AAC's Craggin' Classic at Index, WA

posted by dpm on 08/18/2011

On September 10, 2011 the American Alpine Club will host its Craggin' Classic climbing festival at Index to celebrate the first year of land acquisition that saved one of America's best granite rock climbing crags from private development. In 2009, the AAC, Access Fund, Washington Climber’s Coalition and local climbers raised awareness and money to purchase and protect the legendary Lower Town Wall area in perpetuity. This one-day event will feature remarkable granite crack and face climbing, rock shoe demos, clinics, a slideshow presentation and free food, beer and music in the evening.  Join in the fun and show your support!  More info can be found at www.americanalpineclub.org or the AAC Cascade Section Facebook page.  

-Abby Smith


Official Press Release:



(Seattle, WA) The American Alpine Club’s flagship Craggin’ Classic climbing festival
expands to the Pacific Northwest to celebrate the first year of a land purchase that
saved one of America’s most historic climbing areas from private development.
This one-day festival at Index will feature notable Northwest athletes mingling with
local climbers during the day in the newly-created park, climbing shoe demos, clinics
and finish with free food, beer and music in the evening. Guided top ropes will be set
up on a few difficult climbs so beginners can get a taste of Index’s well-deserved
reputation as a very challenging area. There will also be a slideshow presented by New
Zealand’s Alpinist of the Year (and NW native) Graham Zimmerman in the Outdoor
Adventure Center.
The American Alpine Club launched its new five-year strategic plan at the beginning of
this year with a focus on delivering the AAC’s message of uniting climbers at a more
regional level. The Craggin’ Classic at Index is an example of this mission getting
kickstarted in the Pacific Northwest.
About The American Alpine Club:
The American Alpine Club provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and
advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for
American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer
opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national
climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing
annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American
Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading
mountaineering museum; manages the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a
larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing,
conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about
additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.