American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing


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  • Publication Year: 1952

Mazamas. In 1951 the Mazamas, of Portland, held their annual outing from July 22nd to August 5th at Horseshoe Lake in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon. This wilderness area had been the site of three previous Mazama outings (1918, 1931 and 1941). During April and May the climbing committee conducted a training course with clubroom lectures and demonstrations, supplemented at the end by field trips for practice climbs on rock and snow.

The regular climbing program in 1951 was favored by unusually good weather. On 27 official Club climbs, 19 different peaks were ascended. Two “climbers’ outings” of one week each were held in the northern Washington Cascades. The first, from July 21st to 29th, resulted in ascents of Glacier Peak by the N. ridge and of Mt. Baker by the Boulder Glacier ridge. The second, from August 11th to 19th, was in the Monte Cristo district. Successful ascents were made on Silver Tip, Cadet, Del Campo and Sloan Peaks.

On Labor Day week end the 20th annual convention of the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs was held in Mazama Lodge, on the lower slopes of Mt. Hood. This was an anniversary—a birthday homecoming. The Federation had been founded in Mazama Lodge 20 years before, owing very largely to the efforts of Mr. L. A. Nelson, twice president of the Mazamas and for many years manager of the West Coast Lumbermen’s Association. Having consisted originally of 18 clubs, the Federation now includes more than 30 of the leading outdoor organizations of the western United States.

Fred D. Ayres

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