Simian Climbing Club. Organized in 1963, the first years of club activities consisted mostly of small outings by individuals for practice rock climbing and mountaineering in the West. Only recently have larger club trips been scheduled during the entire year. The club has been fortunate to benefit from the experience and advice of Frank Knight, A.A.C., of the University of Illinois faculty. During the past year the club offered numerous weekend trips to nearby practice cliffs in Indiana and at Devils Lake, Wisconsin. Nearly 100 people received basic rock-climbing instruction. There were two winter outings in Colorado with rock climbing in the Boulder region, skiing, and winter mountaineering in the Sawatch and San Juan Ranges. There was also a winter trip to the Smokies for backpacking along the Appalachian Trail. During spring vacation the club went to Big Bend National Park in Texas, where a new route was placed on the desert face of Mount Vernon Bailey in the Chisos Mountains. In the summer members climbed in the Shawangunks, Colorado Rockies, Tetons, Sawtooths of Idaho, and in the interior ranges of British Columbia. Also in Canada ascents were made of Bugaboo Spire in the Purcells and of Mount Sir Donald (northwest arête) and Mount Macoun (north ridge) in the Selkirks.
Curt Wagner, President