A.A.C., Cascade Section. The year’s activities commenced with a showing of the full length color-and-sound movie of the Japanese conquest of Manaslu in the Himalayas. In the spring Fred Ayres gave an illustrated program on his most recent climbing trip to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. After an active summer of climbing, section members gathered for the annual meeting in November. Maury Muzzy and Adolf Bitterlich showed slides and discussed the Mount Waddington area. Fred Beckey described various 1959 climbs, which included Yokum Ridge on Mount Hood and the east face of Snowpatch Spire in the Bugaboos. Dr. W. B. Spickard completed a successful year as section chairman.
Members climbed new routes on Mount Rainier and a dozen other Cascade and Olympic mountains. There was also extensive rock climbing in the Cashmere Crags, Tumwater Canyon, and Peshastin Pinnacle. These climbs are described elsewhere in this Journal.
An active committee under George Sainsbury’s direction has nearly finished revising Beckey’s Climber’s Guide to the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. The new edition of this A.A.C. guide will be available in 1960.
In late fall, floods did spectacular damage to roads leading into the mountains in Washington. The quarter-mile section of the four-lane Snoqualmie Pass highway which flood waters eliminated was bypassed with a temporary road within three weeks. However, other less important roads may remain unusable for years.
Victor Josendal, Chairman