Mary Blade, participant in the climb and wife of Ellis Blade, was an interesting woman:
In 1946, when this photograph was taken, Mary Blade was the only woman on the Cooper Union engineering faculty (where she initially taught drawing, mathematics and design) and one of few women on any engineering faculty in the United States. Blade was an
Credit: Smithsonian Institution Archives
The caption should end with the words "avid and accomplished mountain climber.", but SuperTopo won't let me put it all there.
Mary wrote a newsletter for Cooper Union in the fall of 1979 which included the following text:
This fall, former members of the C.U. Hiking Club
and their families made three different day hikes. On
a warm and sunny October 21, six hikers under the
fearless leadership of Dr. Ellis Blade trudged 16-18
miles along the ridges of Mt. Schunemunk in
Orange County, N.Y.
So Ellis remained active in leading outdoor activities.
The SI article mentions that
Ellis Blade was to write later that he had planned to take the group on smaller conditioning climbs before attempting the Grand, but he felt "none were interested."
so somewhere there is an account telling his side.
I'll see if I can find it, and try to obtain the ANAM report of the incident as well.
My guess is that there was an article in Appalachia Journal (the AMC's semi-annual publication) within a year following the accident. Copies can be checked at the AMC library at 5 Joy Street in Boston. The archives there likely also contain a detailed trip/accident report though that may not be easily available to the public. If anybody interested in this topic is in the immediate Boston area it would be worth a trip to check out. (I'm 2 hours west and employed so a mid-week trip to check the archives isn't currently feasible). I'm sure there is also a complete or fairly complete set of back issues of Appalachia in the AAC library in Golden and probably in various other libraries across the country.