American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

A.A.C., Sierra Nevada Section

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  • Publication Year: 1995

A.A.C., Sierra Nevada Section. 1994 was a busy and eventful year for the Section. As new members join, our Section’s traditional activities have been expanding to accommodate the increase in local membership. The spring section meeting was followed by our annual spring skiing and soaking weekend at Grover Hot Springs. The attendance at our traditional meeting site was somewhat diminished by the overall paucity of the Sierra snow pack. Longtime members, Gene and Betsy White were the gracious hosts of our summer social soirée at their Berkeley residence. All in attendance were treated to a potpourri of spectacular slides of recent alpine adventures. The annual climbing weekend in the high country of Yosemite at Toulumne Meadows was moved to a September weekend. The loosely organized group of climbers revisited a number of their favorite rock climbs.

As in previous years, our members have been adventuring all across the globe. R.D. Caughron as the sole American on a Polish-sponsored expedition, continued to reach new heights of personal achievement with the summiting of Dhaulagiri in late September. Tom McMillian and Carlos Buhler attempted the Ogre in the Biafo region of Pakistan. They were above 20,000 feet, when a combination of weather and hazardous conditions dictated a hasty retreat from the mountain. On a more down-to-earth level, Les Wilson led an intrepid group of fellow travelers to explore the outreaches of Northern Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic. The Arctic summer also recorded Bill and Dana Isherwood sea kayaking along the northern shore of Greenland.

Allen Steck, Steve Roper and Eric Brand were instrumental in putting together the Yosemite Climbing History Exhibit in the main visitor center in Yosemite Valley. The large-scale photographic exhibit presented a historical perspective of the last sixty years of climbing in Yosemite. The two-month-long exhibit will be touring next year. As a participant on the committee developing the Yosemite Climbing Management Plan, I can report that the plan was completed with an orientation toward education versus regulation of the climbing community.

David Chick, Chairman

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