In keeping with the mission of the American Mountaineering Museum, the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence celebrates the achievements of American mountaineers on and off the mountain. The American Mountaineering Museum and American Alpine Club partner to host an annual gala to honor inductees, featuring the induction ceremony and presentation.
2018 Excellence in Climbing
The 2018 Excellence in Climbing Awards Dinner will be held on June 2, 2018. Visit www.americanalpineclub.org/excellence for the most up to date information.
Charley Mace - Chair, Alison Osius, Libby Sauter, Michael Wejchert, Freddie Wilkinson
Inductees come from all disciplines; mountaineering, rock, ice and mixed. Inductees have made significant achievements in mountaineering history, such as first ascents.
The museum focuses not only on the sport of mountaineering, but also on the tangential aspects of climbing, namely environment, culture, art, teamwork, etc. Thus, any inductees are not simply great mountaineers, but have also made contributions of significance in other areas relating to the mountains.
Giving back to the climbing community directly through advocacy, financial support (grants, etc.), activism, etc.
Giving back to the climbing community indirectly through the creation of an admirable and inspiring legacy which touches and inspires current and future generations of climbers.
Positively impacting the cultures and peoples of the mountains through various works.
Positively impacting the environment of the mountains through various works.
ARTS + SCIENCE
Preserving mountain and mountain climbing history through various works. Contributing heavily and uniquely to mountain art, through poetry, painting, photography, video/film, etc. Contributing to the field of mountain science and medicine.
INDUCTEES BY YEAR
Sean and Timmy O'Neill, Sean Patrick, David Morton and Melissa Arnot Reid, Doug Walker
Libby Sauter, Geoff Tabin, John Roskelly, Hugh Herr, Tom Frost
Richard M. Leonard, Jim Ansara and Mark Richey, Kim Reynolds, Mark Udall
Allen Steck, Bradford and Barbara Washburn, Fanny Bullock Workman
Nick Clinch, Barry Corbet, Norman Dhyrenfurth, Jeff Lowe Peter Metcalf
Arlene Blum, Henry W. Kendall, Dee Molenaar, Louis Reichardt
Fred Beckey, Tom Hornbein, Royal Robbins, Miriam Underhill, Willi Unsoeld
Robert Bates, Yvon Chouinard, Robert Craig, Dr. Charles Houston
INDUCTEES BY NAME
Dr. Charles Houston
Henry W. Kendall
Richard M. Leonard
Sean and Timmy O'Neill
Melissa Arnot Reid
Bradford and Barbara Washburn
Fanny Bullock Workman