American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado Mountain Club

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  • Publication Year: 1961

Colorado Mountain Club. Seventy-six people attended the annual two-week outing, July 17-30, in the Needle Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Fourteen peaks were climbed including Eolus, Windom, and Sunlight, the area’s three 14,000-foot summits; and also the 13,000-foot peaks of Pigeon, Turret, Jagged, Animas, Monitor, and Heisspitz. A variety of other shorter trips rounded out an active year, during which 30 of the state’s 14,000-foot peaks were ascended on scheduled climbs.

Included among a number of social events and lectures were three fine illustrated programs; by Dick Irvin on the 1956 British-American Karakoram Expedition’s attempt to climb Rakaposhi; by William Buckingham on last year’s first ascent of the western rim of Mount McKinley’s south face; and by Hans Gmoser, who presented his colored film, “American Karakoram Expedition’s.”

The Denver Group of the club has revised its classification of climbs, and the revision appeared in the September 1960 issue of Trail and Timberline. The same issue carried an account of the spectacular ascent of the Diamond on the east face of Longs Peak.

The climbing schools were active in the spring with 134 people enrolled from the Denver Group and 50 others from the Boulder and Pikes Peak Groups. In November the Boulder Group held its second annual avalanche school with over 90 mountaineers attending. A detailed article on avalanches and the results of the 1959 avalanche school appeared in the February, 1960 issue of Trail and Timberline. Reprints were used as texts for the 1960 CMC climbing school and the avalanche course, which Fred C. Tuttle of the National Ski Patrol’s Central Division conducted.

Lester A. Michel, President

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