Owned by the American Alpine Club and the Colorado Mountain Club, the American Mountaineering Center came to life after a $4.3 million dollar renovation to what used to be the Golden Highschool. The AMC is the nation's premiere facility for research, education, and information about the mountain environment. Support for the project has come from club members, the outdoor industry, and local foundations, including the Golden Civic Foundation, and the Golden Urban Renewal Authority.
The 47,000 square-foot Center houses the world-renowned American Alpine Club Library, the state of the art American Mountaineering Museum, an interactive student laboratory for educating students and other visitors, meeting space for conferenes and symposia and an indoor climbing wall. It is also home to both of the owning organizations, as well as the Colorado Trail Foundation.
The American Mountaineering Center is a focal point for mountaineering-related issues in the United States. Already the Center has hosted a meeting of the International Mountain Protection Commission, an international conference on managing human waste in the wild, a ground-breaking panel discussion on high altitude guiding, a symposium on adventure photography by Bill Hatcher, Ace Kvale, and Kevin Powell, the best of the Mountain film in Telluride as well as lectures and slide shows by many world-renowned climbers.
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