American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Dartmouth Mountain Club

  • Club Activities
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  • Publication Year: 1953

Dartmouth Mountaineering Club. With a large group of enthusiastic freshmen, climbing activities have picked up considerably at Dartmouth. As usual a majority of new members are gleaned from the ranks of the thrice weekly climbing classes for which physical education credit is given. Emphasis has been increasingly laid upon enjoyment and safety, with the belief that spectacular ascents are only enjoyable within the limits of safety and that a Club should not take its own climbing too seriously.

At each bi-weekly meeting a short illustrated talk is presented so that members may become familiar with a variety of mountaineering areas. An application has been submitted for a club room in College Hall, where equipment, maps, and photographs will be on display. In early November a group of nine visited the rocks at Val David, Quebec, and succeeded in reaching the top of the Condor Pinnacle which had been first ascended by D.M.C. men a number of years before. Mr. John Withee, a Club member, has produced a 16 mm. movie depicting an ascent of Owl’s Head (Glencliff, N. H.). This solid granite cliff, an hour’s drive from Hanover, is becoming increasingly popular since the Club became reacquainted with it last spring. Several men are participating in the Arctic Research Program of the College, in which food, clothing, and equipment are being tested for use in cold weather. The group makes use of the Vilhjalmur Stefansson Library.

In the summer of 1952 a group from Dartmouth climbed in the Tetons for three weeks, after a brief stop in Colorado, and then completed a number of ascents in the Purcell Range of British Columbia, including six firsts. The Club vice-president climbed Monte Rosa in the Pennine Alps as well as making other climbs, while another member did several ascents near Dinwoody Glacier in the Wind River Mountains.

Peter Robinson

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