American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

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  • Publication Year: 1972

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Late changes and a new set of illustrations delayed publication of our Climbers Guide to Seneca Rocks until 1971. (We had erroneously reported it as completed in last year’s Journal report.) Covering nearly 100 routes, it fills the longstanding need for this popular eastern climbing area in West Virginia. Much of our club’s activity in 1971 was in the Seneca area, working on the last details of the guidebook and with the U. S. Forest Service, which now owns the Seneca Rocks. Plans call for a recreation area at Mouth of Seneca, and we want to be certain that future plans take into account the rock-climbing activity there.

Because of the crowding at the Shawangunks and now at Seneca, we continue to search Virginia and West Virginia for new climbing areas. Many possibilities exist, but access is often a problem.

Club activities centered on rock climbing primarily, with numerous weekend trips to our favorite areas. During the winter many of us managed the long drive north for ice climbing on Mount Washington — only to be rained on. Later in the spring, also in the rain, Camp II in Yosemite Valley attracted close to a dozen climbers from the Washington, D.C., area. The bad weather dictated mostly short climbs. Later in the year our members made ascents in Colorado, the Tetons, the Cascades, the Alps, and produced some first ascents in the Remilliards in the northern Selkirks of British Columbia. The rock climbing laurels for our group go to Pat and Mark Milligan, sons of one of our members. Pat has led nine 5.10’s in the Shawangunks, one being a first ascent, and in Yosemite in the fall led six 5.10’s and one 5.11. His younger brother, Mark, has led four 5.10’s at the Gunks, one at age 14.

Our Training Committee was revived this year and provided basic climbing instruction to many people as well as slide shows and first-aid classes. Any climbers who might be in the Washington, D.C., area are invited to join us for climbing.

The Climbers Guide to Seneca Rocks may be obtained for $2.50 from the club, 1718 N Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

TOM A. McCRUMM, Vice Chairman, Mountaineering Section

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