AAC Publications - http://publications.americanalpineclub.org

Iowa Mountaineers

Iowa Mountaineers. The club purchased a new bus in June for hauling members and equipment on its week-end and summer outings. It was custom engineered to club specifications. The club was also fortunate in obtaining attractive office space in the new Activities Center in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Twenty-two professional film-lectures were sponsored with an average of 530 attending. The annual banquet attracted 142 members from four states and was held in the well-appointed new ballroom of the Memorial Union.

Local and week-end outings attracted larger turnouts than in recent years. Fourteen climbing outings were held at the Mississippi Palisades Park in Illinois and at Devils Lake in Wisconsin, each outing attracting an average of 46 persons. Six Sunday hikes were sponsored with dinners at the famous Ox Yoke Inn at Amana and were followed with entertaining illustrated talks by members. One fall hike had 105 participants and a massive barbecue supper. Two summer outings were sponsored. A group of 10 veteran climbers led by John Ebert traveled to many major mountain areas in the Canadian Rockies and in our northwestern states. The principal peaks climbed included Edith Cavell, Athabasca, Mount Temple, Mount Eisenhower, Mount Rainier, Mount Heyburn, Grand Teton, and Devils Tower. Veteran Austrian mountaineers from Graz, Kurt Hofer and Hubert Schlapschi, joined both outings. The second summer outing was in the Beartooth Range of Montana. Base camp was located beside Bob Lake with approach from Cooke City. Eighty members attended what was probably the first major club outing held in this range. The major peaks ascended in the area included Ice Berg Peak, Mount Fox, Mount Zimmer, Granite Peak, Harvey’s Spire, Scotch Bonnet, Mount Wilse, Wolf Mountain, Sheep Mountain, a first ascent of Scotch Peak, a second of Beartooth Peak, and a fifth of Index Peak. The 1967 summer outing will be held at Maligne Lake, Alberta, and an East African Expedition will be sponsored with the major objectives being the Ruwenzori in Uganda and Mounts Kilimanjaro (Tanganyika) and Kenya in Kenya.

John Ebert