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Every year, the American Alpine Club, based in Golden, hosts an annual awards banquet in different parts of the country. This year, the meeting will be held at the Inverness in Englewood on February 20. Over the years, the annual meeting has been pared down from a two-day event with multiple speakers and presenters to a one-day event that often sells out in advance. Regardless, the annual meeting always attracts some of the legendary figures in American mountaineering. This year, Royal Robbins, Doug Robinson, and George Lowe are already on the attendees list.

Robinson, a well-respected author who won the Club's Literary Award, will also be doing a presentation at 3:30, titled "Wild in the Sierra."

The silent auction, always one of the best parts of the weekend, begins with cocktails at 5:00. The silent auction gives climbers an opportunity to score gear and other things. I picked up a Dee Molenaar original watercolor of the North Face of the Matterhorn at the Club's meeting in Seattle a few years ago. The live auction begins at 7:30, and usually has interesting options, such as trips.

The keynote speaker this year is noted climber Jim Collins. Collins is a 5.13 rock climber who has made several first ascents, including making the first free solo ascent of the Naked Edge (5.11b) in Eldorado Canyon.

The event is open to both members and non-members, and online registration is available.

In addition, because the annual meeting is being held close to headquarters, on Friday, the Club will have a reception at the American Mountaineering Museum in Golden starting at 5:30 p.m.

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