A.A.C., Cascade Section. Section members were active in meetings held by the National Park Service prior to the complete revision of climbing regulations in Mount Rainier National Park by park superintendent John Townsley. The regulations now specify: mandatory registration, parent’s permission for climbers under 18 years of age, and permission of the park superintendent prior to solo climbing. These rules apply the year around. The previously-held equipment inspections and experience evaluations have been eliminated. Section members also worked with the North Cascades Conservation Council to prepare a recommended trail maintenance and building program in the North Cascades National Park. The preparation of a revised guide book to the Olympic Mountains continues with publication expected by mid-1970. This project is being sponsored by the Olympic Mountain Rescue Association. Western vice-president, Paul Williams, has succeeded in establishing a branch library of the Club in Seattle which will be administered by The Mountaineers.
Speakers at regularly scheduled meetings included: the Fireys describing climbs in the Waddington area and in the southern Pickets; Alex Bertulis on the south ridge of Mount Foraker; Pete Morgenthaler on climbs on Castle Rock; and Gary Glenn and Bill Sumner on the south face of Inspiration Peak, the south face of Little McMillan Spire, and the east face of Sloan Peak. Speakers at the section’s annual banquet were Warren Bleser, who talked on the south ridge of Mount Foraker, and Robert Swanson on the Brooks Range. In addition, Wilber Mills, a wildlife photographer who has spent several summers in the Brooks Range, gave an excellent program on that area’s ecology. Tom Stewart has been elected section chairman and Gary Glenn treasurer for 1970.
Neal Jacques, Chairman