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Dartmouth Mountaineering Club

Dartmouth Mountaineering Club. 1989 saw the direction and function of the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club change noticeably. In the spring the D.M.C. continued to offer comprehensive rock-climbing instruction to Dartmouth students and community members. In the fall the club changed its focus to more intense climbing for personal gratification, although several members continued to instruct in a separate climbing course.

Throughout the year members climbed at the Gunks, Cannon Mountain, Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges, and many less well known but high quality crags in New Hampshire and Vermont. Several difficult new routes were put up in New Hampshire. The D.M.C. also sponsored several climbing workshops led by professional guides.

The Dartmouth tradition of Freshman Trips was given new life in 1989 with the addition of the first Rock Climbing Freshmen Trip. It included three days of hiking and climbing in the Franconia Notch area and stimulated widespread interest among its participants. As a result, the D.M.C. experienced a significant growth in membership. Owing to this success, the new trip will remain an integral part of the Freshmen Trips Program in the future.

Andy Harvard, a Dartmouth graduate, returned to his alma mater to give a presentation on his ascent of Mount Everest. Brian Kunz also gave a program on climbing in the Soviet Union.

The D.M.C. is currently involved in efforts to obtain an indoor climbing wall on college grounds. This facility will be available to recreational climbers and may be used for climbing competitions as well.

Karen L. Cramer, President