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Simian Outing Society

Simian Outing Society. The activities of the club were curtailed severely this year by the ban on climbing placed at Portland Arch. The 60-foot sandstone bluff and surrounding area were recently made into a nature preserve after being turned over to the state of Indiana by the Nature Conservancy. The Purdue Outing Club and the Simians are attempting to have climbing re-established there, perhaps for specified club outings only, but as yet have met with little success. It is hoped that the ban will be lifted soon, as this is the only climbing area within 300 miles of our home in Champaign, Illinois.

Many weekends were spent at Devils Lake, Wisconsin, and several members found time to climb at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, during the Thanksgiving and Easter holidays. A party led by Bill Bingham climbed Mount Rainier by the old Gibraltar route in May, and abortive climbing attempts were made in the Wind Rivers in the summer and on Colorado’s Mount Harvard in the winter.

Rich Pestien