I met two girls backpacking this summer and one majored in "folklore and mythology" while the other majored in "human evolution." Talk about marketable! I asked what they could do with their degrees and they both said "anything."
After years of eyeing the age 60 movie discount I noticed they moved it up to 65 as I was approaching that golden demarc - that got me grousing on the assumption they'll move it to 70 just as I hit 65. Then I went to see Skyfall last night and the girl gives me a senior ticket and change before I realized what was happening. Now I'm pissed that she would eyeball me as a senior before my time. Am I being unreasonable or just old?
Perhaps Donini will chime in on this; being a past AAC president.
Seriously--the AAC is making a big effort to recruit members; which they have been very successful at-so far.
I was a member for a few years way back in my youth; when you had to apply, and have a resume. I stopped paying, primarily because the club back then didn't really offer any benefits.
The club has changed dramatically in the last few years. I re-joined just last year, when I visited the Teton climbers ranch.
I just came back from the AAC Yosemite climbers meet. I had a blast and met climbers from all over the world. They picked you up at the airport; all the meals were catered, and yes-there was FREE beer.
One of my climbing partners was just awarded a climbing grant for next summer. The club is changing.
It's basically an attempt to balance out a membership that is skewed older. They are trying to defeat the image of the AAC as bunch of past-it fuddy-duddies who sit around drinking and yakking about the Golden Years.
An image that is at least partly true and goes back to the British equivalent, the Alpine Club.