American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

A.A.C., Oregon Section

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  • Publication Year: 1993

A.A.C., Oregon Section. Four Section members, Arthur, Cramer, Pooley and McGown together with others, completed the final building requirements for occupancy of Mount Hood’s premier climbing-and-ski hut. Silcox Hut is now open for reservations. A phase-two project for the hut has been proposed. This consists of two snow tunnels and a wood storage area. Presently I am organizing an astronomy fund-raiser for phase two. This will be a telescope star party at Timberline Lodge October 15-17, 1993. It will include a lecture series, “Cosmos 1993.”

The hut is well situated for high-altitude telescope observations, ski traverses of Mount Hood and southwest face ascents. It sleeps 24 and has three restrooms plus a kitchen. Timberline Lodge will operate Silcox Hut starting in October 1993. Before then bookings may be made through Steven Moskowitz, 2815 N.E. 50th, Portland, OR 97213.

The summer of 1992 saw increased activity at Lamberson Butte on Mount Hood’s east side. In the past, logistical problems have kept the area unexplored except for an occasional visitor to Newton Pinnacles. The two-hour approach and Newton Clark Creek’s daily periodic flooding from the melting glaciers have hindered activity. Bush Pilot, Weekend Ivory Hunters, Bag of Tricks, Crash of the Titans, Pushover, Quantum Gravity and Pig Iron Dihedral provided 5.9-5.10 routes for Bob McGown, Tim and Cindy Olson and Wayne Wallace.

New routes of up to 220 feet were also placed on French’s Dome, the basaltic pillow lava dome on Mount Hood’s south side: Alpha Centuri by Bob McGown and Tim Olson; and Darwin Gitti and Static Cling by McGown and Jacob Clayton.

Bob McGown, Chairman

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