American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado Mountain Club

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  • Publication Year: 1958

Colorado Mountain Club. Snowmass Lake in the Elk Mountains near Aspen was the site of the two-weeks outing. This was the Club’s sixth outing at Snowmass. Since the first one in 1922 a Snowmass outing has been part of the heritage of every generation of Colorado Mountain Clubbers. The first week was unusually rainy, but gave way to a sunny second week during which more climbing was possible. Three 14,000-foot peaks were climbed (Snowmass, North Maroon, and Capitol), also Hagerman Peak.

The one-week, drive-to-camp outing was held in the Ice Mountain Basin of the Sawatch Range. Since the 1930’s, when the first reports of climbs of Ice Mountain (one of the Three Apostles) appeared in Trail and Timber- line, the Club has planned to explore the region more fully. Thirty-three members and four children participated in this outing, which resulted in climbs of three 14,000-foot peaks—Huron, Oxford, and Belford—in addition to Virginia, Winfield, Granite, and Ice Mountain.

In Africa, Allen Auten and the Frank Campbells climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and explored the central part of the Ruwenzori Range. These accomplishments were related in a local program, as were climbs in the northern St. Elias Range, by William E. Davis, the 1950 Mount Everest Reconnaissance, by Dr. Charles T. Houston, the 1956 Swiss Mount Everest Expedition, by Jürg Marmet, and the remarkable film, “Starlight and Storm,” by Gaston Rébuff at.

Elwyn A. Arps, President

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