American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado Mountain Club

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  • Publication Year: 1956

Colorado Mountain Club. Two outings were held with 68 persons attending the in-state Shavano outing and 35 the outing at Lake O’Hara, which was illustrated for club groups at Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs. Another popular program was the movie of the Italian ascent of K2, shown at Denver.

Harold Walton, Harvey Platts, and David Gagliardo were part of a group which made three first ascents in the Pucahirca group of Peru. Walton also climbed Huascarán, Peru’s highest mountain.

Seventy people took part in a Technical Climbing School which featured four lectures and five trips. Climbing trips were made to Shiprock (six people reached the top), Bishop Rock, Devil’s Tower, and peaks in Mexico. In the 1955 season there were six qualified ski trips, each of which averaged five to 12 persons. Fred Welch taught a first-aid course for club members; it was a standard 18-hour course and is required for class 4 climbers.

Members of the C.M.C. along with the University of Wyoming Outing Club and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, assisted in the recovery of bodies from the tragic airline crash on Medicine Bow Mountain, Wyoming, October 6.

Longtime member Stephen H. Hart was recently elected chairman of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Alpine Club, which was instrumental in the publication of the first edition of the Guide to the Colorado Mountains. The second edition revised was made available in June.

The July issue of Trail and Timberline featured an article entitled "Keep Colorado Clean.” The editors will continue to call attention to the problem of keeping the outdoors clean and will emphasize Bill #344, passed in the spring by the Colorado Legislature making it a misdemeanor to throw trash on highways and public lands.

The United States Geological Survey recently decided that a 53rd peak should be added to the state’s 14,000-foot peak list. A C.M.C. party placed a register atop Missouri Mountain in the Sawatch Range on Memorial Day.

Anne B. Kennon, Executive Secretary

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