A.A.C., Cascade Section. The section continued its liaison work with the National Park Service participating in conferences aimed at liberalizing the winter climbing rules for Mount Rainier and serving on an advisory board for approving winter ascents. The park superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park, John Townsley, presented a program on the philosophy of park regulations. Members of the section were active in efforts which led to the formation of the new North Cascades National Park. The park superintendent, Roger Contor, and his chief ranger, Gerry Hammond, were guest speakers at the section’s annual dinner together with Alex Bertulis, who presented a program on his climbs in Africa. The section co-sponsored a talk by Leigh Ortenburger on his attempt to climb Makalu. Section members are currently participating in the preparation of a guidebook for the Olympic Mountains which is being readied by the Olympic Mountain Rescue Association for publication in the spring of 1970. In other section programs, Pete Sinclair discussed the impact on mountaineering of National Park regulations and policies. Dan Davis showed slides on his ascent of Mount Vancouver, Paul Williams talked about Aconcagua, Jack Miller shared with us his fantastic trip in the islands of Tierra del Fuego, and Cal Magnusson showed slides of his trip along the Ptarmigan Traverse. In addition, the section welcomed the opportunity to hear President Nick Clinch discuss Club functions and activities. Mike Rees did an outstanding job of leading the section during the seven-month absence of the undersigned.
Neal M. Jacques, Chairman