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Colorado Mountain Club

Colorado Mountain Club. 1963 marked the first time the Colorado Mountain Club has conducted an outing outside the United States. Forty members went on the club expedition to the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, reported on in Climbs and Expeditions. Stateside, other outings were held in the spring at the Lindley Hut near Aspen (a ski and winter-mountaineering trip) and near Mount Sneffels in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. The trip schedules of the various groups were expanded to meet increasing membership, and the Denver Group calculated that on their summer trips they climbed the equivalent of 138.7 Everests. Two club members participated in the American Mount Everest Expedition, and have ranged throughout the state with the slide story of that climb. Mountaineering Schools were conducted by four groups in the spring and one school was held in the fall. The Club’s first Winter Mountaineering School commenced in November.

Administratively the CMC grew with the addition of two new groups, in Pueblo and Longmont. A paid administrative assistant to the President was added to the staff. Trail and Timberline, the club publication, published a record number of pages this year, with special issues on the Peru Expedition, the American Mount Everest Expedition, and conservation. The Library committee has revamped the club library, increased its size, and inaugurated a mobile library for the benefit of groups outside of Denver. The Trail Committee has begun mapping and marking the Rocky Mountain Trail from the Wyoming border to the New Mexico border; 167 of the 440 miles of trail were marked in 1963. Conservation activity continued to expand, and interest in conservation in Colorado is on the upswing.

Fred Barton, President