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Dartmouth Mountaineering Club

Dartmouth Mountaineering Club. In September the club ran an eight-day rock-climbing orientation class for 36 freshmen as part of the Freshman Trips Program at the College. This was our second year running, with two days added to the program as a result of its popularity last year. This continuing success hopefully will establish rock climbing and the Mountaineering Club as permanent parts of the Freshman Trips Program.

A rock-climbing class was offered in the fall trimester to continue instruction to students and community members. Offered with the Office of Outdoor Programs, this class ran for five weeks and included two trips to nearby Rose Ledges in northern Massachusetts. The class is held in fall and spring each year. Its organization changes from the Mountaineering Club to the Office of Outdoor Programs, depending on the availability of qualified student instructors.

One-day beginner and advanced rock-climbing seminars rounded out the fall training programs. Both were organized with the help and instruction of EMS Guides in North Conway, NH. The advanced class serves to train and qualify students with leading experience as instructors in the rock-climbing programs.

The club sponsored fall weekend trips to Cannon Mountain, Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges, and Rumney and Owl’s Head Cliffs, all in New Hampshire. In December, 10 members spent 11 days climbing in Baxter State Park, Maine. The second in three years, this trip serves as an introduction to winter mountaineering, skiing and ice climbing for the less experienced members.

In June 1991, a group of 12 students will travel to the Garhwal District of India for a 22-day trek. Organized by a freshman from India, the trip will focus on a climb of 20,000-foot Black Peak as well as on international student fellowship. The Dartmouth students will team up with a group of Indian students. Through activities, meetings and lectures sponsored by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and the Indian Mountaineering Federation, the trek will reinforce an understanding and sharing of Indian and American cultures. Funding for the trip will be through private organizations, outdoor-gear manufacturers and individual grants.

Throughout the year members have worked with the Dartmouth administration to plan, approve and construct an indoor climbing wall. It is hoped that the wall will be completed by the spring of 1991.

Dean Engle