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The Alpine Club of Canada

The Alpine Club of Canada. The main club activities, the spring ski camp and the annual summer camp, proved highly successful. Ski camp was held at Mount Assiniboine from March 27 to April 5, with 34 people in attendance. All non-perishable food was taken in by pack train in the fall, and the fresh meat and bread were flown in by helicopter just before the camp. Those attending took the bus from Banff to Sunshine, from where they skied approximately 22 miles to Assiniboine by way of Citadel Pass. Owing to the limited accommodation, a number of people had to be turned away, and it is possible that within the next few years two ski camps will be run in different areas to accommodate as many interested skiers as possible.

The annual summer camp was held in the Bugaboo area of the Purcell Mountains. The camp was located at the Forks, 25 miles west of Spillimacheen on Bugaboo Creek, and afforded one of the most spectacular views to be had in any mountain region. There were 170 members and guests in attendance. With ideal climbing weather, ascents were made of Anniversary, Pigeon Spire, Marmolata, Bugaboo Spire, Eastpost, and Snowpatch.

We were honored to have in camp Mr. Armand Pachoud, vice-president of the Swiss Alpine Club. Mr. Pachoud was part of a group which was organized in Europe by our member, Paul Blanc, now living in Geneva, Switzerland, and which, after our camp, visited Lake O’Hara and climbed Mount Victoria.

A group of club members under the leadership of Hans Gmoser was successful in climbing Mount Logan, the first all-Canadian group to do so.

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Clubhouse at Banff was celebrated on August 2. Many members and guests were present to make this a memorable occasion.

W. C. Ledingham, Secretary-Treasurer