American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Regional Safety Activities

  • Notes
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  • Publication Year: 1955


Most of the climbing clubs have good safety programs for their members. The following activities are reported because they seem to be offering a service to a larger group.

The Mountaineers, Seattle have an active safety program headed by Harvey Manning and Tom Miller. Their estimation of accident rates has been noted above. In addition, they have collected data on the hazard of rock fall on the Gibralter route on Mt. Rainier. This has been reported in the Mountaineer, pages 67-68, Dec. 15, 1954. They also have furnished the Mountain Rescue Group with a list of Mountaineers considered to be technically qualified for rescue work.

Mazamas, as a result of the three accidents in one day on Mount Jefferson, are pushing ahead to establish a safety education program in the Central Mountain Rescue Committee similar to that in Seattle. In conjunction with other clubs rescue teams are being established to cover the various mountain areas in Oregon.

New Mexico Mountaineering Club is in the process of organizing a Mountain Rescue Group similar to those in Seattle, Oregon and Colorado. The need for this became apparent following an airplane accident in the Sandia Mountains where Mountain rescue techniques were necessary.

The Harvard Mountaineering Club has established a first aid cache in Huntington Ravine. It will be equipped with a Stoke’s stretcher in addition to the usual first aid equipment.

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