AAC, New England Section. We had 82 members and guests in attendance at the Section’s 5th Annual Black Tie Dinner—almost a record. Joe Terravecchia gave a professional show of routes on Mounts Hunter and Foraker in Alaska. Peter Grote exhibited 14 of his stunning digital images of the Tetons and the Himalaya.
Paul Dale and Dave Oka toured the Haute Route in the Alps. Yuki Fujita did ice time in the Canadian Rockies, joined for a while by Al Hospers. Bill Atkinson and Nancy Savickas spent an April week in Arizona at Mount Lemmon and Cochise’s Stronghold with various Section members including A1 Rubin, A1 Stebbins, Frann Bennett, and Larry Sodano.
New England rules! In the over-50 class, first and second places in the Phoenix Bouldering Contest fell to our own Steve Angelini and Eric Engberg. Eric sent us a breathtaking summer list: Mount Logan, Mount Hood, Mount Rainier, Big Cottonwood, City of Rocks, Camp 4, Lembert Dome, Mount Whitney, Baxter’s Pinnacle, Guide’s Wall, and the Grand Teton, some of these with his son, Zeb.
Walt Hampton reported a trip to the summits of El Pico de Orizaba and La Malinche in Mexico, with a follow-up to do Mounts Rainier, St. Helens, and Adams.
At a memorial service for Glenn Exum, Jed Williamson, with A1 Read and Yvon Chouinard, let Glenn’s ashes fly high on the Grand Teton.
Mark Richey, with Sir Chris Bonington, entered a remote fjord in Greenland, where the group climbed 12 new peaks. Back home, Sam Streibert and Charlie Mace bested the Bastille Crack, and A1 Stebbins hit the City of Rocks and Bozeman. Paul Kreswick and Leslie Choquette attempted Gannett Peak, reaching 13,000 feet before time ran out, and Nancy Savickas enjoyed a sojourn in the Tetons doing Middle Teton and “Backstairs Pinochle.”
In the fall, Chris Dame trekked through the Rowaling Valley in Nepal, retracing the route of the first Western explorers. His group climbed Yalung Ri, the Tashi Lapsa Pass, and 21,000-foot Parcharmo.
At the Club’s national meeting Awards Banquet in Denver, our Section table included John Kascenska, Richard Merritt, and Helen Walsh.
As part of our ongoing effort to preserve Kenneth Henderson’s classic climbing films from the 1930s, the Harvard Mountaineering Club was host to our presentation of Ken’s films.
A1 Hospers of North Conway, New Hampshire, continues to e-publish year-round and seeks subscribers to his weekly climbing report at .
Bill Atkinson, Chair, and Nancy Savickas, Vice-Chair