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The Mazamas

The Mazamas. The Climbing Committee, chaired by Doug Wilson, scheduled 292 climbs in the summer season and 16 winter climbs. The climbing schools enrolled 200 students in Basic Mountaineering, 44 in Intermediate, 18 in Advanced Rock, and 12 in Advanced Ice. A leadership training program enrolled 20. New climbing equipment included the purchase of 44 ropes, six shovels, and five avalanche transceivers. Mike McGarr’s Ski Mountaineering Committee staged a school with 27 participants, several alpine field trips, and a ski climb of Mount Hood.

The Outing Committee, chaired by Larry Purchase, ran outings, a few of which are perennial in nature, but mostly in diverse geographical areas. They included hiking and climbing in Guatemala, skiing in Yellowstone and Crater Lake Parks, two hikes down Oregon’s Rogue River, Ray Sheldon’s trail building at Mount Hood, two hiking outings in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Area, backpacking at South Sister, hiking Mount Hood’s Timberline Trail, conservation trip to Hart Mountain Refuge, backpacking in Colorado, hiking in Bolivia, climbing at Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada Range, backpacking from Willamette Pass to Crater Lake, backpacking at Goat Rocks in Washington, hiking in Canyonlands Park in Utah. Ten outings were cancelled for various reasons.

The Trail Trips Committee, chaired by Barbara Becker, had 5723 participant days. The schedule included backpacking and snowshoeing in distant areas, trail building, climbing conditioning hikes, and the Tuesday-Thursday evening city rambles.

In addition to the regular outdoor schedule, the Mazamas held a gala celebration at Timberline Lodge to observe 100 years of existence since the club was formed on the summit of Mount Hood on July 19, 1894. A banquet on Saturday, July 16, was followed by a speech by William Lowell Putnam who began with a history of mountaineering since the discovery of America and ended with a prophesy of climbing on Mars. The weekend ceremonies were terminated on Sunday with a luncheon and an address by Lewis McArthur, author of Oregon Geographic Names. Several climbs of Mount Hood were made on five different routes, all successful except the Cathedral Ridge ascent.

Terry Becker completed a successful year as president on October 1. He tossed the symbol of office, the old ice axe used by Charles Sholes, to the new president, Syllvia Cate, at the Annual Banquet in November.

Jack Grauer. Historian