American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

A.A.C., Cascade Section

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  • Publication Year: 1972

A.A.C., Cascade Section. Section membership in the States stands at about 160, while another 15 live nearby across the Canadian border. Section meetings, all held at the Mountaineers’ club house, included lectures by Jim Janney describing his climbing and trekking in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia and by Gary Ullin of his traverse of Mount McKinley’s Pioneer Ridge. In addition, the University of Washington Climbing Club co-sponsored climbing shows which included Yvon Chouinard’s film, Fitz Roy: First Ascent of the Southwest Buttress, and Tom Frost’s unforgettable account of the ascent of Annapurna’s South Face. Owing to the success of these programs, which were attended by audiences of over 400, more such “joint ventures” are planned for 1972.

The north side of Mount Rainier saw an increasing number of ascents, including the fourth ascent of the Willis Wall by Jim Wick- wire and Ed Boulten and a descent of Ptarmigan Ridge by Niels Andersen and party. A world-record snowfall the previous winter discouraged access to the Cascades until late summer and minimized climbing in the interior ranges.

Chuck Crenshaw was elected chairman, and Alex Bertulis volunteered to remain as treasurer for the coming year.


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