Climbing’s Best Honored by the American Alpine Club


The American Alpine Club recognized outstanding achievements in conservation, climbing, mountaineering and community service at its Annual Benefit Dinner on February 26 in Seattle, Washington.

The Robert and Miriam Underhill Award went to 88-year-old Fred Beckey for his lifetime of mountaineering accomplishments. The climber and author is unofficially recognized as the world record holder for first ascents. Beckey is also recognized in the September 2010 issue of Outside.

Former AAC President Bob Craig received the Angelo Heilprin Citation for his service to the club. Craig has been a member for 65 years and currently serves on the Investment Committee.

The David R. Brower Award was given to Tom Frost in recognition of his leadership and commitment to preserving mountain regions. Frost has advocated for Leave No Trace and played a role in creating many of the clean-climbing tools used today.

Hayden Kennedy is the promising young climber who received the Robert Hicks Bates Award for his skill, character and potential. Kennedy is the son of alpinist Michael Kennedy.

The Literary Award recognizes excellence in alpine literature, and was awarded to Royal Robbins, who is currently working on a seven-volume memoir, My Life: Royal Robbins.

–Whitney Dreier