HISTORY OF CAC
History of CAC
With the liberalization of the country on August 15, 1945, the Alpine Club Foundation Arrangement Committee was formed by members of 「Baek Ryung Hoi」 and others, and Chosun Alpine Club had its foundation ceremony at YMCA Hall on September 15 with Mr. Suk Ha Song, the President of Jindan Academy as its first president.
The Chosun Alpine Club became the second registered social group following Jindan Academy, and had a mountain climbing event at Bibong of Bukhansan to celebrate the Liberalization Day.
In its early days, Chosun Alpine Club put its first priority on national exploration activities, and members explored Hallasan, Odaesan, Taebak Mountains, Sobaek Mountains, Ulrungdo, Dokdo, Charyung Mountains and small islands in the Yellow Sea and Southern Sea of Korea in February, 1946.
In September 1946, it had the 1st Rock Climbing Class at Bukhansan.
The Chosun Alpine Club changed its name to Corean Alpine Club with the establishment of the administration of the Republic of Korea in 1948.
The club han to put an hold of its activities in 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean War, but members who gathered in Busan explored Parando, an island located at the south of Jejudo in August 1951, and the 3rd exploration team was dispatched to Ulrungdo and Dokdo in October 1953.
The exploration team surveyed the land, drew the map of Dokdo, and set up a copper plate claiming that Dokdo is a part of Korean territory.
Since 1956, polar exploration training has been conducted at Hallasan, Jirisan, Sulaksan and other mountains during winter in order to prepare members for overseas high mountain climbing.
Also, marine and alpine exploration training was provided to students 5 times in order to promote mountain climbing and to train professional alpinists.
When the military government in 1961 ordered to integrate similar social groups, the Corean Alpine Club played an important role in the creation of Korean Alpine Federation.
To celebrate the 20th year of the establishment of the Korean Administration, the club organized the event to climb 20 famous Korean mountains in 1968.
Unfortunately in February 1969, An avalanche claimed the lives of 10 members during the training for overseas mountain climbing at Solaksan.
The 1st group of trainees was sent to ENSA(ECOLE NATIONALE DE SKI ET D’ALPINISME)of France in October 1971, and then the 2nd group in September 1972 to introduce the most advanced mountain climbing techniques.
On April 23, 1978, its expedition succeeded in climbing Annapurna IV(7525m), and in 1982, its expedition successfully summited Makalu. On June 9, 1991, Mckinley Expedition developed a Korean direct route at the east cliff of Kichatan Spire, and the expedition sent on July 19, 1994 to AK-SU at the Russia at the time developed a Korean route at Buston of Kirghiz.
The Corean Alpine Club celebrated its 50th birthday on September 15, 1995, and published 「50 years of Corean Alpine Club」 that summarized activities of the club for the past 50 years.
In July 1997, an expedition was launched Gasherbrum IV at KARAKORAM in Pakistan, one of the most difficult peaks to climb in the world, successfully developed a Korean route at Central Rib of the west cliff.
In August 1999, the Corean Alpine Club sent an expedition to Mt.Everest, the highest mountain in the world, and the expedition is now in the middle of caravan and plans to climb the mountain via the east route in early October.