American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

A.A.C., Oregon Section

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  • Publication Year: 1995

A.A.C., Oregon Section. The Oregon Section had a productive year with a variety of events. Numerous members of the section worked to make Silcox Hut more accessible to climbers. During the month of May, the completed classical Cascadian Hut was open to climbers as a rest stop or overnight stay for climbers on the south- and west-face climbs of Mount Hood. Neil Cramer, Jeff Sheets and others made the hut hospitable for the spring climbers. In July, we made the annual quarry clean-up with the Portland Mountain Guide Alliance. The Mazamas as well as the A.A.C. Conservation Committee donated funds for the successful clean-up. using pressure washers to power wash graffiti and paint from the climbing quarry. Gary Peterson worked to arrange door prizes and the Oregon Department of Transportation provided hauling services.

The Section synergized with Mazamas hosting of Reinhold Messner at Benson High School. Messner also did a book-signing at Oregon Mountain Community. In November, John Harlin III gave an excellent program at Aladdin Theater called “Storm Years.” It was an overview of climbing in North America with a focus on his passion for ski descents on Northwest volcanoes.

During the winter deep-freeze, there were some waterfall territorial issues, which were negotiated by Candy Morgan, Tim Olson, Laura Porter and Bill Price. Frozen waterfalls in the scenic area were the issue. The Forest Service was concerned about the possible danger to tourists of falling ice.

Robert McGown, Section Chairman

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