Dennis Eberl, then living in Williamson, NY
founded the club around 1970. The current Rochester Rock, Ice &
Snow Climbing Club (RRISCC)
took shape under it's original incorporated name in
January,1974, the ABC Mountaineering Club, Inc. Gerald Robenstein, Daniel Hindert, Richard
Spero & Dennis Eberl were instrumental in getting the organization
incorporated. Don Berens, Jack Freeman & Ed Wuensch were
active pioneer members. When not doing climbs amidst the major
mountain ranges of the world, they did a lot of rock climbing
at Rattlesnake Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, ice climbing on
the west bank of the Genesee Gorge (north of Driving Park) as well
as waterfalls in the ravines of the Finger Lakes region and New England
areas. On May 30th, 1976, Don Berens carried an ABC pennant to
top of North America's crown jewel, Mount McKinley.
Typically, meetings have been held in homes of
members, with brief lapses here and there. We meet six times a
year - in October, November, February, March, April and
is a short business session held after attendees socialize and do some
munching and sipping, thanks to the host member. Following that,
share slides or digital images or videos of an adventure
they undertook. After
more food, drink and socializing. The meetings are open to the
general public, not reserved just for dues-paying members. Lately
we have been meeting in the lodge room inside the Gander Mountain store.
The organization consists of those who do aid
wall climbing, bouldering, ice climbing, hiking, walking, general
(big peak climbing) or just armchair mountaineering. The group
small in size over the years, about 30+/- members. Member dues is
fiscal year, which is September 1st to August 31st.
With that money, the club purchases several
magazines and has near complete runs from 1970 to the present of The
Alpine Journal, Accidents in North American Mountaineering
, The Canadian Alpine Journal, Climbing, Gripped,
& Ice, among others. The
journals are loaned
to local club members only. They are housed at Stu Milligan's
his own extensive collection of climbing and hiking guidebooks &
to local dues-paying club members only. Other uses of the dues
money is to bring in a featured national or international
mountaineer/speaker as often as there is money in the treasury to do so.
For years and until recently, certain RRISCC
members, notably Doug Wall and Lou Hillman, under the auspices of the
ADK, had provided beginning rock climbers with training sessions at
places like Rattlesnake Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, located on
the Niagara Escarpment between Hamilton & Toronto. Currently,
one is able to provide this service due to club liability issues.
Since we're a small group with rather limited resources, we cannot
afford the high cost of liability to shield us from possible sudden and
unwanted liability issues. At our meetings, on occasion, we do
wall climbing and
practice at the home of members who have such facilities, or at Rock
Ventures - the local climbing gym.
For the Rochester NY area, this is a good place to make climbing contacts and a fitting environment for which to share your unique outdoor experiences with others.
2 Phyllis Lane
Rochester, NY 14624-4704