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Harvard Mountaineering Club

Harvard Mountaineering Club. Last summer HMC members climbed at home and abroad. At least six of us were in Yosemite at some point, and some even managed to tear themselves away from the boulders and the delightful atmosphere in Camp 4 long enough to do some grade V’s. Dean Rau climbed the Chouinard-Herbert route on the north face of Sentinel; Steve Arsenault and Gerry Dienel both did the Kor-Fredericks route on the south face of the Column; and Matt Hale climbed the regular North Buttress route on Middle Cathedral Rock. Matt also did several grade IV’s and V’s in the Bugaboos, and Dean participated in an unsuccessful attempt on Mount Hunter in Alaska. Other members were active in Colorado, the Tetons, and the Selkirks, and Steve Miller taught at Colorado Outward Bound. Kevin Bein, A1 Rubin, and Dennis and Cherry Merritt travelled to the Alps, where poor weather limited them to an ascent of Mont Blanc and several snow-covered rock climbs. Only slightly daunted, they visited Wales and the Lake District with more success, doing two of the more difficult Extremely Severes and several aid eliminates.

At the beginning of the fall the club taught about 25 beginners the fundamentals of rock climbing and also gave instruction in catching falling cement blocks with a rope. Since then, we have been taking trips regularly, on weekday afternoons to the rapidly disappearing Quincy Quarries and on weekends to the Shawangunks. As a supplement to our usual winter activities, the traverse of the Presidentials, and ice climbing in Huntington Ravine, Jim McCarthy has offered to hold a seminar to teach us some of the latest ice climbing techniques. The club plans in the spring of 1970 to publish its journal, which will now appear every third year.

Robert E. Harding, Jr., President