American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

The Mazamas

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  • Publication Year: 1994

The Mazamas. The Climbing Committee scheduled 290 climbs in 1993, but bad weather caused cancellation of many during May and July. The winter schedule of 20 climbs was especially hard hit by weather, with only one successful climb. Eleven new leaders completed probationary climbs, but the club continued to suffer a shortage of leaders. Marty Scott was succeeded by Doug Wilson as the committee chairman. The Basic Climbing School, in which the ascent of a mountain is a requisite, accepted 240 out of 318 applications and graduated 202 climbers.

The Expedition Committee, chaired by Charlie Degener, was a sponsor of the 1993 American-Canadian K2 Expedition, organized by Stacy Allison. The objective was to place the first American woman and the first Canadian man on the summit of K2. Canadian Dan Culver fell to his death on the descent by the first team from the summit, which the second team did not attempt. The committee also provided a grant to the Mount Logan Taleski Expedition, organized by Mazama Dick Iverson.

The Outing Committee, chaired by Judy Ratnieks, sponsored a Yellowstone winter cross-country ski outing; ski trip around Crater Lake; April hiking on Maui; hiking the Rogue River Trail in southern Oregon; a July visit to Thailand and China; July hiking in Lassen National Park; August backpacking around Mount Hood; August climbing and hiking in the Tatoosh Range in Mount Rainier Park; climbing and hiking in the Stubai Alps and Brenta Dolomites; and summer hiking in Wyoming’s Teton Range and Oregon’s Wallowa Range.

The Trail Trips Committee staged 328 hikes, accounting for 4,353 hiker days.

Dennis Olmstead ended his year as president October 1 and handed the gavel to Terry Becker.

Jack Grauer, Historian

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