American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

United States, Colorado Mountain Club, 1947

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  • Publication Year: 1948

Colorado Mountain Club, 1947. The Colorado Mountain Club enjoyed a very active year, with trips scheduled practically every week end. Skiing trips occupied first place during the winter season and, among the diehards, extended even into early summer. Several members took the last trip of the season on June 29th and reported fine skiing on corn snow from the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Club sponsors ski classes for beginners and requires members to pass qualifying tests before participating in some winter ski climbs. During the season three of our 14,000-ft. peaks were climbed on regularly scheduled ski trips. A winter outing was held at Steamboat Springs in the first week of March.

Mountaineering training was also carried on. A school for leaders was held in February, and safety was particularly stressed. In June classes in rock climbing were held once a week under competent and qualified instructors, followed by practice on suitable cliffs in the field on Sundays. This course was well patronized, especially by younger members, and produced some excellent material from which we expect to develop our future trip leaders. It will be renewed this spring. The instruction was continued in the School of Mountaineering held in conjunction with the Annual Summer Outing, which was located at the head of Noname Creek in the Needle Mountains of the San Juan Range from July 21st to August 3rd. This is an area of high, rugged peaks, 13,500 to over 14,000 ft. in altitude, with climbs ranging from moderately to extremely difficult. There is plenty of opportunity to develop new routes.

Various Club members went farther afield. Some climbed in the Tetons and Wind Rivers, and in December 1946 five journeyed to Mexico and climbed Orizaba and Popocatepetl. Four of these are also members of the A.A.C.: Dr. John V. Ambler, Carl Melzer, Herb Hollister and Carl Blaurock. Herb Hollister, Jr., a lad of 14, was the fifth in the party; he will probably be a future candidate for membership in the A.A.C. Hollister, Sr., Roy Murchison and Evelyn Runnette completed climbing all 52 peaks of the state exceeding 14,000 ft. We now have 20 members who have done so.

C. A. Blaurock

* For the 1946 ascent, see Anton Nelson, “Climbing the Lost Arrow,” Sierra Club Bulletin, XXXII (May 1947), 1-10, and Fritz A. Lippmann, “We Climbed the Impossible Peak,” Saturday Evening Post, 28 June 1947, pp. 20-21, 104, 106, 109-110. The 1947 climb will be reported in the 1948 annual number of the Sierra Club Bulletin.

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