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The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers. The Mountaineers had a busy year. The ski mountaineering course was reactivated after lying dormant for several years. Despite poor snow conditions most of the year which caused cancellation of some of the tours and relocating certain field trips, the course was a success. Approximately 70 persons enrolled and have five years to complete the requirements. The 22 tours included successful ski ascents of Mount Baker and Mount St. Helens. The climbing course had approximately 400 students enrolled in the basic and intermediate classes. Fifty of the 71 scheduled experience climbs and 11 of the 17 intermediate climbs were successful. Most of the failures were due to bad weather. The climbs are selected to give the students a variety of rock, snow, and glacier climbs.

A new branch of The Mountaineers was established at Olympia. The basic climbing course is offered at all three branches: Tacoma, Everett, and Olympia.

The Summer Outing was held in the Wilderness Alps of Stehekin in July and August. Base Camp the first week was at Washington Pass, where Liberty Bell was climbed. The second week was at Park Creek Meadows with climbs of Goode, Logan, Buckner, and Booker. The third and final week was spent on the Ptarmigan Traverse from Cascade Pass to Dome Peak area. Climbs were made of Sahale, Magic, Formidable, LeConte, Sentinel, Lizard, Spire Point, and Dome Peak.

The Mountaineers Climbing Achievement Award was presented to Jim Whittaker and Barry Bishop, members of The Mountaineers, for their outstanding achievements on Mount Everest.

Cal Magnusson, Climbing Chairman