posted by dpm on 07/26/2012
Today only, July 26th, the American Alpine Club is launching a membership drive in celebration of their recent purchase of the Hueco Rock Ranch. New members will receive all the benefits of being an AAC member plus they'll get a limited edition Hueco Rock Ranch/AAC T-shirt.
From the American Alpine Club website:
SO WHAT EXACTLY ARE WE CELEBRATING?
THE HUECO ROCK RANCH, outside of El Paso, Texas! That’s what. Earlier this month, the American Alpine Club bought the Ranch on behalf of climbers everywhere. For more than a decade, the Ranch has been the international gathering place for visitors to America’s best bouldering area, Hueco Tanks.
We at the AAC are beyond psyched to play a role in the history of this center of camping and guiding by becoming the steward of this lodging landmark. Our on-site presence will provide a comfortable camping scene just outside the park gates, while strengthening the relationship with the State Park to create the best possible future for climbers and climbing at Hueco Tanks.
We’re also devoting more than $15,000 this year to renovate the Hueco Rock Ranch before opening for the 2012–2013 winter season. But we need your help TODAY!
It is AAC member dues that have made this purchase possible, and only support from more AAC members will continue to sustain this important gathering place. Please consider joining or renewing your membership in the American Alpine Club to make the future for the Hueco Rock Ranch even more legendary.
The American Alpine Club has renewed its commitment to providing critical lodging at U.S. climbing destinations. The Club has run the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch for over 40 years, and in 2012 will open the Hueco Rock Ranch and a climbers’ campground in West Virginia’s New River Gorge.
Some folks might not know what kind of benefits come with being an AAC member. In some ways, being an AAC member is kind of like joining AAA. But instead of breaking down and getting free towing or getting discounts on hotels...you're getting rescue insurance and camping discounts among other things. A few of the benefits of being an AAC member include: