Memphis Mountaineers, Inc. 1989 proved to be a very productive year for the Memphis Mountaineers. The total membership of 66 included 42 regular members in the Memphis, Tennessee, area, eight honorary members, and 16 associate members scattered throughout the United States.
The club’s 11th year began with an expedition to Ecuador, where successful ascents of Chimborazo and Cotopaxi, both 5000-meter peaks, were made. In addition, the club sponsored numerous shorter outings to Mid-South bluffs, as well as longer trips to Devils Tower, Yosemite, and the Shawangunks, among others.
Two members participated in sport-climbing competitions in Washington, D.C., and Carbondale, Illinois, where they placed first and second, respectively, in their divisions.
Individual members were active afield, and successes included a variety of activities ranging from mountaineering in England to ice climbing in Canada. Recreational Equipment, Inc. recognized the Memphis Mountaineers by awarding the club a grant which made it possible to continue to teach climbing courses. Finally, the year ended with yet another expedition to South America, this time to attempt Aconcagua (6960 meters) in northern Argentina.
The Memphis Mountaineers met monthly on second Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Highland Branch of the Memphis Public Libarary. Programs presented at 1989 meetings covered various topics such as ice climbing in the Cascades, Wyoming’s 1988 Everest Expedition, and outdoor photography. Other club functions involved four basic rock climbing courses, informative mountaineering tips, and occasional social events. Members were notified of club activities through the monthly newsletter, the Memphis Mountain News.
Club officers included Scott Hall, president; Suzy Ferrenbach, vice president; Robin Daniels, treasurer; Bill Henson, secretary; and Jim Detterline, Argentina Expedition Leader. Anyone with an interest in promoting climbing in the Mid-South is encouraged to join Memphis Mountaineers. For more information, write Memphis Mountaineers, Inc., P.O. Box 11124, Memphis, TN 38111.
Scott Hall., President