American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Harry C. McDade, M.D., 1924-1997

  • In Memoriam
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 1999

HARRY C. MCDADE, M.D. 1924-1997

In last year’s In Memoriam, Bill Putnam tells well of Harry McDade’s honors from surgery, his remarkable mountain rescue work and his AAC Sowles Award. During his 33 years as a club member, Harry climbed or piloted his plane when medical work permitted. He climbed often with H. Adams Carter, making first ascents of Paccharaju and Paccharaju Sur in Peru and helping to make a new route on Mt. Foraker. In 1966, Harry was with Eric Shipton, Adams Carter and me on Mt. Russell. We expected to finish a new route the next morning, but a long, continuous storm dumped eight to ten feet of snow on us, making location of our lower camp with its food doubtful but essential.

Harry also reached Phoksamdo Tal in the Kanjirobi Himal, Nepal—the second Westerner to get there. In separate years, he flew his plane to Point Barrow, Baffin Island and Greenland, Victoria Island and Teslin Lake in the Yukon. For these and many other reasons, our club can be proud of him.

Robert H. Bates

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