American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Iowa Mountaineers

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  • Publication Year: 1973

Iowa Mountaineers. It was another very active year for the Iowa Mountaineers. An unusually large number of members in small groups climbed in ranges throughout the world. The club was able to establish rock-climbing classes for credit in the University of Iowa Recreational Department. Thirty to forty students are accepted each semester for basic or advanced rock-climbing instruction which consists of lectures and practice on artificial indoor walls and on weekend outings. Thirteen professional adventure film-lectures were sponsored with an average attendance of 480 persons. The annual banquet in April attracted 135 members from seven states.

A 69-member camp was held in the Sawtooths of Idaho with Base Camp on Elk Meadows. Ten major peaks and a number of spectacular rock pinnacles were climbed. John F. Ebert served as the leader with able assistance from guides Harvey Carter, Hans Schwartz, and Norman Dye. A 46-member expedition climbed in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, with 15 members climbing in the Quebrada Santa Cruz and 31 in the Quebrada Ulta. Also 16 of the group attempted Huascarán with nine reaching the highest summit. Other peaks ascended on the expedition included Chopicalqui; Rinrahirca by the northeast face and the north ridge; Taulliraju by the northeast ridge; and to within 500 feet of the top of Contrahierbas. S. John Ebert served as leader; Harold Walton, assistant; Sven Swartling, party leader of the Santa Cruz group; Ron Fear, leader of the Huascarán group.

The 1973 camps will be at Mount Robson National Park, B.C., July 23-August 3 and at Mount Assiniboine Park, B.C., August 6-17. Plans are also underway for an expedition to the Kings Bay area of Spitzbergen.

S. John Ebert, President

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