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The Colorado Mountain Club, Mountaineering

The Colorado Mountain Club. Mountaineering: Our schools, particularly the spring schools of Basic and Intermediate Mountaineering continue to attract sizable classes—150 for the Basic and 40 for the Intermediate. We have had no serious accidents on club-sponsored trips thus far in 1968. One of our active climbers, John Amesse, was killed on a technical climb with friends in the Flatirons near Boulder this past summer. The number of our members who have completed their "14’s” continues to mount. The group centered in Colorado Springs has scheduled a number of 14’s as winter climbs to make this completion more challenging. Outings: The outing abroad, to New Zealand in January, was a successful combination of serious climbing and touring. The out-of-state outing, to the Cascades in Washington was heavily attended and well thought of by the participants as was the two-week in-state outing in the Crystal area (near Glenwood Springs). Shorter outings took members to the Aspen area for ski touring and snowshoeing in March, to the Canyonlands of Utah over Memorial Day weekend, to the Indian ruins at Mesa Verde in September. In order to pick up some 14’s over a three-day weekend, a group of almost 40 flew to Durango, took the narrow-gauge railroad to Needleton, then backpacked in to the climbing area to climb Sunlight, Windom and Eolus. This was accomplished over the 4th of July holiday. Conservation: The outstanding conservational triumph in the state for 1968 was the club influence in helping defeat the building of a major through road in the Gore Wilderness area. This was taken up by Senator Peter Dominich, who did his bit. The fifth Open Space Conference, held on September 28 and 29 at Estes Park had as its theme the preservation of the Front Range.

Sally Richards, Executive Secretary