Welcome to Skagit Alpine Club (SAC)
Who we are... We are a group of outdoor enthusiast who live in the vicinity of the
North Cascade Mountains.

News:  February newsletter is hot off the presses with some great info. Thanks to our new newsletter editor, Karen Howard! No new TRs for January. TRs are best served with prose, line breaks, and eye candy. Sending the pictures separately is better for internet formatting.
Elections were held at the November meeting. All club members were encouraged to attend and vote. All officer positions were available.

Congratulations new officers!

President – Tony Tucker
Vice President – Alex Kortuem
Secretary – Lisa Rouse
Treasurer –Anna Mostovetsky

Dues!  Membership dues are due! Please bring your dues of $25 to the next meeting!

Basic Mountaineering Class!  Registration is now open for this year's Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC). To register, click here (open link in new tab) and complete the online registration form. Once you submit the form, you will be given a link to the course fee payment instructions. Your place in the class will only be held once payment is received.

Programs!  Our new favorite club member is Christian Phillips. If you don’t know him, Christian is an all around awesome guy. He took the class last year and  volunteered to be the programs guy for the club!!!! If you have any ideas on speakers or things you’d like to have done during the program section of meetings let him know. He’s actually a pretty friendly guy!

From Karen: Our speaker for the meeting was Kevin. His last name started with an R, but I can’t remember what it was. What I do know is he has been rock climbing in over 21 countries. He told us about his latest trip to a place so cool that I can’t even pronounce (El Porturero Chico in Mexico). He was there for a week and squeezed out a few of the popular climbs like 23 pitches of a 5.11+ route and other sport routes. He talked a little bit about the history of the area. It used to be a really popular place to climb but has taken a hit on tourism because a mariachi band was murdered by a drug cartel there and a few climbers that have recently died in rappelling accidents. It is a beautiful area to climb and an excellent vacation destination none the less. He also talked briefly about trips biking through Spain and Morocco and other wild hiatuses he has taken. He is a big world traveler, with life experiences and stories. You know it was a good speaker when you want to quit your job the next day!

Help!  We are in need of some folks to fill SAC positions! People to be in charge of the following:
Webmaster, Program Chair. and Conservation Chair. Find out more about these positions in Article XIII of the SAC Bylaws, which can be access by clicking on bylaws on the left side menu. If you are interested, please email our awesome new president, Tony Tucker! He can be reached at anthony@cooltuckers.com

Help steer the forest's Future: The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (USDA Forest Service) has 8 vacant seats to fill for its Resource Advisory Committee for 2015. The Resource Advisory Committee recommends projects and funding to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities on Forest Service land or adjacent to it. This is a great opportunity to get involved with some of the potential projects and funding decisions for the Forest. Contact Erin Uloth (Mt. Baker District Ranger) for more information: euloth@fs.fed.us, or 360-854-2601.

Outings:  Outing notifications are usually sent via the list-serve. Contact Corrina to add your name to the list.
If you didn’t know, Dave Myers makes sure that SAC gets face-time with the Navy (there is many a SAC member brought to us this way)! He could use a hand manning the SAC booth on May 16th. Let him know at dave.myers@navy.mil

Club ski weekend! Ski weekend is February 27- March 1. We will take over 5 cabins that each have their own hot tub! If you still want to jump on board we have couch and futon space available. If you want to sack out for the weekend with SAC Contact Jonathan Frostad at jfrostad@gmail.com, or call 360-630-0015

Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness first aid will be March 13th, 14th, and 15th. Cost is $100. This is a steal- we should all buy Dave a beer for doing this! Dave has volunteered to offer another class the last weekend of April (24-26) if we run out of space.  Register with Dave at dave.myers@navy.mil 

Trail Maintenance!  Mount Vernon Trail Builders are continuing to work on the Little Mountain Trails. SAC members are encouraged to participate. 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sessions are rain or shine and we at 10:00am on Saturdays. To get to the trailhead, travel east on the Little Mountain Road past the entrance to Little Mountain Park, past the beaver pond. You will see piles of rock about 500′ past the beaver pond which is where the trailhead is located. Park alongside the road.

Lookout: Some folks at the SAC Xmas Party mentioned that it would be nice to hear some of the comments we receive when people send in donations to the Park Butte Lookout.  Here are two that came in December:

“Last summer we enjoyed a hike to the Park Butte LO.  We enjoyed the shelter from the wind and all of the interesting information inside the Lookout.  Thank you for your volunteer work in maintaining it – we know it’s a lot of work and we wanted to let you know we appreciate it.”  Couple from Portland - $25 donation.

“Dear Skagit Alpine Club, the enclosed $50 donation is a huge thank you for our family’s wonderful two days in the Lookout this summer.  Each year our family decides how much we can donate and then each of us receives a number of chips that are worth a certain amount.  I thought you might appreciate that the very first chip donated by our twelve year old son was to the Skagit Alpine Club for the LO.  Thank you for your work in maintaining this treasure for the public to use.”  Family from Seattle

Any questions or concerns about the lookout contact:

John and Marie Erbstoeszer

Park Butte Lookout Stewards
Phone 360-336-5896
Email erbst@cnw.com
 

  • Do you have gear to sell?  
    We want to know about your gear needs - both for sale and wanted. Submit your information to skagitalpineclub@outlook.com.  They will be posted on the Gear Swap page.
  • Do you enjoy the areas trails, and want to know what it takes to maintain them?
    visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to learn more.
  • We need your input for the SAC website.
    Stories, Photo's, Great new information links, current events, etc. Please send it in to skagitalpineclub@outlook.com

Officers:

President – Emily Boehm emily.c.boehm@gmail.com
Vice President: Miyabi Gladstein miyabiglad@yahoo.com
Treasurer – Kyle Koch KKoch@alumni.unity.edu
Secretary - Andrea Bachman ambachman76@gmail.com
Newsletter - Corrina Marote corrina.marote@gmail.com
Webmaster - Steve Trent skagitalpineclub@outlook.com
Programs - Wade Bessett wadebessett@gmail.com
Lookout - John and Marie Erbstoeszer erbst@cnw.com
Trail Work - Lynn Postler sancho999@comcast.net
Outings – Emily Boehm emily.c.boehm@gmail.com
Conservation Com -
Social Com- Karen Howard platypusshankie@gmail.com
Climbing Com - Jonathan Frostad jfrostad@gmail.com

 

Skagit Alpine Club
P.O. Box 1054
Mt Vernon, WA 98273

TIME:  The meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM.  There is no meeting in August. Annual Potluck at Bowman Bay in July!

LOCATION:  Our meeting location is at the Burlington Public Library. December potluck at Reverie BBQ!

Directions to the library:  From I-5 traveling North or South:
Take exit 230 off I-5 (Burlington/Anacortes).  Turn right at the light at the end of the off ramp onto Hwy. 20/Rio Vista Ave.

From the South: Turn left at the 2nd light onto Burlington Blvd.
From the North: Turn left at the 3rd light onto Burlington Blvd.

Turn right at the first light onto E. Fairhaven Ave.  Turn right at the four-way stop (approx. 8 blocks) onto S. Anacortes St.  Turn left at the first intersection onto E. Washington Ave.  The Burlington Public Library will be on your right.

PROGRAM: TBA

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