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The 20th Annual Meeting and Dinner

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The 20th Annual Meeting and Dinner of the New York Section of the Alpine Club of Canada was held at the Hotel Brevoort, March 29th, 1930, Mr. F. N. Waterman presiding. One hundred members and guests attended. An entertaining talk on last summer’s camp at Rogers Pass in the Selkirks was given by Miss M. Helen Smith. The feature of the evening was the story of the first ascent of Mt. Sir Alexander (Mt. Kitchi) 10,900 ft., July 31st, 1929, by Newman D. Waffl, Helen I. Buck and Andrew J. Gilmour. Four previous attempts by other climbers had failed and several had expressed the opinion that because of snow conditions on the summit the mountain would never be climbed.

Mr. Frederick K. Vreeland spoke on his early explorations in the region, his pictures showing how the great peaks Sir Alexander and Ida dominate the surrounding mountains.

Mr. Waffl told of the climb. A high camp was established at an altitude of about 7,400 ft., and the climbers were out twenty-two hours from this camp. The summit was reached late in the afternoon and a different route was followed on the descent.

For the closing number Mr. W. Osgood Field showed some striking reels of the higher Caucasus and of skiing in the Alps, remarkable both for their thrill and the great beauty of sun and shadow and drifting clouds over snow peaks.

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