A.A.C., Oregon Section. The Section was active in many mountain-related activities this fall. The Friends of Silcox Hut have been negotiating with the Timberline Lodge to obtain better access for individuals climbing Mount Hood. Neil Cramer, Steve Moskovitz and Bob Mosier have organized proposals for hut access during a one-month climbing window. Pooley and McArthur are still working on the mile-long pumping system and water for the hut.
The Columbia River Climbers’ Alliance (CRCA), Gary Peterson and Cara Ellman, the State Parks Department and the Portland Guide Alliance organized a major cleanup of the Rocky Butte Quarry climbing area in Portland. Debris of 20 years was removed from the wooded talus fields. Sixty hard-working Portland and Vancouver climbers turned out for a complete sweep of the quarry. Thousands of pounds of debris and hundreds of tires were removed. Corey and Steven Shubach cut up and removed an abandoned automobile.
Major trail work continues at Smith Rocks in Terrebonne with the CRCA. Four hundred feet of trail at Monkey Face Pinnacle were widened. Rebar, perma-posts and railroad ties were delivered by military helicopter.
The winter social of the Portland climbers was an evening with Royal Robbins. It was sponsored by the CRCA and Gary Rail with the Portland Rock Gym. Royal was dynamic, entertaining a packed house at the Aladdin Theater. He combined white-water kayaking and big-wall climbing. This is the theme of Pat Ament’s excellent biography of Robbins. The program was a fund raiser for the Access Fund.
Bob McGown, Chairman