The AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee meets once per month from September through June. Committee meetings are an important part of planning for instructional programs, addressing access issues, and overseeing other chapter activities. All climbers and community members are welcome to attend these meetings.
Mountaineering Committee Members
Alpine climbing along with traveling and climbing in new areas has always been his primary goal. Eric has climbed extensively through out North America and Europe; however he finds that as time passes the 'training for' to 'actually doing' ratio creeps ever higher. In his own words, "As the limitations of age become more apparent, so does the appeal of sport climbing in the sun. Actually pulling plastic is not so bad.... At least the grades are ego boosting."
In any case he maintains his enthusiasm for all types of climbing and greatly enjoy mentoring new climbers. He can be contacted via email@example.com.
Since that start in hiking boots and a bowline on a coil, Al has rock climbed throughout he United States, including New Hampshire, upstate New York, Vermont, the Gunks (of course), Colorado, Idaho, California, Arizona, Nevada, and in the United Kingdom and France too. In the winter of 1982-83 he learned to ice climb, with a 70 cm ice ax in his strong hand and screws that you needed a ratchet to put in. This led to mountaineering trips to the Tetons, the Wind River Range, the Canadian Rockies and the Bugaboos.
In Al's own words, "Because I wanted to give something back to a way of life (notice I did not write "sport") that has given me so much, I joined the Mountaineering Committee." Over the years he's been the committee's chairman and has edited The Crux, the Mountaineering Committee’s newsletter, for many years.
Nancy is a member of the UK’s Lancashire Mountain Club and she's been on the AMC Boston Chapter's Mountaineering Committee since 1991. She has been a member of the American Alpine Club since 1995 and has served as Chair for the New England Section of the AAC since 2010.
John has served for the past two years on both the rock and ice organizing committees. In 2016 he has taken over the role of program director for the ice program. Teaching enthusiastic new climbers is a huge joy for John. He also serves as chair of Harvard Cabin Committee, which is a home base for him in the White Mountains.
As a member of the AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee, Alissa oversees the website and volunteers with both the rock and ice program. She is passionate about getting new climbers outside and introducing them to the climbing community and outdoor lifestyle.
In the spring of 2015, Mike matriculated in and completed the AMC Rock Program, an experience Mike describes as “transformative”. Since then, Mike has taken to spending his weekend’s sport and trad climbing throughout New England. Mike plans to continue exploring his passion for the vertical world by participating in the Ice Program, climbing with good friends, and travelling to great climbing destinations, anywhere and everywhere. In the Fall of 2015, Mike joined the AMC Boston Mountaineering Committee out of stated desire and duty to help support New England climbing and climbers, particularly those new to the sport, and maintain the tradition of training and mentorship in outdoor adventure.
She took the Rock Program in the spring of 2016 and found climbing to be one of the most exhilarating and fulfilling things she had ever done. Since then she has taken every opportunity to explore some of the best cliffs the Northeast has to offer. In addition to the joy she gets from climbing, she has also been captivated by the stories of other members who share her same passion. Wanting to become more involved with the AMC, she volunteered to edit The Crux as a way to keep the community connected through their shared experiences.