This collection of documents draws mainly on trip reports published in early issues of The Sierra Echo and the Desert Peaks Section Newsletter (as the latter was then known). These reports chronicle some of the issues faced by the SPS during its formative years, including the need to limit campfire size in order to conserve wood. Other matters covered included the need to stop trying to run trips into the high country late in the season when becoming snowed in was a risk; the difference that road building has made in access to some of the peaks southwest of Lone Pine; and why it was wise to alert local law enforcement of a party's entering infrequently visited parts of the high country when no one normally would be there. There also are several examples of the relationship between the SPS and the DPS, the latter of which once regularly scheduled trips into the Sierra as part of its mission. The "Temple Crag" and "The Thumb" reports from 1952 are good examples of the DPS's early interest in mountains other than those in the desert.


The Sierra Peaks Section became an official entity of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club in October 1955 and offered its first scheduled trips in 1956. The trips into the Sierra Nevada numbered 19 and included Matterhorn Peak in the north, Mts. Whitney and Williamson in the middle of the range, and Owens Peak in the south. A 20th trip was a joint undertaking with the Desert Peaks Section to what then was an unnamed summit in the Inyo Mountains. Everyone now knows that peak at Mt. Inyo. By going over the materials available on these trips, readers will find many changes have occurred in the past half-century. No entry permits were required in 1956, and the size of parties often was quite large. Campfires were a normal part of the backcountry experience, and wood was then plentiful. What hasn't changed, however, is the fervent love of the mountains that is the hallmark of the climber.
The records have been extracted from the Angeles Chapter Schedule and the chapter's newsletter, Southern Sierrran. The SPS publication, Sierra Echo, did not begin publishing until February 1957, so those persons wanting information about the early trips needed to look elsewhere.

12-Sep-52, Temple Crag, John Delmonte
12-Sep-52, The Thumb, John Delmonte
5-May-56, Deer Mountain, Frank Sanborn
26-May-56, Maggie Mountain, Frank Sanborn
2-Jun-56, Mount Gilbert, George Wallerstein
9-Jun-56, Trail Peak, Patricia Meixner
23-Jun-56, Matterhorn Peak, Patricia Meixner
30-Jun-56, Alta Peak, Patricia Meixner
7-Jul-56, Mount Whitney, Patricia Meixner
14-Jul-56, Goat Mountain, Patricia Meixner
14-Jul-56, Mount Ritter, Patricia Meixner
11-Aug-56, University Peak, Patricia Meixner
11-Aug-56, Mount Gould, Dragon Peak, Patricia Meixner
18-Aug-56, Mount Lamarck, Mount Darwin, Patricia Meixner
25-Aug-56, Mount Irvine, Jerry Keating
1-Sep-56, Mount Williamson, Mount Bernard, Trojan Peak, Patricia Meixner
15-Sep-56, Cardinal Mountain, Bud Bingham
15-Sep-56, Mount Silliman, Frank Bressel
22-Sep-56, Mount Morrison, Miles Brubacher
26-Sep-56, Tunnabora Peak, Frank Sanborn
6-Oct-56, Mount Rixford, John W. Robinson
20-Oct-56, Mount Inyo, John W. Robinson
11-Nov-56, Owens Peak, Miles Brubacher
25-May-57, University Peak, Patricia Meixner
3-Aug-57, Mount Agassiz, John W. Robinson
2-Nov-57, Moses Mountain, Frank Sanborn
16-Nov-57, Muah Mountain, Jerry Keating
24-May-58, Muah Mountain, Frank Sanborn
9-Aug-58, Vandever Mountain, Sawtooth Peak , Tom Ross
16-May-59, Mount Bradley, Jerry Keating
May-61, North Maggie Mountain, Moses Mountain, Andy Smatko
May-62, North Maggie Mountain, Moses Mountain, John Robinson
24-Oct-64, Mount Muah, Wonoga Peak, Frank Sanborn

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