Rensselear Mountaineering Club

Publication Year: 1951.

Rensselaer Mountaineering Club. Fortunate in having lost a minimum of leaders through graduation, the R.M.C. has been able to expand its activities greatly during the past year. Membership has doubled, and attempts are constantly being made to interest freshmen in mountaineering. A special one-year program of instruction utilizes the excellent climbing terrain at Grafton, New York, and in the Shawangunks. Practice climbs are supplemented by a series of lectures and films at which safety measures are strongly emphasized.

Continued interest has been shown in winter mountaineering in the Adirondack?, The Mt. Colden dyke was ascended in March 1950, and late last fall stores of food and equipment were cached in various lean-tos for use this winter on similar expeditions. During the summer of 1950 members made ascents in the Wind Rivers, Tetons and Cascades. In the East climbers pioneered a new route on the cliffs at High Chapel Pond, in the Adirondacks. This spring the primary goal of all R.M.C. members is to complete experiments, at the near-by Grafton Cliffs, with the dynamic belay.

Richard Bailey