The Colorado Mountain Club. During 1983 The Colorado Mountain Club grew to over 7500 members, added a fourteenth Colorado group (Glenwood Springs), and conducted more than 2200 trips throughout Colorado. The club also conducted a number of outings out of state to the mountain regions of Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, and the German Alps, as well as canoe trips to Canada and Florida’s Everglades.
In the area of conservation, the club was extremely active at the state and federal levels in the areas of wilderness preservation, national park expansion, national forest management, wild and scenic rivers legislation, and clean air and visibility regulations. The club also sponsored a number of work trips in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service to repair and maintain trails in the Colorado mountains.
Finally, the club had the distinction of having four of its members reach the summits of 8000-meter peaks. Gary Neptune climbed Mount Everest via the South Col route during the pre-monsoon season, while in the post-monsoon George Lowe ascended Everest by the difficult, previously unclimbed East Face. On September 30 Chris Pizzo and I became the first Americans to reach the summit of Shisha Pangma, the only 8000-meter peak located entirely within Tibet.
Glenn E. Porzak, President