint listed on the event page on W Allens Ln. There is parking on the right hand side and we will walk down to the rock together

Addition questions, send us a message at phillychapter@americanalpineclub.org

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The Dawn Wall Film Screening
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Dawn Wall Film Screening

The Dawn Wall is coming to Philly for one night only! A bunch of AACPHL members will be there for the show and then are going to head to a local pub for drinks and food afterwards. Grab a ticket online, get there a little early, and keep an eye out in the lobby for people with AACPHL T-shirts on. Hope to see you there! 

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Gear and Beer: Passive Protection
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Gear and Beer: Passive Protection

A Gear & Beer is a pint night with a short presentation on a specific type of gear. This month we'll be talking about Passive Gear – Pitons, Nuts, Hexes, Tricams, BigBros. We'll be giving out prizes for the oldest, most mangled, and way too big pro, so bring 'em if you have 'em! All climbers are welcome!

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