Appalachian Mountain Club. One of the highlights of this year’s activities was the ascent of the West Buttress of Mount McKinley by two groups: a party of five including one woman led by Reed Markley, and a party of seven including two women led by Ed Nester. The past mountaineering training camps in the northern Selkirks were apparently successful. A similar climbing camp may be held again next year.
As in the past, the Mountaineering Committee of the AMC held training programs for beginners and intermediates in rock, snow, and ice climbing. Many trips were scheduled to the usual climbing areas, and several promising new areas were also investigated. In addition to the McKinley expeditions, members climbed in the Tetons, Bugaboos, Wind Rivers, and the Andes. First aid and technical rescue practice sessions were run at several rock climbing areas again this year. Besides the more technical aspects of the sport there is continuing interest in winter mountaineering on New England’s higher mountains, principally the Presidential group in New Hampshire and Mount Katahdin in Maine. These areas with their plentiful snow and exceptionally severe weather provide an excellent training ground in preparation for the peaks of the western United States, Alaska, and South America.
Reed W. MARKLEY, Chairman, Interchapter Mountaineering Committee