Simian Outing Society. The club began the fall season with a membership drive, netting several neophytes who were initiated into the realm of rock at Portland Arch, Indiana, and Devils Lake, Wisconsin. There is considerable concern over the possibility of Portland Arch’s becoming closed to climbing, with the area being incorporated into the state’s system of natural areas. Along with the Purdue Outing Club, we are trying to convince key people that climbers do not harm the area and that, in fact, we climbers are the ones who pick up the trash left by local visitors. If Portland Arch is closed, it will be a serious blow to climbing in our area. Nevertheless, the club has optimistically published the second edition of its climbing guide to Portland Arch, which is available for $1.16 through Frank Knight, 10 Montclair Road, Urbana, I11. There were cross-country and downhill ski trips to Colorado and Jackson Hole during the winter months. Peter Zvengrowski and party made a winter ice climb of the east face of Mount Athabasca in the Canadian Rockies. During the spring, Simians traveled to the Gunks, Smokies, and Grand Canyon; and by midsummer they were well scattered throughout the mountains of the western United States and Canada.
Mark S. Wilson