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Harvard Mountaineering Club

Harvard Mountaineering Club. Last summer was an extremely active one for the HMC, with members climbing in various parts of Europe and North and South America. The most ambitious venture was the Andean expedition, which is described elsewhere in this Journal.

The fifth biennial climbing camp was held in the Northern Selkirks. Despite prevailing dismal weather, many ascents were made, and the camp succeeded in introducing a number of members to “big” mountains.

After the climbing camp, Gordon Benner, Pete Everett, and Randy Ornstein were among those who went to the Tetons. Leo Slaggie and Dave Toland attempted Mount Sir Donald with Bryan Michener. This party was turned back by poor weather, but made subsequent ascents of the Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton and Longs Peak via Alexander’s Chimney. After a summer working in the Tetons, Bob Page climbed Devils Tower on his way home to the east.

John Post, George Millikan, and Nile Albright were among those in Europe. Bad weather was a problem, but Albright managed ascents of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Monte Rosa, and Mont Blanc.

Locally, the Club conducted its usual rock climbs in New Hampshire and the Shawangunks and engaged in a great deal of ice climbing in Huntington Ravine. The Boott Spur cabin was repainted and improved generally. To meet Forest Service requirements, the cabin is now closed from mid-March until October.

Michael Wortis, President