American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

AAC, Cascade Section

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  • Publication Year: 1961

A.A.C., Cascade Section. The largest outdoor assembly of section members in 1960 occurred on the slopes of Mount McKinley. In May nearly two dozen members passed through the rescue Base Camp that was established to facilitate the evacuation of members of two parties which had both reached the summit and one of which suffered injuries after a fall during the descent.

Climbing activity accelerated during a mid-summer period of excellent weather. Climbers took advantage of the good climbing conditions in the Pacific Northwest by making new routes on Mounts Baring, Index, Adams, Baker, and Rainier, as well as several first ascents. Members also found conditions good on Mount Waddington and Mount McKinley.

The section held five meetings. From 35 to 50 members and guests enjoyed programs on new routes on Mount Rainier, the 1953 Japanese Annapurna IV Expedition, plans for the 1960 American Pakistan Karakoram Expedition to Masherbrum, glacier studies in Washington, and climbs in the Mount McKinley region by the Bremerton, Washington, expedition. The annual dinner on November 18 was attended by 108 people including 42 members. Dick McGowan related the story of the successful ascent of Masherbrum. Arnie Campbell was elected section chairman for 1961.

Victor Josendal, Chairman

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