The Explorers Club, Northern California Chapter


The Northern California Chapter of The Explorers Club presents:

Nick Clinch, FN-69

Antarctic Wanderings in the Sentinel Range:

First Ascents of Antarctica's Highest Mountains

PENINSULA COCKTAIL PARTY - Friday, May 31, 1996, at the home of Dan (MN-66) and Rusty Liebowitz,
175 Fox Hollow Road, Woodside (see map to Dan and Rusty's

DINNER MEETING Garden Court Hotel , Palo Alto (see map to Garden Court at the end)

  • 5:30 PM - 6:45 P, Cocktail Party at Dan and Rusty's house
  • 6:45 - 7:15, travel time from Woodside to Palo Alto
  • 7:30 PM, Dinner
  • 8:30 PM, Speaker
  • $35.00 each

    As a special presentation in support of the upcoming 'Expedition Inspiration' (see below) to Antarctica's Vinson Massif (see below), long-time Chapter Fellow Nick Clinch (FN-69) will entertain us with 'Antarctic Wanderings in the Sentinel Range: First Ascents of Antarctica's Highest Mountains'. As organizer of the expedition, Clinch will narrate the original 16 mm film of the expedition, part of which was prepared by the National Geographic. NOTE: this is our annual 'Peninsular Event' in Palo Alto.

    About the Speaker:

    One wonders how Nick Clinch, born in Illinois and reared in Texas, ever became a climber. Perhaps his attendance at Stanford had something to do with it. Nick graduated from Stanford Law School and pursued a self-described checkered career in Law, including a 5 year stint as Executive Director of the Sierra Club Foundation.

    Besides being the leader of the 1966-1967 American Antarctic Mountaineering expedition, Nick organized the expeditions which made the highest two first ascents ever made by Americans, Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) 26,240 feet, in 1958 and Masherbrum, 25,660 feet, in 1960. He served as president of the American Alpine Club from 1968 through 1970 and has made numerous other expeditions to the Coast Ranges of British Columbia, Peru, and China. Despite his climbing record, Nick claims that his pack is even more illustrious, having made the first traverse of Mt. Everest, in 1963, without him. With a little prompting, he may tell that story as well.

    Expedition Inspiration Goes to the Antarctic

    'Expedition Inspiration' is a group of breast-cancer survivors who will climb the Vinson Massif in December 1966 to raise money for breast-cancer research. Their goals are to demonstrate the strength of will of breast cancer survivors to fight this disease and to create unlimited possibilities within their lives. Dana Isherwood, wife of Chapter Vice-Chair Bill Isherwood, is a member of the summit team. To raise funds for the Expedition, a raffle will be held at the dinner. In addition, an optional tax deductible donation can be included when making your reservations.

    Peninsula Meeting:

    Location of cocktail party at Dan (MN-66) and Rusty Liebowitz's house in Woodside.
    175 Fox Hollow Road
    Woodside
    (415) 851-2171
    Directions: See the map for details.
  • From North: S. on 280 to Highway 84; west on 84 about 3/4 mile to the village, and straight on past another half mile to Fox Hollow Road which is on the left. The Liebowitz's house is near the end on the left.
  • From East: W. on Hwy. 84 across the Dumbarton Bridge, stay on the Bayfront Expressway to where it becomes Marsh Road and meets Hwy. 101. Take 101 one exit north to Hwy 84 west/Woodside Road. Follow 84 about 4 miles through Redwood City, under the Hwy. 280 freeway and proceed as above.
  • From South: North on 280 and exit on 84 and proceed as above or north on 101 and proceed as second paragraph above.
    Location of dinner meeting and speaker presentation at Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto

    520 Cowper Street
    Palo Alto
    (415) 322-9000
    Directions from Liebowitz's

  • go back east on Hwy. 84 to El Camino Real
  • turn south on El Camino and drive about 5 miles to Palo Alto
  • Take the University Avenue exit off El Camino and turn left ("east") on University
  • Take University less than a mile through town to Cowper Street
  • Turn right on Cowper, go half a block. The hotel and free valet parking are on the right
    Directions for those who meet us there:
  • From North: S. on 101 to University Avenue exit ("west"), drive to Cowper Street, turn left, the hotel is half a block down on the right
  • From East: W. on Hwy. 84 across the Dumbarton Bridge, turn left at the first signal after the bridge which is University Avenue. Proceed over Hwy. 101 into Palo Alto to Cowper Street, the hotel is half a block down on the right
  • From South: North on 101 to University Avenue exit ("west"), drive to Cowper Street, turn left, the hotel is half a block down on the right


    Below are some photographs from the Explorers Club Annual Dinner (ECAD) that I though you might like to view.


    Date created: 04/12/1996
    Last modified: 06/19/2015
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