Appalachia?

Appalachia?

Joined: January 20th, 2004, 6:42 pm

January 18th, 2008, 11:30 pm #1

I'm trying to do some research on Alaskan peaks and I am increasingly finding that some of the original first ascent information appears to be recorded in old issues of Appalachia, the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club (I think). I was wondering if anyone might know of a means (either online or otherwise) that I might be able to access those journals. Keep in mind that I'm in Alaska, so a trip to Boston is unlikely to happen. I would like to review all issues that reference mountains in Alaska, so I don't have a particular issue in mind.

I've reviewed some bound copies (and they were quite helpful) that I found in a local library, but their collection is incomplete. So, I'm interested in other ideas or suggestions that any of you might have.
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

January 19th, 2008, 8:01 pm #2

Don't know how helpful it is for your purposes, but here are some on-line archives of some recent stories:

http://www.outdoors.org/publications/ap ... chives.cfm

The gentleman who writes the accidents/rescue analysis for Appalachia used to be a regular on this forum but I haven't seen him here in quite some time. Maybe he'll peek in.
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Joined: January 22nd, 2008, 1:02 am

January 22nd, 2008, 1:09 am #3

I'm trying to do some research on Alaskan peaks and I am increasingly finding that some of the original first ascent information appears to be recorded in old issues of Appalachia, the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club (I think). I was wondering if anyone might know of a means (either online or otherwise) that I might be able to access those journals. Keep in mind that I'm in Alaska, so a trip to Boston is unlikely to happen. I would like to review all issues that reference mountains in Alaska, so I don't have a particular issue in mind.

I've reviewed some bound copies (and they were quite helpful) that I found in a local library, but their collection is incomplete. So, I'm interested in other ideas or suggestions that any of you might have.
Steve,

I am the Accidents Editor of Appalacia, as mentioned by Mark. I rarely read the forum these days, but a friend (thanks, Dave!!) sent me a pointer.

Not sure what you are hoping for. Obviously the early material is only available in the form of printer's ink on paper, impossible to access remotely. So the only solution is to find a library that has a long run of Appalachias. There exist online library tools (Union Catalogs) that list holdings of libraries, I am not familiar with that area. But it is certainly conceivable that some library in Alaska might have a long run of Appalachias.

Mohamed
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 6:42 pm

January 22nd, 2008, 9:19 pm #4

Don't know how helpful it is for your purposes, but here are some on-line archives of some recent stories:

http://www.outdoors.org/publications/ap ... chives.cfm

The gentleman who writes the accidents/rescue analysis for Appalachia used to be a regular on this forum but I haven't seen him here in quite some time. Maybe he'll peek in.
Thanks, Mark.

The information on that link (under the Washburn tribute) on Mount Bertha was particularly helpful. That article appeared in the December 2001 Appalachia. I tried the online catalogs that Mohamed mentioned, but there's nothing near me. Are electronic copies of these journals (or even indexes of them) available online?
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 6:42 pm

January 22nd, 2008, 9:22 pm #5

Steve,

I am the Accidents Editor of Appalacia, as mentioned by Mark. I rarely read the forum these days, but a friend (thanks, Dave!!) sent me a pointer.

Not sure what you are hoping for. Obviously the early material is only available in the form of printer's ink on paper, impossible to access remotely. So the only solution is to find a library that has a long run of Appalachias. There exist online library tools (Union Catalogs) that list holdings of libraries, I am not familiar with that area. But it is certainly conceivable that some library in Alaska might have a long run of Appalachias.

Mohamed
Thanks, Mohamed.

I tried the Union Catalags and there's not a repository anywhere near where I live. Do you know if there's an online index of Appalachias?

And thanks for hiking up Mount Washington with Stony Burk and me in October 2004. That was a real treat.
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Joined: January 22nd, 2008, 1:02 am

January 23rd, 2008, 12:55 am #6

Steve,

I'm afraid that you are out of luck. I am pretty sure that there is no online index; in fact the two printed indexes (indicies??) cover the earlier years only. I have heard rumors of an ongoing indexing project, but do not know any details.

I will be attending a meeting of the Editorial Board this Saturday, will ask the Editor whether she knows anything about it.

Do you remember the two young women without headlamps we "rescued" on the way down on the Mt. Washington trip?

Mohamed
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 6:42 pm

January 23rd, 2008, 1:52 am #7

Well, thanks anyway, Mohamed.

If there are others out there who might be able to help or provide index (or indices) information, I'd really appreciate it. I AM interested in the older Appalachias, perhaps moreso than the recent ones. I think a lot of the pertinent data from recent mountaineering expeditions in Alaska is covered in the AAJ (which dates to 1929) or Scree (which dates to 1958), but some of the historical data is only covered in Appalachia. For example, the first recorded ascent (FRA) of Makushin Volcano on Unalaska Island was covered in the June 1884 Appalachia. The June 1949 Appalachia covered the FRA of Mount James K. Lowder in the Coast Mountains. The December 1955 Appalachia covered the FRAs of Mount Drum in the Wrangell Mountains and Mount McCall and University Peak in the Saint Elias Mountains. Lawrence Nielsen had some articles in the December 1955 (FRAs of Mount Elusive, Mount Fafnir, Pandora Peak, and Mount Powder Top), December 1957 (FRAs of Mount Einstein, Mount Valhalla, and Mount Witherspoon), and December 1966 (FRAs of Mount Dech and Mount Doo-see) issues of Appalachia that covered notable expeditions in the Chugach and Saint Elias Mountains. The December 1957 Appalachia covered the FRA of Mount Michelson in the Brooks Range. The June 1962 Appalachia detailed the FRA of Black Cap in The Alaska Range. The June 1963 Appalachia covered the FRAs of Lituya Mountain and Mount Quincy Adams in the Saint Elias Mountains. The FRAs of Mount Chamberlin in the Brooks Range and the East Buttress of Mount McKinley in the Alaska Range were documented in the December 1963 Appalachia. The FRA of Burkett Needle in the Coast Mountains was reported in the December 1964 Appalachia. The June 1972 Appalachia documented the FRA of The Badile and Shot Tower in the Brooks Range. The FRA of the South Peak of Mount Abbe in the Saint Elias Mountains was covered in the December 1977 Appalachia. The FRAs of Mount Cheops and Snow Bird Peak in the Alaska Range were mentioned in the June 1978 Appalachia.

With so many notable Alaska climbs documented in the few issues of this publication that I've reviewed, I'd love to find a repository of back issues to peruse more of them. I suspect that there might be some more notable Alaskan climbs documented therein.

And yes, Mohamed, I do recall our twilight return to the trailhead after reaching the summit of Mount Washington. I'm meeting up with my cousin again in February. Despite all the crowds, that was a neat trip - and my first HP with someone I'd met on this site. Thanks to both you and Stony.
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Joined: January 22nd, 2008, 1:02 am

January 24th, 2008, 12:43 am #8

Steve,

Just remembered that, some years ago, I bought the 1905-1945 index.

Send me your postal address at m_ellozy@post.harvard.edu and I will be happy to lend it to you for as long as you need it.

Mohamed
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Joined: January 23rd, 2004, 1:04 am

February 18th, 2008, 10:07 pm #9

I'm trying to do some research on Alaskan peaks and I am increasingly finding that some of the original first ascent information appears to be recorded in old issues of Appalachia, the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club (I think). I was wondering if anyone might know of a means (either online or otherwise) that I might be able to access those journals. Keep in mind that I'm in Alaska, so a trip to Boston is unlikely to happen. I would like to review all issues that reference mountains in Alaska, so I don't have a particular issue in mind.

I've reviewed some bound copies (and they were quite helpful) that I found in a local library, but their collection is incomplete. So, I'm interested in other ideas or suggestions that any of you might have.
Steve, Tried to email you but must have an old address. I pretty regularly visit old bookstores around the New England area and usually run across old issues of Appalachia. Send me a specific list and maybe I can find some of the issues you need.
Stony
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