Stanford Alpine Club. The Club has weekly practice climbs on local rocks. Beginners are instructed in safe climbing, and more experienced climbers try to perfect their technique. Members frequently practise the dynamic belay by dropping a 120-lb. dummy from a tall tree. The fall is held through a pulley. Everyone must practise holding free falls of up to 20 ft. without jerking the dummy to too sudden a stop.
The Club has 50 active members, of whom about 25 usually turn out for a practice climb. The only new ascent made by the Club during the past year was a climb of Mt. Clark in Yosemite Park by three members and a member of the Sierra Club. This was a first winter ascent of the mountain. The climbers had a two-day ski trip to its base.