American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Princeton Mountaineering Club

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  • Publication Year: 1957

Princeton Mountaineering Club. As in the past, Princeton’s location has forced the PMC to concentrate its attention on rock climbing. Within this limitation it maintained an active schedule of week-end trips to faces at the Shawangunks, in lower New York, and to Stover State Park, in Pennsylvania. The purchase of a group car eased some of the perennial transportation problems, though it raised some others peculiar to itself. A trip in early February to Mount Washington provided a break from exams (much appreciated) as well as reminding the participants of snow, ice, and cold weather technique. As usual the HMC generously allowed us to use the Harvard Hut. Tom Tifft, Guy Williamson, Tee Tirana, and Brooks Fenno found the weather at the top a surprisingly mild 10°F, a rare circumstance, reflected in the absence of frostbite cases.

Most important for the club’s future was the formation of a Graduate Board consisting of former PMC members. We expea to see this become a valuable adjunct both to the undergraduate and to alumni addicts, for it provides an easily accessible source of varied mountaineering news and experience. Though no formal expedition was organized by the club in 1956, many members undertook trips on their own: David Stern and Frank Knight in the Canadian Rockies, Bob Manning in the Tetons, and John Wharton in Wales. The account of an expedition to the Central Selkirks led by William Putnam of Springfield, Mass., which included George Townsend, James Burrows ’53, and David Isles ’57, may be found in Appalachia, December 1956.

David Isles, President

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