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

Top Rope Anchors Clinic

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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No Man's Land Festival
Feb
2
4:00 PM16:00

No Man's Land Festival

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, free pizza, beer 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
• Free pizza and drinks
• Games and chances to win swag from REI, Arêt basewear and more!

COST: $20 AAC and Gravity Vault members, $25 General Admission
Early bird sale (ends January 18): $15 AAC and Gravity Vault members, $20 General Admission

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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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