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AAC and Mountain Hardwear Establish McNeill Nott Award

The American Alpine Club (AAC) and Mountain Hardwear have established a new annual grant for climbers, the McNeill Nott Award. Discussions during the last six months led both organizations to meet the need for a new climbing grant aimed at aspiring climbers taking their talents to the challenges of world class alpine pursuits. With the death of Sue Nott and her climbing partner Karen McNeill on Alaska's Mount Foraker, the AAC and Mountain Hardwear decided to name their new grant the McNeill Nott Award. Sue Nott was a long time member of the AAC. Sue and Karen were both Mountain Hardwear athletes. Both climbers had tackled new and established test pieces alike.

With this new award, The AAC and Mountain Hardwear seek to preserve the memory and spirit of these two climbers by awarding grants to climbers attempting new and difficult alpine ascents. Application details can be found on both the AAC and Mountain Hardwear web sites. Applications should be sent to the AAC by March 1 of each year.

For more details please contact
Nigel Gregory
Director Development and Marketing
The American Alpine Club
710 10th St
Golden, CO 80401
Tel: 303 384 0110

About The American Alpine Club
Founded in 1902, the not-for-profit American Alpine Club is the premier national organization in the United States devoted to mountaineering, rock climbing, and the multitude of issues facing climbers. For more than 100 years, the AAC has led mountaineering adventure, scientific research and education in the U.S. The Club’s active membership ranges from beginning climbers to a “who’s who” of the world’s most experienced mountaineers, working together to cultivate mountaineering and fellowship among climbers. The organization’s dedication to education drives dissemination of knowledge, continued study and scientific exploration of the high mountains of the world, from the Arctic to Antarctic circles.

The AAC’s world-renowned American Alpine Club Library, founded in 1916, is one of the oldest and most complete alpine research facilities in the United States. Operating in partnership with the Colorado Mountain Club, and located alongside an indoor climbing wall at the AAC Headquarters in Golden, Colorado (with branches in California and Wyoming), the library educates students and other visitors, hosting conferences and symposia. The American Alpine Club produces a variety of publications for the climbing community, including the American Alpine Journal, the premiere record of significant mountaineering and long rock climbing ascents worldwide. For more information on the AAC, and to learn how to become active in the organization and the sport of climbing, visit the AAC Web site at

About Mountain Hardwear
Mountain Hardwear designs, sources and markets high-end mountaineering and outdoor equipment, apparel and accessories. Mountain Hardwear was established in 1993 by a group of outdoor industry veterans and is based in Richmond, Calif. The company distributes its products through specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and 30 countries worldwide. Mountain Hardwear has won numerous product and customer service awards since its inception. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company. For more information about Mountain Hardwear, visit the company’s Internet home page at


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