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Iowa Mountaineers

Iowa Mountaineers. Club membership has grown to 1,400 after another very active year. Over 2,500 people participated in one of the many instructional courses, mountaineering camps, or foreign expeditions.

Under Jim Ebert’s instruction over 492 members learned cross-country skiing at Devils Lake State Park, Wisconsin, during January and February. Winter survival skills, proper dress, hypothermia, frostbite and avalanche precautions were discussed. Devils Lake was also the site of eight weeklong basic rock-climbing courses in May, June and August. Over 100 members from nine states participated. Throughout the year the club taught over 1,720 University of Iowa students the basic skills of rock climbing for credit in weekend courses at Devils Lake. Over the Memorial Day weekend 30 members took an intermediate rock-climbing course, with over 60 manned ascents made on six different routes.

In March 75 members spent five days hiking in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In August Jeff Statler led an outing to the Tetons. Eight members climbed the Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton, while four ascended the Middle Teton.

The club sponsored a mountaineering camp in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains August 1-11. With over 59 members participating, climbs were made of Warbonnet Peak, Finger of Fate and Mount Heyburn.

The Iowa Mountaineers celebrate their 50th anniversary in 1990.

The 50th Annual Banquet will be held May 19-20 in Iowa City at the University of Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom. Members are registering to attend from 14 states. Trips for 1990 include: a four-week hiking and climbing trip to New Zealand in January-February; a Devils Tower, Wyoming, trip in June; a trip to five European countries in June-July to climb eight major peaks in the Alps; and finally, a 10-day Canadian Mountaineering Camp in August in Banff National Park.

John Ebert, President