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We are the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Alpine Club

Back in 2013 a group of local climbers came together with the vision of a more connected, cohesive climbing community in Philadelphia. We began looking around at models we could use as an example for the kind of organization we wanted to become.

In 2014, we joined the AAC as their first ever chapter. Then in 2015 we incorporated in order to manage all aspects of our chapter at a local level, becoming the local subsidiary of the AAC in the Philadelphia region. We’ve been hard at work building this chapter, and this community, ever since!

As a locally owned subsidiary of the American Alpine Club we support ourselves completely through local fundraisers, and by charging for access to our events and programs. We work to reinvest any profits we make from our events back in to our community through localized grants, outreach programs, and donations to our Local Climbing Organizations.

We highly encourage anyone that has found our programming valuable to join the AAC at a national level. Your membership gets you access to tons of great benefits, it helps provide the infrastructure that powers chapters like ours in communities throughout the nation, it lobbies at a national level for climbers’ interests, and it provides a host of excellent resources like education initiatives to our rapidly growing family of outdoor adventurers.


THE PILLARS OF OUR CHAPTER

Education

We build programs for local climbers to learn new skills and techniques

Fellowship

We create events to help local climbers connect with each other

Inspiration

We give local climbers the resources and support they need to thrive.


OUR MISSION

Is to create events and programs which give local climbers the opportunity to meet, learn from, and be inspired by each other


OUR VISION

Is an educated, passionate, connected local community that cares deeply about the sport and lifestyle of climbing.


OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Inclusive

We accept everyone, every discipline, regardless of skill level. Together we’re stronger.

Genuine

We share our passion for adventure, education, and mentorship in an honest, compassionate way. Walk The Walk.

Professional

We are a competent organisation with high expectations of ourselves and those we work with. Lead By Example.