Local Crusher Spotlight: Chris Duca

Local Crusher Spotlight: Chris Duca

Chris is a climber, runner, teacher and rad dad. A self-proclaimed opportunist, punk rocker and coffee lover, Chris lives in Philadelphia but spends most of the climbing season at local crags or up at the Gunks. More than anything, he loves spending time with his kids and showing them the wonders of the great outdoors. 

7 Myths about Tufas Bouldering Lounge - Debunked!!

7 Myths about Tufas Bouldering Lounge - Debunked!!

There’s a lot of rumors floating around about Tufas Bouldering Lounge - a 24/7 access code for members? Opening this summer or postponed for a few decades? A bar inside the gym? And what’s a “bouldering lounge” anyway? We sat down with the owners to debunk the myths and learn more about this new gym coming to South Kensington! Read the interview here

Trip Report: Hayley Boyle and the Crux Chicks

Trip Report: Hayley Boyle and the Crux Chicks

This spring, Philly climber Hayley Boyle organized her own mini women’s climbing festival in Utah. She tells us about how it all started, what they climbed, how ditching the guys gave the trip a different vibe, and her vision for how this can grow into something bigger and better every year. Read more

Trip Report: Matt Karlson at Red Rock Rendezvous

Trip Report: Matt Karlson at Red Rock Rendezvous

Ever wonder what happens at these "climbing festivals"? Do people actually climb, or do they just drink beer and talk about climbing? Read Matt's take on his first time participating in the annual Las Vegas climbing festival.

Local Crusher Spotlight: Shanon Levin

Local Crusher Spotlight: Shanon Levin

The Local Crusher Spotlight features interviews with members of our climbing community. Want to nominate a climber or have a rad story you want to share? Email us at philychapter@americanalpineclub.org

Live Your Dream

Live Your Dream

Local climbers and winners of AAC Live Your Dream grants give some tips on how to write great grant proposals. 

The Gunks Campground Is Open!

The Gunks Campground Is Open!

The new Gunks campground has been a polarizing topic for climbers in the northeast since Its official opening was announced early this year. Shawn Ryan attended the American Alpine Club’s volunteer prep weekend to help get the campground ready for its official opening on May 15th, here is what he found.