A.A.C., Rocky Mountain Section. The Rocky Mountain Section is the largest Section in the Club, both in terms of geography covered (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico) and number of members. Its members are among the most active and accomplished climbers in the country. Perhaps because its members are so busy climbing, the organized Section activities have been few in recent years. This, however, is starting to change, and the Section is being revitalized.
In March 1988 a questionnaire was sent to all members regarding the activities they wanted to see the Section involved in. High on the list were a newsletter, acting as a clearinghouse for local and international climbing information, an annual banquet, quarterly meetings and slide shows, and involvement in local access issues. As a result, a quarterly newsletter has been established. To allow all members to draw upon the wealth of information within the Section, a questionnaire was sent to all members to determine the local and international climbing areas they were familiar with and would be willing to share information about; the results sent to all members. A Section library containing dozens of guide books was established with the help of donations of books by several generous members. Several meetings and outings have been held and a spring banquet is in the works. Several local access problems are being tackled in coordination with the national access committee. The Section is also working closely with other like-minded organizations, such as the Colorado Mountain Club, on conservation and access issues.
1989 will hopefully see the Section as active as its members.
Michael F. Browning