Iowa Mountaineers. With another active year, club membership has grown to 5100. Members live in 38 states, and over 4,750 people participated in the club’s many instructional courses, mountaineering camps and foreign expeditions.
Under Jim Ebert’s instruction, the club taught over 500 members how to cross-country ski at Devils Lake State Park, Wisconsin, during January and February. Winter survival skills, emergency shelters, proper dress, hypothermia, frostbite and avalanche awareness and precautions were included in the program. Also at Devils Lake the club taught 37 three-day courses in basic rock climbing and in hiking. Over 60 members from nine states took one of the club’s four one-week basic rock-climbing courses offered during May, June and August.
In March, 65 members hiked for four days in the Havasu Canyon in Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Over the Memorial Day weekend 30 members took afour-day intermediate rock-climbing course at Devils Tower, Wyoming. Following bad weather, 26 climbers climbed the Tower in one day. The other four made their climbs the next day.
John and Jim Ebert took 32 members to Tanzania and Kenya in June-July. Eighteen climbed Kilimanjaro, and in the course of a trek on Mount Kenya, eight ascended 16,000-foot Point Lenana.
The annual summer mountaineering camp was held July 29-August 7 in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, Canada. Twenty-seven members attended the Base Camp at O’Brien Meadows, and numerous ascents were made on six peaks in the area.
The Iowa Mountaineers held their 51st annual banquet in May in Iowa City with 112 in attendance. John Ebert presented his African film on the club’s past 10 mountaineering trips to Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
As a final note, two of the club’s climbing leaders, who met in a club rock-climbing course, became on September 28 the second couple to get married on top of Wyoming’s Devils Tower.
Jim Ebert, President