American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Iowa Mountaineers

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  • Publication Year: 1961

Iowa Mountaineers. During the past year there was an increasing indication that the club is changing from a university and Iowa organization to one with a majority of its members living in other states, especially Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. At present members reside in 40 of the country’s 50 states. Sixty per cent of the 1960 summer outing participants were from states other than Iowa. A higher percentage of the membership is also doing independent climbing in the great mountain ranges of the world or participating in major expeditions.

During 1960 the club sponsored 18 instructional week-end climbing outings to areas in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin with an average attendance of 32 people per trip. Ten dinner hikes were offered, and 17 color adventure film lectures were sponsored with attendance averaging around 500 people at each lecture. The club sponsored a Mountaineers Explorer Scout Troop to train young climbers from the Iowa City area. One hundred and ten persons from seven states attended the annual banquet in April.

There were two summer outings. Seventy-six members attended the Sawtooth Camp in Idaho on the southwest shore of Big Redfish Lake. Whitney Borland, Hans Heuer, Wally Joura, Bill Echo, Felix Hagerman, Rod Harris, and Hans Gmoser served as climbing leaders. Peaks climbed included Grand Mogul, Elephant Perch, Eagle Perch, Chockstone Peak, Redfish Peak, Cramer Peak, Warbonnet, Flatrock Needle, Quartzite Point, Black Aiguille, and Heyburn.

Sixteen members participated in the club’s third Alaskan expedition led by John Ebert. The objective was to explore the climbing possibilities available from the highways in Yukon Territory and Alaska so that future outings may be planned to specific areas. One major peak was climbed in the Rainbow Mountains of the Eastern Alaska Range. The group visited Mount McKinley Park; the Black Rapids, Castner Glacier, and Gulkana Glacier regions; and the Valdez and Portage Glacier sections near the coast. All the major highways were traversed, and a number of attractive peaks were located along the Alaska Highway in the Yukon.

The 1961 camps will be held in the Black Hills, Needles and Devils Tower region on the South Dakota-Wyoming border August 14-25, and an expedition will travel to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru starting July 2.

JOHN EBERT, Outing Director

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