American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Memphis Mountaineers

  • Club Activities
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  • Publication Year: 1992

Memphis Mountaineers. Despite the lack of local climbing resources, the Memphis Mountaineers enjoyed a productive year. The 1991 membership of 51 included 33 regular members residing in the Memphis, Tennessee, area, six honorary members and 12 associate members scattered throughout the United States.

In addition to numerous rock-climbing trips to the local crags of the Mid- South, individual members were active afield in areas ranging from France (Mont Blanc) to South America (Roraima, Pico Bolívar, San Tigro) to Canada (Mount Athabasca) and Colorado. The climbing year ended with several members teaching mountain-rescue techniques to park rangers in Venezuela.

Most of the administrative activities included basic rock-climbing instruction, but primarily dealt with petitioning the state of Mississippi to re-open access to Tishomingo State Park to climbing. We worked closely with the Access Fund to develop a permit system for use at Tishomingo which the park is currently reviewing. As a result of this work, the club was invited to select a delegate to serve on the National Advisory Council of the Access Fund.

The Memphis Mountaineers meet on the second Sunday of the month at seven P.M. in the Highland Branch of the Memphis Public Library. Members are informed of club activities through the monthly newsletter, the Memphis Mountain News. Club officers for 1991 were Barbara Knowles, president; Robin Daniels, vice-president; Ted Burkey, treasurer; and Suzy Ferrenbach, secretary.

Anyone interested in climbing in the Mid-South is encouraged to join the club. For more information write: Memphis Mountaineers, Inc., Box 11124, Memphis, TN 38111.

Barbara Knowles, President

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