A.A.C., Oregon Section. During the past year the Section lost two of its oldest members, Beatrice de Lacy and Fred Ayres, and gained ten new ones giving a current total of 51. At our regular dinner meetings we were entertained by Price Zimmermann’s tale of Alaskan adventure in a storm-beaten tent and the ascent of Mount Skarland with Nick Nicolai and Ed Johann. Al Combs told of his trek in Nepal from Kathmandu to the Everest Base Camp and A.A.C. President, Nick Clinch brought us up to date on the many activities of the Club at the national level. Lewis McArthur, a member of the Oregon Board of Geographic Names, reported on the difficulty of providing suitable names for several significant features in the Mount Hood region. Jim Angell and Al Combs are serving with him on the Board’s Mountain Nomenclature Committee. Plans to host the Club’s 1971 annual dinner were begun and will keep us busy this year. Undoubtedly the most spectacular climbing achievement by a member of our section was Dean Caldwell’s ascent of El Capitan’s Wall of Morning Light, but many other members enjoyed the hills of four continents. Jim Petroske wandered in Bolivia; Dave Jensen and Bob Martin climbed the big three in Mexico; Earl Levin, Roy Kinzie and Neil Baldwin were in Europe; Al Combs was back in Nepal trekking 460 miles from Kathmandu east of Everest, south of Makalu to Darjeeling; and in the same country Lute Jerstad visited the Lamjung Himal. Bob Lee participated in a Mexican - American expedition which made the first exploration of one of the world’s deepest canyons, that of the Río Mezquital which cuts through the Sierra Madre Range in Mexico. And finally there were those of us who stayed home savouring the delights of our own hills and valleys.
George Cummings, Chairman