Publication Year: 1952.


The accident record of American mountaineering has improved very substantially during the past five years. Although this fact is a source of much encouragement, the efforts which have contributed to this reduction must be continued unrelentingly. This is especially important in view of the very rapid growth of interest in mountaineering throughout North America. The need for more extensive training of prospective climbers in the years ahead can not be emphasized too strongly. In the final analysis, only adequate training and the teaching of safe mountaineering practices and attitudes can keep the accident rate at its present low level. The increasing responsibility for this kind of development in individuals must continue to be accepted by each of the regional climbing groups. This work will constitute invaluable service for the good name of mountaineering and for the enjoyment and genuine satisfaction of all concerned.