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Chicago Mountaineering Club

Chicago Mountaineering Club. The club celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1965. We now have over 200 members, and with an increase in mountaineering interest, the club is enjoying continued growth. In addition to the usual year-round training at Devils Lake, Wisconsin, and at Savanna, Illinois, the club sponsored another western outing with Olle Swartling leader. The campsite was at the east end of Clear Lake in the southern Wind Rivers in Wyoming. The outing was well attended with 81 people, the weather was fine, and most of the area’s major peaks were climbed. Besides these activities, international travel took several members to more remote mountain areas. Don and Gwen Simpson climbed in Europe, attending the Matterhorn centenary at Zermatt. Luthar Kolbig journeyed to Afghanistan. Bill Primak and Ed Gibson airlifted deep into the Canadian Rockies for first ascents. Our president, Frances Mullen, hiked to the shadow of Mount Everest on a hiking expedition to Thyang- boche, Nepal, conducted by Colonel James Roberts. Other club activities included a splendid group of monthly programs featuring mountaineering subjects. Olle Swartling conducted a one-week safety seminar for the Wisconsin Conservation Department. The club has issued a preliminary edition of Bill Primak’s Guidebook to the Local Practice Climbing Areas, Devils Lake Section. Full editing is expected to require another year before publication.

George Pokorny, Vice-president