Dartmouth Mountaineering Club. Membership and intensity of interest continue to grow as the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club enters its 60th year. Today the club spans a gamut of experience levels and interests. As a result, D.M.C. climbers can be found learning the basics in our Jonathan Belden Daniels Rock Climbing Gym, or they might be summitting a peak in the Himalayas.
1995 began with Tyler Stableford and Doug White climbing Batian (17,058 feet), the higher peak of Mount Kenya's twin summit. Soon thereafter our Spring Break Trip made the pilgrimage out west to visit several climbing areas in northern New Mexico. Although climbing was the primary focus, several members found themselves spelunking during the rescue of a young girl in the Los Alamos area. In Peru Andrew Swanson and Scott Porter led a four-man expedition which climbed numerous peaks, including Alpamayo and Huascaran.
Tyler Stableford, one of the club's most prominent and experienced members, visited Maine for Climbing Magazine to write reviews of Mount Katahdin's "Armadillo" and of climbing in Acadia N.P. Stableford maintains that "Wind in the Willows" (just to the left of the "Armadillo") is the longest continuous crack in the East.
During the fall, saddled in our green van with gear on its roof, the D.M.C. traveled every weekend to areas such as Cannon Cliff, Cathedral, the Adirondacks, the Shawangunks and Rumney. Despite some adverse weather, not a weekend was wasted. During these weekend adventures the experienced, intermediate and beginner climbers all mixed to provide a means of propagating knowledge, techniques and ethics within the club.
Considerable emphasis has been placed on introducing women of the Dartmouth campus to the sport of rock climbing. With the goal of providing a less intense, more supportive atmosphere, special women's hours and events have been established at the climbing gym.
With the winter of 1995/96 off to a powerful start, D.M.C. ice climbers have been traveling to Lake Willoughby, VT, and Crawford Notch, NH, to take advantage of the beautiful ice routes to be found there.
Kevin Hand and Margaret Wheeler, Co-Presidents