American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

The Mazamas

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  • Publication Year: 1996

The Mazamas. The Climbing Committee, chaired by Candy Morgan, set some ambitious goals and met them well: to continue with improvement in new Leadership Development and Leadership Update programs; to improve curriculum documentation for climbing education programs; to increase emphasis on safety and conservation in the climbing schools; to increase the number of scheduled climbs; to provide support for the club's two Boy Scout Explorer troops; to monitor the issue of public access to U.S. lands and represent the Mazamas in public meetings and input.

Basic School enrolled 240 students, Intermediate, 54 students, Advanced Rock, 19 students, Advanced Snow and Ice, 14 students. A great many new members are enrolled each year from the Basic School. There were also 20 climbing education lectures presented at the clubrooms, open to all members, irrespective of ability. The Rock Rescue session at Mazama Lodge was expanded to two days. Also, the committee arranged for membership in Mount Hood Search and Rescue Council.

The climbing schedule included 265 alpine summit climbs, 14 winter climbs, and 13 rock program climbs. As usual, bad weather scrubbed a few of these planned events, especially those in the winter.

The Expedition Committee granted funds to three operations:

The 1995 Aconcagua Sueno Expedicion, which included Mazamas Mike Holman, Kent Romney and Stacey Williams. Five of the seven members of the party were successful, including Michael Rilenge, who has 40% disability from muscular dystrophy in a lower extremity;

The 1995 West Rib Story, an unsuccessful attempt blocked by bad weather on the West Rib of Denali. This was a group of three Mazamas: Matt O'Neill, Mark Simmons, and leader Jim Armstrong;

The Cerro Aconcagua 1996 Northwest Expedition, in progress at the time this article was written (January, 1996). Bill Brownlee, Tammee Stump, and Roy Smith planned a traverse of South America's highest point.

Expedition funds were raised by the annual Expedition Biathlon, April 22, 1995, at Vancouver Lake, with 252 participants. Also, a program by Reinhold Messner, “To The Top Of The World,” was presented in November, 1994, and drew an audience of 1,300.

There were 22 club outings, with three devoted to climbing. Five went to foreign lands: backpacking and climbing in the Cuchamatan Mountains of Guatemala by Dick Miller; three weeks in New Zealand, by Helen Hanson; hiking the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu in Peru with Khris Altucher; hiking in Iceland with Helen Hanson; climbing in the Canadian Rockies, by Bob Breivogel. Ray Sheldon continued his Mazama Trail building outings on Mount Hood.

The Trail Trips Committee soared to new heights in activity, with 5,686 participants on 534 hikes. The hiking program has mushroomed over the past few years. Now, hikes are scheduled every day of the week, except Fridays and Mondays. Tuesday and Thursday evening city walks have grown greatly in popularity and usually split into two sections to effect more manageable groups.

George Stonecliffe was elected to the presidency as the fiscal year began in October, replacing the outgoing president, Sylvia Cate.

Jack Grauer, Historian

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