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Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Probably the most notable ascent made during the last year was that of Devil’s Tower by Jane Showacre and Jan Conn. It was the first ascent by an allwoman rope.

Arnold Wexler, Donald Hubbard, and Sterling Hendricks continued their climbing activities in the ranges of British Columbia, making a total of 7 first ascents in the Monashees.

Local activities were just as noteworthy since they involved introducing a large number of inexperienced people to mountaineering techniques and safety principles. Much time was therefore devoted to instruction of beginners with particular emphasis on safe climbing. The Club has made a special effort to interest new people in its activities and in mountaineering in general. During the last year local climbing trips were conducted every Sunday, in addition to weekend trips to more distant climbing areas at least once a month. Participation in these trips this year has totaled over 1200 “climber days” without serious accident.

J. Reed