Snow travel school at the MCA's Basic Mountaineering School.

Photo by Brian Aho.

Climber on seracs on the Matanuska Glacier during the annual MCA ice climbing festival.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

Snow travel school at the MCA's Basic Mountaineering School.

Photo by Brian Aho.

Stuart Parks and Brad Gessner ski from base camp, Wrangell Mountains.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

August 2012 General Meeting Minutes

MCA General Meeting Minutes, August 15, 2012

Equipment: Contact Tim Silvers to help inspect MCA ropes.

Calendar: Start bringing horizontal photos in September. We’ll vote at the October meeting.

Parks Advisory: The Long-Range Planning Section of the Community Development Department is seeking comments on the Chugach Access Plan Public Hearing Draft and the accompanying suite of amendments. The deadline is August 31, 2012. This is a last chance for public comments. Access points not in the Plan are unlikely to become one in the future.

Library: Part of MCA’s book collection is at REI in a conference room. The room is usually locked unless during a class, but REI staff will open the room upon request if they’re available. Three or 4 volunteers are needed to help inspect, tidy, and rotate the books.

Huts: Need hut maestros. Adopt a hut. One person can’t do it all. If you are at a hut and see a repair need, please fix it if your able. Huts are the responsibility of all MCA members. Check website for huts needs inventory. Thanks Vicky Lytle for painting at the Mint hut tomorrow.

Training: Jayme announced the MCA Ice Festival is September 28-30. Novices welcome. People will be grouped by ability/experience. Registration starts 9-1-2012. Cost is $75, a bargain. A signup sheet for student and instructor interest is up front. Greg Bragiel announced the summer mountaineering school was a success and again thanked Will Burton and Austin Hess for their help. He also said the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group is starting a training cycle in September.

Slide Show Presentation: Dick Griffith shared stories of his early and more recent rafting adventures. Dick and author Kaylene Johnson signed copies of his biography, “Canyons and Ice”.

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