Published since 1929, the American Alpine Journal (AAJ) is renowned as the most comprehensive worldwide source of information on major new climbs. The 368-page book and frequently updated website document each year’s biggest new routes and wildest exploration in hundreds of first-person reports.
Get The Book
- The AAJ is delivered free to American Alpine Club members in late summer or early fall. Note: Because of issues related to COVID-19, the AAJ will be delivered later than usual in 2020.
- Download the free PDF edition (AAC members only)
- Buy a print or PDF copy
- Follow us on Facebook for frequent updates
- See our Instagram page: @americanalpinejournal
Share Your Story
The AAJ publishes first-person reports about big new routes, first free ascents, and significant attempts and mountain exploration anywhere in the world. Most routes are at least five or six pitches long, but we make some exceptions.
There are two ways to report new climbs:
- Send your new route reports with this Submission Form.
- Send reports and photos to AAJ or to these editors:
- Alaska: Andy Anderson
- California: Lauren Miller
- All other Lower 48 states (Washington, Colorado, Montana, etc.): Michael Levy
- Canada, Mexico, Middle East, Africa, New Zealand: Whitney Clark
- South America (except Bolivia): Erik Rieger
- Himalaya, Karakoram, China, Bolivia, Greenland, Europe, Antarctica: Lindsay Griffin
- Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan: Dougald MacDonald
Foreign Language Submissions
The Cutting Edge Podcast
The monthly Cutting Edge podcast features in-depth interviews with the climbers who will be writing next year’s AAJ stories, just back from great new climbs. Presented by Hilleberg the Tentmaker and produced by the editors of the American Alpine Journal. Learn more about each episode and see photos from the climbs at the Cutting Edge webpage.
Support The Mission
Every article ever published in the AAJ (more than 20,000 reports) is available for free on this website, thanks to the generosity of AAC members and donors. We need your help!
Volunteers: The AAJ depends on volunteer translators, proofreaders, regional correspondents, and online assistants. I want to help!
The comprehensive AAJ Index (1929–2018) is a useful companion to online article searches. It allows you to quickly scan for alternative spellings of peaks and other locations.