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A.A.C. Southern California Section

A.A.C., Southern California Section. Although the Southern California Section is one of the largest in the Club, until 1988 it remained largely dormant (not unlike other Sections). A detailed survey of the Section membership was taken early in 1988; the strong response to this survey demonstrated a real need for an activated Section.

The survey results were published in the revived Section Newsletter, which is now published quarterly. Although the individual members have a diverse interest in the various aspects of climbing/mountaineering, as a group they overwhelmingly felt the single most important issue facing the A.A.C. was climbing access. As a result, the Section has undertaken several projects to assist and coordinate with the American Alpine Club’s Access Committee. Section members have also assisted in the reopening of access to Mount Woodson, a popular San Diego bouldering area.

The Section’s August 6 meeting in Idyllwild, California, was both well attended by members and non-members. Nearly 100 climbers viewed the premiere showing of photographer Greg Epperson’s slide show, “True Perspectives.” The annual dinner on November 5 featured another excellent presentation by Paul Gagner of his recent one-day ascent of Fitzroy, two-day ascent of Cerro Torre, and ascent of the South Face of Denali.

Most recently, the Section has undertaken support of a proposed walk-in “climber’s” campground in Joshua Tree National Monument.

Randy K. Vogel, Chairman