American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

A.A.C., Southwest Section

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  • Publication Year: 2011

Southwest Section. We had three events in 2010, finishing strongly with a successful winter dinner after a climbing day in April at Malibu and a bit of climbing in Palos Verdes. On April 17 six climbers met at Malibu Creek State Park and hiked to the Power Wall. The Wall sits right above a stream with a variety of climbs and a diversity of pocketed terrain with some overhanging bits. Other climbers were already on the Wall but were happy to share the routes. We did some enjoyable sports climbing, sharing the camaraderie and lovely setting. After the climbing, several of us adjourned to Ted Vaill's house for a potluck dinner. The group enjoyed good food, more camaraderie, and to finish the day some of Ted's interesting videos of Tibet and trekking to Everest through Nepal. Thanks to Ted for hosting us and to Mary Tomkins for her excellent help.

On November 7 Brian Cox hosted a visit to a “secret” climbing spot in Rancho Palos Verdes near his home. There were a few fun super-short top ropes and assorted boulders right on the ocean. Ted Vaill, Jim Pinter-Lucke, and Mike and Mary Tomkins joined Brian for a pleasant seaside afternoon which was topped off by a beautiful sunset. Thanks, Brian!

The Section held its first holiday dinner in many years on December 5. It was a resounding success with 55 attendees with new, old, and prospective members. While the food and drinks were good, the two highlights were the considerable camaraderie and Phil Power's presentation and slideshow. Thank you all for coming and helping to contribute to the dinner's warm atmosphere. Special thanks to Tony Yeary for helping with the planning and to Phil for speaking at our dinner.

Jim Pinter-Lucke, Chair

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