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Yale Mountaineering Club

Yale Mountaineering Club. The activities of the YMC during 1957 were carried out largely in familiar areas. Members visited Mount Washington in the spring for ice climbing. In March, Eric Cheney, Pete Lipman, Charlie Sawyer, Chad Dilley, and Charlie Ehlert, with Don Claunch, of the AAC drove to New Mexico for rock climbing in the mountains near White Sands and an unsuccessful try at Shiprock. In July, Jim Derby, Steve Porter, Andy MacMahon, Jim Darby, and Clint Brooks climbed in Canada, preluding the trip with climbs in Yosemite and on Rainier. The Canadian peaks climbed were Mounts Athabaska, Babel, Edith Cavell, Victoria, and a try at Eisenhower. In August, Pete Lipman made several climbs in the Tetons, including the East Ridge of the Grand, the South Ridge of Nez Perce, and the Durrance and Southwest ridges on Symmetry Spire. And in August another group of five, Kent Keller, Phil Ritterbush, Charlie and Pren Sawyer, and Charlie Ehlert converged in Rocky Mountain Park. Keller and Ritterbush had been there most of the summer, and the climbs numbered in the fifties, including the Arapaho Peaks, the East Face of Longs Peak, Mount Richthofen, Haydens Spire, and a traverse of Arrowhead and McHenrys Peaks, climbing a new buttress on the south side of Arrowhead. Jim Hyne spent the summer on Ellesmere Island at an IGY camp, making a dozen first ascents. In Lima, Ted Achilles joined a German Andean party, an account of which is given in the climbing notes of this Journal.

The annual fall training program was held on Sleeping Giant in Mount Carmel State Park, near New Haven, the cliff there being well suited to teaching most aspects of rock technique. Climbing at the Giant was popular during the fall, as many as 50 climbers turning out, and continued until local authorities leveled a threat of arrest at three law-abiding climbers. Other trips extended to more distant Connecticut cliffs, the Shawangunks, the White Mountains, and Mount Kathadin.

Charles Ehlert, President