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GATHERING FOR GOOD: AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB’S EXCELLENCE IN CLIMBING CELEBRATION

Often we gather atop mountains, in forests, or on rivers to gaze, wonder, and work to protect the future of these wild places. Some gather at base camps with crampons, ice axes and climbing ropes, ready to ascend on rock, snow and ice. Few, after often dangerous journeys, gather atop the world’s highest peaks.

“The conservation work Guy and I did in the mountains came naturally, like climbing,” said Waterman, a climber, conservationist and author. “It was just something we felt strongly about and it was important, more than that, essential, to spread the word. Frankly, I think—I hope—all climbers feel this way about their favorite places, the [places] that keep us sane.”