Sierra Club Desert Peaks Section Sierra Club
Graham Stephenson (d. 1976)
Active in the DPS: 1957-1976
Active in SPS; DPS; Mountaineering Training

Best known as a soft-spoken but friendly SPS leader who always claimed he wasn't working on any climbing lists Graham liked difficult itineraries. He did climbs such as one from Death Valley's Badwater to Telescope Peak to get in shape and then would lead SPS groups from the edge of the Owens Valley over the Sierra crest to remote summits such as Arrow Peak. He chaired the SPS Training Committee and early in 1960 became chair of the newly-formed Angeles Chapter Training Committee. Graham also had a deep interest in the desert and led many trips for the DPS. Graham's contributions to the Angeles Chapter ended much too early when he died in an October 1976 climbing accident on Dunagiri in the.Garwhal Himalaya of India.-Jerry Keating

Graham Stephenson--taken during an SPS trip
that climbed Mt. Foerster 8/25/1973

Photo from the Jerry Keating Collection
Louise & Niles Werner Collection
Sierra Club-Angeles Chapter Archives

Portrait of Graham Stephenson
at Barter Island at completion
of 1963 Alaska Expedition (refer to
Summit Magazine article
by Louise Werner.)

L. to R. Gene Gail Barbara Hill and
Graham Stephenson; members of Alaska Expedition
of 1963 at completion of trip at Barter Island.

Photo by Tom McCord
Louise & Niles Werner Collection
Sierra Club-Angeles Chapter Archives
From the Pat Meixner Collection Graham Stephenson on
summit of Mount Trojan
September 3 1956

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1957 Joined the Desert Peaks Section
1960 Member - Chapter Membership Committee
1960 Chairman - Mountaineering Training Committee
1960 Training Chairman - Sierra Peaks Section
1961 Chairman - Mountaineering Training Committee
1962 Vice Chairman - Sierra Peaks Section
1966 DPS Emblem
1966 Treasurer - Sierra Peaks Section
1976 DPS List Completion on Needle Peak
1976 Last year active in the Desert Peaks Section

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