Iowa Mountaineers. The club has become increasingly active in sponsoring skiing, backpacking, and mountaineering courses for University of Iowa credit. In January 40 members camped at 11,000 feet in Colorado’s Collegiate Range and completed a 10-day cross-country skiing and winter survival course. In March a group undertook a 10-day backpack into Arizona’s Grand Canyon. In May and June 80 members completed an intensive one-week rock climbing course, augmented in the fall and spring with 60 members completing intensive weekend rock-climbing courses. The customary number of Sunday dinner hikes was sponsored, with a few of them attracting over 130 participants. The popular travel/adventure film-lectures were continued with the usual high attendance. The club celebrated its 35th anniversary at the annual banquet in April, which attracted over 160 members from eight states. The membership now stands at well over 1,000.
Small groups of club members climbed in many areas of the world in the summer, particularly in Alaska, Europe, and New Zealand. The August summer camp was held in the San Juans in Colorado, where seven major peaks were climbed. The foreign expedition was to Peru. Forty members attended the Quebrada Ishinka Base Camp, from which five major peaks were climbed, including Western, Central, and Eastern Urus, Ishinka, and Tocllaraju. There were over 118 summit registrations despite several days of bad weather and deep, soft snow. Later 17 members climbed Nevado Huascarán, all of them reaching the highest camp near the saddle. Nine of them reached the south summit and four the north peak.
John Ebert, President