NOLS and the American Alpine Club Launch Official Partnership

Lander, Wyo. — Today the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the American Alpine Club (AAC) launched an official partnership to further encourage community, competency, and conservation among climbers in America.

The partnership stems from deep-rooted understanding that the values of both organizations align. The AAC’s vision is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. And as the leader in wilderness education, NOLS also believes in the power of the outdoors, and in the conservation of wild spaces. Both organizations have a desire to protect outdoor classrooms and connect people to these great places and each other. This new partnership will enable these two organizations to leverage each other as educational and community resources.

“For NOLS grads, becoming an AAC member will make it easier to connect to the climbing community in their area as well as to national climbing events,” said NOLS Word of Mouth Coordinator Elyse Guarino of the 30-percent discount NOLS grads will now get on their AAC membership. “It will encourage them to stay engaged with the outdoors, keep their skills fresh, continue learning, and have more resources for planning their travels.”

Additionally, as the AAC moves forward in its efforts to create a national standard for basic climbing practices and communication, NOLS will play a supporting role, sharing their decades of climbing education experience.

“We are excited to collaborate with NOLS,” said AAC Executive Director Phil Powers. “Together we can multiply the number of voices advocating for healthy places, the power of community, and good climbing practices.”


About NOLS - The National Outdoor Leadership School                                                  

Since legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt founded the school in 1965, more than 221,000 students have graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the leader in wilderness education. Whether through field-based courses offered in some of the most awe-inspiring locations in the world or classroom-based courses, the school provides transformative educational experiences to students of all ages. Graduates emerge as active leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills. To discover the NOLS experience or to bring a course to your business or organization, call (800) 710-NOLS (6657) or visit

About the American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose vision is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. Together with our members, 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 Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants that fund adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at