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September 7, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(1):91. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980190093025

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To the Editor:—  The Leisure Corner article on mountain climbing in the Aug. 3 issue of The Journal, page 1609, was interesting. If it was intended as an introduction, it is probably adequate for eastern mountains but not for western. For fear real mountaineers are out climbing or are too modest to offer suggestions, may an amateur warn beginners about two items of equipment? Climbing in the Rockies above the timberline consists in rock work, and leather-soled shoes are too slippery. Rubber, composition, or similar materials cling to rock and are much safer. Probably most who go onto snow and ice use crampons (removable iron spikes) rather than cleated or nailed soles. Rope work should not be undertaken by beginners without adequate demonstration and instruction. Many prefer the new nylon rope, as it is lighter, stronger, more elastic, and more pliable when wet than hemp. The best way to start

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