American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Iowa Mountaineers

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  • Publication Year: 1988

Iowa Mountaineers. The club completed another active year in 1987. Nearly 1260 members participated in one of the many instructional courses, the mountaineering camps, or the foreign expeditions. The courses and mountain camps were again offered for University of Iowa credit. Under the instruction of Jim Ebert 105 members finished the concentrated one-week basic rock climbing courses held at Devils Lake State Park, Wisconsin, and 630 members completed the weekend rock climbing courses offered to University of Iowa students. Three general weekend outings were held at Devils Lake with an average attendance of 50.

Jim Ebert planned, led, or instructed members on the following mountaineering camps and courses during 1987: During December, 20 members participated on a seven-day cross-country skiing trip to the Collegiate range of Colorado. Members built and lived in snow shelters at 11,300 feet near West Tennessee Lakes. During January, 70 members participated in two weekend cross-country ski courses at Devils Lake State Park. In early January, 14 members hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon for five days of hiking and backpacking. During March, over 40 members participated on a five-day Grand Canyon Havasupai backpacking trip to Arizona.

The club’s annual banquet was held May 9 and featured the Alaskan film made by John and Jim Ebert. John Ebert presented the film. Over 100 people attended.

In June a four-day intermediate rock-climbing course was sponsored to Devils Tower in Wyoming. Over 54 manned ascents were made to the top of Devils Tower via four different routes (5.7 to 5.9) by a group of 22 members.

During July 21–31 the club held a 10-day mountaineering camp in the northern Wind Rivers of Wyoming. Fourteen members participated in two groups. Four people ascended Gannett Peak, Wyoming’s highest, and 12 ascended Fremont Peak. Three other peaks were also ascended.

During early August a 10-day mountaineering camp was held in the Sawtooths of Idaho. Thirty-four members participated. Twenty-eight manned ascents were made on Warbonnet via four different routes rated from 5.6 to 5.9; 28 manned ascents were made on the Finger of Fate via four routes rated from 5.7 to 5.9; and eight people ascended Mount Heybum via the Sturr Chimney rated 5.5. Four other peaks were ascended by members.

From August 17–21, 15 members participated on our annual Grand Teton Outing. Six members climbed the Grand via the Owen-Spalding route while seven other members climbed the Grand via the Exum Ridge. Four members climbed Teepe’s Pillar and Glenco Spire. Three members traversed the Middle Teton via the north ridge and then climbed the South Teton via the northwest couloir.

In 1988 the club will again sponsor six one-week basic rock climbing courses at Devils Lake State Park during May, June and August. Devils Tower will again be ascended during the intermediate rock-climbing course from May 29-June 2. The main 12-day summer mountaineering camp will be held in the Purcell Mountain Range in British Columbia, Canada, from August 2-12.

The main 1988 foreign expedition will be to East Africa to ascend Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya from June 25-July 24. The club will then go to New Zealand from January 14-February 20, 1989, to ascend peaks on both the North and South Islands and to hike the Milford and Routeburn Tracks; to the Peruvian Andes from June 24-July 22, 1989, to climb in the Quebrada Shallup and later ascend Nevado Huantsán and Nevado Huascarán; and finally the European Alpine Outing from June 29-July 22, 1990, to ascend the highest and most famous peaks in six Alpine countries.

Jim Ebert, Vice President

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