American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Appalachian Mountain Club

  • Club Activities
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 1971

Appalachian Mountain Club. This year saw the revival of the mountaineering training camps. A group of 10 people led by G. S. Janes spent two weeks in the northern Cascades. Emphasis was placed on backpacking and route finding in mountain terrain. Although their activities were somewhat limited by poor weather, numerous peaks were ascended. Another camp is planned for 1971 at a site where climbers will be able to obtain experience in glacier travel and in the ascents of rock-, snow-, and ice-covered peaks.

A party of seven led by Dr. John Woodworth and Frank Zahar went to the Apolobamba region in northern Bolivia, where lack of proper acclimatization resulting from landing at 13,000 feet at La Paz seriously limited their climbing. An ascent of Illimani was thwarted about 500 feet below the summit. Severe cold and the possibility of frost-bite forced a retreat.

In addition to the above trips, club members also climbed in the Wind Rivers, Tetons, and Bugaboos. The various chapter mountaineering committees held training programs for beginners and intermediates in rock, snow, and ice climbing. The Shawangunks in New York and Cannon Mountain and Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledges in New Hampshire received their usual rock-climbing attention. Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington was the scene of much ice-climbing activity, along with increasingly popular areas in the Adirondacks. First-aid and technical- rescue seminars were given at several rock-climbing areas during the year. The Presidential range in New Hampshire continued to hold the interest of the winter mountaineers as a training ground for serious climbing at high elevations.

REED W. MARKLEY, Chairman, Interchapter Mountaineering Committee

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