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1989

(Sept ’88 – Aug ‘89)

 

Locations:

  • Base Camp: Ziegler’s
  • Climbing: Cedar Rock
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Highlights:

  • Unfortunate grass fire started by Corey Buuhan while trying to burn t.p. led to the introduction of ‘The Water Method’.
  • Charlotte D, Sophie F, and Andy C are involved in what is know as the hypothermia incident
  • The phrase ‘Bernie is a radical dude is born’.
  • During the March trip the entire sky turned blood-red the result of a monumental Solar Storm, the fiercest for 30 years

 

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Program Staff:

  • Program Directors: Stella Boswell, Tom Buhrman (Trip Report)
  • Climbing Directors: Craig Heinly, Rachel Kimmerling
  • House Course Directors: Charlotte Dawn, ????
  • Ropes Course Directors: Josh Summit, Bernie Cullen

 

March Participants

Atlanta McIlwraith (I)

Corey Buuhan (I)

Geoff Davis (I)

Bernie Cullen (I)

Katharine Coope

Gayle Shimokura

Jackie Weiss

James Kittock

Dave Jones

John Haslin

Charlotte D. ???

Rob Reid and Sean Whelton

Bethanic W. ???

Tom Buhrman (I)

Allison Roodman(I)

Craig Heinly (I)

Sara Friedl

Annette Mortick

Josh ???

 

Sophie F. ???

Debbie Preuss

 

 

Andy C. ???

Stefan Price

 

 

August Staff

Tom Burham

 

 

 

Craig Heinly

 

 

 

Allison Rodman

 

 

 

Rachel Kimerling

 

 

 

Rob Reid

 

 

 

Douglas Kelley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Crews

Geoff Davis (I)

Lee Culpepper (I)

Katharine Coope (I)

Jeff Wilkinson (I)

Andy Clark (I)

Kristin Wells (I)

Stefan Price (I)

Jeff Goldstein (I)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethanie Walder (I)

Soren Windham (I)

Daryn Watkins
Nancy Seigle
Laurie Hander
Jeff Henigson
Shirlee Tan
Rob Alexander
Dave Bettman
Michael McIntyre
Kelly ??? (upper-classman at the time)

Geoff Davis (I)

Bernie Cullen (I)

Darrin Dunlap

Richard Renfield

Walter ???

Julie Fishman

Kirsten ???

???  from suburban Chicago

John Harmon

 

Tom Burnet (I)

Sean Whelton (I)

Chris Gergen
Derek Sweeney
Nate Wood
Dave Cram
Johanna Hunston
Stacey Seawright
Reva Bhatia
Charlotte Wood
Patricia Ospina
Jason Greenwald

Alex Skarulis

Chris Barone

Michele Baird

Christina Flood

Mustafa Haziq

Merritt Richmond

Karen Zemble

 

 

 

 

 

Stories

The TP Fire – Bernie Cullern

On the March trip, Corey chose a very windy grassy ridgetop, I would remember the name of the area if I had my topos (Shining Rock), and while the rest of the crew was cleaning up from breakfast, we heard a bird call, I thought. Atlanta recognized it as a whistle, and we ran up and saw an ever-widening circle of buring grass and brush. We put the fire out by stomping it with our boots and pouring water, but the most effective tactic was to smother it with ensolite sleeping pads courtesy of Geoff Davis.

 

Incidents – James Kittock

Aug 89, I was base camp staff.  I cannot for the life of me remember who our leaders were.  I remember having to do one "rescue" while stationed at the Ziegler's--a freshman with a bad knee (from doing gymnastics when she was a kid) had fallen and dislocated her knee cap or some such awful thing.  Of course, the chance to go into town for snacks was not lost on us...  I think it was the aforementioned Julie Zirkle who was at the Ziegler's with me.  Millie Burrell may have been at base camp with us, too.  It was mostly rainy and boring, so I largly blocked it out of my mind, I think!

 

During training for either March or August 89 we had a nasty rock-climbing incident, where someone lost control of a manual belay and the person climbing slid quite a ways down the practice rock face.  I can't remember offhand who the involved parties were; I seem to recall that the belayer was a shortish red-headed woman and the guy who slid was one of the leaders, a thinnish guy with curly dark hair (names escape me).

 

Pigeon River Crossing – Jason Greenwald

On our second or third day, we reached the pigeon river. It had been raining, seemingly non-stop, and the self-proclaimed "happy whackers" had indeed bushwhacked a trail through much of the hillside. When we reached waters' edge, we began to look for a place to cross, but this was a wild waterway, swollen by the rain, with no easy crossing. Then someone noticed a postman's walk -- two wires strung between trees on either side of the banks, one at a level to stand on, the other about five feet higher, to use one's hands and shimmy across.

We turned to our leaders, who used classic non-directive leadership to ask us whether we wanted to cross the water -- and then we began to walk, one by one, across the river. a few of the stronger guys carried the packs across -- Derek and
Chris, as I recall, made several trips each and I remember someone asking what would happen if any of us fell in -- I think Sean said, "it would be bad."

In any case, we all made it across, strung up our tarps and huddled together as the rains began again. It wasn't until after the trip that anyone asked directly whether Sean and Tom had intended for us to cross at that spot, but then again, if we had given it much thought, there really wasn't any need to ask.

 

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