American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Spokane Mountaineers

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  • Publication Year: 1960

Spokane Mountaineers. New routes and historic trails were equally fascinating during 1959. In the Idaho Selkirks Don Bergman led first-ascent routes on the north face of Chimney Rock, Gunsight Peak, and Roman Nose for a combined 1500 feet of class 5 and 6 climbing.

A party approached the North Cascades via the Chiwawa, Whitechuck, Cascade, and Twisp Rivers, climbing Glacier Peak, Magic, Big Kangaroo, and other peaks of the region. As a result the Forest Service hearings in October on its proposed Glacier Peak Wilderness Area received informed and determined suggestions from our members.

Also noteworthy were an early trip to Snowshoe, the highest peak in the unfrequented Cabinet Range; the north ridge of Mount Adams; and Mount Stuart, which welcomed us back after an absence of 17 years.

As none of our members had previously explored Glacier Park, B. C., the Selkirk summer outing was a splendid revelation. Until the coming of the highway in 1961 the Caves of Cheops, Hermit Hut, Uto, Mount Sir Donald, Asulkan Valley, Castor and Pollux—all of these will continue for a short while to be as uncrowded as we found them. It is difficult to find a finer series of vistas than those from the vantage points of Asulkan Ridge with its views of the Dawson, Purity, and Battle groups.

William C. Fix, President

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