Los Angeles adventure club votes to keep women out

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LOS ANGELES  — They have climbed the world’s highest mountains and stood atop the North Pole, but women still can’t join the Adventurers Club of Los Angeles.

The venerable LA institution decided Thursday night to uphold a 93-year-old tradition and remain a “gentlemen-only club.”

Changing the bylaws to admit women would have required a two-thirds yes vote. The group’s immediate past president, Marc Weitz, says Thursday’s balloting fell short of that, although he couldn’t say by how much. Bylaws also prohibit revealing vote totals.

Weitz, who lobbied to let women in, says he’s disappointed. He might raise the issue again next year.

Club members include men who have sailed around the world, run marathons on every continent and undertaken numerous other adventures.

Women who have done the same may occasionally attend as guests.

 

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