American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Mountaineering Club of Alaska

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  • Publication Year: 1969

Mountaineering Club of Alaska. The club’s tenth year was marked by the construction of two more cabins located seven miles apart on Whiteout and Eagle glaciers in the western Chugach Mountains. These A-frames complete the quartet of shelters linking the glacier system between Eklutna Lake and Crow Pass and cap the efforts of many members since the inception of the cabin program in 1962. Their presence substantially contributes to the comfort and safety of a party completing this four-day tour. This year’s climbing school, cognizant of Alaska’s topography, emphasized mountaineering in addition to rock-climbing and was well attended. Conducted in divisions of general mountaineering and snow and ice technique, "lab” sessions were followed by experience climbs in the local Chugach and crevasse-rescue practices on Byron and Eklutna Glaciers. An increasingly active membership has made possible a year-round schedule of weekend climbs and hikes in the Chugach, Kenai, and Talkeetna Ranges including winter mountaineering and ski-touring trips appropriate for our short winter days. Plans for the coming year include a club expedition to a major unclimbed area and a summer encampment in the Talkeetnas. During 1968 MCA’ers spent an active year climbing throughout Alaska as well as "outside”; expeditions, notable first ascents, and new routes in which our members participated are mentioned elsewhere in this Journal. As in the past the club is always pleased to hear of any proposed climbing expeditions to Alaska and to offer any local assistance that it is capable of providing.

Robert L. Spurr, President

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