Memorial Celebration of Nick Clinch



Celebrate the life of past AAC president, Nick Clinch!


February 23, 2017

Hosted at the Mountaineers Clubhouse, Seattle, WA

Doors Open at 6pm

Program Begins at 6:30pm


Reception to follow with light snacks and beverages until 9pm


Join us in celebration of the man who is regarded as one of America's most successful expedition leaders. Beyond Clinch's important role in the history of American mountaineering, his devotion to the AAC helped the Club thrive over the 62 years of his membership. Nick served as Club president from 1968 to 1970 and afterwards he served one term (1971-1973) as treasurer. He has been instrumental in the growth of the AAC Library, and a major contributor to the Central Asia collection. In 1971 Nick worked tirelessly with Leigh Ortenberg and NPS Director Horace Albright to establish the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch.


He was a student of climbing history and a prolific book collector with, as he often said, “the discrimination of a vacuum cleaner,” according to AAC CEO Phil Powers. His collection resides at the American Alpine Club Library in Golden, Colorado.


“Nick certainly contributed much to climbing in America. He was a brilliant expedition leader and a wonderful diplomat. But I think most of his contributions were behind the scenes,” said Powers. “He was always there with the counsel to get us through the hard decisions. I have benefitted from knowing a number of the great men on whose shoulders we stand as climbers today—but I’ll miss none more than Nick.”


Come February 23, 2017, we will gather to celebrate Clinch's rich life and the profound impact he left upon this world and the people he met.




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