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The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers. Interest in The Mountaineer Climbing Course continued high during 1965, with 274 students in the Basic Course and 61 new enrollees in the Intermediate Course. A record 106 climbers graduated from the Basic Course, while 12 received Intermediate certificates. Eight training field trips and four seminars on advanced techniques were given. In keeping with the policy of offering an expanded climbing program to reduce party size, a total of 101 climbs was scheduled. Aided by good weather, an unprecedented 75 of these climbs were successful, highlighted by an ascent of Mount Rainier via Liberty Ridge. In all, an estimated 1200 signatures were inscribed in summit registers. The summer outing was held in Lake O’Hara Meadows at Yoho National Park, with over 80 people in attendance both weeks. Ascents were made of about 10 peaks, including Mount Victoria and North Oderay. Sixteen climbers also attended a 10-day outing in the Blue Glacier region of Olympic National Park.

Two books were published by the club during 1965: Guide to Leavenworth Rock-Climbing Areas by Fred Beckey and Eric Bjornstad, and Routes and Rocks, Hiker’s Guide to the North Cascades by Dwight Crowder and Rowland Tabor.

Max Hollenbeck, Climbing Chairman