Story Swamp Pasquinade: Cornelius Hot-as-the-mid-DAY-sun

Corey Day (short for Cornelius Hot-as-the-mid-DAY-sun) has vague origins but opens up in this vulnerable tell-all about climbing, training, and extracurricular activities. Spoiler alert: sick beta for his mega-futuristic proj, do not read to maintain on-sight potential. He’s a masochistic son-of-a-gun and will tell you all about his escapades in Vedauwoo, so let’s get to know him a little better in this Story Swamp Pasquinade.

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Story Swap Preview: John Martin

John D. Martin is a mountaineer, climber and runner, currently living in Princeton, New Jersey. John was a recipient of the AAC’s Live Your Dream Grant, and will be talking about his trip to the Cascades last year. When he’s not in the mountains, John’s mind wanders into the tech-filled future: “I think about Artificial Intelligence a lot.”

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Story Swap Preview: Juan Pineda

Anyone who’s spent time at Tufas, Go Vertical, one of the crags near Philly or up at the Gunks, has probably run into Juan Pineda. Juan has been climbing since 1996, and spreading the climbing stoke wherever he goes. If you see Juan and need some beta, he’s happy to chat: “I'm always open to help anyone and to pass on all the lessons I've learned.”

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Story Swap Preview: Kim Desrosiers

Kim Desrosiers is a Pennsylvania native, growing up in Red Hill and now living in Wayne. She loves going up to the Gunks for trad and New Hampshire for ice —her current focus, as well as being involved with the adaptive climbing community. You’ll also find her mountain biking (“I’m a terrible mountain biker who does not let her skills get in the way of her fun”), trail running, climbing trees, and meditating in the outdoors.

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Story Swap Preview: Demetrius Pampouktsis

Demetrius Pampouktsis has worn a lot of hats over the years: cook, waiter, restaurant manager, bartender, carpenter, mason, mechanic, barista, pizzaboy...the list goes on. He currently works as an engineer in Haverford, PA, but his true passion is being in the mountains. Demetrius will be talking about his trip to South America, and having to recognize he couldn’t complete the objective.

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Story Swap Preview: Crys Moore

Crys Moore is a product designer living on the border of Fairmount and Brewerytown. Originally hailing from South Carolina, they landed in Philly after living in Chicago, Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Crys helps run PHLash: Philly's LGTBQIA+ climbing community, and is also a mentor in the AAC’s mentoring program. Some of Crys’ favorite things are pizza, tacos, chips and salsa and dead vertical crimp climbing.

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Mentoring Program Spotlight: John Martin

John was a mentor in our Winter 2019 Mentoring Program, in the Intro to Winter Mountaineering group. He has been climbing since 2015. Most of his experience comes from alpine routes in the North Cascades or in the White Mountains. John grew up right outside of Annapolis, MD, and now lives in Princeton, NJ. John is PhD student who researches decision making in artificially-intelligent learning systems. He is currently working at Google Brain, in Montréal Canada, trying to understand how stories can shape the ways a machine learns.

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Mentoring Program Spotlight: Megan Getz

Megan was a participant in our Winter 2019 Mentoring Program, in the Intro to Winter Mountaineering group. She grew up in Northeast Philly and currently lives in Fishtown. Megan works in the Data Analytics unit at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, which is the City’s child welfare agency, creating data reports and helps out on some research projects.

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Local Event Spotlight: A Climber's Guide to Eastern State Penitentiary; or East State's Architecture and How to Escape It

A Climber’s Guide to Eastern State Penitentiary; or Eastern State’s Architecture and How to Escape It, is an upcoming art installation at the Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) by Philadelphia-based artist Alexander Rosenberg. This project is a unique blend of art, climbing, and history of the penitentiary. It opens at the Eastern State Penitentiary on May 2nd from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Alex will be climbing during the event and there will be food and drinks. The event is free and open to the public and the project will be on view through April of 2020.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Alex Wildman

Alex Wildman is the AAC Philly Chapter Co-Chair, and one of the two subjects in the film Hold Fast. The film follows American rock climber and mountaineer Conrad Anker, and Alex as his mentee and a cancer survivor, as they attempt to scale El Capitan in Yosemite, California. Their story is an inspiring one that focuses on teaming up to support each other on a climb, and putting their traumatic brushes with mortality behind them. Read on to hear more from Alex on his experience, his journey, and what it means to “Hold Fast”.

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Battle of the Blocks Captain Spotlight: Rebecca Levenberg

Rebecca is a Battle of the Blocks Captain for the Center City Chinchillas! Rebecca discovered climbing in 2011, after a traumatic accident changed her body and life. Now an above-knee amputee -- and bionic woman -- she climbs at Go Vertical, has medaled in two Adaptive National Championships, and competed on Team USA in the 2018 Paraclimbing World Championships in Austria! When she’s not climbing, Rebecca works as a peer mentor coordinator at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and volunteers with hospital patients and adaptive climbers.

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