The Sierra Nevada Section is one of the largest and most active sections in the American Alpine Club. With more than 2,000 members living in Northern California and Northern Nevada, they have a long tradition of community and volunteerism that unites members and welcomes all climbers. With the likes of Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Lovers Leap, Donner Summit, Pinnacles National Monument, and Bishop—not to mention the endless granite summits of the Eastern Sierra—there is enough climbing to keep anyone busy for several lifetimes. Sierra Nevada Section members regularly gather at events throughout the year to climb, help preserve crags and mountains, and socialize.


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Annual Events - Come Join Us!

January: Ice Climbing Retreat @ Lost Trail Lodge (Truckee, CA)

Summer (exact date varies): Yosemite Volunteer in Parks Project, Donner Summit Campout

July: Summer Rock Retreat @ Lost Trail Lodge

September: Yosemite Facelift with Yosemite Climbing Association, Donner Summit Boulder Bash

November: Bishop Highball Craggin’ Classic

Meet Your Section Leadership:

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Kristin Nute - Section Chair

Kristin Nute joined as a co-chair to the Sierra Nevada Section in April 2014. Growing up in the SF Bay Area and finding time to escape the busy pace to explore California and beyond has always been a passion. Yearly trips typically include camping and exploring near Sequoia/Kings Canyon, the Sierra Buttes and also catching winter peak views from the top of Thunder Saddle, Kirkwood.

In the late 1990's, Kristin discovered climbing, and instantly gravitated to the challenges, adventures and community. Kristin is thrilled to be working with the active and amazing Sierra Nevada Section

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Steve Schwortz - Education Chair

Steve has been climbing for almost 25 years and has been working in climbing for over 20 years. He’s a bit of a generalist – having climbed a little of everything from boulders, bolted routes and splitter cracks to big walls, desert towers and snowy peaks. A teacher by nature and profession he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with climbers of all ages, abilities and experience levels.

He is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, a certified AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor and a provider for the AMGA CWI Program and for the AAC Universal Belay Program. He plans to continue to progress through the AMGA Rock Guide program. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder and works locally with several guide services and climbing gyms and with the American Alpine Club as the Education Chair for the Sierra Nevada Section. Ask him about his other work as an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Sacramento City College and his past life working as a field archaeologist in Europe and Africa.