Iowa Mountaineers. The club’s 30th anniversary year was a very active one. The annual banquet in April attracted 158 members from seven states with Harvey Carter of Aspen, Colorado, the guest speaker. A series of 18 film-lectures was presented by world travelers and explorers who were all well received. The local and weekend outings drew large turnouts. Several dinner-hikes had over 100 participants, and the 17 climbing outings averaged an attendance of 39 members. Approximately 156 new members received climbing instruction during the year.
Jim Ebert led the 58-member August outing to the southern Wind Rivers of Wyoming with base camp at Clear Lake. Eight ascents were made including Schiestler Peak (new route on east face), Warbonnet Peak, Sundance Peak, Haystack (first ascent of highest arching overhang roof on direct west face), Wind River Peak, Temple Peak (new route on northwest buttress), Big Sandy Peak, and East Temple Peak.
John Ebert led a 63-man expedition to Peru. A base camp was placed inthe Quebrada Quilcayhuanca from which five peaks were climbed and three others ascended to near the summit ridges. The climbed peaks were Chinchey, Maparaju, San Juan Este, Atunmontepuncu, and Choco. Parties were turned back on Pucaranra by a huge crevasse below the summit ridge. After nine days in the Quebrada Quilcayhuanca region, 29 people left for Nevado Huascarán, the highest peak in Peru. During the following 16 days, 23 climbers reached the highest summit (22,205 feet), while three others were turned back at or above the highest camp by illness or cold.
The 1970 mountain camps will be in the Big Horns of Wyoming from August 10-21, and in the European Alps from July 25-August 23.
John Ebert, President