United States: Activities of the Clubs
A.A.C., Cascade Section. The Cascade Section of the A.A.C. held its Annual Fall Banquet in Seattle on 29 October 1949. Of the 35 members, scattered widely through Oregon and Washington, 18 attended. They and their 20 guests enjoyed a program of slides and movies taken on the summer’s trips.
Members of the Section had an active summer. It is gratifying to note that the guide situation on Mt. Rainier was improved by the use of a new guide route which could take advantage of the Camp Muir cabins. Bob Craig (A.A.C.), Chuck Welsh (A.A.C.) and Bob Kuss (Mountaineers) operated the Mt. Rainier Guide Service at Paradise Valley this year with great success. The Ingraham Glacier route was taken above Camp Muir. Use of the cabin allowed parties to leave Paradise in the afternoon and reduce the total time for the summit ascent. This may explain the fact that more than 60 persons were guided to the crater rim.1
A program committee (William Eastman, Ome Daiber and George MacGowan) has been chosen to communicate with visiting climbers who may consent to speak at future meetings of the Section.
1 The Camp Muir cabin was abandoned as half-way camp in 1937, after an avalanching away of the ledge on the old Gibraltar Rock route, extremely popular in the ’20’s and ’30’s. Between 1937 and 1949, the longer Kautz route was used. This required two full days, plus the packing of sleeping bags to high camp—a wind-swept rock pile beneath the Kautz Ice Cliff.