Thursday, May 12, 2011

AAC - "All About Climbing"

American Alpine Club, Golden, CO

After a stellar day in Eldo Tuesday, Wednesday brought rain and snow to the foothills. Sometimes a forced rest day is just what you need, less this half-century old body wear out! The American Alpine Club (AAC) is headquartered in Golden, just down the road a piece.  It was a perfect day for a visit.

First stop: The AAC library. I met the staff there, got a quick tour, then got to work on a small project (I requested some volunteer work. Rosie, you would be proud!) This library is quite impressive and it would take no effort to indulge myself there for a few days. After finishing up the project I thoroughly enjoyed the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. If you are ever in the Denver area, VISIT THIS MUSEUM! The sites are presented in spectacular fashion and there are several interactive components. I was amazed at how much detail was covered.  They have creatively piped in some type of surround-sound audio throughout the museum so that as you travel about you hear the thwack-thwack of ice axes and crampons, the musical clinking of carabiners and rock protection and more.

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