The American Alpine Club's Idaho Section boasts some of the finest climbing in North America. The impeccable granite of Elephant's Perch to the north boasts some of the best alpine granite in the country, while the outstanding climbing at City of Rocks ranks as one of top destinations for climbers in the U.S. And of course, routes all across the Rockies and Canada are never far off!



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Meet your section leaders

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Meghan Kahnle
Section Co-Chair

Meghan is a world traveler, trained graphic designer, painter, rock climber and passionate about her community; her main goal in life is to magically combine all of these things. Recently she has found a home base in Boise after spending the majority of her life wandering around the northwest. Meg has taught climbing at OSU, was an assistant guide, has run kids camps and finds endless joy in using her passion and natural teaching skills to share her passion for climbing and the outdoors with others. As an active member in the climbing community Meg is excited to share her enthusiasm with the American Alpine Club and find new and creative ways to connect with, and support, the climbing community in Idaho.

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Jason Luthy
Section Co-Chair

Jason holds down the AAC representation in North Idaho where he has a goal of being in the mountains as much as at his desk or teaching wilderness medicine with his business Longleaf Wilderness Medicine. Jason has been climbing for the past two decades across North America. In recent years he has been referred to as the Route Archeologist of North Idaho because of his interest in cleaning lichen off of old sport routes, replacing outdated hardware and putting on trail project days with the local climbing community.

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Chad Vaughan
Outreach Chair

Chad is a professional Photographer & Filmmaker who is passionate about the outdoors and good pizza. With over a decade of mountaineering and climbing experience, he hopes to not only help grow the local climbing community in Southern Idaho, but document its amazing accomplishments along the way. Chad has a degree in Education from the University of New Mexico, is easy to approach, and always willing to share what he knows. If you can climb it, paddle it, or walk across it, he is interested.