A special activities section to The Mountaineer
See Seattle Backpacking (loaner gear available upon request) Aug. 15-16, Sat.-Sun. - Stuart Lake (M) 10 mi., 1500’ gain. Leisurely pace. See beautiful Lake Stuart with stellar views of the north face of Mt. Stuart and its surrounding peaks! Opportunities for side-trips or just relax by the lake with a great group of people. Aug. 29-30, Sat.-Sun. - Cutthroat Pass (M) 5 mi., 2000’ gain. Leisurely pace. A through-hike starting at Rainy Pass, camping below Cutthroat Pass, and finishing at the Cutthroat Creek TH. We will car shuttle for this unique opportunity to do a one-way hike. Views are spectacular. See Seattle Climbing Aug. 12-16, Wed.-Sun. - Learn To Belay A class designed for beginners, people wanting to review belay skills, and parents who want to belay their children—taught on-site at our Magnuson Park program center. Aug. 16, Sun. - Rock Climbing: Beginner’s Rock Day That’s right folks; explore the thrill and grace of outdoor rock climbing in a controlled and safe setting. Climbing gear included. See Seattle First Aid Aug. 13, Thu. - CLINIC Intro To Wilderness First Aid Have you ever wondered what to do should a serious injury or illness strike you or your partner while in the backcountry? This is a clinic aimed toward the basics of how to respond. See Seattle Navigation Aug. 20-22, Thu.-Sat. - CLINIC Basic Map & Compass Your map and compass are part of the Ten Essentials, but if you don’t know how to use them, they are useless! Learn the basics in this two-part program of one workshop and one field trip. See Seattle Scrambling Aug. 15, Sat. - Beginner’s Rock Scrambling Have you ever wanted to make the dash for that rocky alpine summit beyond the pass where the trail ended, but weren’t sure what you were getting into? This is an opportunity to do an easier alpine rock scramble under the guidance of an experienced leader. Tips and technique for off-trail travel will be given along the way, as well as some light rock climbing technique, and basic non-technical rope use. See Seattle Family Activities NEW! Ongoing - Junior Mountaineer An all-summer activity: The Mountaineers is excited to offer a new way to get your kids outside and have fun! Become a Junior Mountaineer! Fun and prizes all summer long! Aug. 7-9, Fri.-Sun. - Shi Shi Beach (E) 5 mi. 50’ gain. Co-listed with Backpacking. Families and kids welcome. A great ocean beach backpack trip. Aug. 9, Sun. - Kids Rock Day School’s out and it’s time to get the kids outside! We’ll climb in the morning on The Mountaineers outside wall. Gear provided. Aug. 8, Sat. - Spray Park (M) 6 mi. 1200’ gain at a 5year-old’s pace. We’ll take lots of pictures of wildflowers (sorry, no picking!) in this beautiful alpine meadow. Aug. 14, Fri. - St. Edward State Park (E) 2 mi. 250’ gain at a 5-year-old’s pace. Hike down North Trail south along Beach Trail and up the South Ridge trail loop. Water and playground time optional. Aug. 15, Sat. - Little Fish, Big Fish: The Amazing Salmon Adventure Part of the Junior Naturalist program. Watching the salmon run at the Ballard Locks, and afterward playing “The Amazing Salmon Adventure” where children get to play the part of salmon traveling upstream. Aug. 25, Tue. - Robe Canyon (E) 3.5 mi. 200’ gain/loss at a 5-year-old’s pace. A spectacular river gorge along an old railroad grade and through creepy tunnels.
See Seattle Hiking Aug. 1, Sat. - Tonga Ridge (E) 6.5 mi., 400’ gain. Leisurely pace. An easy ridge wander with summit and/or lake options. Great views! Aug. 2, Sun. - Gothic Basin (S) 9 mi., 2600’ gain. Leisurely pace. A trip through old mining country to a high alpine lake with dramatic views. Very Sierra Nevada-like scenery at half the elevation! Aug. 2, Sun. - Ingalls Lake (S) 9 mi., 2600’ gain. Leisurely pace. It’s not uncommon to have lunch with a few mountain goats. It can be a bit of a workout (especially in hot weather) but the views are worth it! Aug. 6, Thu. - Park Butte (M) 7 mi. 2250’ gain. Waterfalls, lakes and views of Mt. Baker glaciers and the Black Buttes. Moderate, enjoyable pace. Aug. 9, Sun. - Mt. Dickerman (S) 8.5 mi., 3800’ gain. Leisurely pace. A wonderful, strenuous hike with gorgeous views. Aug. 15, Sat. - Yellow Aster Butte (S) 7 mi. 3200’ gain. Views! Smell the roses at a moderate pace. Sept. 4, Fri. - Lake Ann (M) 8 mi. 1000’ gain in, 1000’ gain out. Join the leader at midweek for this popular Mt. Bakerarea hike. Moderate, enjoyable pace.
The Mountaineers Trailhead program is designed to give guests, new members and longtime members a taste of a new activity or the club in general. These are events without commitments, in a casual atmosphere and best of all—easy on your schedule. Each month, Trailhead events are offered to members and non-members alike. Just look for the in front of the trip description inside the Go Guide.
New exploratioNs Now
Goings on across the club
Board of trustees to meet
After taking July off, The Mountaineers Board of Trustees will meet Thu., Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at club headquarters and is open to all Mountaineers members and the public. Meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of each month. The outing emphasizes a mild trekking experience, exploring incredible nature up close, and an opportunity to observe the culture of Buenos Aires and local towns. The outing begins with a day in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s vibrant capital.Then we fly to El Calafate where we spend a day visiting the nearby Perito Moreno Glacier. We then travel to El Chalten and trek four days on trails to lakes, glaciers and viewpoints of the Fitzroy and Cerro Torre areas, then one day in the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado area of Los Glaciers National Park. After exploring this park, we travel to Torrese del Paine National Park where we trek in three glacial-carved valleys for views of the impressive Paine Massif and Glacier Grey. We then explore the southern end of the park before staying overnight in the picturesque Chilean seaport town of Puerto Natales. We return to El Calafate for our airline departure. All internal travel beyond El Calafate will combine private and public buses. Our local host will help us transport most of our overnight gear. In Buenos Aires we stay in a three-star hotel. Our lodging in Patagonia towns will be in small hotels (hosterias) or inns. We will also stay in full camp tents at the parks. Lodging is on a double-occupancy basis. Meals will be provided, except when in towns so that individuals can choose their cuisine and the price. Our food will be typical nutritious Argentine and Chilean cuisine. Argentine cuisine is usually meat dishes with chicken, lamb and beef. Chilean cuisine is often seafood and vegetables. Meals will begin on Feb. 28 in Buenos Aires after airline travel days. Leader: Glen Strachan has led a number of multiday outings for The Mountaineers and other organizations in western North America and internationally. He has extensive field experience in mountainous terrain, similar to Patagonia, as a professional geologist and has led Mountaineers hiking outings with a geologic emphasis at the North Cascades and Mt. St. Helens National Monument in Washington. Requirements: The trip limit will be a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 Mountaineers. This trip is open to all current Mountaineers members. The trip is classified as moderate to strenuous with a maximum elevation of about 5,000 ft. Most days there will be both moderate and strenuous hike options offered. Very strenuous day hike options/extensions are available, but not required. During a three-night camping excursion, you must be able to carry a pack of up to about 50 liters (3,050 cu. in.) and 25 lbs. Trail conditions may include rough terrain and boggy ground. Participants must be physically able to handle at least the moderate rating of this trip and participation is subject to leader approval. Medical and travel insurance is required. A valid passport is also required. Price: $3,150 (for 8-12 participants) includes lodging on double-occupancy basis in Buenos Aires hotel (two nights), inns/hosterias (six nights), and full camps (seven nights); 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 10 dinners; group airport and bus transfers; boat trips on Lake Pehoe; Moreno Glacier excursion and our bilingual host services. Club fee, leader fee, park entrance fees, maps, and administrative costs are also included in price. Excluded: airfare between Seattle and El Calafate, Argentina ($1,450-$1,800 estimate based on advance purchase), insurance and any diversion from the group itinerary. Lunches (est. $10-
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Aug. 9, Wed. - Conservation Executive Committee meeting, 7-9 p.m. at club headquarters. All Mountaineers are welcome.
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, 206-525-7464. The amount payable to The Mountaineers is based upon known and anticipated air and land costs and is subject to change, either UP or DOWN, in the event of unexpected adjustments therein. Any exceptions to the travel or lodging arrangements must be approved by the leaders. The leader(s) or The Mountaineers reserve the right to cancel a trip or to make changes in the itinerary; additional costs, if any, shall be paid by the trip participants. The right is also reserved to exclude any person as a trip member should such person’s health, mental condition, physical infirmity or general deportment impede the operation of the trip or the rights or welfare and enjoyment of other trip members; a refund of unused trip services will be the limit of liability of The Mountaineers. Cancellation: A full refund, less a $100 administration fee and less any nonrecoverable expenses, will be made. Cancellation notice must be in writing and sent to trip leader via e-mail or postal service. See the individual trip listing for cancellation deadlines.
Fitzroy and Torres del Paine: Feb. 27-March 14, 2010
Explore the majestic glacier-sculptured landscape of the world-renowned Los Glaciares (Fitzroy Sector) and Torres del Paine National Parks in southern Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, designated as a Unesco World Heritage Area and an International Biosphere Reserve, respectively. This outing also visits the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. Los Glaciares National Park straddles the largest non-polar ice cap and is characterized by granitic peaks and jagged spires of Mt. Fitzroy and Cerro Torre that soar over 10,000 ft., fjord-like arms, intriguing geology and beech forests. Torres del Paine National Park similarly reveals a cluster of granite towers, awesome glaciers, and turquoise melt-water lakes. Both parks display a varied and biologically unique sanctuary of native plants and wildlife.
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Go Guide August 2009
25), and dinners (est. $15-40) in El Calafate and Puerto Natales. Price also excludes valid passport, personal items, beverages, snacks, gratuities and any entrance fees into countries and cultural sites. Further information: You may request a complete itinerary and application form from the leader, Glen Strachan, 425-8698094, [email protected]
The application and payment are necessary in order to reserve a space. Additional outing information will be mailed to you later.
March 3-21, 2010: Turin , Italy; Serre Chevalier, Cité Vauban, Les Arcs/La Plagne, France
Trip Preview: http://web.me.com/mrbunz/site/2010SkiFrance.html. Watch for details of the trip social in the September Go Guide. Cost: About $2,870 including hotels (double occupancy), tips, land transportation, club fees and administrative costs. Not included are airfare ($504 + taxes) and fuel ($367), insurance, lift tickets (about $47/day), lunches, dinner in Turin and evening beverages. Why not ski in Europe this spring? You’ll find sun, powder snow, 12 unique areas, great snow depth (even in light snow years), grand hotels with swimming pools and gourmet, multicourse dinners along with beautiful buffet breakfasts. Experience the fun of ski-in, ski-out accommodations during two wonderful weeks of skiing and sightseeing. Beginning in Turin you will be engulfed by the Italian way of life while exploring this cultural city and discovering the wonderful Italian ice cream, gelato. After a visit to our favorite Turin coffee house, there will be museums to visit, architecture to photograph, plazas and parks along the waterways to explore. The Saturday indoor/outdoor market has delicacies of Italy artfully displayed and spread over many blocks. It is possible to depart a few days early to explore other Italian cities of Venice, Milan or even Florence and Rome before joining the group in Turin. On Saturday, March 6, we will travel by bus to Cité Vauban for lunch and explore this ancient walled city above BrianÇon. The military architecture of the fortified Cité Vauban and Champ de Mars is quite sensational. The views from the ramparts are splendid and the main street is full of charm. There are numerous narrow, winding walkways between the two buildings to explore. After lunch, a short ride will take us to Chantemerle where we will begin six days of skiing in Serre Chevalier, Montgenèvre and Puy St. Vincent. Serre Chevalier is a constellation of 13 authentic mountain villages in a thoroughly alpine environment. It is set at the entrance to the Ecrins National Park in the heart of the unspoiled beauty of the Oisans. We will stay at the lovely, intimate, three-star, family-run Plein Sud Hotel with a swimming pool and steam room for your
after-skiing relaxation. All rooms have balconies where you can relax in the afternoon sun and enjoy the richness of the Alps. There are 13 ski areas to sample. On Saturday, March 13, we will travel through some of the most unique scenery for such a short distance in all of Europe. The snow-covered, broad valleys into which the glaciers fall will awe you. There will be twisting roads up and down cliffs rising to 2000 ft. high. You will see waterfalls drop 1000 ft. onto large ice bases formed during the deep cold of winter. You will go through tunnels just wide enough for a bus to pass through. Some places you will feel that the valley is so narrow that you could touch both walls at the same time. Your camera will be clicking at every turn of the road. After a lunch stop in Moutier, we will continue to Plan Peisey to ski at La Plagne and Les Arcs which are connected with the Vanoise Express that crosses a 2000-ft.-deep valley. La Plagne consists of six high-altitude resorts situated opposite the Mont Blanc and Beaufortain ranges. Altitudes reach up to 12,467 ft. We will stay at Plan-Peisey-Vallandry, an alpine resort area divided into five Savoyard villages situated on the sunny side of the valley. The hotel features ski-in and ski-out capability, allowing you to access all lifts. The hotel also has just added relaxing post-skiing pleasures, including a swimming pool which looks directly upon the ski slope, a whirlpool, a sauna, a steam room and fitness area. In the ski room, your boots may be stored on boot driers. We will leave Plan Peisey Saturday morning to spend the afternoon and evening in Annecy or Geneva. An early morning flight on Sunday returns us to Seattle the same day. This tour will be limited to 16 people. Cancellation: The refund will be made less a $100 International Outing fee plus any non-recoverable expenses. This price is based upon $1.3= 1 Euro. Early application is necesssary to obtain lower airfare and window or aisle seating preference. For further information: Patti Polinsky, [email protected]
me.com, 206-525-7464. Application available by e-mail. Deposit: $1000 with the application. The remainder is due on Nov. 1.
is due July 1. Expenses not included: trip insurance, airfare, cost of transfer from Bangor to Boston on Oct. 11. Cancellation fee: $100 for any non-recoverable expenses up to Aug. 1. After Sept. 1, no refund unless a replacement can be found. Cancellation must be received in writing or via e-mail. Lodging: Bed linen for beds is provided. Towels are not provided. Leader: Patti Polinsky is a Mountaineers leader of numerous international outings and three New England outings. She is MOFA certified and is winter sports director at Meany Lodge.
Mexico: Copper Canyon
March 19-28, 2010
Summary: This outing combines Copper Canyon hiking, a classic railroad trip, Mexican culture, and sunshine with warm weather. Copper Canyon is the largest and deepest canyon in North America, and has stunning natural scenery. The area known as Copper Canyon is actually a series of 20 canyons, formed over the years by six rivers. The area is sometimes compared to Arizona’s Grand Canyon, although the Copper Canyon region is at least seven times bigger and features different topography, flora and fauna than the Grand Canyon. We will hike in Mexico’s wilderness to the bottom of the canyon, soak in natural hot springs, then hike back up, all supported by burros—you carry only a daypack. The railroad Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico spans northwest Mexico. This railroad is both an important transportation system for locals and a draw for tourists. It runs 418 miles, traversing the Copper Canyon, a beautiful and rugged series of canyons that have led some to call this the most scenic railroad trip on the continent. The tracks pass over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels, rising as high as 7,900 ft. above sea level near the Continental Divide. We will ride the best part of the train line, from the tropical West Coast’s Los Mochis up to Copper Canyon, hike for a week, and then ride the railroad back down to Los Mochis. Mexico has a wonderful mixture of ancient and modern cultures. In Copper Canyon, descendants of the Aztecs (Tarahumara people) still live a simple life, as they have for thousands of years. In charming, colonial El Fuerte we will meet and be welcomed by Mexican amigos. Itinerary: This is a good time of year because there is usually excellent weather for views and photography. Fly from Seattle to Los Mochis, railroad to Posada Barrancas, hike Copper Canyon six days, including two layover days with optional hikes (all rated moderate), railroad to Los Mochis, and fly to Seattle. For a daily itinerary, please go to http://www.mountaineers.org/activities/mexico_itin.html. Lodging: Hotels in El Fuerte and Posada Barrancas. In Copper Canyon, tents are provided. All are double occupancy with optional single supplement. Food: All meals are provided; a nutritious variety of Mexican cuisine. Limit: Minimum 3; maximum 12 Mountaineers. Leader: Craig Miller has traveled the last five years in Mexico and led a Mountaineers outing there in January 2009: craigfmiller[at]comcast.net or 206-285-2399. Price: The $4,500 price includes almost everything—roundtrip airfare from Seattle, tourist card, airport transfers, hotels, food, Copper Canyon railroad, Copper Canyon guides and burros, rescue insurance, departure tax, The Mountaineers outing fee, and a portion of leader cost. Price excludes your valid passport, medical immunizations, personal items, and gratuities. Registration: Please mail a $4,500 check payable to The Mountaineers with “Mexico: Copper Canyon” written on the bottom (sorry, no credit cards) by Oct. 1. After you pay, the leader will send you a series of three letters with information to help you prepare for this outing. Cancellation: If you cancel for an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred and $100 administrative fee.
North American Outings
New England Fall Colors
Day Hiking: Oct. 4-11, 2009
Trip preview: http://web.me.com/mrbunz/Site/MaineHiking.html Have you ever seen the spectacular colors of maples as they paint the landscape of New England? If not, join us as we hike, walk or paddle under a canopy of fall colors. The Mountaineers Recreational Properties Division will again offer an eight-day expedition to the end terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Maine—departing Sun., Oct. 4, and returning Sun., Oct. 11. We will be staying at Little Lyford Pond Camp (LLPC) of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) where all activities will consist of day trips. You choose hikes ranging in difficulty from easy to moderate. LLPC consists of a new log lodge and small log cabins originally built over 100 years ago for loggers. Each cozy cabin has gaslights, a kerosene lantern, a sink with running water, a wood-fired stove with a teapot and a basket of wood. There are several moose in the area. It will be rutting season, so not only may you see moose, but you may also hear them in the early evening. LLPC hosts a variety of activities: reading in your cabin or the lodge, paddling on Long Pond and hiking, to name just a few. There are easy hikes through the Grand Canyon of Maine or a strenuous climb of Mt. Katahdin (limited by weather and availability of permits). Extra fees apply for the Mt. Katahdin trip. The vans will be available daily as shuttles to the various trailheads if needed (http://www. baxterstateparkauthority.com). On Saturday there will be a pre-hike adventure of exploring old-town Portland and nearby Peaks Island. The day of walking and bicycling on Peaks Island will conclude with a Maine lobster dinner before returning to Portland on a small island ferry. On the final Sunday we will transfer from LLPC to Logan Airport for arrival by noon. For more information: Patti Polinsky, [email protected]
mac.com, 206-525-7464. Leader’s approval is required before reserving. Limit: 13. Cost: About $990 for all land costs, including all meals (except one lunch), bus transfers, seven days of usage of vans and drivers while at LLPC, seven nights lodging in private cabins (2-4 people) at LLPC, KIJM gate fee, gratuity for seasonal staff at LLPC and an 8 percent meals and lodging tax, as well as club and leader fees. Deposit: $400; remainder
Players (Kitsap Forest Theater)
Theater Inspired by a magical place
Escape to the Kitsap Forest Theater, where the cares of the world disappear as you stroll down the forested trail to our unique and magical theater. See stories for all ages come to life in our breathtaking setting. Create a treasured family tradition!
Summer show: “High Button Shoes”
The Mountaineers Players are delighted to present the musical comedy, “High Button Shoes,” at the Kitsap Forest Theater this August. We are dedicating this show to longtime Player Ray Puddicombe, who has been promoting this show as perfect for our theater for many, many years! Ray is right: this will be a delightful show in our unique setting. According to Ray, this will be the first time that this show has been produced in the Pacific Northwest. Take a peek back at the Model T era as the stage bursts with bathing beauties and fraternity brothers, Keystone Kops chasing madcap robbers, and even a dancing gorilla! This lively and lovable musical will leave you laughing, as a fast-talking conman returns to his old hometown in hopes of striking it rich. The whole family will relish the hilarious adventures of Harrison Floy (the conman), including an insanely delightful chase/ballet. This sensational comic chase, in which swimmers, swindlers, Keystone Kops and the entire cast dash in and out of a line of Atlantic City beach cabanas pursuing a satchel of purloined cash, became a landmark of Broadway choreography. Famous songs from the show include “There’s Nothing Like a Model T” and “Papa Won’t You Dance With Me.” Dates for this summer show are Aug. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 (the first four weekends of August).
Tickets available now
Tickets are available for “High Button Shoes” on our website at www.ForestTheater.com and through Brown Paper Tickets or at club headquarters by phone, 206-521-6001 or 1-800-573-8484. Ticket prices are: adults, $14 in advance ($16 at the door), youths (age 6–18), $8 in advance ($10 at the door). Children under 6 are free with adult. Any ticket is valid for any performance, subject to capacity.
August 2009 Go Guide
Chair: Mark Springer, 2616 Alvarado, Bellingham, WA 98229 Ph: 360-647-4786 E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.bellinghammountaineers.org TO SIGN UP FOR A BELLINGHAM TRIP, CONTACT THE LEADER (cancellation fees may apply for fee-based events and classes; contact leader)
629-4639, [email protected]
Aug. 5, Sat. - Yellow Aster Butte (S) (USGS Mt. Shuksan) 7 mi. 3200’ gain. Views! Smell the roses at a moderate pace as the group desires. Meet at 7 a.m. and carpool from Cost Cutter on Sunset. Sign up with Molly, 360-629-4639, [email protected]
HR-at-Work.com. Sept. 4, Fri. - Lake Ann (M) (USGS Mt. Shuksan) 8 mi. 1000’ gain in, 1000’ out. Join me mid week for this popular Mt. Baker-area hike. Moderate, enjoyable pace. Meet at 7 a.m. and carpool from Cost Cutter on Sunset. Sign up with Molly, 360629-4639, [email protected]
Indicates Trailhead trip. See pg. 1 for details. Trip ratings and procedures: See pg. 19, “Sending you on your way.”
Aug. 6, Thu. - Park Butte (M) (USGS Hamilton) 7 mi. 2250’ gain. Waterfalls, lakes and views of Mt. Baker glaciers and the Black Buttes. Moderate, enjoyable pace. Meet at 7 a.m. and carpool from Cost Cutter on Sunset. Sign up with Molly, 360-
Sept. 9, Sat. - Church Mtn. (VS) (USGS Mt. Baker) 8.5 mi. 3800’ gain. Views will reward the grunt! Smell the roses at a moderate pace as group desires. Meet at 7 a.m. and carpool from Cost Cutter on Sunset. Sign up with Molly. 360-629-4639. [email protected]
Sept. 7, Sun. - Goat Lake (M) (USGS Sloan Peak) 10 mi. 1280’ gain. Hike to the site of an old mining town and hotel. Moderate, enjoyable pace. Meet at 7 a.m. and carpool from I-5 Exit 212, Stanwood P&R, or meet in Granite Falls. Sign up with Molly, 360-629-4639, [email protected]
#143 Monte Cristo) 11 mi., 1100’ gain. Limit 8. A mountain bike ride from Barlow Pass to the old Monte Cristo mining town site. Hike towards Glacier Basin to waterfall with views of surrounding peaks. 9:30 a.m. start at Barlow Pass. Drive time from Everett: 1-1/2 hrs. Leader: Lyle Harvey, 425-337-4253, [email protected]
Chair: Lorna Corrigan Website: www.everettmountaineers.org TO SIGN UP FOR AN EVERETT TRIP, CONTACT THE LEADER UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED (cancellation fees may apply for fee-based events and classes; contact leader)
Sport Climbing Course
Branch elections loom
Branch officers will be elected at the Sept. 2 branch membership meeting. Cut out and complete the ballot below to vote. If you want to serve as a branch officer or nominate someone with his or her permission to serve as a branch officer, contact Matt Vadnal, [email protected]
, by Aug. 5. Membership meetings, unless otherwise announced, are held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the First Congregational Church in downtown Everett, 2624 Rockefeller.
Awards banquet set for Nov. 14
Save the date of Sat., Nov. 14, for the Everett Branch Annual Awards Banquet. It will be held at the Medallion Hotel in Smokey Point, 16710 Smokey Point Blvd. Check the branch website, everettmountaineers.org/membership/events.cfm, for details as they develop.
Committee leaders needed
Family Picnic set for Aug. 5
The Everett Branch Annual Family Potluck Picnic will be held Wed., Aug. 5, at Legion Park in north Everett. Join fellow Mountaineers and families for a fun-filled potluck picnic at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the sunset and tales of summer trips while planning future adventures. There will be wiffle-ball for the kids. If your last name begins with A-L, bring a main dish; M-S a salad and T-Z a dessert. Visit www.everettmountaineers.org for more details.
Salmon on the autumn menu!
Enjoy good company, great food and entertainment at the Masonic Park, east of Granite Falls, when the Everett Branch holds a salmon bake on Sun., Oct. 4. Stay tuned for times and details in the September and October Go Guides.
We are in need of talented volunteers to head our First Aid and Scrambling Committees. If you’re interested in volunteering as a leader or co-leader of these committees, or acting as an interim volunteer, contact the branch chair, Lorna Corrigan, [email protected]
everettmountaineers.org. These positions are very rewarding, allowing the volunteer to help organize and steer these classes into the future. Note that committee chairs generally oversee their committee and do not have to volunteer as class leaders. The First Aid Committee encompasses MOFA, CPR, and other first-aid classes. Scrambling Committee oversees navigation, scrambling and snowshoeing classes. We are also looking for a volunteer to help with meetingprogram organization. If you’re interested, please contact Evan Moses and Matt Vadnal at [email protected]
org. The volunteer would help with recruiting speakers for the monthly meetings, as well as finding speakers for various branch events.
This course teaches the skills needed to safely lead single and multi-pitch, bolted routes. The course is limited to nine students and begins on Sept. 12 with a field trip. The course ends Sept. 27. Enrollment: 8/1-8/31 by course leader’s permission. Course leader: Shannon Pahl, 425-922-1820, [email protected]
Schedule: Sept. , Sat. - Field trip to Exit 38. Learn clipping techniques and leading on bolted routes, sports climbing anchors, top-rope setup, transition to rappelling/lowering, safety. Sept. 7, Thu. - Lecture at club headquarters. Watch some good DVDs describing sport-climbing techniques as well as techniques on overhanging walls. Sept. 9, Sat. - Field trip to Leavenworth. Practice leading and transitions. (Create a climbing log, to be used in the redpointing session in the following field trip.) Practice climbing techniques by using an exercise checklist of techniques. Sept. 6-7, Sat.-Sun. - Field trip to Vantage. Warming up and training methods as well as a review on how to belay/catch a fall. Red-pointing techniques (the basics of setting up and working routes). Evaluating and planning a route (where are the rest spots, the good holds, the climbing sequence, where is it safe and not safe to fall). Based on the climbing log of each student, we will find an appropriate route each student can work. Learning these skills will instill new leaders with confidence. We will also learn multi-pitch techniques (e.g., belaying a follower, belaying off the anchor, auto-locking belay, hanging belays, stacking a rope for swinging leads and block leads, rappeling with backpack and holster methods, freeing stuck ropes).
Basic Climbing Course
Basic experience climbs
Aug. , Sat. - Cathedral Rock, SW Face (BR) Limit 6. Recommend car camping the night before rather than an early Sat. morning start. This is generally an easy climb with excellent views. The rockfall hazard, however, is serious. Caution: vandalism occurs at the TH. Sign up with leader: Patrick Gray, 206-883-6175, [email protected]
Aug. , Sat. - Ingalls Peak, S. Ridge (BR) Limit 6. Preference will be given to Everett basic students. Meeting place will be given out at a later date. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Henry Leap, 360-658-8303, [email protected]
(s7/7-7/27) Aug. -, Sat.-Sun. - Magic Mtn./Mixup Peak, Combo (BR) Limit 4. Everett members given priority. Students should have a previous rock climb or be very comfortable on rock. Good scrambling skills important to mitigate rock fall. Sign up with leader: Stephen Bobick, 425-653-5526, [email protected]
(s7/7-7/28) Aug. 5, Sat. - Slippery Slab Tower, NE Face (BR) Limit 6. Preference will be given to Everett students. Will take the Hope Lake trail. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Henry Leap, 360-658-8303, [email protected]
(s7/20-8/7) Aug. 9-0, Sat.-Sun. - Slippery Slab Tower, NE Face (BR) Limit 7. Preference for Everett students. Sign up with leader: Larry Rafferty, 425-778-9685, [email protected]
(s6/1-8/24) Sept. 5, Sat. - S. Early Winter Spire, S. Arete (BR) (USGS Washington Pass) Limit 4. Participants on this climb must be available for Kangaroo Temple the following day. The climbs are posted separately, but are part of the same trip. Priority given to Everett branch members. Sign up with leader: Stephen Bobick, 425-653-5526, [email protected]
(s8/15-9/1) Sept. 6, Sun. - Kangaroo Temple, N. Face (BR) Limit 4. Participants on this climb must be available for SEWS the previous day. The climbs are posted separately, but are part of the same trip. Priority given to Everett branch members. Sign up with leader: Stephen Bobick, 425-653-5526, [email protected]
(s8/15-9/1) Aug. 6-9, Thu.-Sun. - Mt. Goode, SW Couloir (IM) Limit 4. Fees involved ($70-80) for parking, boat, bus and rental bikes,
Course night on horizon
See pg. 19, “Sending you on your way,” for trip procedures and ratings.
Mark your fall calendar for Wed., Nov. 4, when the branch will hold its annual course night. Drop by and learn all about the Everett Branch’s winter courses.
Please check the box in front of the candidate’s name to vote for that candidate. If you want to nominate someone, obtain his/her permission and forward the name to Matt Vadnal, [email protected]
, by Aug. 5. Ballots must be received at the branch post office box shown below by Sept 2. You may also cast your ballot at the September membership meetin on Wed., Sept. . Branch Chair: __Lorna Corrigan ___________________ ___________________ Treasurer: ___ Maggie Gow ___________________ Branch Trustee: ___ Rob Simonsen Mail Ballots to Everett Mountaineers, Branch Election P.O. Box 1848, Everett, WA 98206 Vice Chair: ___ Rick Vershave ___________________ ___________________ Secretary: __ Bernadette LaMarca ___________________
Everett Branch ’09 Election Ballot
Aug. 5-, Sat.-Sat. - PCT I-90 to US- (S) 64 mi., 29,156’ cumulative gain. Limit 5. We’ll travel the PCT from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass on an eight-day scramble/backpack. Along the way we’ll also scramble eight peaks just off the PCT trail including Kendall, Alaska, Chikamin, Trico, Mac, Thunder, Surprise and Spark Plug. Trip pace is moderate/leisure. We may change our trip itinerary (i.e., not doing a peak or two) mid-trip, based on route conditions and weather. Please contact Everett trip leader in training, Damien Scott, for permission to go on this trip: [email protected]
Most peaks that we’ll be climbing are in the S3-S5/T2-4 range. Leader: Evan Moses, 425-577-4584, [email protected]
(s7/8-8/12) Aug. 9, Sat. - Mt. Pugh Limit 6. Priority given to Everett scramble students and branch members. Sign up with leader: Carrie Strandell, 360-387-4605, [email protected]
Aug. , Sat. - Mukilteo to S. Whidbey Island 42 mi., 1910’ gain. Limit 12. Guidebook: Biking Puget Sound, Ride #32. Bike on paved roads and ride the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton, Freeland, and Langley. Steady pace (12-14 mph) on hilly roads. Be prepared to pay for ferry fees and lunch. 8 a.m. start at Mukilteo ferry parking lot. Sign up with leader by e-mail preferred. Leader: Rick Proctor, 425-338-3639, [email protected]
comcast.net. (s7/27-7/29) Aug. 0, Sun. - Glacier Creek Falls (GT #111 Sloan Peak &
Bellingham - Everett
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depending on whether we bike all the way back to Stehekin. Ten extra miles road travel (one way) due to washouts. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Jack LaMont, 360-658-1870, [email protected]
Intermediate Climbing Course
Remaining Schedule: Aug. 8-9, Sat-Sun. - Alpine Ice 1 Field Trip (Mt. Baker). Leader: Richard Conner, 425-338-3967, [email protected]
(s8/1-8/7) Aug. 22-23, Sat.-Sun. - Alpine Ice 2 Field Trip (Mt. Baker) Leader: Richard Conner, 425-338-3967, [email protected]
Sept. , Sat. - Self-Rescue I—Fundamental Techniques. This seminar fulfills the self-rescue requirements of the Everett Branch Intermediate Climbing Course. Registration priority will be given to second-year intermediate students, Everett climb leaders and the Everett Mountain Rescue Unit through Aug. 25. This class will be run over two weekends—Sept. 12-13 in North Bend and Sept. 19-20 in Leavenworth. The second weekend coincides with the Everett Climbers Rendezvous. Please read the destination details, and be familiar and versed in the baseline skills outlined. Purchase David Fasulo’s book, “Self Rescue,” and read Chapters 5-7 and 9-10. We will essentially work through all scenarios covered. Contact leader for registration: Marcin Porwit, 206-8498373, [email protected]
See pg. 19, “Sending you on your way,” for trip ratings and guidelines.
Aug. , Sat. - Mt. Fremont Lookout (EM) 6 mi., 1300’ gain. Sign up with leader: Penny Barker, 425-334-6042, [email protected]
hotmail.com. (s6/1-7/26) Aug. 8, Sat. - Blue Lake (E) (USGS Washington Pass) 4.5 mi., 1100’ gain. Sign up with leader: Penny Barker, 425-334-6042, [email protected]
(s7/18-8/2) Aug. 5, Sat. - Sourdough Mtn. (VS) (Diablo Dam USGS) 11 mi., 5250’ gain. Limit 9. Preference given to Everett Branch members. Other branches may sign up after Aug. 9. Sign up with leader: Carrie Strandell, 360-387-4605, [email protected]
net. (s6/30-8/13) Aug. 5, Sat. - Tiffany Mtn. (EM) (Tiffany Mtn. GT-53) 6 mi.,
1742’ gain. Limit 8. The summit was the site of a fire lookout from 1931 to 1953. From the summit, countless peaks are visible on the horizon—Kangaroo Ridge, Silver Star, Gardner, Goat Peak, Mt. Ballard and Robinson Mtn. We could do a car shuttle and come back via the Bernhardt Mine Trail. Sign up with leader: Bernadette Lamarca, 425-348-6746, [email protected]
net. (s6/10-8/12) Aug. 6, Sun. - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo) (M) (USGS Sloan Peak) 10 mi., 1300’ gain, Meet 7:30 a.m. at the Ash Way P&R, W. of the Mill Creek Exit on I-5 N. 2 hrs. Going up on the Lower Elliott Trail and returning on the Upper Elliot Trail. This a Cascade classic: a thundering stream, massive cedar trees, a pristine lake, and a close-up view of a glacier topped peak. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Matt Vadnal, 206-551-1446, [email protected]
aol.com. (s8/1-8/13) GP Aug. , Sat. - Windy Pass/Slate Peak Lookout (EM) (Washington Pass GT-50) 10 mi., 1000’ gain. Limit 8. Excellent views of Three Fools Peak massif, Jack Mtn., Tower Mtn. and Golden Horn. Much of the elevation is already attained by car. Slate Peak Lookout is an excellent place to watch the sun set along the North Cascades panorama. Sign up with leader: Bernadette Lamarca, 425-348-6746, [email protected]
(s6/10-8/12) Aug. , Sun. - Monogram Lake, Lookout Mtn. (VS) (USGS Lookout Mtn.; GT-47 Marblemount) 10.5 mi., 5050’ gain. Limit 8. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Sedro-Woolley RS. Great views at top. Sign up with leader: Ann Dannhauer, 360-678-6214, [email protected]
whidbey.net. (s7/10-8/22) Aug. 9, Sat - Teanaway Ridge-Red Top Lookout (M) 11 mi., 1000’ gain. Limit 8. Meet 7 a.m. at 164th (Ash Way) P&R. 11/2 hrs. Let’s play rock geeks and search for agates at the agate bed by the lookout. Watch the sunset from the lookout. Dine out afterward at Stan’s Bar-B-Q in Issaquah. Sign up with leader: Bernadette Lamarca, 425-348-6746, [email protected]
net. (s8/5-8/26) Aug. 0, Sun. - Glacier Creek Falls (EM) 11 mi., 1100’ gain. Limit 8. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Barlow Pass. 1-1/2 hrs. Mountain bike ride from Barlow Pass to Monte Cristo mining townsite, hike towards Glacier Basin to waterfall with views of surrounding peaks. NWFP. Sign up with leader: Lyle Harvey, 425-337-4253, [email protected]
All work parties are held at Lord Hill Regional Park (12921 150th St. S.E., Snohomish, WA 98290). If not otherwise stated, contact Forrest Clark, [email protected]
, 425-4873426, for more details. Aug. 8, Sat. Oct. 7, Sat. Nov. 8, Sun. - Tool sharpening with barbecue afterward. Contact Ernie Zeller, 425-806-0643.
Aug. , Sat. - Mt. Fremont Lookout (E) (USGS Sunrise, White River; GT Mt. Rainier E.) 5.4 mi., 800’ gain. Hike to a fire lookout that towers over the N. side of Mt. Rainier, Skysraper Mtn., Grand Peak and Sourghdough Ridge. Social pace. Leader: Penny Barker, 425-334-6042, [email protected]
Aug. 8, Sat. - Blue Lake (E/M) (GT Washington Pass) 4.5 mi., 1100’ gain. Nice mountain lake about 20 mi. W. of Winthrop. Watch the mountain climbers on nearby Liberty Bell & Early Winter Spire. Bring your swimsuit for swimming. Sign up with leader: Penny Barker, 425-334-6042 (call before 9 p.m.), [email protected]
Aug. 5, Sat. - Tiffany Mtn. (E/M) (GT Tiffany Mtn.) 6 mi., 1742’ gain. The summit was the site of a fire lookout from 1931 to 1953. From the summit, countless peaks are visible on the horizon—Kangaroo Ridge, Silver Star, Gardner, Goat Peak, Mt. Ballard and Robinson Mtn. We could do a car shuttle and come back via the Bernhardt Mine Trail. Meet at 6 a.m. Sign up with leader: Bernadette Lamarca, 425-348-6746, [email protected]
comcast.net. Aug. , Sat. - Windy Pass/Slate Peak Lookout (E/M) (GT Washington Pass) 10 mi., 1000’ gain. There are excellent views of Three Fools Peak massif, Jack Mtn., Tower Mtn. and Golden Horn. Much of the elevation is already attained by car. Slate Peak Lookout is an excellent place to watch the sun set along the North Cascades panorama. Meet at 6 a.m. Limit 8. Sign up with leader: Bernadette Lamarca, 425-348-6746, [email protected]
comcast.net. Aug. 9, Sat. - Teanaway Ridge—Red Top Lookout (M) 11 mi., 1000’ gain. Let’s play rock hounders and search for agates at the quartz bed by the lookout. We will watch the sunset from the Red Top Lookout and dine out at Stan’s Bar-B-Q in Issaquah. Meet at Ash Way P&R at 7 a.m. Limit 8. Sign up with leader: Bernadette Lamarca, 425-348-6746, [email protected]
Committee meetings: The Lookout and Trail Maintenance Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. (except in Nov., Dec., and Jan.) at the Snohomish County East Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, in Public Meeting Room #1. Anyone interested in lookout or trail maintenance may attend. For more details contact Forrest Clark, 425487-3461 [email protected]
Chair: Fran Troje Ph: 425-746-6726 E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.foothillsmountaineers.org TO SIGN UP FOR A FOOTHILLS TRIP, COURSE OR EVENT, PLEASE VISIT WWW.MOUNTAINEERS.ORG UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED (cancellation fees may apply for fee-based events and classes; contact leader)
Aug. , Sun. - PCT: Snoqualmie Pass S. to Twin Lakes (M/S) (Snoqualmie Pass-207 GT) 11.2 mi., 1500’ gain. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at leader’s house at Snoqualmie Pass to arrange for car shuttle. Directions will be e-mailed. Some people may choose to meet at Tibbetts P&R at 7:30 a.m. to carpool to the pass. Contact information will be released prior to the hike to facilitate carpooling. Let leader know if you don’t wish your contact info released. Hike starts south on PCT to Ollalie Meadows. We will continue S. past Ollalie Meadows approximately 2.8 mi. From there we will drop down into Twin Lakes and finish at the Twin Lakes TH. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, [email protected]
Aug. 6, Wed. - Mt. Margaret (AH) (E/M) (Snoqualmie Pass USGS) 5 mi., 1500’ gain. Meet by 4:30 p.m. at the stop sign just as you turn onto the frontage road heading to Tiger Mtn.
Contact: Jerry White, 206-769-5319.
Our winter sports program is being updated. Visit www.foothillsmountaineers.org/winter to check out the complete schedule of courses offered for the upcoming season.
Volunteers needed! Want to help? We need volunteers to assist with trip scheduling, lead hikes and participate in new hiker orientation meetings. Contact [email protected]
Hiking Committee. Timeout from formal meetings until Mon., Sept. 14. But we may still meet via phone during the summer. For more info, contact [email protected]
Aug. 7, Mon. - New Hiker’s Orientation—Foothills Branch 7-8:30 p.m., Fireside Room, Highland Park Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Rd. in Bellevue. No registration. No fee. Interested in making hiking a fun and pleasant activity in your life? Learn what to put in your pack, how to dress for comfort and safety, and what to expect on hikes. We will discuss clothing, equipment, safety (the Ten Essentials), how to shop for equipment (and save money), and how to research and plan your trip logistics. Come to this free 1-1/2 hr. seminar to have all your questions answered and learn about great spots to explore for yourself or with the family. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-4340899, [email protected]
Great Eastside location just off 1-90! Beautiful wooden dance floor! Fantastic dance music!
Enjoy Dancing . . . Come to the Eastside’s Social Dance Venue
AH = After Hours Hike
Aug. , Tue. - Hike Leader Seminar 6:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m., Newport Way Library Meeting Room, 14250 S.E. Newport Way in Bellevue. This seminar is a cooperative effort between the Seattle Hiking, Seattle Singles and Foothills Hiking Committees. This seminar generally meets the introductory requirement of becoming a hike leader for the Seattle Branch committees that offer hikes as part of their activities as well as for the Foothills Branch. You may wish to talk to the respective committee for which you wish to lead hikes. Requirements to become a hike leader, hiking trip standards, recommended resources and the mentor program that matches new leaders with experienced hike leaders are presented in an informal Q&A format. Past and current hike leaders as well as those interested in becoming a new leader are invited to participate. The workshop is free and open to all Mountaineers members. Registration is necessary to ensure distribution of course materials for review prior to class. Course materials will be e-mailed on Aug. 7 to all who have registered and then reissued on Aug. 9 when registration closes. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, [email protected]
Aug. , Sat. - PCT: South FS Rd. 548 to Meany Lodge 11 mi., 1500’ gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at leader’s home at Hyak, then proceed to Stampede Pass and trailhead. This is a point-to-point hike, so leader will coordinate car shuttles. Hike starts at the FS Rd. 5483, PCT TH, then proceeds about 9 mi. S. on the PCT and drops down to Meany Lodge for the last couple of miles. ALSO, there will be an option to have dinner at Meany Lodge (6:30 p.m.) as part of the lodge’s Family Hiking Weekend. This option is an additional $10, which can be purchased through www.meanylodge.org. To facilitate carpooling, leader will release contact info on Wed. or Thu. prior to the hike. Please let him know if you don’t want contact info released. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, [email protected]
Aug. , Wed. - Silver Peak from Windy Pass (AH) (M) (Snoqualmie Pass USGS) 7 mi., 1800 gain. Meet by 4:30 p.m. at the stop sign just as you turn onto the frontage road heading to Tiger Mtn. on the S. side of I-90 (Exit 20). We’ll be leaving promptly at 4:30 p.m. Bring headlamp or good flashlight and extra batteries as there is a good chance we will return to cars after dark. Leader: Monty Pratt, 206-718-8812, [email protected]
yahoo.com. Assistant leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, [email protected]
LOCATION: South Bellevue Community Center (SBCC), 14509 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, WA.
Friday, Sept. 18
DIRECTIONS: From I-90 take exit 11 (if heading West) or 11A (if heading East) onto 150th Ave SE. Go south on 150th Ave SE (0.8 miles), turn right onto SE Newport Way. Go 0.2 miles and turn left into the SBCC driveway. Park at the top. TIMES: 7:30-8:30 pm – Swing Dance Lesson with Ari Levitt (Level: Beg/Int); 8:30-11 pm – Dance to a wonderful mix of Swing, Waltz, Latin, Ballroom, Blues, and more. ADMISSION: $10 ALL AGES WELCOME! GREAT FOR SINGLES, COUPLES & FAMILIES!
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on the S. side of I-90 (Exit 20). We’ll be leaving promptly at 4:30 p.m. Bring headlamp or good flashlight and extra batteries as there is a good chance we will return to cars after dark. Leader: Monty Pratt, 206-718-8812, [email protected]
com. Assistant leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, [email protected]
snoqualmienordic.org. Aug. 0, Sun. - Denny Creek TH to Pratt Lake TH 12 mi., 3000’ gain. Meet at the Pratt Lake TH to arrange for car shuttle. Some people may wish to meet at Tibbetts P&R for carpools to trailhead. Details to follow by e-mail. To facilitate carpools, leader will release contact info Wed. or Thu. prior to the hike. Notify the leader if you don’t want your contact info released. This hike starts at the Denny Creek TH and proceeds to Melakwa Lake. Then you pass Lower Tuscohatchie Lake and Pratt Lake, finishing at the Pratt Lake TH. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-4340899, [email protected]
All Mountaineers are welcome at Foothills Singles Hikes. Singles Hikes will usually be followed by an optional restaurant stop after the hike on the way home.
Aug. 5, Sat. - Red Pass/Commonwealth Basin (S) (Snoqualmie Pass USGS) 10 mi., 2700’ gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at trailhead. A P&R location, most likely Tibbetts, will be identified to help with carpooling. Leader may release contact info to facilitate carpooling. Please notify him if you don’t want your contact info released. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, [email protected]
days—for more information or to sign up, contact leader. Good trip for photos with excellent views. Sign up with leader. Leader: Lawrence Landauer, [email protected]
Aug. 8-, Tue.-Fri. - June/Johnson/Kodak Peak via Cady Ridge (M) (GT Benchmark Mtn.-144) 36 mi., 5700’ gain. Three nights, four days. For more information or to sign up, please contact leader. Good trip for photos with excellent views. Sign up with leader only. Leader: Lawrence Landauer, [email protected]
Family Activities Hikes
Aug. 4-6, Fri.-Sun. - Seven Pass Loop (M) (GT Pasayten Peak-18, Washington Pass-50) 27 mi., 2000’ gain. 2 nights, 3
Aug. -, Sat.-Sun. - Meany Lodge Family Hiking Weekend See Meany Lodge news in the “Lodge Going” section on pg. 17 of this Go Guide.
Chair: Laura Rightmyer, [email protected]
See website for HARK hikes and activities: www.mountaineers.org/kitsap/ hark.
Chair: John Howard
Chair: Greg Thies E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.kitsapmountaineers.org Kitsap Cabin: 3000 Seabeck Highway, Bremerton TO SIGN UP FOR A KITSAP TRIP, CONTACT THE LEADER (cancellation fees may apply for fee-based events and classes; contact leader)
See pg. 19, “Sending you on your way,” for trip ratings and procedures.
Chair: Greg Thies Vice Chair: Dave Burdick Treasurer: Tom Thrasher Secretary: Sue Diesen Board of Trustees Rep: Jimmy James Branch Trustee at Large: Dianne Moore Branch Trustee at Large: Carol Lemon
added metal whistles, laser-imprinted with The Mountaineers logo. They come in black or silver and cost $1. To purchase any of these items, send an e-mail to [email protected]
or call 360-692-8822.
On a quarterly basis the Kitsap Mountaineers and their friends get together at 7 p.m. for a social event and presentation at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St., Bremerton. Parking in pay lots located on 5th St. or free on-street parking along Pacific, 4th and 5th St. These meetings are for all members and anyone interested in learning more about The Mountaineers or just interested in enjoying the program. The next meeting will be Mon., Oct. 5. Watch for details as the date approaches. Executive Committee meetings are held at Kitsap Cabin on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Members are welcome to attend and observe. Executive Committee meetings are held at Kitsap Cabin on the last Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Members are welcome to attend and observe.
Kitsap Branch has a number of opportunities available for our members to help keep the branch functioning. There are volunteer opportunities that directly benefit the Kitsap Branch and opportunities that benefit the wider outdoor community. Some volunteer opportunities require a substantial investment of time, some require only a few hours. Opportunities can be as simple as providing cookies for a general meeting to as detailed as bringing to life one of the programs waiting to be started. Whatever your skills and abilities, however much time you have to spend, there is a job you can do to help. A list of opportunities is available on the website and one is posted on the bulletin board on the front door of Kitsap Cabin. To volunteer, send an e-mail to [email protected]
or call 360-692-8822.
Kitsap Alpine Scrambling emphasizes non-technical climbs in the Olympic Range. Many scrambles listed are described in the “Climber’s Guide to the Olympic Mountains,” by Olympic Mountain Rescue. Equipment: Ten Essentials, ice ax, mountaineering boots and helmet are always required.
Mountaineer logo clothing available
We offer vests for $22, T-shirts for $15 and baseball-style caps in olive green with a black under-bill for $12. We have
See pg. 19, “Sending you on your way,” for trip ratings and procedures.
Aug 6, Thu. - Deer Ridge #846 (S) (USGS Tyler Peak, CC Buckhorn Wilderness, GT-136 Tyler Peak) 10 mi. 2800’ gain. Trail begins in forest and ends in alpine meadows in ONP. Splendid views of snow-covered peaks in the Olympics are frequent at the higher elevations. Grade is moderate to steep. Meet at 8 a.m. at Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene. Dave Burdick, 360-7799095, [email protected]
Please sign up via the internet. (s7/20-8/5) OM 50 Aug 8, Sat. - Grand Pass/Peak #607 (VS) (USGS Mt. Angeles; CC Hurricane Ridge; GT-134 Mt. Olympus, 135 Mt. Angeles, 134S Hurricane Ridge/Elwha N.) 12.5 mi. 3800’ gain. This scenic trail starts at Obstruction Point at an elevation of 6100’. Hike along Lillian Ridge, down to Grand Valley with its alpine lakes, and then up to Grand Pass and Peak #6701. There you will be rewarded with sweeping views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Olympus. Party size limited to 8. Meet at 7 a.m. at Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene. Greg Thies, 360-710-5308, [email protected]
msn.com. Please sign up via the internet. (s7/20-8/6) Olympic Mountains Climbing Guide, pg. 322. Aug 5, Sat. - Hurricane Hill (E) (USGS Mt. Angeles; CC Hurricane Ridge; GT-134 Mt. Olympus, 135 Mt. Angeles, 134S Hurricane Ridge/Elwha N.) 6 mi., 800’ gain. A wonderful hike along the scenic Hurricane Ridge. See the snow-covered beauty of the interior of the Olympics and Mt. Olympus. The last little bit of the route up the hill is a bit steep. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene. Christine Grenier, 360-6920291, [email protected]
Please sign up via the internet. (s/8/1-8/14) OM 43 Aug 6, Sun. - Mt. Muller Trail #88 (S) (Lake Crescent, Happy Lake Ridge CC; or USGS Snider Peak, Mt. Muller) 13 mi. loop, 3150’ gain. Hike a long stretch of sub-alpine meadows with splendid views of Mt. Olympus, Lake Crescent, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Sol Duc Valley below. Meet at Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene at 7 a.m. Mark Thibault, 360-860-1037, [email protected]
Please sign up via the internet. (s8/1-8/14) OM170. Aug. 9, Sat. - Heather Park/Klahhane Ridge/Lake Angeles Loop (VS) (USGS Mt. Angeles; CC Hurricane Ridge; GT-134 Mt. Olympus,135 Mt. Angeles, 134S Hurricane Ridge/Elwha N.) 12.4 mi., 4700’ gain. This trip offers a rigorous loop into the craggy country in and around Mt. Angeles and Klahhane Ridge. Meet at 7 a.m. at Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene. Dave Burdick, 360-779-9095, [email protected]
Please sign up via the internet. (s8/1-8/28) OM 39/40, DHOP 33
A new way to pay!
Members can take a bite out of their dues payment by enrolling in our monthly dues program. Each month, you pay 1/12th of your dues rate. That’s a little over $6 a month for most members! Get started today by visiting the webpage below. www.mountaineers.org/autopay.html
Aug , Sat. - Welch Peaks (S3, T2) (USGS Mt. Townsend) 10 mi., 3000’ gain. From upper TH on the Mt. Townsend trail, hike toward Windy Lakes where we traverse to the basin below Welch Peak and climb the steep slopes to the summit. Then traverse the narrow, airy ridge from Welch Peak to the summit of Mt. Townsend. After tagging this summit, descend the E. ridge of Mt. Townsend and find our exit back to the main trail. This trip requires excellent conditioning and preparation. It is a long day with moderate exposure on the ridge. Meet at 8 a.m. at Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene. Dave Burdick, 360-7799095, [email protected]
, Please sign up via the internet. (s/7/10-7/31) Aug. , Sat. - Mt. Washington (S5,T3) Take the way trail westerly up through timber and scree to a large basin at 4500’. Continue up on steep rock to a broad ridge and then up to the summit block. Summit block can be reached by contouring on an exposed, rocky ledge and rocky climber’s track. Participants should be experienced in climbing steep rock/snow with exposure. Meet at 7 a.m. at Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene. Dave Burdick, 360-779-9095, [email protected]
Please sign up via the internet. (s/8/1-8/21) Aug 0, Sun. - Goat Lake/Royal Basin Loop (S3, T2) (USGS Mt. Deception; GT-136 Tyler Peak) 12 mi. loop, 4500’ gain. Travel along Dungeness River to Camp Handy and then up a steep ridgeline to Goat Lake. From Goat Lake travel up to the notch near Petunia Peak and travel down the steep scree towards Royal Basin. Great views of the Needles and peaks surrounding Royal Basin. Meet at 7 a.m. at Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene. John Howard, 360-698-3220, [email protected]
Please sign up via the internet. (s/8/15-8/29)
Chair: John Davis, [email protected]
Do you have great pictures of your last hike? Was the view from that summit unbelievable? Have you shown people how much fun you have on your outings? The Photography Committee wants to help. Send a few of your best photos to John Davis and he’ll post them on the website for everyone to enjoy.
Sea Kayak Committee
Chair: Diane Hamerman, [email protected]
Vice-chair: Volunteer needed Treasurer: Rich Weixler, [email protected]
Basic Course Training: Diane Hamerman, [email protected]
Equivalency: Dan Montgomery, [email protected]
Secretary: Volunteer needed Pool Sessions: Volunteer needed Meetings: Meetings are for socializing, having fun with fellow paddlers and planning. They are usually held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. If interested, contact Diane Hamerman, 360-782-1412, for details. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Chair: Mike Raymond, 360-437-9379, or [email protected]
Our trips are listed on the online activities page of The Mountaineers website and also announced by e-mail to Kitsap members. If you would like to be included on our e-mail list, let Diane Hamerman know at [email protected]
comcast.net. To sign up for a trip you must contact the leader listed in the trip description. To participate in Mountaineers sponsored kayak trips, you must be a graduate of The Mountaineers Basic Sea Kayak Course (from any branch) or have passed equivalency (see below).
See the branch calendar for climbs and scrambles scheduled after the Go Guide deadline.
Mountaineers members who have had kayak training and paddling experience, yet have not completed a Mountaineers Basic Sea Kayaking Course may apply for equivalency. Contact Dan Montgomery at [email protected]
for details. You should have taken a fundamental sea kayak course that teaches the basic skills, strokes, bracing, rescues, safety and clothing, and be able to demonstrate your skills and abilities. There is a $20 processing fee.
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Chair: Bruce Towhey; [email protected]
Website: www.olympiamountaineers.org Webmaster: [email protected]
TO SIGN UP FOR AN OLYMPIA TRIP, CONTACT THE LEADER
Skokomish and Wynoochee watersheds, so it involves climbing to the drainage divide at 1400’ elevation. The trail provides an interesting diversity of terrain, including an old-growth forest with huge trees and unique flora, surprise overlooks into interesting gorges, waterfalls, and lakes. The Olympia Branch adopted the trail in 2005 and has made steady progress to bring the trail back to reasonably good shape, with the exception of a few difficult spots that block travel or are in the process of reverting to forest land. The work will include trail clearing, removing fallen trees, brushing and some tread repair to areas damaged by erosion. Backcountry trail maintenance requires your Ten Essentials, water, lunch, work boots (hiking boots are great), long pants, long-sleeve shirt and work gloves (leather or other durable material). The branch will supply hard hats to meet Forest Service requirements and an assortment of hand tools for brushing and tread repair of the trail surface. Meet at Mud Bay P&R off SR-101 at 7:45 a.m. Carpool to Church Creek. Return around 5:30 p.m. To participate, you must contact the leader in advance: Jim French, 360-754-6551, [email protected]
If you have any questions about joining the Mountaineers, if you want a membership brochure sent to a friend, or if you have moved and don’t want to miss an issue of the monthly Go Guide, please send an e-mail to [email protected]
Please include your mailing address in any messages so that we can send you a membership packet. New and prospective members are invited to attend the monthly branch potluck/slideshow to meet local members and learn more about the club. You may also contact one of the activity coordinators listed in the Olympia section of the Go Guide if you have questions about hiking, scrambling, climbing, kayaking, conservation or any other branch activity.
Potluck, Adventure Presentation
Submissions for the monthly Go Guide, listing branch outings and activities, are due by the fifth day of the prior month. Please send input for the September 2009 issue no later than Aug. 5 to Don Taylor, 6316 Tamoshan Dr. N.W., Olympia, WA 98502. Call 360-866-2262 (evenings) for e-mail address or if you need help transmitting materials.
Olympia Branch Library
The library is located at Maxine Dunkelman’s house, 5418 Lemon Rd. N.E. Contact Maxine, 360-352-5027, [email protected]
comcast.net, if you’d like to come by to browse or check out books. Feel free to drop off books at any time, either here or at Alpine Experience (box behind the front counter). Books, DVDs and maps owned by the branch are listed on the branch’s website. Directions to Maxine’s: N. on Sleater-Kinney; left (S.W.) on South Bay; right (N.) on Schinke; left (W.) on 46th; right on Lemon.
Come to the Olympia Center on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. for a shared potluck and socializing hour, followed by an Outdoor Adventure Presentation at 7 p.m. Sept. , Tue. - Guest speaker will be Bree Loewen. Seeking adventure can be a dangerous and sometimes deadly undertaking. Bree spent years traversing mountains around the world and three seasons as a climbing ranger on Mt. Rainier. She will share her pictures of rescues, climbing patrols and life on the mountain. Her book, “Pickets and Dead Men: Seasons on Rainier,” is a fascinating look behind the scenes of the summit. All members and anyone interested in learning more about The Mountaineers are welcome at thes monthly sessions. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow Mountaineers, share ideas, learn about other escapades and adventures, and connect with our great community of outdoor enthusiasts. The Olympia Center event is located at 222 Columbia St. N.W., Rooms 101-102. Bring a dish to share, your own plate and flatware. A prize for the best dish will be awarded as well as door prizes. Librarian Maxine Dunkleman will make available a selection of books to check out; contact her if you have special requests. Need more info? Call the coordinator, Carolyn Burreson, 360-705-2055.
For information on leading hikes and other questions, contact Mike Kretzler, hikes chair, 360-866-4497, [email protected]
See pg.19, “Sending you on your way,” for registration procedures, guidelines and trip ratings.
Hiking, climbing awards
Have you checked out the Olympia Branch Mountaineers website to see all the possibilities for awards and pins that you could receive just by hiking and/or climbing to selected destinations? All applications for awards to be presented at the annual banquet this coming fall must be submitted before Sept. 15. Mail applications to Kerry Lowry, 3600 Snug Harbor Dr. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. If you have questions, call Kerry, 360456-2694.
Aug. 6, Sun. - Angeles (RS) (USGS Mt. Angeles) Limit 11, students 9. Preference given to Olympia Alpine Scrambling students. Sign up with leader: Curt Rosler, 360-357-9956, [email protected]
Basic experience climbs
See pg.19, “Sending you on your way,” for registration procedures, guidelines and trip ratings.
Annual branch service award
At the November banquet the branch honors a member for extraordinary service to The Mountaineers. If you know of someone who would be a good candidate for the 2009 branch service award, contact last year’s recipient, John Flanagan, [email protected]
Branch officers’ meeting
The next monthly meeting of the Olympia Branch Board will be held Wed., Aug. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Olympia Center. This is a quarterly meeting specifically open to all interested branch members.
FOSSIL-FUEL FREE: help save the planet
Help us give back to our community as we help the earth by being free of using fossil fuel on six different occasions. Last year, through tremendous participation, we were able to raise enough money to donate a well-needed tool to Mt. Rainier National Park in October. This year we would like to continue the tradition of giving back to MRNP, a sanctuary that can be enjoyed by all. The park will continue to need repairs to trails affected by previous floods, as well as maintenance to existing trails. How can you help? Simply record the date every time you are free of fossil fuel use to reach a destination ( i.e., by walking, biking or even using a bus or carpool). Your name will be acknowledged in the Go Guide and a donation will be made for each returned “Fossil-Fuel Free” form. The more forms returned to us the more money will be donated to MRNP to purchase tools needed to repair the trails. Our goal is to receive your completed forms by Sept. 1 so that a $100 or more donation can be made to the park. The donation will be presented at the site of the trail maintenance work day on Sat., Oct. 3; please mark the date on your calendar. You can e-mail your fossil-fuel free dates to us at: [email protected]
Or simply cut out the form below and mail it to: The Olympia Mountaineers, Attn: Bonnie Betts, P.O. Box 797, Olympia, WA 98507. Or you may drop off the form at the Alpine Experience front desk.
Aug. 4-6, Fri.-Sun. - Mt. Anderson/Eel Gl. (BG) (USGS Mt. Steel, The Brothers) Limit 12; students 9. Preference to Olympia Branch basic students. Sign up with leader: Richard Irwin, 360942-5696, [email protected]
(8/1-8/13) Aug. 5, Sat. - Guye Peak/S. Rib (R) (USGS Snoqualmie Pass) Limit 9; students 6. Preference to Olympia Branch basic students. Sign up with leader: Greg Tudor, 360-791-7079, [email protected]
comcast.net (s6/1-8/13) Aug. 8-0, Fri.-Sun. - Clark, Route (A) (USGS Mt. Deception) Limit 4. Club climb open to Olympia Basic Climbing graduates. Leader: Mike Garrick, 360-789-4779, [email protected]
com (s5/1-8/10) Aug. 28-30, Fri.-Sun. - Shuksan/Sulfide Glacier (G) (USGS Mt. Shuksan) Limit 6; students 3. Preference to Olympia Branch basic students. Sign up with leader: Mike Riley, 360-705-3983, [email protected]
(s8/1-8/27) Sept. -, Sat.-Sun. - Daniel (BG) (USGS Mt. Daniel) Limit 9, students 6. Preference to Olympia Branch basic students. Sign up with leader: Mike Rowswell, 360-459-1687, [email protected]
hotmail.com. (s5/4-9/10) Sept. 9, Sat. - The Tooth (R) (USGS Snoqualmie Pass) Limit 6; students 3. Preference to Olympia Branch basic students. Sign up with leader: Mike Riley, 360-705-3983, [email protected]
Intermediate Climbing Course
Remaining lecture schedule: Aug 6—Ice I. 7 p.m. Hyak Rm. Aug. 20—Ice II. 7 p.m. Warehouse Rock Gym Remaining field trip schedule: Aug. 15-16—Ice I Aug. 29-30—Ice II
All dates are subject to change based on leader availability. For more information about the Olympia Intermediate Climbing Course, contact Ron Lavigne, [email protected]
On the following dates, I used alternative fossil-free fuel transportation to reach a destination. Date: _____________ Date: ______________ Date: _____________ Date: ______________ Date: _____________ Date: ______________ Signed: ________________________________
FOSSIL-FREE FUEL FORM
Aug. , Sat. - Liberty Bell/SW Face (USGS Washington Pass) Limit 4; students 2. Sign up with leader: Peter Petrukitas, 360870-3920, [email protected]
(s7/5-7/18) Aug. , Sun. - Concord Tower/N. Face (USGS Washington Pass) Limit 6; students 3. Sign up with leader: Peter Petrukitas, 360-870-3920, [email protected]
Aug. , Sat. - Lake Ingalls & Longs Pass (VS) (GT #209, Mt. Stuart) 11.8 mi. 4100’ gain; highest point, 6500’. Earn views from two passes in the Teanaways. Lunch among snowfields and a cold lake at the foot of Ingalls Peak. Expect switchbacks, hot weather and a dry trail. Bring plenty of water! Registration closes July 30, 8 p.m. Contact leader Eric Quinn, 360-556-4969, [email protected]
Aug. , Sun. - Comet Falls and Van Trump Park (M) (GT #269 Mt. Rainier W.) 6 mi. 2200’ gain; highest point, 5800’. Hike a fairly steep trail along Van Trump Creek to the beautiful Comet Falls and then switchback up open slopes to the wildflowers and views from Van Trump Park and the S. side of Mt. Rainier. Moderate pace, Registration closes July 31, 8 p.m. Contact leader Doug Hutcheson, 360-786-8535, [email protected]
comcast.net. Aug. 8, Sat. - Spray Park (M/S) (GT #269 Mt. Rainier W.) 8.8 mi. 2100’-1800’ in, 300’ out; highest point, 6400’. Hike out of Mowich Lake to Spray Park Meadow and see the beautiful Spray Falls and spectacular views of the N. side of Mt. Rainier. Plenty of wild flowers and marmots to enjoy. Contact leader Tom Keenan, 360-584-6919, [email protected]
Aug. 9, Sun. - Mt. Ellinor, Lower TH (S) (GT #167 Mt. Steel; USGS Mt. Washington, Mt. Steel) 7.2 mi. 3244’ gain; highest point 5944’. Hike first mile on gentle forested trail with occasional views of nearby peaks. Then climb steeply for a non-stop workout with non-stop scenery. Your final reward is one of the best summit views in the Olympics, topped off with shimmering Lake Cushman below. Possible close encounters with mountain goats. Moderate pace. Contact Nancy Lloyd, 360-704-0200, [email protected]
Aug. 5, Sat. - Mt. Fremont Lookout (E) (GT #270 Mt. Rainier E.; USGS Sunrise) 5.5 mi. 800’ gain. Enjoy a memorable walk along Sourdough Ridge and then on to a mountain lookout tower. Trail starts at Sunrise with unobstructed views of the NE side of Mt. Rainier. Family hike, especially for children. Moderate/slow pace. Contact leader Anne Whitney for meeting time/place, 360753-6526, [email protected]
Aug. , Sat. - Larch Mountain from Multnomah Falls (S) (GT Bridal Veil; USGS Bridal Veil) 14 mi. 3900’ gain. A premier Columbia River Gorge hike to a scenic viewpoint with spectacular waterfalls and old-growth trees along the way. First mile to top of falls is paved with mobs of tourists that we’ll quickly leave behind. Poison oak is common—long pants recommended. This is a long drive with an early start for a long hike. Participants must bring lots of water and be in good condition. Camping is available in the area. Moderate pace. Contact Nancy Lloyd, 360-704-0200, [email protected]
Aug. , Sun. - Happy Lake (S) (CC: Lake Crescent, Happy Lake Ridge) 10 mi. 3900’ gain. Visit a small lake high on a ridge in ONP, between the Elwha River and Lake Crescent, after a good climb and a nice traverse along the ridge top. Contact leader Mike Kretzler, 360-866-4497, [email protected]
Aug. 9, Sat. - Wonderland Trail to Indian Henry’s (S) (GT Mt. Rainier W.) 13.4 mi. 2400’ gain. The trail begins near the Longmire Wilderness Info Center and climbs through old-growth forest to sub-alpine meadows. We will be taking an optional side trip to Mirror Lake, which will add 1.5 mi. to the day. Social pace. Contact leader Vera Sutton with full name, hiking experience, member info: 360-426-0231, [email protected]
Aug. 0, Sun. - Panhandle Gap & Summerland (S) (GT #270 Mt. Rainier E.) 10.4 mi. 2940’ gain. Hike through forests past scenic Summerland meadow to a high rocky pass near the Frying Pan Glacier. Pace will be moderate. Expect some challenging trail above Summerland, probably crossing some snow just below the gap, which is the highest point on the Wonderland Trail. Plan on an early start with carpool from Martin Way P&R in Olympia. Contact leader Michael Silverstein, 360-867-9010, [email protected]
Sept. 5, Sat. - Indian Bar, Wauhaukaupauken Falls (VS) (GT Mt. Rainier E.) 14.5 mi. 3700’ gain; highest point 5914’. Take on a day of steep ridges to enjoy lush meadows, creeks and waterfalls. Possible extra trail miles to explore Ohanapecosh Park. Expect a steep, dry trail. Bring plenty of water! Registration closes Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. Contact leader Eric Quinn, 360-556-4969, [email protected]
Aug. and Sept. 6, Sat. - Church Creek Trail. Backcountry trail maintenance at Olympic National Forest on the Church Creek Trail, Trail #871. This is a beautiful trail that connects the
Aug. -, Fri-Sun. - Jordan Basin Loop to Snow Grass Flats (M) (GT #335 Walput Lake, #300 White Pass, and #302 Packwood Lake) 13 mi. 2000’ gain. This backpack is intended for experienced backpackers, especially photographers, and is in the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area. There will be elk, goats, and lots of wildflowers and waterfalls. Group size limited to 10. Contact leader, Gene Sine, 360-790-8554, [email protected]
6 August 2009 Go Guide
First Aid (MOFA)
Mountain Oriented First Aid Course
For questions and registration information contact: Course Chair: Eric Quinn, [email protected]
, 360-556-4969 Co Chair: Tom Eckhout, [email protected]
Come prepared to have fun and be challenged while learning mountaineering oriented first aid. This class offers essential skills for those who enjoy climbing, hiking and other Mountaineers activities. We will be spending time outside rain or shine, so please come dressed to spend time outdoors. Bring your daypack packed for the trail. Include extra clothing, trekking poles, your current first aid kit and the rest of your Ten Essentials. We have a lot of material to cover, so the pace will be fast. The class will be more meaningful if you have done the reading prior to class. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please bring a lunch to all weekend classes. Graduation requirements: obtain a current CPR card, assemble a full MOFA kit, attend all classes, and pass the final written exam and practical scenarios. Class Schedule: Attendance at all classes is mandatory. Sat., Oct. 17, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 24, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun., Oct 25, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Class Location: All classes will be at Griffin Fire Department, 3707 Steamboat Loop N.W., Olympia. Directions from I-5: N. on Hwy. 101 about 7.5 mi., right on exit ramp signed Steamboat Island Road. Immediate left. Follow sign straight to Steamboat Island Road; Fire Dept. is on the left on the corner. Registration: The course fee is $60 for Mountaineers members and $75 for non-members. The textbook is included: “Mountaineering First Aid, Fifth Edition.” Registration closes Sept. 30 when paid registration must be received. Register online at www.mountaineers.org or via phone, 800-573-8484. We cannot give refunds for cancellations after Sept. 30. Processing fees may apply to refunds for online registration. Textbooks can be picked up after Sept. 30 at the Alpine Experience.
assemble a full MOFA kit, attend all classes, and pass the final written exam and practical scenarios. Sign up online at www.mountaineers.org or contact Eric to register: [email protected]
, 360-556-4969. Refresher Class Schedule Attendance at all classes is mandatory. Location: Griffin Fire Department, 3707 Steamboat Loop N.W., Olympia. Wed., Oct. 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m., location TBD Wed., Oct. 21, 6:30-9:30 p.m., location TBD Sun., Oct 25, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – with MOFA Course. CPR Class Oct. 15, Thu., 7-10 p.m. at Griffin Fire Dept., 707 Steamboat Loop NW, Olympia. See the MOFA Course listing for directions. This class is provided to help MOFA and refresher students meet the CPR requirement. Students may meet the CPR requirement by taking other CPR courses. Date and location may change.
Chair: Ron Jones, 360-359-3395 Basic Course: Will Greenough, 360-508-0456 Committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, Sept. to May. This is where all of the brainstorming and planning take place. The committee plans the annual basic kayak course, trips, special events, training and other fun activities. We welcome your enthusiasm. The next meeting will be Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Alpine Experience. Call Ron Jones, 360-359-3395, or check the Olympia Sea Kayaking Community section of the club webpage, www.mountaineers.org, for details about the committee. Olympia Sea Kayaking on the web: To improve communications among paddlers, we’ve developed an Olympia Sea Kayaking section in the “Communities” area of the main Mountaineers website, www.mountaineers.org. Here you’ll find meeting minutes, trip reports, photos and much more. You’re going to like it. If you need help getting in, call Tim Nagle, 360-561-5504, or Ron Jones, 360-359-3395. Sea Kayak Equivalency: Mountaineers members with previous kayak training and experience, but who have not completed a Mountaineers Sea Kayaking Course (offered in Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle), are encouraged to apply. Olympia Branch members should contact Steve Gorton, 360-866-2788, for an application. The process may take 3-6 weeks.
to be considered an “experience paddle” for course graduation. No need to sign up—just bring your boat and required gear, and be ready to launch at 6 p.m. from the boat ramp at Boston Harbor. Actual destination will be selected by group consensus under leader direction/discretion. For more information, contact Bob Burreson, 360-705-2055. Otherwise, just show up. Aug. , Sat. - Annual Kayak Paddle, Play, Party and Picnic Start the day with a short paddle in scenic Eld Inlet, then a friendly kayak competition with prizes. Enjoy good food and party with fellow Mountaineers kayakers, share ideas, learn about the escapades and adventures of fellow kayakers. For information on time and place to sign up, contact the coordinator Carolyn Burreson, 360-705-2055. Aug. , Thu. - Annas Bay (SK II) 4-6 nm. Evening paddle where the Skokomish meets the big bend of Hood Canal. Leader: Laurie Heuermann, 360-791-2469, [email protected]
Co-leader: Steve Gorton, 360-791-2487, [email protected]
net. Aug. , Fri. - McLane Creek to Cooper Point (SK III) (Sea Trails 205 or NOAA Chart 18448) 12-13 nm. We’ll put our boats in at high tide in Eld Inlet’s Mud Bay (the southern part of the inlet, formerly known as Shitpoke Flats) and then head down to the very end of the inlet and into McLane Creek. From there we’ll head N., all the way to the tip of Cooper Point, the mouth of Eld Inlet. Because of Eld Inlet’s mud flats, this trip requires launching at a very high tide and in accordance with a strict time schedule. There will be no dillydallying in Mud Bay, except for those paddlers who might want to spend the night stuck in the mud. In order to catch the high tide, we should launch by 5:30 p.m. and perhaps earlier, depending on location of the launch site. Part of this trip may be a night paddle. Immersion gear, night sticks and headlamps are required. To register contact Tim Burke, 360-866-4286, [email protected]
Midweek Trips: Are you on a non-standard work schedule or no schedule at all? Want to paddle midweek? Let Henry know a date, and he’ll see what can be done. Henry Romer, 360-357-7638.
MOFA Refresher Course
Is your MOFA card about to expire? This class is for you! The MOFA refresher is a great way to practice your first-aid skills and learn the most current first-aid methods. There are no fees for the refresher course. A current MOFA card is required for registration. “Mountaineering Oriented First Aid, Fifth Edition” is the course text. Students will need to provide their own copy of the text. Graduation requirements: Obtain a current CPR card,
Trips are open to all Mountaineers who have graduated from the basic course or been granted equivalency. Trips are classified by the Sea Kayak (SK) rating system. Check with the trip leader to see if the trip is right for you. Some trips are scheduled too late to make it into the Go Guide, so also check The Mountaineers website, www.mountaineers.org. If there is a particular trip you would like to see offered, contact Tim Nagle, 360-561-5504, [email protected]
Social activities are organized for the enjoyment of all adult Mountaineers. Participation in activities provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy our Northwest outdoors while getting acquainted with people who have similar interests. Singles Coordinator: Linda Hayes, [email protected]
E-mail Updates: The Olympia Singles Yahoo group is a great way to learn about last-minute activities and receive reminders of upcoming events. If you would like to be invited to join the Olympia Mountaineers Singles Yahoo Group, send an e-mail to Linda, [email protected]
, asking to be invited. Include a brief message that you heard about the group from the Go Guide!
Until Sept. 9 - Wed. Evening Paddles (SK II) Normally less than 8 nm. Come out after work on Wednesdays and get a little on-thewater socializing, therapy and exercise. These trips are open to all kayak course graduates and equivalents. They are not structured
Cost: The complete course with all modules is $175. Qualified members may take an individual module (except for the avalanche modules) separately for $50. Questions: Contact the course chair, Randy Nelson, [email protected]
Alpine Scrambling Committee
TO SIGN UP FOR A SEATTLE TRIP, VISIT WWW.MOUNTAINEERS.ORG OR CALL 206-521-6000, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED Chair: Courtland Shafer Ph: 206-763-1510 E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.seattlemountaineers.org (cancellation fees may apply for fee-based events and classes; contact leader)
Alpine Scrambling Committee meetings are held each month, September through May, at club headquarters from 7 to 9 p.m., typically on the third Monday of the month. If you have questions about the committee’s work or are interested in attending, presenting an issue, or submitting an agenda item, contact the committee co-chairs. The committee welcomes input from scramblers on how to improve the alpine scrambling program. Send your ideas, suggestions, or complaints to the committee co-chairs.
Information, new members meeting
The Seattle Branch new members’ meeting is held on the first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at club headquarters. The meeting allows new and prospective members an overview of all the activities that the branch offers. Activity representatives are also on hand to answer questions about particular programs and courses.
Sign up at www.mountaineers.org or by calling 206-521-6001. Fees: $20 members, $35 non-members.
Alpine Scrambling Course
See the Seattle scrambling website: http://www.mountaineers.org/seattle/scramble Committee Co-Chairs: Ed Dominguez, 425-743-5192, [email protected]
; Mary Panza, 206-755-1254, [email protected]
Course Attendance & Equivalency Questions: Deborah Walker, 206-2858444, [email protected]
Workshop Questions: Glen Ferguson, 425-836-8650, [email protected]
com Field Trip Questions: Mike Sweeney, 425-417-3081, [email protected]
boeing.com Leadership Questions & Advanced Scramble Course: Randy Nelson, 206328-9465, [email protected]
Winter Scramble Questions: Johnny Jeans, 425-746-2328, [email protected]
yahoo.com Indicates a Trailhead event. See. pg. 1.
The 2009 Alpine Scrambling Course has been completed. Have fun and be safe on scramble trips this summer. Look for our graduation/reunion event in the fall. The Alpine Scrambling Course teaches skills used to reach non-technical snow and rock summits. Alpine scrambling involves off-trail travel on moderately exposed rock and snow. It does not include roped climbing. If you have any questions about the course, contact Ed Dominguez, [email protected]
Alpine scramble trips: Alpine scrambles are strenuous off-trail trips to a summit. Scrambles often travel over snow and rock and through brush. Most routes will cross some exposed areas. These trips are open only to Mountaineers members who are Alpine Scrambling Course students or graduates, basic climbing graduates, or those with alpine scrambling or basic climbing equivalency. Exploratory scrambles: These trips investigate new scramble routes. Scrambling students are not eligible to participate. After Hours Scrambles are denoted in the listing by “AHS.” Winter scrambles: Scramble trips between December and March are winter scrambles, and others may be too as conditions dictate. Winter scramble trips involve snowshoe travel and significant exposure to cold weather and avalanche hazard. Scramble students are NOT eligible to go on winter scrambles. We strongly recommend participants have winter snow travel experience and training in avalanche avoidance and rescue. Snowshoes and ice ax must be brought to the trailhead and poles are recommended. Leaders may also require avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel. Please contact the trip leader if you have questions about your preparation or equipment. Registration procedures: The preferred registration method is through the activity search area of http://www.mountaineers.org. Before committing to a trip, please check the trip details online. Contact the leader well before the trip if you have questions.
Rock scramble for beginners
Aug. 5, Sat. - Beginner’s Rock Scrambling Have you ever wanted to make the dash for that rocky alpine summit beyond the pass where the trail ended, but weren’t sure what you were getting into? This is an opportunity to do an easier alpine rock scramble under the guidance of an experienced leader. Tips and technique for off-trail travel will be given along the way, as well as some light rock climbing technique, and basic non-technical rope use. Summit peak TBA, but will likely be in the Teanaway area. Helmet and maps are included in course fees. More info will be forwarded after signing up. Contact program coordinator Ken Hahn, [email protected]
, 206-595-7237, with questions.
Experienced scramblers wanting to develop advanced scrambling and leadership skills are invited to apply to the Advanced Scrambling and Leadership Course. The course is flexible and we expect enrollees to provide input on what they want to learn. Admission can be done at any time, but is open only to Mountaineers members and depends on an interview with the course chair or Alpine Scrambling Committee chair. Course summary There are six independent modules. We expect most students to take two years to develop the skills and experience required to graduate from the course. A) Rock and Snow Protection: Rope protection techniques for rock, hard snow, and ice. Emergency rope use, belayed lowering, and running belays. B) Winter Scramble: Winter scrambling and emergency bivouac techniques. C) Avalanche: American Avalanche Association Level 1 training. D) Hard Snow: Hard snow self-arrest. French crampon and ice ax techniques. Emergency belay and lowering methods. E) Leadership Training: Preparation to become a scramble trip leader. Trip planning and scramble party management; safety and emergency procedures. F) Backcountry Navigation: Route-finding, map reading, and GPS skills beyond the basic navigation course.
Aug. , Sat. - Mt. Forgotten 6005’ (4-4) (USGS Bedal) 10 mi. 4100’ gain. Meet 8 a.m. Perry Creek TH. Leader: Michael Sweeney, 425-417-3081, [email protected]
(s7/20-7/30) Aug. 7, Fri.-Aug. 8, Sat. - Skokomish & Henderson 6439’ & 6003’ (5-4) Sign up with leader only. Leader: Jeff Panza, 206755-9962, [email protected]
(s6/3-8/4) Aug. 8, Sat. - Stillaguamish 5683’ (4-3) (USGS Bedal) 12 mi. 3900’ gain. Meet 6 a.m. at Bothell P&R opposite Sammamish River Trail. Party limit of 8 with student limit of 5. Students only. Contact leader for permission. Please, no calls after 7 p.m. Cookies or chocolate required. Leader: Chuck Gustafson, 425481-6540, chuck [email protected]
(s7/27-8/6) Aug. 8, Sat. - Bryant, S. Peak 5801’ (3-4) (USGS Snoqualmie Pass) 9 mi. 3600’ gain. Meet 8 a.m. Denny Creek TH. Leader: Michael Sweeney, 425-417-3081, [email protected]
(s7/27-8/6) Aug. , Wed. - Rampart Ridge/S. Spur (AHS) 5870’ (3-3) (USGS Chikamin Peak) 8 mi. 2000’ gain. Meet 4:30 p.m. I-90 Exit 20, High Point Way. Leader: Robert Mac Onie, 253-6390698. (s8/3-8/11) Aug. 5, Sat. - Pugh 7224’ (5-2) (USGS Pugh Mtn., White Chuck Mtn.) 11 mi. 5300’ gain. Meet 7 a.m. Darrington RS. Leader: Jerry Lockwood, 425-290-6174. (s7/27-8/13) Aug. 5, Sat. - Kaleetan 6259’ (4-4) (USGS Snoqualmie Pass) 12 mi. 4800’ gain. Meet 8 a.m. Denny Creek TH. Leader: Michael Sweeney, 425-417-3081, [email protected]
See pg. 19 of Go Guide for ratings and guidelines.
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Aug. 0, Thu.-Aug. , Sat. - Mt. Stuart 9415’ (5-5) (GT Mt. Stuart-209) 14 mi. 8000’ gain. Meet 9 a.m. Ingalls Lake TH. Leader: Michael Sweeney, 425-417-3081, [email protected]
(s8/3-8/18) Aug. 7, Fri.-Aug. 8, Sat. - Skokomish & Henderson 6439’ & 6003’ (5-4) Weather backup for 8/7-8/9 trip. Not currently accepting registrations. Leader: Jeff Panza, 206-755-9962, [email protected]
(s8/11-8/18) Aug. 6, Wed. - Dungeon Peak (AHS) 5640’ (1-2) (USGS Chikamin Pk) 4 mi. 2300’ gain. Meet 4:30 p.m. at I-90 Exit 20 High Point Way. Leader: Lynn Graf, 206-632-8117, [email protected]
gmail.com. (s8/17-8/25) Aug. 9, Sat. - Three Fingers S. 6854’ (4-5) (USGS Meadow Mtn., Whitehorse Mtn., GT Granite Falls-109, Silverton-110) 14 mi. 4300’ gain. Meet 6 a.m. at Mariner P&R. Leader: Jerry Lockwood, 425-290-6174. (s8/10-8/27) Aug. 9, Sat. - Mt. Forgotten, 6005’ (4-4) (USGS Bedal) 10 mi. 4100’ gain. Meet 6 a.m. at N.E. 65th St. P&R. Leader: Tab Wilkins, 206-782-3666. (s7/1-8/28) Aug. 9, Sat. - Bean 6743’ (3-2) (USGS Enchantment Lakes) 8 mi. 3300’ gain. Meet 9 a.m. at Beverly Creek TH. Leader: Gay Gibson, 206-898-0599, [email protected]
(s8/17-8/27) Aug. 0, Sun. - Fay, Hessong & Pleasant 6592’, 6385’ & 6454’ (3-3) (USGS Mowich Lake) 8 mi. 3000’ gain. Meet TBD. Party limit of 8 and limit of 5 students. Cookies or chocolate required. Students only; contact leader for permission. Please no calls after 7 pm. Leader: Chuck Gustafson, 425-481-6540, [email protected]
(s8/17-8/27) Aug. 0, Sun. - Teanaway 6779’ (GT Mt. Stuart-209) 8 mi. 3400’ gain. Meet 9 a.m. Beverly Creek CG. Leader: Gay Gibson, 206-898-0599, [email protected]
Backpacking involves overnight hiking trips. Most trips are two or three days, but some are more than a week. Each participant carries his or her own overnight gear (tent, stove, sleeping bag, etc.) Sharing of equipment is encouraged to distribute weight. An annual backpacking class, open to all, is offered each June. The class is not required to participate in backpacking. Backpacking trips are for adults. No children or pets. Website: http://www.mountaineers.org/seattle/backpack Indicates a Trailhead event. See. pg. 1.
Learn to trek fast and light
July 9, Wed - Trekking Seminar Meet 7 p.m. at club headquarters. The seminar will discuss trekking fast and light—why you might want to try it—and a four-point summary of how to do it. We will discuss how equipment choices and “on trail process” relate to each other; discuss specific backpacking gear choices; and talk about a 60-mile trek planned for Aug. 12-16. Time will be provided for attendee questions, comments and general discussion. Attendance at the seminar is a prerequisite for the trip. Are you interested in doing longer distance backpacking trips? Would you like to do more miles per day without it feeling “very strenuous?” Participants will put seminar ideas into actual practice in the backcountry, but anyone is welcome to attend the seminar. We’ll discuss a combination of hiking style options and related gear, along with some specifics about the trip. Time will be reserved for group Q&A and discussion. Seminar leader used this general approach to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail in 2008. Leader: Brian Lewis, 425-644-1224, [email protected]
of Mt. Stuart and its surrounding peaks. Lots of opportunities for side-trips in the area, or just relaxing by the lake with a great group of people. There is a $5 overnight permit fee per person to be collected at the trailhead. This trip is specifically geared toward guests or new members, but all are welcome to sign up. Contact leader for more details: Jack Nichols, [email protected]
com, 206-755-1511. (s7/20-8/14) Aug. -, Tue.-Thu. - Leader’s Choice In time for the peak of the Perseid meteor showers, this loop trip will go through the Frosty Pass, Ladies Pass, Mary Lake, Florence Lakes, Lake Edna and Chatter Creek area. Exact route TBD, but the plan is to camp high in the mountains (where the viewing should be excellent) in two different locations as we make our way from one trailhead to the other. Slow to moderate pace, but this is a strenuous hike. Sign up with leader, who will be unavailable July 24 -Aug. 2. Leader: Mary Rohlman, 206-523-1243, [email protected]
gmail.com. (s8/3-8/8) Aug. -6, Wed.-Sun. - Snoqualmie Pass, PCT, Waptus Lake, Snoqualmie River Loop (VS) 61 mi., 13,000’ cumulative gain. Limit 10. Meet at 12 noon at Snoqualmie Pass northbound PCT TH. 1 hr. Loop northbound from Snoqualmie Pass on the PCT with potential camps at Spectacle and Waptus Lakes; leave the PCT to cross Dutch Miller Gap and travel W. and S. on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River; and finally skirt Snow Lake to close the loop at the Alpental TH. This is a “put it into practice” trip designed to try out ideas given in the “Trekking Fast and Light” seminar. We’ll start N. on the PCT on the afternoon of day one and do just 7 mi. that day, then about 13 mi. most days with one day a bit longer. Prerequisites: attendance at trekking seminar on July 29, plus telephone discussion with and permission by trip leader. Leader: Brian Lewis, 425-644-1224, [email protected]
nwlink.com. (s6/3-8/11) Aug. 5-7, Sat.-Mon. - Leader’s Choice Limit 7. Join leader for a gorgeous three-day, two night-trip into the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area of the South Cascades. Ideally we’ll do something similar to the 13-mi. loop described in the WTA description (see http://old.wta.org/~wta/cgi-bin.dev/wtaweb. pl?3+tg+fetch++1097): the Snowgrass Flat, Lily Basin, Goat Ridge loop. Destination may change depending on conditions and leader’s whim but we’ll shoot for South Cascades. Possibility of car camping the night before if enough are interested. Leader: Rebecca Agiewich, 206-713-2403, [email protected]
com. (s7/10-8/12) Aug. -, Sat.-Sun. - Ipsut Creek, Mt. Rainier National Park (E) (GT-269 Mt. Rainier W.) Meet at 9 a.m. at Ipsut TH. 2 hrs. This hike is a lot of fun and very scenic. Limited parking so carpooling is recommended. Each car will need a national parks pass (or equivalent), or pay the $15 entrance fee (to be shared equally by the carpoolers). There should be no fee for our backcountry permit. Leader: Julie Way, 206-499-6793, [email protected]
q.com. (s8/3-8/19) Aug. 9-0, Sat.-Sun. - Cutthroat Pass (M) (GT Washington Pass #50) 10.5 mi, 2000’ gain. Leisurely pace. A through hike starting at Rainy Pass, camping below Cutthroat Pass, and finishing at the Cutthroat Creek TH. We will need to arrange a car shuttle for this unique opportunity to do a one-way hike. Views are spectacular of all the Washington Pass and Rainy Pass peaks. Guests or members who need assistance with signing up should contact the leader: Ken Hahn, [email protected]
, 206-595-7237. (s7/20-8/28)
over. Course fee: $25 members; $35 non-members. More details: 206-595-7237, [email protected]
(s7/20-8/12) Aug. 6, Sun. - Learn To Belay See Aug. 12 listing for all the details. (s7/20-8/15) Aug. 6, Sun. - Rock Climbing: Beginner’s Rock Day That’s right folks; explore the thrill and grace of outdoor rock climbing in a controlled and safe setting. Your pals with The Mountaineers would like to take you out for a day of easy climbing to give you a taste of what it’s like. You’ll work with experienced leaders and instructors who’ll teach you the basics of rock climbing at a local crag (destination TBA based on weather for the day). Bring clothes for hiking on a windy day (synthetic layers, wind/rain gear, hat, gloves, or mitts), sun protection, lunch and water. Bring your hiking boots (stiffer the better); rock shoes welcome but not necessary. We’ll provide the climbing gear (but feel free to bring what you already own). So come on out and enjoy this opportunity to have a blast and learn a new skill. Prerequisites: None. Course fee: $20 members, $35 nonmembers. Questions? Contact Ken Hahn, 206-595-7237, [email protected]
Basic Alpine Course
July 9-, Wed.-Fri. - Mt. Rainier, DC Route (BG) Limit 10. Private climb for my SIG. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Ken Hahn, 206-595-7237, [email protected]
(s7/13-7/28) July 0-Aug. , Thu.-Sat. - Mt. Rainier, Emmons Gl. (BG) Limit 12. Three-day schedule allows time to savor the experience of Rainier, and the Emmons route is more alpine and less crowded than the DC. This is a strenuous climb, 10m gain in two days, but we will adopt a reasonable pace to make it enjoyable. The plan is to spend both nights at Camp Schurman. Dates may have to be adjusted depending on permit availability. Leader: Cebe Wallace, 206-842-3409, [email protected]
(s7/6-7/28) July -Aug. , Fri.-Sun. - Mt. Triumph, W. Route (BR) Limit 8. Beautiful views of the pickets on a leisurely three-day trip of a rarely done basic route. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Dave Morgan, 206-789-4284, [email protected]
com. (s6/1-7/24) July 31-Aug. 2, Fri.-Sun. - Snowfield Peak, Neve Gl. (BG) Limit 6. Strenuous approach, must be in shape. Sign up with leader: Stephen McKim, 206-250-4585, [email protected]
com. (s7/13-7/27) Aug. 6, Thu. - Kangaroo Temple, N. Face (BR) Limit 6. Wearing rock shoes on the climbing route is permissible. Leader: Tord Kurthy, 425-255-8940, [email protected]
(s7/13-8/4) Aug. 7-9, Fri.-Sun. - Mt. Logan, Fremont Gl. (BA), Limit 4. While this trip isn’t technically demanding, it’ll be a strenuous three days, so please be in shape! Approach is from Colonial Creek. Sign up with leader: Peter Clitherow, 206-632-9844, [email protected]
(s7/1-8/5) Aug. 7-0, Fri.-Mon. - Glacier Peak, Kennedy Gl. (BG) Limit 6. Access issues and trip distance make this trip strenuous; must be in good shape to participate due to x-country navigation and length of trip. Trip itinerary will be to ascend the Kennedy Glacier and descend the Cool Glacier, S. side. We will leave Seattle and camp at the TH on Thursday evening. Good navigation skills required. Sign up with leader: Edward Palushock, 206-223-5565, [email protected]
(s7/6-7/31) Aug. 8, Sat. - Kangaroo Temple, N. Face (BR) Limit 6. One of the really classic basic rock climbs. Strongly recommend car camp Fri. night. Leader will camp at the Cutthroat Lake parking lot: Drive E. over Washington Pass, turn left (W.) at Cutthroat Lake TH sign approx. 5 mi. E. of the pass. Narrow paved road runs W. approx. 1 mi. Parking lot/ campsite on the right (N.) at end of road. Leader will be in touch with more details as the date nears. Leader: Cebe Wallace, 206-842-3409, [email protected]
net. (s7/13-8/7) Aug. 8-9, Sat.-Sun. - Sherpa Peak, S. Route (BA) Limit 6. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Colt DeWolf, 206-3529113, [email protected]
(s7/27-8/3) Aug. 8-9, Sat.-Sun. - Three Fingers, W. Route (BR) Limit 5. Basic slots are full and there’s a fairly lengthy wait list. No e-mails or phone calls please. One spot open for a rope leader. Ability to lead on double ropes preferred but it’s okay if you can’t. Leader’s permission required. Sign up with leader: Joe Dumelin, 425-422-3992, [email protected]
(s7/13-8/5) Aug. 9, Sun. - Kangaroo Temple, N. Face (BR) Limit 8. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Anne Meegan, 206-2406336, [email protected]
(s7/27-8/5) Aug. 9, Sun. - Silver Tip Peak, SE Route (BA) Limit 8. Come equipped for a one-day rock climb, plus ice ax. Mountain bike approach first 4 mi. Leader: Timothy Williams, 206-365-7600, [email protected]
(s7/28-8/6) Aug. 5-6, Sat.-Sun. - Eldorado Peak, Inspiration Gl. (BG) Limit 12. Priority to leader’s SIG. E-mail leader week prior to see if there is room. Leader: Mike Warren, 206-200-7388, [email protected]
warrenduggan.com. (s8/14-8/14) Aug. 5, Sat. - Sahale Peak, Quien Sabe Gl. (BG) Limit 8. Strenous day climb with 6000’ gain and a carryover. Participants must be in shape for a fast and long day climb. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Susan Chan, 206-240-3634, [email protected]
u.washington.edu. (s7/17-8/10) Aug. 0-4, Thu.-Mon. - Glacier Peak, Vista Gl. (BG) Limit 8. Five-day loop trip with the first day totally consumed by travel from Seattle to Holden (cars to White River TH near Lake Wenatchee, cars to Chelan, ferry to Lucerne, bus to Holden). Day 2: Holden to Suiattle, 15 mi./3500’ gain/loss. Day 3: Suiattle to Vista Glacier Camp, 8 mi./3500’ gain. Day 4: Ascend Frostbite Ridge with descent via Disappointment Peak, 7.4 mi./4500’ gain-loss. Day 5: Camp near White Chuck Glacier to White River TH, 17 mi./4000’ loss. Needless to say, superlative conditioning is required as well as ability to travel technical terrain with overnight packs. Recent experience with a comparable trip is required. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Dave Morgan, 206-789-4284, [email protected]
(s7/1-8/10) Aug. , Sun. - Cutthroat Peak, W. Ridge (BR) (Washington Pass USGS) Limit 6. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Anne Meegan, 206-240-6336, [email protected]
(s8/10-8/19) Aug. 9, Sat. - Ingalls Peak, S. Ridge (BR) Limit 6. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Susan Chan, 206-240-3634, [email protected]
Aug. -5, Sat.-Wed. - N. Molar Pass/Fish & Devon Lakes, Banff NP (Alberta) (MS) (Hector Lake 82N/9) 35 mi., 2,500+’ gain. Limit 5. Meet 8 a.m. at Mosquito Creek TH. 11 hrs. Travel over high passes into one of Banff’s premier, remote and very scenic wilderness areas. View abundantwildflowers, mountains, lakes, streams, and a variety of wildlife (small mammals, bear, caribou, and more). Camps at Fish Lakes and Devon Lakes. Trail descriptions: North Molar Pass-Fish Lakes, North MolarPipestone-Dolomite Circuit, Clearwater River in “The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide” (Patton & Robinson), or North Molar Pass/Fish Lakes and Pipestone Pass/Devon Lakes in “Don’t Waste Your Time in The Canadian Rockies” (Copeland). Photooriented backpack. For members and experienced backpackers only. “The broad alpine meadows of the upper Siffleur River Valley are superb, as are the Devon Lakes near Clearwater Pass, at the base of Mount Willingdon. The wilderness feel of this treeless expanse is enhanced by the occasional presence of wolves, grizzly bears and a remnant herd of woodland caribou, the most northerly in the Rockies”—from Bill Corbett, author and climber of “The 11,000-ers of the Canadian Rockies.” Cancellation fees: $10 for cancellations prior to July 15. No refund for cancellations July15 or later. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Linda Moore, 425-347-7650, [email protected]
Aug. 6-, Thu.-Wed. - Leader’s Choice (M/S) (Tonquin Valley/Astoria River, Jasper NP, Canadian Rockies, Alberta) 40+ mi. See Seattle Photography online listing for full details and registration. Meet 8 a.m. at Astoria River TH. Photo-oriented backpack. For members and experienced backpackers only. Photo backpack exploration into one of the most exceptional scenic backcountry areas in the Canadian Rockies. Photograph stunning scenery along Astoria River, Tonquin Valley lakes, and Rampart peaks on hikes from camps into spectacular mountain valleys and passes. Day-hike options from camp include Verdant and Campus passes with close views of Mt. Edith Cavell, Eremite Valley to Arrowhead Lake, Amethyst Lakes, Clitheroe Peak, and more. Photo opportunities abound from sunrise to sunset for beautiful reflections, glaciated peaks including the towering Ramparts (series of 10 peaks rising 3000’ from Tonquin Valley), cascading streams, lakes, abundant wildflowers and wildlife (caribou, moose, elk, bear, pika, etc.). Member fee: $65. Photos of area: http:ihtcr.com/JasperPark/Tonquinlo/Page1.htm. Book reference: “The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide” (Patton & Robinson). Leader’s permission required. Leader: Linda Moore, 425-347-7650, [email protected]
Aug. 7-9, Fri.-Sun. - Shi Shi Beach (E) 5 mi., 50’ gain. Families welcome. Makah recreational use and backcountry permits required. Camping fee; bring a current tide table. Day-hike or backpack. Contact leader for further information. Leader: Geneva Sullivan, 206-963-5958, [email protected]
(s6/1-8/3) Aug. 5-6, Sat.-Sun. - Stuart Lake (M) (GT The Enchantments #209S) 10 mi., 1500’ gain. Leisurely pace. Come see beautiful Lake Stuart! The lake has stellar views of the north face
Sept. -4, Sat.-Mon. - Cathedral Rock-Deception Pass Loop (VS) (GT-176 Stevens Pass) 29 mi., 7000’ gain. Meet 6 a.m. at Eastgate P&R, Bellevue. A clockwise loop in the area of Cathedral Rock and Hyas Lake with side trips to Deep Lake as well as Tuck & Robin Lakes. The trail starts through forest which gives way to meadow country at the base of Cathedral Rock, and then descends on the first side-trip to visit the broad meadows of Deep Lake, about 8 mi. from the TH. Then back up along the PCT to gain close-up views of Cathedral Rock. We will walk thehigh route with views down to Hyas Lake and cross a couple of mildly challenging streams before reaching Deception Pass. From there, the route leaves the PCT and turns S. for about a half-mile before reaching the turnoff to deservedly popular Tuck and Robin Lakes. Mid-September can be a great time to backpack, with few bugs and fewer people at such popular destinations. Leader: Brian Lewis, 425-644-1224, [email protected]
The Climbing Committee’s web pages are available for the convenience of members and accessible from The Mountaineers website or directly at www.mountaineers.org/seattle/climbing.
Trailhead climbing events
Aug 9, Sun. - Kids Rock Day School’s out and it’s time to get the kids outside! We’ll climb in the morning on The Mountaineers outside wall from 9 a.m. to around noon. Gear provided; kids should come in sturdy, closed-toe shoes (tennis OK). Bring some snacks and water, and clothes appropriate for a day in the park. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Family social, picnic, or play time afterward is optional. Note; This is not a drop-off event; parents must stay on site with their children. More details after signing up. Contact coordinator Ken Hahn, [email protected]
org, 206-595-7237. Fee: $10 per child member, $15 per child non-member. (s7/20-8/8) Aug. , Wed. - Learn To Belay This class is designed for beginners, people wanting a review of belay skills, and parents who want to belay their children. It will be taught on-site at the Magnuson Park program center, on the indoor or outdoor wall (weather depending). All participants will come in for one, 2.5hr. teaching session (although it may be shorter depending on the number of participants). After the lesson, folks will leave and have to wait seven days to return to take a “belay test” in order to get their certification. Goals: 1) to teach casual climbers, beginners and parents the basics of belaying a climber in top-rope setting; 2) to ensure that all belayers at Mountaineers events are properly trained, safe, and competent; 3) to open access for beginners and community members to The Mountaineers programs. Who may sign up: This class is open to anyone 13 and
Indicates a Trailhead event. See. pg. 1.
8 August 2009 Go Guide
Sept. 6, Sun. - Sahale Peak, Quien Sabe Gl. (BG) Limit 12. One day climb, early start. Leader Stephen McKim: [email protected]
Leader: Stephen McKim, 206-250-4585, [email protected]
Sept. 0-, Thu.-Sat. - Mt. Olympus, Traverse (BG) Limit 6. Portion of Bailey Range Traverse trip spanning Sept. 5-13. Entered as a separate trip, so attendees get glacier climb credit. Camps will be at Camp Pan (9/10), Five Fingers (9/11), and Elk Lake (9/12). Leader’s permission required. Leader: Dave Morgan, 206-789-4284, [email protected]
Intermediate Climbing Course
Please see details on the intermediate course at www.mountaineers.org/seattle/climbing/Courses/IntermediateCourse.html. Contact: [email protected]
Field trips Aug. 1-2, Sat.-Sun. - Intermediate Alpine Ice 1 (Mt. Baker) Camp at Mirkwood. Leader: Anne Meegan, 206-240-6336, [email protected]
(s7/13-7/29) Aug. 8-9, Sat.-Sun. - Intermediate Alpine Ice 1 (MRNP) Camp location at TBD. Leader: Takeo Kuraishi, 425-823-9452, [email protected]
(s7/20-8/5) Aug. 12, Wed. - Intermediate Alpine Ice 2(MRNP) Leader: Mark Scheffer, 360-805-6420, [email protected]
(s7/1-8/7) Aug. 15-16, Sat.-Sun. - Intermediate Alpine Ice 1 (MRNP) Leader: Joe Binder, 206-437-2781, [email protected]
(s7/1-8/12) Aug. 22, Sat. - Intermediate Alpine Ice 2 (MRNP) Leader: Bruce Frank, 206-276-0795, [email protected]
(s7/1-8/19) Aug. 29, Sat. - Intermediate Alpine Ice 2 (MRNP) Leader: Kirk Alm, 206-706-4981, [email protected]
(s7/1-8/26) Aug. 30, Sun. - Intermediate Alpine Ice 2 (MRNP) Leader: Kirk Alm, 206-706-4981, [email protected]
Sept. , Sat. - Observation Rock, N. Face (II) Limit 6. Leader: Sonya Remington, 206-354-8518, [email protected]
(s8/24-9/9) Sept. , Sun. - Cutthroat Peak, SE Buttress (IR) (Washington Pass USGS) Limit 4. Participants also signing up for Liberty Bell Saturday given preference. Sign up with leader: Mark Scheffer, 360-805-6420, [email protected]
(s7/6-9/10) Sept. , Sun. - Observation Rock, N. Face (II) Limit 6. Leader: Michael Maude, 425-485-8727, [email protected]
(s8/13-9/9) Sept. 8, Fri. - Liberty Bell, SW Face (IR) (Washington Pass USGS) Limit 6. Come prepared for a one-day rock climb. Leader: Timothy Williams, 206-365-7600, [email protected]
(s9/8-9/17) Sept. 9, Sat. - Observation Rock, N. Face (II) Limit 6. Leader: Mark Scheffer, 360-805-6420, [email protected]
Junior Naturalist program
An exciting new naturalist program built just for young children! Each event is run by knowledgeable volunteers who will present different aspects of the natural world to your budding naturalist. We’ll provide fun ways to instill the importance of conservation and respect for our environment through games, arts and crafts. The focus will be on exploration in a hands-on learning environment. All events will be on Saturdays, midday, and will last for a few hours each. There should also be plenty of time afterwards for further family playtime and socializing. Destinations will all be in the Seattle area, with exact times TBA. Children will receive recognition for completing each event and awards for finishing the whole program. Sign up for the whole program in advance (single lower price) or attend each event separately. Indicates a Trailhead event. See. pg. 1.
Junior Naturalist outings
Most event fees are $10 for members and $15 for non-members (children only).
Intro to Rock Climbing
Aug. -, Sat.-Sun. - Mt. Baker, N. Ridge (II) Limit 4. Mountain bike approach to the trailhead. Must be very competent with alpine ice techniques. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Thomas Lewis, 206-227-4438, [email protected]
(s7/1-7/27) Aug. -, Sat.-Sun. - Mt. Rainier, Kautz Gl. (II) Limit 6. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Kirk Alm, 206-706-4981, [email protected]
(s7/6-7/29) Aug. 8-9, Sat.-Sun. - Mt. Rainier, Kautz Gl. (II) Limit 6. Leader: Glenn Glover, 425-271-1248, [email protected]
(s6/26-8/2) Aug. 8, Sat. - S. Early Winter Spire, W. Face (IR) Limit 6. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Anne Meegan, 206-2406336, [email protected]
(s7/27-8/5) Aug. 9-5, Sun.-Sat. - Joffre Group, Outing Limit 6. A weeklong outing in the Joffre Group area of B.C. May come for all or part of the outing. Climbing possibilities include: Joffre/The RampJoffre/East Ridge/Matier/Northwest FaceMatier/Southwest Buttress Rex’s Pillar (Slalok)/Stonecrop Face. Must have passport book, passport (WHTI) card or enhanced Washington State driver’s license for travel to and from Canada. Contact leader for details if interested. Sign up with leader: Jeff Bowman, 206850-2274, [email protected]
(s6/9-7/19) Aug. 4, Fri. - Cutthroat Peak, N. Ridge (IR) (Washington Pass USGS) Limit 6. Camp at TH Thursday night. Assistant mentorleader: Peter Leonard, [email protected]
Leader: Stephen McKim, 206-250-4585, [email protected]
(s8/1-8/10) Aug. 4-8, Fri.-Tue. - Mt. Challenger, Challenger Gl. (IM) Limit 8. Leader: Glenn Glover, 425-271-1248, [email protected]
(s5/22-8/4) Aug. 4-6, Fri.-Sun. - Mt. Rainier, Kautz Gl. (II) Limit 6. Leader: Takeo Kuraishi, 425-823-9452, [email protected]
attglobal.net. (s7/6-8/7) Aug. 5, Sat. - Liberty Bell/Concord Tower Combo (IR) (Washington Pass USGS) Limit 6. Leader: Stephen McKim, 206-250-4585, [email protected]
(s8/1-8/11) Aug. 5-6, Sat.-Sun. - Wedge, NW Couloir (II) Limit 6. Sign up with leader: Mark Scheffer, 360-805-6420, [email protected]
yahoo.com. (s5/26-8/13) Aug. 6, Sun. - Kangaroo Temple, NW Face (IR) Limit 6. Leader: Stephen McKim, 206-250-4585, [email protected]
com. (s8/1-8/12) Aug. , Sat. - Kangaroo Temple, NW Face (IR) Limit 6. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Anne Meegan, 206-2406336, [email protected]
(s8/10-8/19) Aug. -, Sat.-Sun. - Mt. Torment, S. Ridge (IR) Limit 4. Leader: Edward Palushock, 206-223-5565, [email protected]
syracuse.edu. (s7/13-8/25) Aug. , Sun. - Ingalls Peak, E. Ridge (IR) Limit 4. Leader: Stephen McKim, 206-250-4585, [email protected]
(s8/12-8/19) Aug. 8, Fri. - Kangaroo Temple, NW Face (IR) Limit 6. Come equipped for a one-day rock climb. [email protected]
net, 206-235-6402. Leader: Timothy Williams, 206-365-7600, [email protected]
(s8/18-8/27) Aug. 9-0, Sat.-Sun. - Eldorado Peak, NE Face (II) Limit 6. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Colt DeWolf, 206-3529113, [email protected]
(s8/18-8/25) Aug. 9-0, Sat.-Sun. - Johannesburg Mtn., CJ Couloir (II) Limit 4. Please read up on the route before considering this climb; talk to leader about what to expect. This trip should not be your first ice climb. Sign up with leader: Edward Palushock, 206-2235565, [email protected]
(s8/17-8/25) Sept. 5, Sat. - Eldorado Peak, NE Face (II) Limit 6. This is a one-day climb, with light packs. Contact leader for details. Sign up with leader: Stephen McKim, 206-250-4585, [email protected]
The Introduction to Rock Climbing Course is designed for those who have little to no outdoor rock climbing experience. In this course, you will learn the basics of top-rope outdoor climbing. This includes basic climbing knots, belaying skills, climbing technique and converting to rappel. At the end of the course you will know the basics for top-rope climbing on your own as well as following safely a lead climber on sport/crag climbs. NOTE: this is a top-rope course only. It does not prepare you for an alpine environment or lead climbing. The course dates are as follows: 8/12 lecture at The Mountaineers Bldg.; 8/19 Vertical World gym night; 8/29 field trip; and, 9/19-20 weekend field trip. Locations for the field trips TBD at a later date. You may sign up online (www.mountaineers.org ) or call The Mountaineers headquarters, 206-284-8484 (s7/1-8/10). Cost for the course is $125. For more information regarding the course, you may contact Amy Hardie, [email protected]
, or Susan Sayers, [email protected]
Aug. 5, Sat. - Little Fish, Big Fish: The Amazing Salmon Adventure. Details below. Aug. 9, Wed. - Digging-Swimming-Crawling-Flying: Who’s Who at the Beach. Details below. September - TBA October - TBA
Club climb nights to return
The Friday night indoor climbing sessions at club headquarters will return in the fall. Remember, the outside climbing plaza is open year-round. Good weather, longer days and the great outdoors have arrived. Check The Mountaineers activity listings online for the dates of the fall sessions.
Co-Chairs: Dennis Bayer, 206-784-4011; Ivan Sleveland, 206-522-1316. New website: www.mountaineers.org/seattle/folkdance.
International Folk Dancing
The Seattle Mountaineers International Folk Dancers have a new home in Warren G. Magnuson Park at Sand Point; we are dancing in the “The Brig” (Building 406). “The Brig” has beautiful hardwood floors, plenty of free parking and is located a few buildings SE of The Mountaineers new club headquarters in Building 67.
Every Tue. - Folk dancing in the “The Brig” at Magnuson Park from 7:30 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. Dance just for the fun of it. Your favorite dance is waiting for you. We have informal lessons taught by our experienced dancers. There’s always something for everyone. Free admission for dancers age 0 and under. Mountaineers members $5, non-members $6. Drop-ins are always welcome. No partners necessary; there are plenty of delightful ones here! We’re the friendliest outfit in town. For more information and directions please visit our new website listed above.
Rock & Roll Dance
Rock & Roll Dance website: www.dbmechanic.com/dances/rock.htm. Have questions? Contact Karen Ludwig, 206-484-9187, [email protected]
Aug. 8, Fri. - Rock & Roll Dance Join Karen and DJ Dean Morimoto at The Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle 98125. Wear your favorite pirate outfit and we’ll have swashbuckling fun. Enter our door-prize drawing when you come in. Please bring a snack to share. This could be as simple as a bag of chips, cookies, fruit, veggies, a dessert or similar. For more details, contact Karen, 206-484-9187, 425-789-1940, [email protected]
Family Activities events
Did you know that as a member all your children under 14 can be added to your membership for free? Under “My Profile” is a link and you can do the addition yourself, or call club headquarters, 206-521-6001, to add your children to your membership. You can then sign them up on trips as you do. Family Activities are a collection of events and outings specifically for families with children—from infants through early teens—led by volunteer club members. The focus is on fun and socializing for children and parents with similar interests in activities offered by The Mountaineers. All children must be accompanied by a parent, and likewise, all parents must be accompanied by a child.
Aug. 7-9, Fri-Sun. - Shi Shi Beach (E) 5 mi. 50’ gain. Co-listed with Seattle Branch Backpacking. Families and kids welcome. Makah Tribe recreational use and backcountry permits required. Camping fee; bring a current tide table. Contact leader for further information: Geneva Sullivan, [email protected]
com, 206-963-5958. (s7/1-8/3) Aug. 8, Sat. - Spray Park (M) 6 mi. 1200’ gain. Family Activities/Trailhead event: must be in attendance with at least one child. Include names of children when registering for accurate count (limit 12 hikers). New families welcome. No dogs. We’ll take lots of pictures of wildflowers (sorry, no picking!) and hike at a 5-year-old’s pace. Meet at local P&Rs (TBD) for hikingto start at 9:30 a.m. Details to follow once registration is complete. Leader: Courtenay Schurman, [email protected]
com, 206-368-8926. (s7/1-8/6) Aug. 9, Sun. - Kids Rock Day School’s out and it’s time to get the kids outside! We’ll climb in the morning on The Mountaineers outside wall from 9 a.m. to around noon. Gear provided; kids should come in sturdy closed-toe shoes (tennis OK). Bring some snacks and water, and clothes appropriate for a day in the park. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Family social, picnic, or playtime afterward optional. Note; This is not a drop-off event; parents must stay on site with their children. More details after signing up. Contact coordinator Ken Hahn, [email protected]
org, 206-595-7237. Fee: $10 per child member, $15 per child non-member. (s7/20-8/8) Aug. 4, Fri. - St. Edward State Park (E) 2 mi. 250’ gain. Family Activities/Trailhead event: must be in attendance with at least one child. Meeting time 9:30 a.m. Hike down North Trail south along Beach Trail and up the South Ridge trail loop (2 mi.) and end with play/picnic time both on the pebble beach and at the playground, depending on age/interests of children. Meet at ranger kiosk (westernmost parking lot) near pool. Bring swimsuits, towel, change of clothes, sunscreen and snacks/drinks. Leader: Courtenay Schurman, [email protected]
, 206368-8926. Aug. 5, Sat. - Little Fish, Big Fish: The Amazing Salmon Adventure Part of the Junior Naturalist program. Watch the salmon runs at the Ballard Locks and afterward play “The Amazing Salmon Adventure,” when children get to play the part of salmon traveling upstream. Each child will also take away something with which to remember the outing while becoming instilled with a sense of pride in their accomplishment. Meeting time and place TBA. The event will run approximately 2 hrs. Family social, picnic, or playtime afterward optional. More details after signing up. Contact coordinator Ken Hahn, [email protected]
mountaineers.org, 206-595-7237. Fee: $5 per child member, $8 per child non-member. (s7/20-8/14) Aug. 9, Wed. - Digging-Swimming-Crawling-Flying: Who’s Who at the Beach Part of the Junior Naturalist program. A trip out to low tide on Alki Beach! We’ll have the opportunity to see what usually only a fish can. Each child will also take away something with which to remember the outing while being instilled with a sense of pride in their accomplishment. We’ll meet at 9:30 a.m. The event will run approximately 2 hrs. Family social, picnic, or playtime afterward optional. More details after signing up. Contact coordinator Ken Hahn, [email protected]
mountaineers.org, 206-595-7237. Fee: $5 per child member, $8 per child non-member. Aug. 5, Tue. - Robe Canyon (E) 3.5 mi. 200’ gain/loss along railroad grade. Family Activities/Trailhead event: must be in attendance with at least one child. Include children’s names when registering for accurate count (limit 12 hikers). New families welcome. No dogs. Hike at a 5-year-old’s pace. Start at 10 a.m. Details of meeting place/carpooling to follow once registration is complete. Leader: Courtenay Schurman, [email protected]
com, 206-368-8926. (s8/1-8/24)
MOFA leadership to change
Karl Brackmann and Carol Sue Ivory-Carline, current co-chairs of the Seattle Branch First Aid Committee, will be ending their tenure on Dec. 31. Before they retire, they will prepare the 2009-10 First Aid Committee budget, complete and implement the 2009 fall MOFA Courses and draft a schedule for 2010. A plan for remote participation availability is being worked out. Anyone interested in discussion and making future plans is welcome to attend. It is imperative that new leadership be identified by mid-October at the latest to make the transition without a break in service.
NEW PROGRAM – Junior Mountaineers! An all-summer activity
Sept. , Fri. - Observation Rock, N. Face (II) Limit 6. Priority to my Int group. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Ken Hahn, 206-595-7237, [email protected]
(s8/24-9/10) Sept. , Sat. - Liberty Bell, SW Face (IR) (Washington Pass USGS) Limit 6. Preference given to climbers willing to sign up for both days (see Cutthroat climb on Sunday). Sign up with leader: Mark Scheffer, 360-805-6420, [email protected]
The Mountaineers is excited to offer a new way to get kids outside and have fun! Become a Junior Mountaineer! Anyone can join! Come pick up a kid-friendly guidebook to eight great activities that families can do together this summer—either with The Mountaineers or on your own! The guidebook will navigate you through eight kid-friendly activities for the whole family to enjoy. BONUS! It pays to be active outside: finish an activity, record it in your guidebook, and show it to us at The Mountaineers Building. You can then pick up a prize. Finish as many as you can and join us for an end-of-the-summer BASH when we REWARD all fully completed guidebooks with a SPECIAL prize! Come pick up your passport from The Mountaineers headquarters on Sand Point Way in Magnuson Park. Passports will also be available at our Kids Rock Days and at all Junior Naturalist programs or online at www.mountaineers. org. For more details, contac program coordinator Ken Hahn, 206-595-7237, [email protected]
Intro to wilderness first aid clinic offered
Aug. , Thu. - CLINIC Intro to Wilderness First Aid have you ever wondered what to do should a serious injury or illness strike you or your partner while in the backcountry? This is a clinic aimed toward the basics of how to respond to and manage a backcountry incident or accident. Learn how to
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effectively address these situations with a set of organizational tools designed to steer you through without wasting time or skipping crucial steps. While some basic first aid practices will be included, this is in no way a replacement to the club’s bigger and more inclusive MOFA program. Leader: Ken Hahn, [email protected]
mountaineers.org, 206-595-7237. Fee: $10 per member, $15 per non-member. (s7/16-8/13)
Standard MOFA courses
Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA) is a 24-hour first aid course for the wilderness traveler. The course meets the requirements for the American Red Cross (ARC) Standard First Aid course with 18 hours of additional wilderness-focused first aid training. The volunteer instructors are certified by the ARC. The class is held two evenings a week for four weeks, or for one Saturday plus a full weekend. Course fee: $90 for Mountaineers members and $125 for non-members. The fee includes textbooks, which are available the first night of class. MOFA courses held on weekends at Mountaineers lodges cost an additional $70, which covers room and board. When held at Meany Lodge, a Sno-Park permit and a groomed trail sticker are required. Course attendance: Participation is required at all class sessions. The class involves hands-on, interactive learning. Wear casual clothes suitable for working on the ground and outdoors. Arrangements cannot be made to make up class sessions. Please do not register for a class unless you can attend all class sessions. Registration: To register, refer to the MOFA course grid for current course offerings and registration dates, then either mail or hand-deliver the MOFA registration form, or follow the online registration directions and make the payment to The Mountaineers within the enrollment dates listed for each class. MOFA courses are popular and fill up fast. Listing an alternative course date will increase your chances of getting into a class. Registration forms received early will be held until the first day of enrollment or mailed back unprocessed. Being on a wait list: If a course is full, you may be placed on a wait list. It is your responsibility to call The Mountaineers to see if you have made it off the wait list. Those people still on the wait list by the last day of enrollment (see adjacent course grid) will not be enrolled in the course and will be issued a full refund. If you are enrolled in the class from the wait list, but then wish to cancel, you must notify The Mountaineers (see below) or forfeit your course fee entirely.
Hiking Committee: Our next meeting is Tue., Sept. 8, 7 p.m. at club headquarters. All members are welcome! For more info, contact [email protected]
verizon.net. Hiking Website: www.mountaineers.org/seattle/seahike. This website has lots of good information on hiking leader registration, seminar schedules, hiking trails, carpooling, and how to sign up for a hike. Volunteers Needed! Want to help? We need volunteers to help update the hike database, assist with trip scheduling, help with the website or participate in member orientation meetings. Contact [email protected]
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Basic map, compass clinic
Aug. 0- - Thu.- Sat. - CLINIC Basic Map & Compass A map and compass are part of the Ten Essentials, but if you don’t know how to use them, they are useless! Learn the basics in this two-part program of one workshop and one field trip. This program satisfies the navigation requirement of the Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Course. Day one - Workshop at club headquarters, 6:30-9 p.m. Day two - Field trip at Discovery Park, morning, exact time TBA Basic compasses and maps are provided; bring a pencil and a straight-edge. For the most thorough learning experience and/or credit for the navigation component of the Basic Alpine Climbing Course, there are two specific requirements: 1) Purchase and pre-read “Wilderness Navigation,” by Burns & Burns, available at The Mountaineers Bookstore (20 percent member discount), The Mountaineers Books on-line, REI, and other locations. 2) You must purchase a compass with a mirror, adjustable declination, and a clear base plate. Acceptable models are identified here: http://www.mountaineers.org/seattle/navigation. Class fee: $20 members, $35 non-members. Guests or members who need assistance with signing up should contact coordinator: Ken Hahn, [email protected]
org, 206-595-7237. (s6/3-6/16)
Hikes Schedule: Please refer to www.mountaineers.org for late-breaking hikes listed on the website but not necessarily in the Go Guide. More and more hikes are being listed only on the website. Hike Leaders: Sign up to lead hikes at www.mountaineers.org. Directions on how to sign up can be found at www.mountaineers.org/seattle/seahike/leaders/PostingTrips.html. Trips posted by Aug. 5 will appear in the September Go Guide. Trips posted after Aug. 5 will be on the website, but not necessarily in the Go Guide. After Hours Hikes (AHH): Join us for midweek fun and conditioning from March through October. The hikes generally will be offered every other Wednesday afternoon and have an “AHH” before the description of the hikes. More info at www.mountaineers.org/seattle/seahike/Afterhours/Afterhours.html.
Aug. , Sat. - Summerland & Panhandle Gap (S) (USGS or GT-270 Mt. Rainier E.) 12.5 mi., 2900’ New members welcome! Leisurely pace. Going up to Summerland we have a big-tree forest, huge meadows, vibrant wildflowers, and waterfalls. A huge view of Rainier. Then up to Panhandle Gap there is a rocky moraine, snowfields, more distant waterfalls, two little tarns, sometimes a herd of mountain goats, and finally the vast views from the gap which is the highest point on the Wonderland Trail. Snow is likely at the gap. Poles will be very useful. This classic trail is very popular. Parking is limited. Meet at 8 a.m. at White River entrance, Mt. Rainer NP. Bob Michelson, 206-363-6035, [email protected]
(s7/20-7/30) Aug. , Sat. - Mt. Dickerman (VS) (USGS Sloan Peak) 8.5 mi, 3,800’ Slow pace. Meet at 8 a.m. at the S. Everett Freeway Station P&R located in the I-5 median at 112th St. S.E. near Silver Lake in S. Everett. We will further consolidate the carpools here. NWFP or National Forest Recreation Day Pass required. Leader: Michael Arriaga, 206 718-8924, [email protected]
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Aug , Sat. - Tonga Ridge (E) (GT Skykomish #175 & Stevens Pass #176) 6-1/2 mi., 400’ gain. Leisurely pace. An easy ridge wander with summit and/or lake options depending on party ambitions. Great views! Guests or members who need assistance with signing up should contact the leader: Ken Hahn, [email protected]
, 206-595-7237. (s7/20-8/1) Aug. , Sat. - Hidden Lake Peak Lookout (S) (GT Diablo Dam-46 & Cascade Pass-80) 8 mi., 3500’ Moderate pace. For sheer beauty, it’s hard to top the hike to Hidden Lake lookout. Sprawling meadows bursting with wildflowers, granite slabs and boulders laced with heather, glistening snowfields birthing tumbling waters, alpine nooks providing refuge to ptarmigans and pipits, a historical fire lookout, and views—stunning, mouthgaping views. NWFP. Meet 8:30 a.m. W. of Marblemount bridge. 2.5-3 hr. Leader Felicia Wibowo 206-525-2490, [email protected]
hotmail.com. (s7/13-7/31) Aug. , Sat. - Mt. Washington (S) (USGS Chester Morse or GT Bandera) 10-12 mi., 3200’ Moderate pace. Bring a treat to share. Hint: the leader likes chocolate. Meet 7 a.m. at Tibbetts Field P&R. Party limit 8. Please, no calls after 7 p.m. Leader: Chuck Gustafson, 425-481-6540, [email protected]
com. (s7/20-7/31) Aug. , Sat. - Sahale Arm (VS) (USGS Cascade Pass) 11 mi., 4000’ gain. Check website for more info—this trip is going to rock! Meet 6:30 a.m. at Brickyard P&R. Leader: Carly Waterman, 253-670-3173, [email protected]
(s7/20-7/30) Aug. , Sun. - Gothic Basin (S) (GT Sloan #111 & Monte Cristo #143) 9 mi., 2600’ gain. Leisurely pace. A trip through old mining country to a high alpine lake with dramatic views up to Foggy and Del Campo peaks. Very Sierra Nevada-like scenery at half the elevation! Guests or members who need assistance with sign up should contact the leader: Ken Hahn: [email protected]
or 206-595-7237 (s7/20-8/1) Aug , Sun. - Ingalls Lake (S) (GT Mt Stuart #209) 9 mi, 2600’ gain. Leisurely pace. This is one of my all time favorite hikes in Washington! It’s not uncommon to have lunch with a few mountain goats on this hike. It can be a bit of a workout (especially in hot weather) but the views are completely worth it! Guests or members who need assistance with sign up should contact the leader: Jack Nichols: [email protected]
or 206755-1511 (s7/20-7/31) Aug. 5, Wed. - Mt. Defiance (AHH) (S) (USGS Bandera) 10 mi., 3300’ Meet at the stop sign just as you turn onto the frontage road heading to the Tiger Mtn. on the S. side of I-90 (Exit 20). We’ll be leaving promptly at 4:30 p.m. Bring headlamp or good flashlight and extra batteries as there is a good chance we will return to cars after dark. Co-leaders: Neil Carlsten, [email protected]
comcast.net, 206-551-0572; Robert MacOnie, 253-639-0698, [email protected]
(s7/28-8/4) Aug. 7, Fri. - Wonderland Trail: Mowich Lake to Westside Rd., One Way (VS) (GT-269 Mt. Rainier W.) 28 mi., 6700’ or 8800’ gain. Key exchange between Mowich Lake and Westside Rd. with Neil leading the northern group and Mary & Pete leading the southern-going group. Very early start! This should not be your first hike of the season! Leaders: Peter McCormick & Mary Aulet, 425 822-0128, [email protected]
; Neil Carlsten, [email protected]
, 206-551-0572. (s7/6 -7/16) Aug. 9, Sun. - Spray Park-Spray Falls (M) (GT-269 Mt. Rainier W.) 8 mi., 2200’ gain. Meeting time and place TBD. On Wednesday or Thursday prior to the hike, leader will release contact info in an effort to facilitate carpools. Please let leader know if you do not want your contact info released. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, [email protected]
(s7/27 -8/6) Aug. 9, Sun. - Mt. Dickerman (S) (GT Sloan #111) 8.5 mi, 3800’ gain. Leisurely pace. This is a wonderful, strenuous hike with amazingly gorgeous views of the Mountain Loop Highway area during a time of the year with blue skies (no promises), warm weather and time to relax on top - identify many future hiking summits from the surrounding views. If you’ve haven’t been out enough this year and want a great summer experience. Summit treats are provided (Turtles for anyone who comes). Guests or members who need assistance with sign up should contact the leader: Tab Wilkins: [email protected]
206-7823666 (s7/13-8/7) Aug. , Thu. - CLINIC Intro to Wilderness First Aid See the Seattle Branch first aid section for all the details. Aug. 5, Sat. - Pratt Lake (S) (USGS Bandera & Snoqualmie Pass) 11.5 mi., 2300’ gain. Slow pace. Meet at 8 a.m. at Tibbetts P&R in Issaquah. We will further consolidate the carpools here. NWFP or National Forest Recreation Day Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Leader: Michael Arriaga, 206 718-8924, [email protected]
(s8/3-8/13) Aug. 5, Sat. - Lake Stuart (M) (USGS Enchantment Lakes) 9 mi., 1800’ Meeting time and place TBD. Leader: Shep Griswold, 425 822-6206, [email protected]
(s8/3-8/13) Aug. 5, Sat. - Horseshoe Basin via Cascade Pass (VS) (Cascade Pass) 18 mi., 4800’ gain. Meet 8 a.m. at Cascade Pass TH. Leaders: Peter McCormick & Mary Aulet, 425-822-0128, [email protected]
(s8/3 -8/13) Aug. 5, Sat. - Hidden Lake Lookout, (S) (GT Marblemount or USGS Eldorado Peak & Sonny Boy Lakes) 8 mi., 3500’ gain. Moderate pace. Meet at W. side of bridge in Marblemount at 8 a.m. to consolidate carpools. Bring a treat to share. Hint: the leader likes chocolate. Party limit 8. Leader: Chuck Gustafson, 425-481-6540, [email protected]
Please, no calls after 7 p.m. (s8/3-7/13) Aug. 6, Sun. - Navaho Pass (S) (USGS Mt. Stuart) 11 mi., 2900’ gain. We’ll meet at leader’s house on Snoqualmie Pass. Leader will identify a staging location for carpooling—probably Tibbetts. In an effort to facilitate carpooling, leader will release contact info. Please let him know if you do not want your contact info released. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, chris. [email protected]
(s8/3 -8/13) Aug. 9, Wed. - Mason, Rainbow & Ollalie Lakes One Way (AHH) (S) (GT-206 Bandera) 10 mi., 2700’ gain. See Aug. 5 description for details. Leader: David Suhr, 425-235-9091, [email protected]
somenamehere.com. Assistant leader: Tish Ward. (s8/11-8/18) Aug. 0, Thu. - Beginning Hiker Seminar. Club headquarters, 6:30-9 p.m. No registration. No fee. Open to members and non-members. Learn what to put in your pack, how to dress for comfort and safety, and what to expect on hikes. We will discuss clothing, boots and packs, the Ten Essential Systems, seasonal trail hazards, how to shop for equipment (and save money), and how to research your trips. This seminar is designed to answer
questions a beginning hiker may have about how to get started. We will show samples of our equipment and talk about some of our favorite places to hike. Informational handouts are included. Contact [email protected]
for more information or just show up! Aug. , Sat. - Mason Lake, Ira Spring Memorial (M/S) (GT-206 Bandera) 7 mi., 2400’ gain. Slow pace. Meet at 8 a.m. at Tibbetts P&R in Issaquah. We will further consolidate the carpools here. NWFP or National Forest Recreation Day Pass is required to park at the TH. Leader: Michael Arriaga, 206 7188924, [email protected]
(s8/10-8/20) Aug. , Sat. - Mowich Ramble (M/S) (GT-269 Mt. Rainer W.) 12.5 mi., 2,400’ gain. Moderate pace. Experienced hikers only, please. An early start should enable us to beat the worst of the heat as we visit some of the most spectacular destinations at the NW corner of Mt. Rainier. Leader will be car camping at Mowich Lake on Friday—you are welcome to join! Cameras welcome on this photo-friendly hike. Leader: Steve Payne, 253-315-0426, [email protected]
(s8/10-8/20) Aug. , Sat. - Lake Lillian (M/S) (USGS Snoqualmie Pass) 10 mi., 1750’ gain. Moderate pace. We’ll meet at leader’s house in Hyak. Directions to follow. Some people may choose to meet at Tibbetts at 7:30 a.m. Also, in an effort to expedite carpool options, contact info will be released prior to hike. Please let leader know if you do not want your contact info released. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, [email protected]
com. (s7/27 -8/19) Aug. 9, Sat. - Mt. Beljica, Lake Christine (E) (USGS Mt. Rainer E. or GT-270) 4.5 mi., 1100’ gain. Leisurely pace. Spectacular view of the mountain with a minimum expenditure of human energy. Meet at 9 a.m., Copper Creek Inn on SR-706. NWFP. 2 hrs. Leader: Jim Gross, 206-283-5154. (s8/17-8/27) Aug. 9, Sat. - Welcome Pass/Excelsior Ridge Traverse (VS) (USGS Mt. Baker & Mt. Shuksan) 12 mi., 3700’ gain. Moderate pace. This trip will take most of the day. Leader will release contact info in an effort to help with possible carpool options prior to arrival at the carpool meeting area. Please let leader know if you do not want your info released. Leader: Chris Caviezel, 425-434-0899, [email protected]
(s8/3 -8/26) Sept. , Wed. - Secrets of Si Loop (AHH) (S) (GT Mt. Si 174) See Aug. 5 description for details. Co-leaders: Sheryl Lamberton, 253-473-0819, [email protected]
; Robert MacOnie, 253-639-0698, [email protected]
(s8/25-9/1) Sept. 8-0, Tue.-Thu. - North Cascades Car Camp (MIDWEEK HIKERS) Various hikes are planned for three days in the spectacular North Cascades, Twisp River section. See “Midweek Hikes” for more details or go online. Glen Strachan, 425-869-8094, [email protected]
Co-leader: Suzan Reiley. (s8/21-9/4) Sept. 4, Mon. - Hike Leadership Workshop. Club headquarters, 7-9 p.m. Want to become a hike leader and lead hikes this season? Past and current hike leaders as well as those interested in becoming a new leader are invited to participate. Steps to become a hike leader, hiking trip standards, recommended resources and the mentor program that matches new leaders with experienced hike leaders are presented in an informal Q&A format. The workshop is free and open to all Mountaineers members, but please sign up online so we can anticipate group size. Contact Jon Shields, 206-932-0857, [email protected]
, for more information.
Chair: Joe Toynbee, 425-228-6118. Questions? Call Joe, or Kathy Biever, 206-283-9047, or Ruth Godding, 425-836-9873. Note: Registration instructions included with each trip description. Opening and closing dates are shown in ( ) following each trip. Trip classifications are the same as those listed under Hiking. For trail guidebook abbreviations, see page 19 of the Go Guide. Hikes in the Issaquah area will meet at the Issaquah Trail Center (ITC) instead of Tibbetts Field. Directions to the center are as follows: Take I-90 Exit 17 and turn right. Go about one mile to light on Sunset, and then go two more blocks to Bush St. and turn left. Go two blocks and you will see the yellow trail center building and parking area on your left.
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Aug. , Mon. - Midweek Hike Planning Meeting and Potluck—Leaders Only10:30 a.m. at Trudy Ecob’s. Plan Oct.-Dec., 2009. Call for potluck assignment and directions if needed. Trudy Ecob, 206-232-2933; Kathy Biever, 206-283-9047. Aug. 5, Wed. - Naches Peak Loop (E) 4.5 mi., 700’ gain. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Charlie’s Cafe. Magical high-alpine hiking past meadows, lakes and unforgettable views. Slow, steady pace. Leader’s favorite for probable flowers and alpine views (nature rules). Arrive at Charlie’s Cafe at 7:30 a.m. if you want breaksfast—on SR-410 just E. of Enumclaw. Register online or via club headquarters. Leader: Lucile Townsend, 206-523-8421, [email protected]
(s7/22-8/3) Aug. 6, Thu. - Spray Park via Knapsack Pass (MS) (GT Mt. Rainier W. #269) 5.8 mi., 1900’ gain. This is a loop hike from Mowich Lake over Knapsack Pass to Spray Park and return via the traditional Spray Park trail. Expansive views of Rainier and its foothills from the pass, weather permitting. Flowers in early August should be at their best with great numbers of species. There is a short half-mile of boulder hopping. Meet at Charlie’s Restaurant E. of Enumclaw for departure at 8:30 a.m. Register online or with club headquarters. Ralph Caldwell, 425-836-2610, or Ron McConnell, 425-451-2142. (S7/24-8/4) Aug. , Tue. - Stevens Pass (Parade of Passes Hike #) (M) (GT Stevens Pass #176) 8 mi., 1200’ gain. Hike 2 mi. S. and then 2 mi. N. from the pass. Meet at 8 a.m. at Preston P&R, I-90 Exit 22. Sign up with leader, Joe Toynbee, 425-228-6118. Aug. 8, Tue. - Snow Lake (M) (GT Snoqualmie Pass #207) 7 mi., 1700’ gain. This superb but very popular hike is best enjoyed midweek. Moderate pace. Meet at 10 a.m. at ITC (see preamble). 1-1/4 hr. No registration, members only. Guidebook: Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region. Peter Stevens, 425-483-8851. Aug. , Fri. - Mt. Dickerman (VS) (GT Sloan Peak #111) 8.5 mi., 3800’gain. Hike up, up, up for stunning 360-degree views. Meet 8:30 a.m. at N. end of P&R under I-5 at N.E. 65th St. Register with club headquarters. Kathy Biever, 206-283-9047. (s8/12-19) Aug. 5, Tue. - Tamanos Ridge (S) (GT Mt. Rainier E. #270) 9 mi., 2500’ gain. If the weather’s good we’ll linger on the ridge to soak up the views and allow those with extra energy to hike another steep 500’. Sign up online or via club headquarters.
Leader: Jon Struss, 206-244-2669, [email protected]
Aug. 7, Thu. - Second Burroughs Mtn. (M) (GT Mt. Rainier E. #270) 6 mi., 1300’ gain. This spectacular but moderate hike is best enjoyed midweek. Moderate pace. Meet at 8 a.m. at ITC. 3 hrs. No registration, members only. Peter Stevens, 425483-8851. MR Sept. , Wed. - Crystal Peak (MS) (GT Mt. Rainier E. #270) 7 mi., 2300’ gain. Beautiful trip through forest and open meadows to summit overlooking Crystal Lake and Mt. Rainier. Meet at Charlie’s Restaurant in Enumclaw for 8:30 a.m. departure. Register online or via club headquarters. Leader: Jane Barrett, 425-455-2314, [email protected]
Chair: Warner Hughes, 425-822-2302, [email protected]
All Mountaineers are welcome at Retired Rovers events listed in the Go Guide. For information contact the chair. Chair: Frank Sincock, 206-366-1884, [email protected]
All Mountaineers are welcome at Retired Rovers events. For information contact the chair. Note: In addition to events listed below our Retired Rovers also enjoy participating in Midweek Hikes and Naturalist hikes (check those sections). If you need advice on the best hikes for you, feel free to call any of the hike leaders.
Web Page: Brian High, [email protected]
Seattle Mountaineers Kayak: www.mountaineers.org/Seattle/kayak Marine Weather: www.seawfo.noaa.gov/products/CWFSEA Puget Sound Shoreline Aerial Photos: www.ecy.wa.gov/apps/shorephotos Puget Sound boat launch sites: www.boat.iac.wa.gov
Advance notice: midweek hikes
Sept. 8-0, Tue.-Thu. - North Cascades Car Camp (MIDWEEK HIKERS). Various hikes are planned for three days in the spectacular North Cascades, Twisp River Section. See “Midweek Hikes” for more details or go online. Leader: Glen Strachan, 425-869-8094, [email protected]
Co-leader: Susan Reiley. (s8/21-9/4)
Chair: Don Schaechtel, [email protected]
, 206-938-2125. There are no Naturalist-specific trips scheduled this month, but you can find hikes, backpacks, midweek hikes and photography trips in great wildflower settings listed under those respective sections of the Go Guide.
Committee chair: Lynn Graf, [email protected]
Indicates a Trailhead event. See. pg. 1
For the most up-to-date information on navigation, including instructor registration, details of required homework assignments (which you must complete before attending the workshop), navigation card replacement, and compass requirements, see the navigation website: www.mountaineers.org/seattle/navigation.
Basic Navigation Course
The Basic Navigation Course is offered in the spring and fall of each year. Learn how to get more info out of your map, how to figure out the bearing for your destination and how to follow it. Get a head start on your course requirements. The course consists of a map and compass workshop (one full evening) and a challenging field trip (one full day at Heybrook Ridge, about 1500’ of elevation gain and considerable off-trail travel). Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a navigation card. Basic Navigation is required for Basic Climbing, Snowshoe and Alpine Scrambling Courses, as well as some ski classes. The course is strongly recommended for all hike leaders and backcountry skiers, and is useful for hikers. Watch the website and coming Go Guides for information about fall course enrollment.
Aug. 6, Thu. - Samish Island Picnic Come any time after 10 a.m. and enjoy the hospitality provided by Dick and Barbara Sacksteder at their cabin on Samish Island. There are herons and eagles to watch, a pleasant walk around the island, good food and lots of talk to keep us occupied. Bring a salad or hors d’oeuvres for the potluck. For information, directions, and possible ride-sharing, call Barbara Sacksteder, 206-363-0975 (cell: 206-818-1354). Aug. , Tue. - Brown-Bag Lunch, Meeting and Program 11 a.m. at club headquarters. Bring your own brown-bag lunch and we will provide coffee and tea. Enjoy lunch with your friends or meet new ones. At this meeting you will hear about upcoming events, followed by a program presented by Worth Gurley, with the help of his daughter, Heather, relating stories of his worldwide travels with his wife, Marian. Our post-meeting walk will be to Magnuson Park’s Promontory Point which is S. of 65th St. N.E. This area is being reclaimed by Seattle Parks and the Seattle Audubon Society for birds and nature. Aug. 8, Tue. - Alki Ave. (West Seattle) to Jack Block Park 5.5 mi., no gain. Meet at 10 a.m. at the “Statue of Liberty” on Alki S.W. at S.W. 61st St. We will walk E. (towards downtown Seattle) to Jack Block Park and then return to have lunch at the little restaurant at the West Seattle Ferry Terminal for good fish and chips. For more information and to sign up, call leader: Barbara Post, 206-937-1374. Aug. 8, Fri. - Carkeek Park Hike/Walk 10:30 a.m. 3.7 mi., 250’ gain. Meet at N.W. 100th Pl. and 6th Ave. N.W. (behind Holman Road QFC). Metro buses #28 and #75. We will follow the trail past Pipers Orchard and then climb the South Ridge Trail to the South Bluff Trail stopping at the Upper Meadow for lunch, where covered tables and restroom are available. Beach access is available there for those who wish to walk along the beach. We will return through the wetlands and Lower Meadow Trail past the Metro Plant, connecting back to Pipers Creek Trail. Bring hiking shoes and lunch. Sign up with hike leaders: Dave & Lorraine Swierkos, 206-402-5962.
If you are interested in obtaining equivalency from Mountaineers Sea Kayaking (Seattle Branch), please contact Dede Chinlund or Kim Frasher (contact information above) for an application. Equivalency usually takes 3-4 weeks to process after your application is received. In order to receive equivalency, you must have taken a fundamental sea kayaking course that teaches basics in such skills as paddling, bracing, rescues, safety and clothing, or have significant experience and knowledge to demonstrate such skills. A demonstration paddle is required for applicants whose skills or experience are not clear to the equivalency team.
Trips are open to all Mountaineers who have graduated from our course or have been granted equivalency. Contact Dede Chinlund, [email protected]
comcast.net, if you think you might qualify for equivalency. Sign up with the designated trip leader unless otherwise indicated. The sea kayaking group follows the procedures listed in the “Sending you on your way” section on pg. 19 of this Go Guide when signing up through club headquarters. Please contact the leader as soon as possible to cancel if you are unable to attend after signing up. The “sea kayak essentials” as listed on pg. 19 are required and the trip leader may require additional equipment. Call the trip leader if there are any questions. Late Breaking Trip Announcements: Some trips may not make it into the Go Guide. We suggest visiting the activities search page at www.mountaineers. org for late-breaking trips.
Aug. 5-6 - Wet Wednesdays (SKI) Please join us for Wet Wednesdays every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. After a hot summer’s day on the job, come to the lake to cool off, have some fun, and strengthen your skills. Help one another work on strokes, bracing, rescues, and rolling in a safe, supportive and chlorine-free environment. Offered primarily for students and recent graduates of the Basic Sea Kayaking Course, but all course graduates (or those granted equivalence) are welcome to participate. Dress for immersion in approximately 65-70 degree water. PFD and helmet required. (Bicycle helmet okay.) No equipment will be provided for you. Launch at 7 p.m. at Matthews Beach. Contact Brian High at [email protected]
com for more details.
All Mountaineers members are welcome at all Singles events. Carpools are encouraged to save the environment & reduce global warming. A restaurant stop after hikes is normal. For a complete updated list of hikes and social events that may not be listed in the Go Guide and for online registration, visit www.mountaineers. org and see the “Activities” link. Activity Information Website: Also, for further information about the singles section, see our website: www.mountaineers.org/seattle/ssingles.
Visit our website at http://www.mountaineers.org/seattle/sailing.
To sign up: First go online or call club headquarters (206-521-6001) and then contact the skipper.
Singles Committee leaders
Basic map, compass clinic offered
Aug 0-, Thu.-Sat. - CLINIC Basic Map & Compass See Seattle Hiking section for all the details about this workshop
Chair: Anne Smart, 206-283-4973, [email protected]
Aug. , Sun. - Washington Renaissance Faire (E) Meet at 10 a.m. at the main gate. Enjoy and photograph jousting and equestrian events, sword fighting, gypsy dancing, Celtic dancing, and wandering minstrels, as well as myriad craftsmen demonstrating and vending their ancient art. The location for the Renaissance & Fantasy Faire has changed and is now in Buckley. Directions and more info can be found at www.washingtonrenfaire.com. Cost of admission varies, so be sure to check the ticket page on the site. If you buy and print your tickets online, they are cheaper. Leader: Anita Elder, 206-832-1036, [email protected]
com. (s7/1-7/29) Aug. 7-, Fri.-Wed. - Tonquin Valley/Astoria River Photo Backpack, Jasper NP, Alberta (MS) 40+ mi., 4700’ gain. (Also listed in Photography section) Explore and photograph one of the most exceptional scenic backcountry areas in the Canadian Rockies. See Seattle Photography online listing for full details and registration. Enjoy stunning scenery along the Astoria River, Tonquin Valley lakes and Rampart peaks during hikes from camps into spectacular mountain valleys and passes. Day hike options from camp include Verdant and Campus passes with close views of Mt Edith Cavell, Eremite Valley to Arrowhead Lake, Amethyst Lakes, Clitheroe Peak, and more. Photo opportunities abound from sunrise to sunset for beautiful reflections, glaciated peaks, including the towering Ramparts (series of 10 peaks rising 3000’ from Tonquin Valley), cascading streams, lakes, abundant wildflowers and wildlife (caribou, moose, bear, pika, to name a few). See “Canadian Rockies Trail Guide” (Patton & Robinson); “Don’t Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies” (Copeland); “Jasper-Robson: A Taste of Heaven (Beers).” Map: Jasper/Maligne Lk. (Gem Trek) or Amethyst Lakes 83D/9. Leader: Linda Moore, [email protected]
(preferred), 425-347-7650 (evenings 7-9 p.m.). Aug. 4, Fri. - Des Moines Beach Park and Marina (E) Meet at 6 p.m. at Des Moines Marina, N. parking lot. Photograph water and mountain views, a Puget Sound beach and creek, boats and a fishing pier. We will meet about 2 hrs. before sunset, which will be at 8:23 p.m., and hope for the best in this west-facing park and marina. Low tide is at 5:40 p.m. if you want to get there a little earlier. Leader: Harry Higgins, 206-433-6536, [email protected]
hotmail.com. (s7/13-8/13) Aug. 9, Wed. - Potluck and Image Presentation (E) Monthly photography event at club headquarters. Socializing begins at 6 p.m.; potluck at 6:30. Meeting and creative image show starts at 7:15 p.m. Bring a potluck dish and up to eight (8) slides, prints or digital images to share. Visit www.mountaineers.org/seattle/ photography for digital image instructions. No registration required; just come and bring your photos. Guests are welcome. Leader: Herb Johnson, 206-523-4544, [email protected]
Aug. , Sun. - 9:0 a.m. Port of Edmonds. To Kingston for lunch, back around 6 p.m. Yankee Dolphin 24’ Poisson. Skipper Carl Harrington. 3 crew + skipper. 206-546-0275 for details. (s7/21-7/30) Aug. 8, Sat. - 9:0 a.m. Port of Edmonds. To Port Madison for rafting up with Heart of Gold and CaVa! J/92 30’ Heart of Gold. Yankee Dolphin 24’ Poisson. Skipper Carl Harrington. 3 crew + skipper. 206-546-0275 for details. (s7/28-8/6) Aug. 8, Sat. - a.m. Shilshole Marina. To Port Madison for rafting up with Poisson and CaVa!. J/92 30’ Heart of Gold. Skipper Mike Brough. 4 crew (plus one alternate standby) + skipper. 206-782-6892 for details. (s7/28-8/6) Aug. 8, Sat. - a.m. Shilshole Marina. To Port Madison for rafting up with Heart of Gold and Poisson. Beneteau 30’ CaVa! Skipper Hal Tobie. 4 crew + skipper. 206-242-9658 for details. (s7/28-8/6) Aug. , Wed. - 6 p.m. Shilshole Marina. To Puget Sound. J/92 30’ Heart of Gold. Skipper Mike Brough. 4 crew (plus one alternate standby) + skipper. 206-782-6892 for details. (s7/28-8/11) Aug. , Wed. - 6:0 p.m. Shilshole Marina. Sunset sail in Puget Sound. Beneteau 30’ Ca Va! Skipper Hal Tobie. 4 crew + skipper. 206-242-9658 for details. (s7/28-8/11) Aug. 6, Sun. - 9:0 a.m. Port of Edmonds. To Kingston for lunch, back around 6 p.m. Yankee Dolphin 24’ Poisson. Skipper Carl Harrington. 3 crew + skipper. 206-546-0275 for details. (s8/4-8/13) Aug. 6, Sun. - a.m. Shilshole Marina. To Puget Sound. J/92 30’ Heart of Gold. Skipper Mike Brough. 4 crew (plus one alternate standby) + skipper. 206-782-6892 for details. (s8/4-8/13) Aug. 9, Wed. - 6:0 p.m. Shilshole Marina. Sunset sail in Puget Sound. Beneteau 30’ Ca Va! Skipper Hal Tobie. 4 crew + skipper. 206-242-9658 for details. (s8/4-8/18) Aug. , Fri. - 6 p.m. Shilshole Marina. To Puget Sound. J/92 30’ Heart of Gold. Skipper Mike Brough. 4 crew (plus one alternate standby) + skipper. 206-782-6892 for details. (s8/11-8/20) Aug. 6, Wed. - 6:0 p.m. Shilshole Marina. Sunset sail to in Puget Sound. Beneteau 30’ Ca Va! Skipper Hal Tobie. 4 crew + skipper. 206-242-9658 for details. (s8/11-8/25) Aug. 7, Thu. - 6 p.m. Shilshole Marina. To Puget Sound. J/92 30’ Heart of Gold. Skipper Mike Brough. 4 crew (plus one alternate standby) + skipper. 206-782-6892 for details. (s8/11-8/25)
(contact between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.)
Treasurer: Need a volunteer!
Chair: Steve Sears, 425-821-5945, [email protected]
Secretary/Webmaster: George Liu, 206-320-1136, [email protected]
Hiking: Jerry Wheeler, 206-242-9344, [email protected]
Social Events: Need a volunteer! Lodges/ELC: Eldon Ball, 206-366-8405, [email protected]
Dancing: Karen Ludwig, 206-484-9187, [email protected]
Leader/Work Party Incentives: Earn annual trailhead parking or Sno-Park permits by leading five or more Go Guidelisted Seattle Singles hikes, and/or cross-country ski outings and recording trip reports on the website or leading two trail work parties. Permits will be awarded for the season following participation. Contact Eldon Ball, 206-366-8405, [email protected]
, for details. Sign up now to lead and earn your permits. Fellow Mountaineers—If you enjoy the activities and events that the Singles Committee presents, then it is time to help. This is a volunteer organization. The more who help, the better we can do. Volunteers are needed for the committee, the R&R Dance subcommittee, and to lead hikes and social events. Contact the committee members listed above. Thanks. Lodge & Environmental Learning Center Weekends: Plan ahead! Schedule for 2009: Fireside Lodge, Whistler, B.C., Au. 6, 7, 8, 9; Baker Lodge, Aug.14-16; Stevens Lodge, TBD (need leader). Questions/details: Eldon Ball, [email protected]
Sea Kayaking Committee: The Committee normally meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the club headquarters. The next meeting will be Aug. 4. Chair: George Swapp, 206-770-9099 Co-Chair: Annette Brigham, 206-322-3922 Secretary: Roseanne Staroski, 206-241-4475 Basic Class: John Kelly, 206-767-1961, [email protected]
Equivalency: Dede Chinlund, [email protected]
; Kim Frasher, Kim. [email protected]
, 206-465-6175 Naturalist: Sarah Miller, 206-361-6301, [email protected]
Leadership: Sharon Rindal, [email protected]
Safety: Lee McKee, 360-871-1862 Social: Felicia Wibowo, 206-525-2490 Special Programs: Felicia Wibowo, 206-525-2490 Training: Mike Kennedy and Carol Asplund, 206-633-3948 Treasurer: Carol Asplund, 206-633-3948 Trips: Leslie Carpenter, 206-417-0729, [email protected]
; Sharon Rindal, [email protected]
Leaders needed for hikes or outings in October. By Aug. 25, contact Monty Pratt, [email protected]
(206-718-8812. Hikers, note: If you sign up for a hike, it is assumed you have a way to get to and from the TH. While carpooling is encouraged, it is not always available, so be prepared to drive yourself. This means that you may also need to purchase a Northwest Forest Parking Permit (NWFP), or a day pass to get into Mt. Rainer or other national parks and monuments. Both are good reasons to carpool if you can arrange it. The Mountaineers or hike leaders bear no responsibility for the driver’s proficiency or the automobile’s condition. This is strictly an arrangement worked out between the driver and the rider(s). The official club carpool rate for each passenger is 15 cents per mile, plus the passenger’s share of any acess fees. If you wish to ride, check your profile on The Mountaineers website or call club headquarters to see who has offered to be a driver. This information should be available by1 p.m. on the Friday before the hike. If you can phone someone and arrange to ride with them, then you are set. If you have no car, then you should look for another hike and possible driver. If you end up driving, you might consider one of the internet map sites, such as Google maps or Yahoo maps, to figure miles and time from your location to the TH.
Aug. , Sat. - Summerland (M) (Mt. Rainier E.) 8.5 mi., 2100’ gain. Meet 9 a.m. at Frying Pan Creek TH. 1-3/4 hrs. Enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Rainier and Little Tahoma, plus wildflowers and possible mountain goat or bear sightings. Leader’s favorite hike. Flowers and marmots abound. Leader: Nancy Zwicker, 360-886-0152, [email protected]
(s7/23-7/30) MR Aug. , Sat. - Skyline Trail to Panorama Point (M) (Mt. Rainier E.) 5 mi., 1500’ gain. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Paradise Parking Lot near Visitor Cntr. 2-1/2 hrs. If you are considering this hike, the following information may be helpful before signing up. Meeting at the TH and arranging your own transportation puts more of the responsibility on the individual participants, but that’s how the leader has decided to do it this year, given recent changes in the club’s carpooling policy. Other leaders may have opted to take on carpooling coordination for their hikes. As always, be
Go Guide August 2009
prepared with food, sufficient fluids, extra clothing, and directions to the TH. This is a slow-pace hike, so if you can not hike slow, then you might be happier on another hike. This will be a social, fun and safe outing. An e-mail will be sent to you the Thursday before the hike. Make sure you read it that night or on Friday. Leader: Jo Fortin, 206-349-0957, [email protected]
yahoo.com. (s7/23-7/30) MR Aug. , Sun. - Copper Mtn. (North Cascades) (VS) (Challenger /Shuksan) 20 mi., 4500’ gain in, 1100’ out. Meet 4 a.m. at Brickyard P&R. I-405, Exit 22 (N.E. 160th St.), W. side. 1/3 hr.or 7 a.m. at Glacier Public Service Center (on SR-542) 3 hrs. Douglas Fir, Excelsior, Silver Fir CG are nearby; they require reservations. Please indicate if you don’t want your contact information made available for carpooling purposes. USFS recommended high clearance vehicles two years ago; low-clearance vehicles may scrape the bottom but are possible with careful driving. Lawrence Landauer, [email protected]
com. (s7/20-7/30) Aug. , Sun. - Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground via Kautz Creek (S) (Mt. Rainier W./Randle) 11 mi., 3300’ gain in, 200’ out. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Kautz Creek TH parking lot 2 hrs. Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground on summer days is glorious. See wildflowers, animals, views of the mountain. Snow should be mostly gone. Leader: Robert Pankl, 206-729-0162, [email protected]
net. (s7/24-7/30) MR Aug. , Sun. - Skyscraper Mtn. (EM) (Mt. Rainier E.) 7.5 mi., 1200’ gain in, 300’ out. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Sunrise parking lot restrooms. 2 1/2 hrs. See Aug. 1 Skyline Trail listing about transportation arrangements. Leader: Jo Fortin, 206-349-0957, [email protected]
(s7/23-7/30) MR Aug. 6-9, Thu.-Sun. - Whistler Singles Weekend Limit 50. Enjoy four amazing days and three fabulous nights in spectacular Whistler, including three hearty breakfasts and two dinners. Accommodations are at the spacious Fireside Lodge between Whistler Creekside & Whistler Village. Check in after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Refrigerators and a fully-equipped kitchen are available to use. Relax and socialize in the huge lounge or sit out on the deck and look for shooting stars. Activities include hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, golfing, zip-lining, geo-caching and much more. Enjoy the numerous restaurants and shopping in the village. Bring proof of citizenship and your customary personal items, including sleeping bag, towel, swimsuit and bikes. $120 for Mountaineers members, $140 for non-members. Register online or with member services, 206-521-6001. Cancellation fee: $10 from July 30 and no refunds after Aug. 3. Carpool assignments available on Wed., Aug. 6. Call Karen, 253-202-7458, with questions. Additional lodge information at www.firesidelodge.org Aug. 8, Sat. - Snowgrass Flats/Goat Ridge Loop (S) (Walupt Lk.) 13 mi., 3200’ gain. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Old Packwood RS. 2-1/2 hrs. Gain includes large dips. Trail crosses Goat Creek in the forest on a bridge. There is a view of a nice falls. Trail continues steep and steady—1400’ gain in the next mile. Arrive at Snowgrass Flats. Lush flower meadows all the way to Goat Lake and beyond. Some steep loose sections cross the vertical meadows of Goat Ridge. Optional fork to old lookout. access to PCT, Lilly Basin, Jordan Basin See Aug. 1 Skyline Trail listing about transportation arrangements. Leader: Jo Fortin, 206-3490957, [email protected]
(s7/23-7/30) Aug. 9, Sun. - Crystal Lakes (M) (Mt. Rainier E.) 6 mi., 2300’ gain. Meet 7 a.m. at S. Renton P&R. 1/3 hr. A high alpine lake basin with beautiful meadows and peaks on three sides. Steep trail. Usually snow-free earlier than other Rainier trails of similar elevation. Upper lake is at 5800’—lower has campsites and is at 5400’. P&R addresses: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/ parknride/pr-south-east-side.html. Leader: Monty Pratt, 206-7188812, [email protected]
(s7/31-8/6) MR Aug. 4-6, Fri.-Sun. - Baker Lodge Singles Weekend Limit 64. See Tacoma Singles section for details. Aug. 5, Sat. - Deception Pass State Park - Goose Rock (E) (USGS Deception Pass) 8 mi., 800’ gain. Meet 9 a.m. at parking lot at S. end of Deception Pass Bridge. I-5, Exit 230; go W. on SR-20. for 11 mi.+/-. As you approach Anacortes, go left at the sign for Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Deception Pass; go S. on
SR-20 for 6 mi/ +/-.1-1/2 hrs. Leader: Gregg Pilgreen, 425-4852686, [email protected]
(s8/4-8/13) WHB Aug. 5, Sat. - Sourdough Gap/Crystal Lake Overlook (EM) (Mt. Rainier E.) 8 mi., 1400’ gain. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Crystal Lake TH. 1-1/2 hrs. See Aug. 1 Skyline Trail listing about transportation arrangements. Leader: Jo Fortin, 206-349-0957, [email protected]
(s8/6-8/13) MR Aug. 7, Mon. - Big Creek Cascades (M) (Mt. Si/Skykomish) 10 mi., 700’ gain. Meet 8 a.m. at Tibbetts P&R. 1/2 hr. Find quiet solitude on a backcountry trail leading through ancient cathedral forests and past magnificent waterfalls less than an hour from Seattle. The Taylor River Trail is an old road that’s been reclaimed by the forest. NWFP. This is a hike with a sidetrip possibility to Otter Creek Falls. Kids welcome of ages 8 or older who can muster 8 mi. Leader: Julie Way, 206-499-6793, [email protected]
(s7/27-8/14) Aug. 6, Sun. - Gobblers Knob, Westside Rd. (M) (Mt. Rainier W.) 11 mi., 2400’ gain. Meet 9:30 a.m. at TH. 2 hrs. This is a nice hike, mostly along what flooding from Tahoma Creek has spared of the Westside Rd. The last three miles are particularly beautiful. The view of Rainier from Gobblers Knob is stunning. Leader: Robert Pankl, 206-729-0162, [email protected]
(s8/6-8/13) MR Aug. , Sat. - Berkeley Park (EM) (Mt. Rainier E.) 7 mi., 1100’ gain in, 300’ out. Meet 10 a.m. at Sound Transit Bonney Lake P&R. (184th Ave. E. and SR-410). 3/4 hr. Leader: Kenneth Levine, 253584-9090, [email protected]
(s8/13-8/20) MR Aug. , Sat. - Melakwa Lake (MS) (Snoqualmie Pass) 9 mi., 2300’ gain. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Denny Creek TH (I 90, Exit 47). 1 hr. One of the three bridges over Denny Creek is currently washed out but will hopefully be rebuilt by late August. Beautiful lake hike. Trail is somewhat rocky. NWFP. Leader: Nancy Zwicker, 360-886-0152, [email protected]
(s8/13-8/20) AL Aug. , Sat. - Third Burroughs (MS) (Mt. Rainier E.) 8.5 mi., 1800’ gain. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Sunrise parking lot restrooms. 2-1/2 hrs. See Aug. 1 Skyline Trail listing about transportation arrangements. Leader: Jo Fortin, 206-349-0957, [email protected]
yahoo.com. (s8/13-8/20) Aug. , Sun. - Red Pass via Commonwealth Basin (S) (Snoqualmie Pass) 10 mi., 2700’ gain in, 250’ out. Meet 8:45 a.m. at entrance to Issaquah P&R, I-90, Exit 15. Turn right, go S. about 1/2 mi., turn left on Newport Way then left into P&R. 1/3 hr. Should have huckleberries, blueberries and great views. Leader: Eldon Ball, [email protected]
, 206-366-8405. (s 8/13-8/20) AL Aug. , Sun. - Summerland & Panhandle Gap (S) (Mt. Rainier E.) 12.5 mi., 2900’ gain. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Frying Pan Ck. TH. 1-3/4 hrs. See Aug. 1 Skyline Trail listing about transportation arrangements. Leader: Jo Fortin, 206-349-0957, [email protected]
(s8/13-8/20) Aug. 0, Sun. - Eldorado/Turnpike Passes (M) (USGS Mt. Stuart) 8 mi., 2200’ gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at Beverly Creek CG, W. end. A new hike to two passes with great views in a seldomtraveled area. Leader: Jerry Wheeler, 206-242-9344, [email protected]
hotmail.com. (s8/20-8/27) Sept. 5, Sat. - Little Giant Pass (VS) (Holden) 10 mi., 4200’ gain in, 300’ out. Meet 6:30 a.m. at Preston P&R. Moderate pace, steep trail. Fording of river at the trip’s outset. Note: not much parking at TH and high clearance vehicle likely needed on Chiwawa Rd. Please indicate when you sign up if you can drive and how many you can take. Leader will then send relevant info to other trip-goers for purposes of arranging carpools. Leader: Lawrence Landauer, 425-844-4330, [email protected]
yahoo.com. (s8/24-9/4) GP Sept. 6, Sun. - Upper Wildcat Lake Ridge (VS) (Snoqualmie Pass) 16 mi., 3150’ elevation gain in, 1550’ out Limit 8. Meet 7 a.m. at Preston P&R. 1/3 hr. Ever wondered if there’s life beyond Snow Lake? It turns out there are reportedly several more beautiful lakes. Exploratory trip reports indicate final 1/2 mi. of trail is abandoned and will possibly be rough. Intended destination: Upper Wildcat lake; will possibly stop sooner (Lower Wildcat or Gem) depending on conditions. Leader: Lawrence Landauer, 425-844-4330, [email protected]
Aug. 10, Fri. - Games Night & Snacks 7 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., #3. Bring a snack or beverage (with cups) to share and a game if you like. No need to sign up! Eldon Ball, [email protected]
July 9, Aug. 5, , 9 & 6, Wed. - Evening Outdoor Inline Skate. Wednesdays 7 p.m. Have fun and keep in shape yearround! If it rains we may walk. Optional restaurant and socializing later. Questions? Call Mark Olsoe, 206-937-7454; Jenefer Huntoon, 206-632-8804. No need to sign up. July & August: Meet at Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park: from Elliot Ave., which becomes 15th Ave. W., take the Magnolia exit (signed as Pier 89-91) and follow the signs to Pier 89. Meet at the N. end of the parking lot. July 0, Aug. 6, , 0 & 7, Thu. - Outdoor Social Volleyball at Green Lake 6 p.m. to dark every Thu. to mid-Sept., near 5800 block of E. Green Lake Way N. at Kenwood Pl. Members $1, others $2. Optional dining nearby later. No sign up needed. Questions? Eldon Ball, 206-366-8405, [email protected]
Aug. , 8, 5, & 9, Sat. - Green Lake Walk Meet at 11 a.m. in front of the Urban Bakery, 7850 E. Green Lake Dr. N. for a walk around Green Lake. After the walk we will lunch at a nearby restaurant. No registration. Questions? Contact Karen Nordal, 206-366-2736, [email protected]
Aug. 4, , 8 & 5, Tue. - Eastside Social Outdoor Volleyball 6 p.m to dark every Tue. through Sept. in Bellevue Downtown Park, E. of 100th Ave. N.E., S. of N.E. 4th St. & Bellevue Square. Members $1, others $2. No need to sign up. Questions? Eldon Ball, 206-366-8405, [email protected]
; Steve Kruse, [email protected]
, 206-779-3557; or John or Milyn McManus, [email protected]
, 425-608-0788 (bus.). Aug. 7, 4, & 8, Fri. - Eastside Outdoor Tennis Intermediate doubles. Limit 16. 7 p.m. at Robinswood Tennis Center, 2400 151st Pl. S.E., Bellevue. Call 425-452-7690 for directions. Skill level must be MINIMUM intermediate (3.0 to 4.0) and above. Play 7:15-8:30 p.m. Registration begins on Thursdays, eight days before we play, and closes the following Wednesday. Court fee: $3 per person collected by the Robinswood cashier. Those canceling on Friday and no-shows for any reason must refund court fee to leader; no exceptions. Questions? Greg, 425-828-8590, or Fay, 206-281-5029. Leader: Gregory Kidd, 425-828-8590, [email protected]
Under the Hill Rovers
Aug. , Sun. - Lake Serene (M) 8 mi., 2000’ gain. Meet at 10 a.m. at Bothell P&R. NWFP. Everybody must do Lake Serene—it’s so spectacular, which is why it’s in the “100 Classic Hikes in Washington” guidebook. Optional swimming, so come prepared. Swimming or not, expect to stay an hour or so at the Lake, weather permitting. Optional side-trip to Bridal Veil Falls on the trail back. Expect a late return home, after 6 p.m. We will form our own carpools. Leader: Jerry Cole, 206-769-9312, [email protected]
(s7/12-7/31) Aug. 5, Sat. - Snow Lake (M) (Snoqualmie Pass USGS) 7 mi. 1200’ gain in, 400’ out. Have you done Snow Lake yet this year? It’s one of the “100 Classics.” Limit 8. Meet at 10 a.m. at Tibbetts P&R. Pace: not too fast, not too slow. Be prepared to swim if you have a resilience to cool water. Swimmer or not, expect to stay an hour or so at the lake, weather permitting. We will form our own carpools. Leader: Jerry Cole, 206-769-9312, [email protected]
The Youth Committee is a Mountaineers acitivity open to all youths, ages 14 and up. Its purpose is to provide outdoor experience through activities such as hiking, scrambling, backpacking, rafting, climbing, etc., for all interested youths. It is currently being restructured. If interested in helping reshape this program, contact Leonard Russell, 206 325-1310, [email protected]
org, or Sunny Remington, 206-354-8518, [email protected]
Tacoma Branch Contacts
See Tacoma Branch official contacts in box on this page Clubhouse: 2302 N. 30th St., Tacoma, WA 98403 Website: www.tacomamountaineers.org SIGN UP FOR A TACOMA TRIP VISIT WWW.MOUNTAINEERS.ORG OR CALL 206-521-6000, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED (cancellation fees may apply for fee-based events and classes; contact leader)
Chair: Darin Brekke, 253-549-4245 Secretary: Yvonne Braune, 253-833-9276 Treasurer: Don Thompson, 360-692-8236 Trustee on Mountaineers Board: Tom Shimko, 253-272-0656 Branch Trustee: Gretchen Roosevelt, (2009), 360-759-3810 Branch Trustee: Jim Feltus (2009), 253-468-4787 Branch Trustee: Karen Turner (2010), 253-202-7458 Branch Trustee: Bill Goodman (2010), 253-564-8337 Branch Trustee: Geoffrey Lawrence (2010), 253-627-1619 Social Division Chair: Karen Turner, 253-202-7458 Outdoor Division Chair: Gary Peniston, 253-851-8348 Climbing Division Chair: Joel Edwards, 253-732-4231 Clubhouse Sec.: Helen Engle, 253-566-6965, [email protected]
DIVISIONS: Social includes family activities, folkdancing, photography, singles. Outdoor includes MOFA, HARK, hiking/backpacking, sailing, seakayaking, skiing, mountain biking. Climbing includes alpine scrambling, climbing, advancing alpinism, sport climbing, avalanche education, navigation and winter travel.
acoma Branch website: www.tacomamountaineers.org. Our goal is to provide information on current and coming activities. Constructive feedback and ideas about the website are gladly accepted. The Mountaineers Club Website: Check it out. You should log on and check your profile to be sure that your contact information (e-mail, phone, address) is correct. Then, click on the “Activities” tab and go to “Advanced Search” to search for trips by type, by branch, by date, etc. The “Communities” tab will take you to the various communities set up by different activities at the various branches. Be sure to check the website for late breaking events.
Monthly meeting suspended
Aug. 6, Sun. - It has been about 50 years since several couples in The Mountaineers Tacoma Branch met and married (Nels and Winifred Bjarke, Jerry and Kathy Hoyer, Ray and Marge Swalley to name a few). So let’s celebrate! Come to the Tacoma Clubhouse from 1 to 6 p.m. Bring pictures and stories to share. We’ll have ice cream, pie and coffee (no gifts, please). For more information, contact Jerry or Kathy Hoyer, [email protected]
The monthly meeting branch orientation show and program will not be held in August, but we’ll be back on the usual third Friday of the month, Sept. 18, with the New Member Orientation Show and a featured program.
Intro to Hiking Seminar set
Aug. 5, Tue. - Introduction to Hiking and Backpacking 7-8:0 p.m. If you’re not sure what you need to do to start hiking with The Mountaineers, or just need a kick-start, join us at the Tacoma Clubhouse, 2302 N. 30th, Tacoma, for this informa-
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tion-packed evening. Register online at www.mountaineers.org or at the door at 6:45 p.m. with exact change or check for the $5 fee. Non-members welcome! This is our last of these sessions until next spring.
Branch board to meet
Aug. , Mon., 7 p.m. - Tacoma Branch Board meeting at the clubhouse. Members can join us and see our board of trustees and division chairs in action.
Want to serve the club?
You can contribute by serving on the branch board of trustees. Election of board positions will be held in September. Below is a listing of positions and current candidates. If you would like to nominate yourself or other members (with their permission) for consideration by the nominating committee, contact Jim Feltus, [email protected]
, 253-468-4787; Tom Shimko, [email protected]
peoplepc.com, 253-272-0656; or Bill Goodman, [email protected]
harbornet.com, 253-564-8337. Chair (one-year term): Darin Brekke Chair Elect (one-year term): Geoff Lawrence Treasurer (one-year term that requires skills in accounting, budgeting, financial analysis): Marian Shepherd Secretary (one-year term): Jim Harvey Trustees (three positions of two-year terms): Don Thompson, Jim Feltus Tacoma Branch representative to Mountaineers Board of Trustees: Tom Shimko
above or around them should know the basics of avalanche awareness. Come out for an evening focused on the basics of understanding why avalanches happen, and how to avoid them. Knowing how to spot and avoid potential snow avalanches is vital for skiers, snowshoers, climbers and anyone who travels in the mountain backcountry in winter and spring. Causes of avalanches are many and complex but there are some basic tools you can use to help increase awareness and safety. This intro will cover some of those basics. Registration is open now for this popular and important Mountaineers course, to be taught by Martin Babare, [email protected]
, 253-756-5576. For more details and to register go to www.mountaineers.org. Fee: club members free, non-members $10, payable at the door. At the Tacoma Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
Aug. , Sat. - Chair Peak, NE Buttress (BR) Limit 6. Preference to Tacoma students. Need two rope leaders. Sign up with leader: John Hazelton, 253-566-1621, [email protected]
Intermediate Climbing Course
Intermediate Climbing Committee Chair: Stephan Kleine, 253-815-9054, [email protected]
Manual: Mike Lund, 425-736-5686, [email protected]
Lectures: Rebecca Catlin, 253-332-4905, [email protected]
Field Trips: Tom Labrie, 360-710-6577, [email protected]
Critical Skills: Dale Hegg, 253-891-1556, [email protected]
2009 Alpine Climbing and Scrambles Committee: Course Chair: Margot Tsakonas, [email protected]
, 425-922-3587 Records: Becky Hines, [email protected]
Field Trips: Gary Zink, [email protected]
, 253-631-4004 Critical Skills: Mike Bujnowski, [email protected]
, 253-850-1806 Mentoring: Gregg Gagliardi, [email protected]
Lecture Schedule July 30 - Ice Climbing Field Trip 1 Prep Aug. 6 - Ice Climbing Oct. 15 - Exam Field Trip Schedule Aug. 1-2 - Hard Snow and Introduction to Ice Climbing Aug. 15-16 - Ice Climbing
New! Trad Rock Climbing Course
If you’ve ever been hiking on a trail you are amply qualified to give us a hand with our ongoing branch publicity program, the popular “Hike of the Week” feature in the News Tribune Thursday Adventure Section. Help us keep this effort going by writing about your favorite day hikes. All levels of hikes are needed, from easy family hikes to strenuous conditioners. Contact Amy Mann, [email protected]
Both sessions of ACSC for 2009 are complete. If you are interested in ACSC, the next session is planned for January 2010. Detailed schedule will be published in the fall, and registration will be available late in 2009. Be sure to check for Information Night in November 2009 to find out more. Also, because MOFA and Basic Navigation Course are required for ACSC, prospective ACSC students should consider taking these classes in 2009 prior to ACSC enrollment. See the website for info about both.
Chair: Marty Babare, [email protected]
, 253-756-5576, [email protected]
nventure.com. Field trips: Mark Lemon, 253-314-6998 Critical Skills: Mark Webster, 253-209-0766 Mentoring: Ed Lansing & Mindy Nichols, 253-394-4383
Are you interested in learning to lead moderate (5.4-5.8) rock routes using trad gear (no bolts)? Are you interested in enhancing your current trad skill level? Watch for details late this year about our 2010 course. For details in the meantime, contact Marty Babare, [email protected]
New members, mentoring
Contacts: Kathleen Brammer, 253-896-4849, [email protected]
; Donna Bisogno, 253-922-4147, [email protected]
; Amy Mann, 253759-2796, [email protected]
Are you new to the club or thinking about joining? You can contact Donna, Kathleen or Amy with questions. Phone calls before 9 p.m. please. There are several ways you can find out if this club is the one for you! Are you interested in a specific activity? The chair or leader of each of our activities is ready and willing to talk to you. See specific activity listings in this Go Guide for contact information. Tacoma new member meetings are a great way to meet some of the club’s members, see a presentation of the various activities and have your questions answered. They are held most months on the third Friday, except for June, July, August, October and December. And finally, for those ready to jump right in, try one of the hikes (under “Hiking”), especially one noted as “slow” or “moderate” pace (if you prefer). Some leaders note that their trips are great beginner hikes, and all leaders are willing to share tips about gear if you’re still accumulating things. Other activities you might try out are photography meetings, backpacking trips, singles events/volleyball, social events, mountain biking or oneevening seminars such as hiking/backpacking. The expression in The Mountaineers is, “so many activities, so little time!” Join us and get out there!
Fete Gene’s 90th!
Sept. 7, 4-9 p.m. – Gene Fear’s 90th Birthday Party. Everybody who ever knew Gene is invited to this open house event at the Tacoma Clubhouse on Labor Day. Gene is the architect of the climbing pylon behind our clubhouse and oversaw its construction. In the late’50s and early ‘60s, Gene inspired his junior Mountaineers as they worked on the pylon and major projects at Irish Cabin. As he led them on outings—climbing, skiing, snowshoeing and more—Gene instilled the sense of wonder, club community and outdoor survival skills. It is that group of teenagers, somewhat older now, that is sponsoring this reunion event. Light appetizers, birthday cake and ice cream will be served. Contact: Richard Paine, 206-854-8199, [email protected]
Aug. 5, Sat. - Redstone Peak 5680’ (USGS Sunrise) 14 mi., 3300’ gain. Limit 9. Meet at 5:30 a.m. at Enumclaw McDonald’s. 1-1/4 hrs. This trip is best done when all the snow is gone; it is not a good trip to do when snow is present. The snow is usually gone by mid-July. This should be considered a 5-5 scramble with current access conditions. We’ll mountain bike about 3 mi. in, then follow the course of the W. Fork White River trail into MRNP. Some route-finding will be needed on trail as well as on summit block. Need mountain or cross bike, helmet and scramble harness. Ice ax suggested for steep grassy gully. Students should have completed one prior rock scramble and be comfortable with exposure. Leader: David Judish, 253-925-8553, [email protected]
gmail.com. (s5/5-8/13) Aug. 5, Sat. - Tatoosh Range Traverse 10 mi., 5000’ gain. Limit 9. Meet at 6 a.m. at Longmire. 2 hrs. Leaving from Reflection Lakes we’ll head up to Pinnacle Peak, then to Plummer, Denman, Lane, Waypenayo, Chutla and Eagle peaks and down to Longmire. Will have to leave one car at Longmire in order to shuttle drivers back to Relfection lakes after the scramble. Participants should have completed one conditioner and and a few scrambles this year. Leader has booked one campsite at Cougar Rock CG for 4 people. If interested in camping there, e-mail the leader. Sign up with leader: Justin McClellan, [email protected]
yahoo.com. (s7/1-8/13) Sept. 5-6, Sat.-Sun. - McClellan Peak, Ingalls-Crystal Creek Rte. Meet at 8 a.m. at Ingalls Lake TH. This is the first of two peaks in Trip 1. Another two peaks will be scrambled in Trip 2. Resupply and personnel change out at 12 noon on Wed., Sept. 9, if needed for start of Trip 2 on 9/9-13. Prerequisites: Completion of all student lectures and field trips; 2009 Mt. Si conditioner time of 2 hrs., 10 min. or less; 2009 successful snow scramble summit. E-mail leader to sign up. Include dates of required conditioner and trip. Sign up with leader: Larry Dunn, [email protected]
com. (s7/31-8/31) CAG1
If you’d like to lead an intermediate climb and are not familiar with the new database, contact Steve Kleine, [email protected]
, for assistance. Check the internet database for up-to-date listings.
Aug. , Sun. - Observation Rock, N. Face (II) Limit 6. Climb is for Tacoma intermediate students/grads teaching at Ice 1 on Saturday and Sunday. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Julie Myer, 253-759-3813, [email protected]
Sport Climbing Course
Committee: Chair: Chris Willett, [email protected]
, 253-227-6378 Field Trips: Greg Gagliardi, [email protected]
, 253-765-2881 Lectures: Bill Hecker
Basic Rock/Glacier Climbing
Trip registration procedures, guidelines
Basic Rock and Glacier Climbing Course (BRGCC) Committee: Chair: Peter Elling, 253-441-8836, [email protected]
Lectures: Geoff Lawrence, 253-377-9729, [email protected]
Field Trips: Ben Miller, 253-396-1991, [email protected]
Critical Skills: Bill Hecker, 253-876-0658, [email protected]
Manuals: Joy Parobek, 253-288-2398, [email protected]
Climbs: Kevin Gallagher, 206-226-3623, [email protected]
Mentoring: Gregg Gagliardi, 253-566-9490, [email protected]
Records: Bud Truitt, 253-503-3814, [email protected]
Please read the preamble on Page 19 of this Go Guide for Ten Essentials, travel cost-sharing (Note: now 15¢ per mile RT) and guest participation. To register for a Tacoma branch trip, register online at www.mountaineers. org, or call the leader listed with that activity. If you need additional details about the trip ask the trip leader. Advance registration is necessary unless otherwise noted. The leader will cancel a trip if too few registrations are received by the deadline for the trip, so register earlier rather than later to reserve your spot. P&R = Park & Ride 6th Ave P&R = 7100 block at 6th & Skyline, Tacoma. CR = Charlie’s Restaurant, Highway 410, Enumclaw. T-112 = Behind Wells Fargo Bank, 112th & Pacific Ave., Tacoma. T-56 = P&R, E. of I-5 on south side of 56th St., Tacoma. TCC P&R = NE corner of Tacoma Community College campus at 19th & Mildred St. 512 P&R = Behind McDonald’s, south of I-5 & 512 interchange on S Tacoma Way. MTTA = Mt. Tahoma Trails Assoc. at Rainier Overland, 1 mi. past Ashford on SR 706. Southhill P&R = NW of Southhill Mall, Puyallup, at 104th St. E & 9th St. SW. Tacoma clubhouse = N 30th St. & Carr St. Bonney Lake P&R = South of Hwy. 410 on 184th 410 Cafe = Hwy. 410, Buckley Classifications for Hikes: (E) = Easy, (M) = Medium, (S) = Strenuous Classifications for Climbs: (C) = Conditioner (A) = Alpine Climb (R) = Rock Climb (G) = Glacier Climb, (I) = Ice Trail Guides: AL = 100 Hikes in the Alpine Lakes; BHWC = Best Hikes With Children; BSHS = Best Short Hikes in the South Cascades; F1 (2, 3, 4) = Footsore 1 (2,3,4); GP = 100 Hikes in the Glacier Peak Region; MR = 50 Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park (MRNP); NC = 100 Hikes in the North Cascades; SCO = 100 Hikes in the South Cascades & Olympics.
The BRGCC has ended for 2009. However, watch for information this winter on the 2010 course and how to register. BRGCC Graduates: Graduates of the course are encouraged to participate on BRGCC climbs, particularly alpine and glacier outings. Review all of the climb listings and call the leader if you find something of interest. The intent is to create opportunities for you to be involved, to share your knowledge and experience with others, and to improve or maintain proficiency in your skills. Oct. 4 - Graduation and Course Potluck, 6:0 p.m. 009 Records: Graduation materials (forms for completed MOFA, trail maintenance, etc.) should be sent to Bud Truitt, 9911 72nd St. SW, Lakewood WA 98498; [email protected]
This class is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to safely enjoy sport climbing, as well as those already accomplished as rock and gym climbers who wish to expand and round out their skills. There are no prerequisites for the class. This is a perfect course for new members who have not yet taken a course but have an interest in rock climbing. Continuing students from scrambling or basic climbing courses are also encouraged to enroll, as are gym climbers who want to transition to setting up their own top-ropes and anchors while enjoying independent climbing on great sport routes. Prospective intermediate climbing students are especially encouraged to take the course; learning to lead sport routes will help significantly with the learning process for leading the alpine rock routes that you will encounter in the intermediate course. This is a student-centered course. Learning objectives will be dependent on students’ interests and skills. We will customize teaching to each student’s skills and interests. Topics of instruction include climbing sport routes on top-rope, leading sport routes while using bolts and quick-draws, setting up anchors on bolts and chains, clipping bolts, belay technique, rappel technique, climbing signals and communication, untying from rope at anchor and transitioning to rappel, lowering techniques, necessary knots, and an emphasis on safe use of equipment. Cost: $125 members, $175 non-members. Required equipment: helmet, harness, rock shoes, personal anchor system, several carabiners and slings. Optional but recommended equipment: rope, chalk bag, quick-draws. Lectures (7 p.m. at the Tacoma Clubhouse): Lecture 1 – Sept. 10, Thu. - Introduction, equipment, climbing, safety Lecture 2 – Sept. 17, Thu. - Technique, anchors, knots, belay practice, rappels Lecture 3 – Sept. 24, Thu. – Optional, skills refresher, leading, cleaning, rappels Field Trips: Mon. & Wed. Evenings - Gym climbing at Edgeworks in Tacoma, Monday and Wednesday evenings. Optional but highly recommended. Sept. 6-7, Sat.-Sun. - Vantage Field Trip Oct. 0-, Sat.-Sun. - Vantage Field Trip For more information, see the course website (http://tacomamountaineers.org/climbing/sport_climbs.html) or contact Chris Willett.
Check the activities section of www.mountaineers.org for up-to-date listings.
Chair: Joel Edwards, 253-732-4231, [email protected]
Feel free to contact course leaders for more information about the programs. If you can’t find answers to your questions through them, contact the division chair.
Advance notice: avalanche seminar Tacoma
Dec. 0, Thu. - Intro to Avalanche Awareness Seminar. Everyone who ventures into the backcountry when there is snow
Aug. -, Sat.-Sun. - Eldorado Peak, Inspiration Gl. (BG) Preference to Tacoma basic students. Will need two rope leaders. Sign up with leader: John Hazelton, 253-566-1621, [email protected]
comcast.net. (s7/6-7/27) Aug. 6-0, Thu.-Mon. - Cameron 7190’ Limit 7. Five days of hiking and scrambling in the Olympics. Day 1 will be a long hike in to set up camp. Subsequent days will include optional scrambles to nearby Sentinel Peak, Wellesley Peak, Mt. Fromme, Mt. Claywood, Lost Peak, and some of the summits of Mt. Cameron. Bicycles are recommended to travel the 5 mi. from the road washout to the Dosewallips TH. Sign up with leader: Steve Townsend, 253-565-7172, [email protected]
com. (s6/1-7/25) Aug. 8-9, Sat.-Sun. - Mt. Baker, Easton Gl. (BG) Preference to Tacoma basic students. Need two rope leaders. Sign up with leader: John Hazelton, 253-566-1621, [email protected]
(s7/6-7/31) Aug. 5, Sat. - The Tooth, S. Face (BR) Limit 6. Preference to Tacoma students. Need two rope leaders. Sign up with leader: John Hazelton, 253-566-1621, [email protected]
Chair: Jim Harvey, 425-432-9575, [email protected]
Lead Instructor: Steve Frank, 253-232-6134, [email protected]
com Records Keeper: Chuck Bredl, [email protected]
Communications: Don Campbell, [email protected]
Field Trips: Gary Zink, 253-631-4004, [email protected]
The Tacoma Mountaineers Wilderness Navigation Course consists of two evening workshops and a full-day field trip at The Mountaineers Irish Cabin property (located near the Carbon River entrance to MRNP). Course participants have required reading and homework assignments and a final exam. Introductory GPS information is covered in the second workshop. This course provides an introduction to skills needed to navigate safely while participating in outdoor activities. During the course you will learn to relate features on a topographical map to your surroundings, use your compass to determine bearings to objects in the field, use a map to determine your location and desired direction of travel. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a navigation card valid for three years. Basic Navigation certification is required for graduation from several courses including alpine scrambling, basic climbing and winter travel. August class: Aug. 12 & 19, Wed., 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. Aug. 22, Sat., 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. approx. Field trip at Irish Cabin.
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October class: Oct 14, 21, Wed., 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse Oct. 24, Sat., 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. approx. Field trip at Irish Cabin.
Chair: Gary Peniston, 253-851-8348, [email protected]
(MOFA, Hiking/ Backpacking, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Skiing, Mountain Biking)
First Aid (MOFA)
Mountaineering Oriented First Aid Committee Chair: Angela McKee, 253-460-0727, [email protected]
Co-Chair: Leah Munion, 206-200-4715, [email protected]
for Thursday night for anyone wishing to go up early to hike on Friday. For more information about the weekend or car camping Thursday night, and for carpooling possibilities, contact Amy Mann, [email protected]
, 253-759-2796. Aug. 5, Tue. - Introduction to Hiking and Backpacking, 78:0 p.m. If you’re not sure what you need to do to start hiking with The Mountaineers, or just need a kick-start, join us at the Tacoma Clubhouse (2302 N. 30th, Tacoma) for this information-packed evening. Register online at www.mountaineers.org or at the door at 6:45 p.m. with exact change or check for the $5 fee. Non-members welcome! This is our last of these sessions until next spring.
with leader: Laurie Davis, 206-4403-6924.
Our Tacoma Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA) is a 28-hour first aid course for the wilderness traveler. The course consists of lectures, demonstrations and practical experience. It includes Red Cross adult CPR and standard first aid. MOFA instructors are club volunteers who are also certified Red Cross instructors. Two or more instructors teach each class, with final practical scenarios evaluated by other instructors. Our make-up artists add realism to these final exercises by outfitting our many volunteer victims with simulated injuries. No previous first aid or climbing experience is required. If you are interested in taking only CPR/First Aid, please contact Angela or Leah. See above for phone/e-mail. Course Attendance: Participation is required at all class sessions. The class involves hands-on, interactive learning that builds on skills learned in previous sessions. Wear casual clothes suitable for working on the ground and outdoors. Arrangements cannot be made to make up class sessions. Please do not register for a class unless you can attend all class sessions. Sept. Irish Cabin MOFA Class: Sept. 13, 20, Sun., 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Clubhouse and a field trip the weekend of Sept. 26-27, Sat.-Sun., at our Irish Cabin Property in the Carbon River Valley. The last two days of class will be conducted during a car/tent camp, which may reasonably reflect the possibilities of wilderness first aid. We will share a potluck with the volunteer victims on the last day. We will ensure class participants have the proper equipment during the first two class sessions. Course fee (includes textbook): $85 members, $110 non-members. Fall weekends MOFA Class: Nov. 7, 8, 21 & 22, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Clubhouse. This is the remaining 2009 MOFA schedule for the Tacoma branch. Register early as classes fill up quickly. Course Fee (includes textbook): $80 members, $105 nonmembers. Registration: Online registration at www.mountaineers.org, or call 206-521-6001 or 800-573-8484.
Chair: Amy Mann, 253-759-2796, [email protected]
Web Guru: Catherine Kwon Walters, 253-759-1127, kwon [email protected]
com Committee members: Dick Bacon, Donna Bisogno, Kathleen Brammer, Nancy German, Arden Gudger, Joan Hays, Lyn Higaki, Gordon Jenkins, Diane Malone, Nancy Mooney, Mike Waiss, and, how about you? Give Amy a call if you’d like to help out. Website Alert - for leaders and hikers: All Tacoma hikes and backpack trips are listed on the club’s interactive website www.mountaineers.org. Check the website for late-breaking events that didn’t make the Go Guide deadline. If you haven’t done so already, you should log on and check your profile to be sure your contact information (e-mail, phone, address) is correct. Then click on the “Communities” tab and check out the “Tacoma: Hiking & Backpacking Community‘ on the website. Click on the “Activities” tab to search for trips. You can sign up for most trips on line. Fundrai$er: Write up your favorite hikes for the “Hike of the Week” feature in the News Tribune to help us raise money to support the Hiking/Backpacking Committee and the branch. Contact Amy Mann, [email protected]
, 253-759-2796, for a list of hikes that have been submitted so far and for a copy of our easy-to-use form. Hike Registration Etiquette: Mountaineers trips, led by volunteer leaders, are group activities, intended to provide a mix of exercise, enjoyment of our wilderness backyard, and an opportunity to spend the day with like-minded people. Everyone is responsible for being at an appropriate level of conditioning before signing up for a trip and is expected to wear appropriate clothing and carry adequate gear—for the trip and for any unplanned overnight bivouac in the mountains. Check the Outdoor Essentials icon on the website: www. mountaineers.org. If you find that you are unable to participate in a trip for which you are signed up, you need to notify the leader ASAP, so someone from the waiting list can be given your spot. If you are forced to cancel at the last minute, a phone call to the leader is better than an e-mail so the group will not be delayed at the carpool or trailhead waiting for you. Hiker Educational Opportunities/Confidence Builders: The Tacoma Branch regularly offers three courses of interest to hikers: 1) Map and compass work is taught in the Navigation Course (see Navigation); 2) MOFA (Mountaineering Oriented First Aid, see First Aid) offers invaluable information and skills training to help you deal with emergency situations and to better prepare yourself and your equipment before each trip; 3) Basic information on equipment and conditioning for hiking and backpacking is offered by the Hiking/Backpacking Committee in our evening introduction sessions held throughout the spring and summer. Details and registration are online at www.mountaineers.org, search for “Introduction to Hiking.” Hiking Participation Award: A Mountaineers patch is awarded for participating in five or more Tacoma Branch hikes and/or backpacks in any 12-month period. Eligible trips must be branch-approved trips, led by Tacoma Branch leaders, to different destinations. One Tacoma Branch Mt. Rainier trail maintenance work party trip (see Tacoma conservation section of the Go Guide) can be substituted for two hikes or backpack trips. Send your list of trips to Amy Mann to get your patch. Leaders - Hike Submission Deadline: Trips need to be listed on the website by the ninth of the month to be included in the Go Guide for the next month. If you want help listing your trips on the website please send your trips to Amy, [email protected]
, by the first of the month. Leaders - Miscellany: Save yourself some paperwork and postage hassles by having non-members sign waivers on the website and by filing your posttrip report on the website. Lead three or more official Mountaineers hikes or backpacks for the Tacoma Branch between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30, and you will be eligible for the drawing of a $30 REI gift certificate given away to three leaders at the fall potluck. New Leaders - A Continuing Opportunity: Curious? Thinking about it, but not sure if you’re ready to lead? Get in touch with Amy, and we’ll find the right hike and a mentor to get you started. Outreach: The third Friday branch meetings include a new and prospective member slideshow and Q&A session. Join us to greet people and answer questions about what we do when we get out there. Trip ratings: See pg. 19, “Sending you on your way.”
Aug. 9, Sun. - Walker Rock Garden (E) Photograph this unique rock garden with its central volcano fountain, 18-foot-high lacy tower, colorful arches, large stone mosaic butterflies, and miniature mountain scene with tiny roads, houses and bridges. Leisurely paced walk. Sign up with leader: Diane Malone, 253-565-2080. Aug. 4, Fri. - Bearhead Mtn (M) (USGS Enumclaw; GT-237 Enumclaw) 6.5 mi., 1800’ gain. Limit 8. We’ll hike as a group at a leisurely/moderate pace, with lots of stops for comfort, photos, equipment adjustment and admiring the vistas. Optional stop on the way home for pie or a burger—drivers’ choice. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Amy Mann, 253-759-2796, [email protected]
comcast.net. (s7/20-8/11) Aug. 5, Sat. - Grand Park, Lake Eleanor (M) (Greenwater238 & Mt. Rainier E.-270 GT; Mt. Rainier E. USGS) 8 mi., 1500’ gain. Meet at 8 a.m. at Enumclaw McDonald’s, 1 hr. One of the most spectacular alpine meadows on the hill. We’re entering through the Lake Eleanor trail and heading toward Sunrise. After consolidating vehicles in Enumclaw we’ll head to Huckleberry Creek and hit the TH. Bug repellent/nets and sunscreen are vital. Include a bag for dirty boots and a camera. We’ll travel slow and take lots of pictures when we’re not swatting bugs. Leader: Dick Bacon, 253-691-5984, [email protected]
(s3/15-8/13) Aug. 7, Mon. - Spray Park (EM) 6 mi., 1200’ gain. Limit 8. We’ll hike as a group at a leisurely/moderate pace, with lots of stops for comfort, photos, equipment adjustment and admiring the vistas. Optional stop on the way home for pie or a burger—drivers’ choice. Leader’s permission required. Leader: Amy Mann, 253-759-2796, [email protected]
(s7/20-8/14) Aug. 9, Fri. - Saltwater State Park (E) (Seattle City Map) 6 mi., 500’ gain. Leisurely paced city hike in one of our oldest state parks. Enjoy views of Maury and Vashon Islands as well as the Olympics. Tide-pools and marine life abound in McSorlely Creek. Brown-bag lunch at Redondo Beach after our hike. Leader will supply map. Sign up with leader: Diane Malone, 253-565-2080. (s7/25-8/29) Sept. 5, Sat. - Lake Lillian (MS) (Snoqualmie Pass USGS) 10 mi., 1750’ gain. Limit 10. We will see old forests and alpine lakes. We should also see plenty of wildlife. Oh, don’t forget about the huckleberries—yum! “Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region” guidebook describes Lake Lillian as “a deep gem set in a granite cirque.” Leader plans to leave the TH at 9 a.m. Carpool info and other hike coordination will occur via e-mail starting a week before the hike. The hike is off I-90, just after Snoqualmie Pass. Leader: Michael Baker, 425-367-4380, [email protected]
Aug. , Wed. - (SK I-II) Gig Harbor Skills Session. A great time to refine what you learned during the basic class or to just brush up and learn new skills from fellow experienced paddlers. Preference given to Tacoma students and members. Sign up with leader: Jurgen W. Herweg, 253-853-3399. Aug. 5, Sat. - (SK II) Nisqually Delta. This is a great student paddle. Tides are high, so we should not have any problem with the mud flats. Preference will be given to Tacoma basic course students. There is a use permit required to park at the launch site that can be obtained anywhere fishing licenses are available. Have seen eagles, seals, and otters here before. Will be practicing boat control paddling into and out of some narrow channels. Immersion gear required. If there is enough demand for boat rentals, we can arrange for an outfitter to bring some (need minimum of six rentals). Sign up with leader: Michael Everett, 253-905-0613. Aug. 5, Sat. - (SK IV+) Deception Pass Playtime with Jurgen Herweg, , 253-853-3399, and Julie Beck. Aug. 9, Wed – (SK I-II) Gig Harbor Skills Session. A great time to refine what you learned during the basic class or to just brush up and learn new skills from fellow experienced paddlers. Preference given to Tacoma students and members. Sign up with leader: Jurgen W. Herweg, 253-853-3399. Aug. -, Sat.-Sun. - Wilderness First Aid with Mike Everett, 253-905-0613. Aug. 6, Wed. - (SK I-II) Gig Harbor Skills Session. A great time to refine what you learned during the basic class or to just brush up and learn new skills from fellow experienced paddlers. Preference given to Tacoma students and members. Sign up with leader: Jurgen W. Herweg, 253-853-3399. Aug. 9, Sat. - Towing and Recoveries with Jurgen Herweg, 253-853-3399. Aug. 0, Sun. - Boat Fitting Workshop with Jurgen Herweg, 253-853-3399. Sept. 5, Sat. - (SK III) Hope Island. Overnight! Take the Shelton shuttle to Hope Island and spend a night with friends. Return trip with the flood for a leisurely get away. Let leader know if you want to join the group on Friday night to reserve campsites. Sign up with leader: Christine Burris, 253-858-1119, [email protected]
Sept. , Sat. - (SKII) Nisqually River Delta. This is a great student paddle. Tides are high, so we should not have any problem with the mud flats. Early preference will be given to Tacoma basic course students. After two weeks it will open to everyone. There is a use permit required to park at the launch site that can be obtained anywhere fishing licenses are available. Have seen eagles, seals, and otters here before. Will be practicing boat control paddling into and out of some narrow channels. Immersion gear required. If there is enough demand for boat rentals, we can arrange for an outfitter to bring some (need minimum of six rentals). Plan early… this could be one of the last outings before graduation. Sign up with leader: Michael Everett, 253-905-0613. Sept. 9, Sat. - (SKII) Cutts Island Picnic and Bioluminescence night paddle with Gary Peniston Sept. 9, Sat. - (SKII) Lake Crescent Overnight – Olympic Peninsula with Laurie Davis Sept. 9, Sat. - (SKIII) The Infamous Triple Cross with Jurgen Herweg All monthly committee meetings for June, July, and August will be held after the Gig Harbor Skills sessions at a local Gig Harbor restaurant. Like to go someplace not offered? Contact Howard Owen, 253-851-2677, [email protected]
com. If there’s a paddle you’d like to see offered, he will try to incorporate it into future trips.
Committee Co-Chairs: Marilyn Main, 253-531-6073; Robert and Laura Crews, 253-846-7560, [email protected]
(please write “MountaineersSailing” in subject line). Skippers: Jerry Stephenson, 253-381-7859, [email protected]
; Marv Fritts, 206949-7597, [email protected]
2009 Basic Crewing Course is under way. We are still in need of local Mountaineers skippers with sailboats who are willing to take out Basic Crewing Course graduates on day-sailing or longer adventures in the upcoming months. If you are interested, please contact Bob or Laura Crews, 253-846-7560.
Skiing (Backcountry, Nordic, Snowboard)
Committee Chair: Christine Burris, 253-651-6610, [email protected]
centurytel.net Secretary: Barbara Mitchell, 253-853-3399, [email protected]
Treasurer: Peggy Gablehouse, 253-884-2987, [email protected]
Trip Coordinator: Howard Owen, [email protected]
Training: Bob Burnett, 206-321-0011, [email protected]
Equivalency: Mike Everett, 253-905-0613, [email protected]
Pool Sessions: Gary Peniston, 253-851-8348, [email protected]
Basic Course Training: Laurie Davis, 206-403-6924, [email protected]
hotmail.com Safety Chair: Andy Garrett, 253-858-4090, [email protected]
Sea Kayak Committee Meetings: The committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. This is where the brainstorming takes place as well as plenty of socializing. Come and join us as we plot and scheme new fun things to do. If you would like to be a part of this fun and would like to find out about all the benefits of becoming a valued volunteer on the committee, or if you are just looking for something different to do on Wednesday, call Christine Burris, 253-651-6610 (Christine can also give you the location). Trip Reservation: To sign up for paddles, contact the trip leader listed in the trip description below. Feel free to ask the trip leader any additional questions/concerns about the trip. Equivalency: Mountaineers members who have significant kayak training and experience, yet have not completed a Mountaineers Sea Kayaking Course (offered in Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia, and Kitsap), are encouraged to apply for equivalency. There is a $20 processing and evaluation fee. To apply for equivalency, contact Mike Everett, 253-905-0613, for an application form.
Chair: Mindy Nichols, [email protected]
Cross-Country Course Leader: Fred Ostmann, 253-565-7680, [email protected]
wamail.net Backcountry/Telemark Skiing: Don Thompson, [email protected]
, 360692-8236; Robie Pruden, 253-863-9360, [email protected]
Contact: Bill Goodman, 253-564-8337, [email protected]
The Tacoma Branch is looking for volunteers to coordinate trail maintenance projects on behalf of the branch. We also need a volunteer or two to oversee the Irish Cabin property and manage an annual work party. If you can help, contact Bill Goodman at the above e-mail address. In the meantime, sign up for a trail maintenance project with Washington Trails Association (WTA) which hosts work parties weekly. Go to www.wta.org to sign up for a trail maintenance project.
Social Division Chair: Karen Turner, [email protected]
, 253-2027458. (Family Activities, Folkdancing, Photography, Singles)
Starting this year, due to heavy demand for trips from Seattle basic class students, all Tacoma kayaking leaders will be giving preference to Tacoma members for all Tacoma trips. Many more trips to come! Keep up with all our activities by searching the online activities page or visiting the Tacoma Sea Kayaking Community on The Mountaineers website at www.mountaineers.org. Also check out the Sea Kayaking activities in the Tacoma Mountaineers Branch website at www.tacomamountaineers.org. Check e-communities and activities site at www.mountaineers.org for all the current listings.
Contacts: Maureen Brekke, 253-549-424, [email protected]
; Kris Paynter, 253-759-4861, [email protected]
Family Activities have gone online! You can register for Tacoma Family Activities by visiting the website, www.mountaineers.org. Please register the names of all family members who plan to participate. If your child is under 14 and doesn’t have a membership ID, contact club headquarters to help with the registration process, 206-284-8484 or 1-800-573-8484. Guidelines for Family Activities: See pg. 19 of the Go Guide, “Sending you on your way.”
Aug. -, Fri.-Sun. - Mt. Baker Lodge Tacoma Hiking Committee Weekend. A great opportunity to explore the North Cascades! Friday and Saturday nights spent at Mt. Baker Lodge with day hiking in the area. Please note that reservations for the lodge must be prepaid through www.montaineers.org/lodge/ baker/ or by calling 206-521-6001. Campsites have been reserved
Aug. 8- 9, Sat.-Sun. - (SK II+) Blake Island Overnight Practice your newfound paddling skills during this overnight kayak trip to Blake Island. We will camp overnight, circumnavigate the island on a day paddle, dine at Tillicum Village and return to the mainland after some kayak square dancing, playing barnyard Marco Polo and satisfying course requirements involving wet exits and self and assisted re-entries. A camping equipment checklist will be provided after signing up. The trip is reserved for Tacoma Mountaineers basic course students and graduates only. Sign up
Contact: Ned Raymond, 253-218-5205; Yvonne, 253-640-6359, [email protected]
Mondays, 7:0-9:0 p.m. - South Park Community Center at 50th and S. Tacoma Way. The Tacoma Branch folk dancers take the summer off, but you can join us as we dance with the Totem International Folk Dancers at the community center.
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Sept. 6, Sat. - Our next scheduled dance, at Normanna Hall. Nordic Exposure will play Scandinavian dances (including swing) for us. Dance is at 8 p.m. and suggested donation is $10. Please join us. For more information contact Ned or Yvonne. Directions to Normanna Hall: From S-16 take the Sprague St. exit to 15th St., turn right (E.) and go to Martin Luther King Way and Normanna Hall. Park on the street or the gravel lot across 15th from the hall. For information call Ned, 253 218 5205, or Yvonne, 253 640 6359.
Check out our website for last-minute parties, dances, movies, and trips, or to schedule and notify others of late-breaking activities. http://groups. yahoo.com/group/TacomaMountaineersSocialDivision.
Aug. 7 - Katie Downs, 3211 Ruston Way, Tacoma, 253-756-0771. A favorite again, right on the bay. Watch the sunset with friends and good food. We have a table reserved just for you!
Welcoming Committee: Karen Turner, [email protected]
, 253202-7458, Connie Pyles [email protected]
, 253-677-4397. The Tacoma Mountaineers social group was organized for the enjoyment of all adult Mountaineers. The social group plans a wide variety of social and outdoor activities. Meet people of diverse ages and cultures with a similar interest in hiking, biking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, dancing, kayaking, dining, sailing, snowshoeing, theater, and volleyball—just a few of the activities we enjoy together.
Indoor volleyball will resume in the fall when school starts. Every Wednesday at Curtis Jr. High, 8901 40th St. W., University Place, 6:30-9 p.m. Fee: $1.50 for members; $2.50, non-members. Contact April Cook for more info, 253-752-5184. Thursday Evening Wine Tasting: Join us for wine tasting with good company at 6 p.m. every Thursday. Aug. 6 - No Tasting because we’ll be at Whistler! Aug. - Tacoma Clubhouse. The second of our Summer Series at our home base. Always our biggest turnout! BYOB and bring a small snack to share. We’ll have a fire pit going out back and smores on hand. Come join the fun! Aug. 0 - Cork, 3012 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-212-1492. A true wine shop with a terrific selection of wines. Lots of room to mingle and a great snack menu. Right on 6th Ave.
Aug. 6-9, Thu.-Sun. - Whistler Singles Weekend $130 members, $150 non-members. A wonderful weekend in Whistler, Canada, at Fireside Lodge. Lots of hiking, bicycling, zip-lining, geo-caching and going to the top of the mountain in a gondola! People from all over the world come here. Come discover the main village, as they get ready for the 2010 Winter Olympics! Go to www.firesidelodge.org to find out more on the accommodations. To register call 206-284-8484. Come join us! Baker Lodge Singles Weekend. Aug. 4-6. Lots to do on Mt. Baker with friends in our own lodge next to the Baker Ski area. See the sights at Artist Point. Hike to Lake Ann and view Mt. Shuksan. Permanent snow pack close by. Other hikes as well or just sit and relax in the lodge and get caught up with friends. Good food and company. Fun around every corner!
Summer Hiking at Mt. Baker Lodge
Summer at Mt. Baker Lodge offers wonderful hiking on a great variety of trails. Numerous trails are within walking distance or a short drive from the lodge. Many are suitable for children. Artist Point is just three miles away at the end of a paved road, with panoramic views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan and the North Cascades. Snow-play opportunities usually are abundant through the end of August. Trails usually are completely snow-free by mid-August, giving even inexperienced hikers access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Early fall provides all the above plus fine blueberry picking, so bring your containers. If you’ve visited the lodge only in winter, or not at all, make your plans now for a special summer treat. Several groups have signed up for specific weekends. Unless otherwise indicated in the schedule below, the lodge is open to all Mountaineers and non-club members, with reservations on a first-call basis online or via club headquarters, 206-521-6001. Payment at time of reservation can be made with credit card online or on the phone. Checks are accepted by mail or delivered by hand. The following schedule lists the activities already planned. Questions about lodge facilities can be directed to the hosts indicated. For further details, check the Baker Lodge website at www.mountaineers.org/lodge/baker. For information about hikes and other activities planned by the groups using the lodge, refer to descriptions of trips elsewhere in the Go Guide. For information about trails in the area, visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/conditions/road-trail-conditions.shtml#trails. View “Trail Conditions, Mt. Baker Highway.”
Mountaineers lodges are open year-round for members and guests. Reservations are made through a prepay system which requires payment either with credit card or a check. If paying by credit card, simply call 206-521-6001 by 5 p.m. for all lodges but Meany (www.brownpapertickets.com; 800-838-3006) on the Thursday prior to the weekend to reserve a stay at one of the lodges. If paying by check, the payment must be received by 5 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the weekend you wish to reserve. When reserving anywhere but Meany, call club headquarters, 206-521-6001, by 5 p.m. on Thursday to verify that payment has been received and that a reservation has been secured. Cancellations: All cancellations, except for Meany, must be made at club headquarters by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the lodge visit. The cooks must know how many are staying by this deadline in order to purchase the appropriate amount of food. That is also the deadline for refunds. To reserve space in advance at all lodges but Meany, log on to www.mountaineers.org, and click on “Lodges” in the top menu bar; for Meany, see contact info above
Looking for volunteers
We’re looking for volunteers with skills in carpentry, wallboard installation, taping and mudding, tile and laminate installation, plumbing and electrical wiring (either as a leader or as an assistant). If you wish to help otherwise, you can be part of the support team that prepares the meals. Please examine the following schedule for work party dates if you are interested in helping. Schedule July 31-Aug. 2—Work Party. Dale & Linde Kisker, 206365-9508. Aug. 4-7—New Zealand & Italian Hikers. Dale & Linde Kisker, 206-365-9508. Aug. 7-9—Open. Host to be determined. Possible work party. Aug. 14-16—Singles, all branches. Becky Morgan & Bob Wavernack, 360-793-4974; Leslye Cole, 206-524-7345. Aug. 21-23—Tacoma Hiking. Jim & Barbara Gipson, 425985-0616. Aug. 28-30—Open. Host to be determined. Possible work party. Sept. 18-20—Seattle Hiking. Bill Woodcock & Arlene Younce, 206-696-6127. Sept. 25-27—Fall Work Party. Preparing the lodge for the winter season. Dale & Linde Kisker, 206-365-9508; Becky Morgan & Bob Wavernack, 360-793-4974.
Groups at Baker
The Mt. Baker Committee encourages groups such as Scouts, school/youth, or gatherings of family and friends to consider using the lodge whether or not they are members. Not only does the area offer many options for outdoor activities, but it is especially appropriate for experiential classes in outdoor-related skills and activities such as avalanche awareness, winter travel, survival skills, MOFA courses, photography and similar activities. The lodge accommodates 60 persons plus hosts, but we generally limit non-member groups to fewer than 25 to allow room for members. To ensure that there is room for your group and to avoid scheduling conflicts, please contact Judy Sterry (206-296-4916, [email protected]
) for winter/spring reservations. Contact Jim Gipson (425-985-0616, [email protected]
) for summer/fall reservations before publicizing the date of your event. Non-scheduled openings may be arranged if hosts can be found, but because most of our volunteer hosts are working fulltime, midweek reservations may be hard to staff. The sooner you ask, the more likely it is that someone can be found.
About Mt. Baker Lodge
The lodge usually is open by 7 or 8 p.m. on Fridays. Call the hosts listed above if you want a more specific time of opening. Trail lights from the parking lot to the lodge are on until 10:30 each night. Each person should bring a sleeping bag, lunches, personal gear, and a flashlight and/or headlamp.
Drive N. on I-5 to Bellingham and take Exit 255, the Mt. Baker Highway. Drive E. on SR-542 about 54 mi. to the ski area. At the junction in front of the Firs Lodge turn right onto the one-way loop road. The parking lot for the Mountaineers lodge is on the right side of the road about 1/3 mi. beyond the Firs. Driving time approximately 1-1/2 hrs. from Bellingham and 3 hrs. from Seattle.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer work parties at the cabin, please contact [email protected]
For more information about the cabin and events, visit our website: http://www.kitsapmountaineers.org/lodge.html.
New Zealand, Italy hikers to visit
Free weekends at Baker Lodge!
Join fellow Mountaineers in welcoming hikers from New Zealand and Italy. Our guests will be at the lodge to hike with us in the North Cascades.
Giving you what you asked for
Last summer the lower floor of the lodge was expanded to provide room for two showers a storeroom and a future restroom. The expanded area has been enclosed and the interior framing has almost been completed. Our goal is to complete the showers and storage area as well as some interior improvements in the older portion of the building by late summer. Additionally, we want to repair and paint the exterior of the building. This is an ambitious plan but we are confident it can be completed if we have your help. We’re planning on several work parties that include one good day of work and one day of fun. We can ski, snowshoe, hike or just hang out and read—your choice depending on the weather and the snow. The lodge will be open Friday afternoon until Sunday mid-afternoon. Your lodging costs will be covered by the Mt. Baker Lodge Committee and will include Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Saturday lunch and dinner. Dinner will not be provided on Friday.
The Baker Lodge Committee needs additional help to operate and keep the lodge open. We’re looking for energetic individuals (or couples) from all branches to help host for a weekend or two. Committee members generally volunteer to host two or three weekends in the winter and/or summer and frequently with other hosts. If you wish, you can host your favorite theme (such as a holiday or family-oriented gathering) or create an activity focus (e.g., photography, taffy pulling) for your weekend. We welcome new ideas. Hosting duties involve opening and closing the lodge, supervising meal preparation and coordinating other lodge tasks. Duties can be performed in a flexible manner, leaving time for your own enjoyment of the weekend. (Occasionally there are requests and opportunities for midweek hosting.) Benefits of hosting include free weekends, the camaraderie of other members, and the pleasure of creating a memorable lodge experience for generations to come. For more information contact Dale Kisker, 206-365-9508, [email protected]
; or Judy Sterry, 206-2964916 [email protected]
You may arrange an opportunity to co-host with a seasoned committee member to find out if you would like to become a host.
Family Hiking Weekend Aug 1-2
Join us at Meany Lodge for an adventure-filled weekend of hiking, great food and family fun. Meany Lodge will be adventure central Aug. 1-2 with exciting outdoor activities for all ages. Hikes are organized for both Saturday and Sunday in the Stampede and Snoqualmie Pass areas. Choose from hikes suitable for children as young as 2 or hikes rated as strenuous. Swim in a mountain lake or take a berry hike through acres of salmon berries, huckleberries and wild strawberries. After hiking, return to the lodge to clean up and relax with friends. Everybody will enjoy afternoon and evening activities, as well as a scrumptious family dinner and desert. Sunday morning starts early with a hearty breakfast. Then, after making your own sack lunch (everything will be provided), we head off for
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another day of adventure. It’s your choice of accommodations. Sleep in the lodge or pitch a tent under the stars. There is ample space to pitch a tent close to the lodge, or you can find your own secluded spot on the property. The lodge facilities are available all night, including men’s and women’s restrooms and showers. The lodge sleeps 90 in three hostel-style dorms for women, men and families. There is limited self-contained, motor-home parking at Meany. This year’s price for all the fun is just $40 for adults, $20 for children of 5-13 and children under 5 are permitted free of charge. Sign up through Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006, or through its website, www.brownpapertickets.com, and search for Meany Lodge. Then contact Brian Thompson and Jennifer Dineen, 425-228-6412, [email protected]
, for more information. Complete weekend details will be available on the Meany Lodge website, www.meanylodge.org.
Fall work parties: Our fall work party season starts the weekend after Labor Day. This is a great opportunity to get in shape for skiing by helping us cut brush on the ski hill, or cut, stack and split firewood. There are dozens of other jobs that need to be done before the snow flies. Chef Ray and Chef John will be on hand with great food as usual. New recipes are always in the offing—come up and see what’s cooking. Following are the fall work party dates: Sept 12-13, Sept. 26-27; Oct. 10-11, Oct. 24-25; Nov. 7-8. Volunteers may register for these free work parties from the link on the Meany Lodge home page, www.meanylodge.org. Climbers should note that participation at a Meany Lodge work party fulfills the service credit requirement for graduation from the basic climbing course.
Your getaway spot
Snoqualmie Campus provides easy year-round access to nature, with free parking and easy bus access for group activities. In winter the slopes are great for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, avalanche training, snow-cave camping, Leave No Trace (LNT) training, sledding, geo-cashing and snow play. In summer and fall there are picnic and camping areas to accommodate individuals, families, small and large groups. There are open areas for meetings, classes and recreation. The Coleman Memorial Shelter is equipped with a gas grill (propane and firewood available at cost), fireplace and picnic table. The old lodge site has water and electrical hookups. There are flushing toilets and running water. The nearby community of Snoqualmie Summit—a short walk away—hosts stores, restaurants, lodging and vehicle services.
Meany in-town picnic: Sat., Aug. 15
Len and Linda Boscarine have generously offered to host our in-town potluck picnic in their beautiful lakefront yard on Burien Lake. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends or make new ones. We will begin at noon and eat at about 1 p.m. Plates, silverware, water, tea and coffee will be provided. If your name is in the front half of the alphabet, please bring a hot dish. If your name is in the last half, please bring a cold dish or dessert. It is also a good idea to bring folding chairs. People are welcome to bring swimsuits and/or water toys and to enjoy the water. RSVP by e-mail to: [email protected]
The Boscarine home is located at 1600 S.W. 156th St., Burien, WA 98166. Phone: 206-248-0222.
Meany is available to private groups for off-site meeting, retreats, workshops or training events. If you are looking for a getaway destination only 60 miles from downtown Seattle, Meany is your place. Meany has overnight facilities for up to 90 guests, a suite of audio-visual equipment and a committee of volunteers dedicated to the success of your event. We can even offer the services of a professional organization development consultant to help you design and facilitate your activity. Contacts: Chuck or Joan Welter, 253-926-0867, [email protected]
MOFA at Meany
Meany is hosting a Mountaineering Oriented First Aid Seminar the weekend of Sept.18-20. See the MOFA section of the Go Guide for sign-up details. This is a great opportunity to visit Meany and attain your MOFA card.
Summer work parties
Meany can be reached by car in the summer. Drive E. from Seattle on I-90 to Exit 62. Turn right and proceed S. on Forest Service Rd. #54 for 1.6 mi. and then turn left on Forest Service Rd. #420. Note: Due to the Martin Creek washout, vehicles will have to ford the creek. A high-clearance vehicle is therefore encouraged to travel past the skier-snowboard pickup point. (GPS coordinates from I-90 to Meany are available on the Meany website, www.meanylodge.org, under “Breaking News” in the menu at left.) GPS coordinates from I-90 to Meany Lodge are available for download from our website.
Snoqualmie Campus is located less than an hour from downtown Seattle, two minutes off Interstate 90 at Exit 53. At the very summit of Snoqualmie Pass, Snoqualmie Campus is nestled in trees, with beautiful views down the valley to Eastern Washington and across to Rampart Ridge. The campus is located between Summit Central and Summit West ski areas, fronting on the old Snoqualmie Pass Road (former U.S. Highway 10). Access to the Pacific Crest Trail, Iron Horse Trail and Gold Creek are minutes away. The 77-acre campus is next to the spectacular Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and close to hundreds of hiking trails. The campus features diverse areas for recreational activities and courses, including hiking, camping, MOFA, navigation, leave-no-trace camping, snowshoeing, avalanche training, snow caving and winter camping. Tall stands of Silver Fir, numerous alpine shrubs, grasses, flowers and numerous wetlands dot the hills and meadows. Visitors often see nesting birds of prey and elk.
A bit of history
Yes, we’re getting an early start on the season because there’s so much to do. The next work party will be held Aug. 18-20, a midweek session. Work parties are free and are a great opportunity to see the lodge and get to know the folks who help keep it running in a relaxed atmosphere. This is also a great opportunity to meet and learn from some of our most experienced committee members, aka ‘The Fossils,’ who share a wealth of knowledge about how Meany works. Ray Nelson is organizing the work parties and needs all the help he can get. Contact Ray at 425-889-9041 with questions or to volunteer.
Looking for a beautiful mountain outing close to Seattle? Looking for a private, year-round alpine wonderland with great views and location, someplace for hiking, camping and group picnics? Looking for a base camp for exploration east and west of Snoqualmie Pass, with mountains, rivers and lakes? You’re looking for The Mountaineers’ Snoqualmie Campus! Give us a call and make your reservations now for your adventures!
The Mountaineers has maintained a presence in the Snoqualmie Pass area since 1914 when it built a lodge there—one that served many Mountaineers’ needs until it burned down in 1944. The current campus property was purchased shortly thereafter; a volunteer crew built a replacement lodge in 1948. This second lodge, in its turn, served The Mountaineers for more than 50 years before it burned May 12, 2006. What remains today are facilities, outbuildings and incredible alpine terrain.
All branches welcome
Like all Mountaineers facilities, the Snoqualmie Campus is available for use by groups and individual members from every branch. Need a quiet, central place to escape to for a day or a week? Want to have a camping trip, a hiking base camp, a travel base? Putting on a class for hiking, navigation, scrambling, or
For all lodges except Meany and Snoqualmie Campus, contact 206-521-6001 or www.mountaineers.org for reservations For Meany, reserve online at www.brownpapertickets.com; see Snoqualmie below for contact info.
Figures are in dollars on a per person basis All overnights include next morning’s breakfast Lodge open from Friday eve to Sunday noon. See Mountaineers.org/lodge/baker for more info Sat. & Holidays 30 38 21 29 Dnr & Sun. bkfst Weekend 54 70 36 52 Sat.,Sun. bkfst., Sat. dnr Extended openings Same as “Sat. & Holidays” rates. Includes dinner, breakfast
Reservation fees, 2009
145 mi. one way from Seattle Friday night 24 32 15 23 Sat. bkfst
Adult member Adult guest Child member (-14 yoa) Child guest (-14 yoa) Meals included (add $3
when lunch is provided)
60 mi. one way from Seattle
Capacity 97 Day use Adult member 25 Adult guest 35 Child member (-14 yoa) 12 Child guest (-14 yoa) 20 Meals included Season pass: Age 14+ - $480 ($430 before Dec. 1) Age 5-13 - $350 ($300 before Dec. 1)
Call 253-926-0867 ([email protected]
), for special group and non-profit rates or Fri. overnights Reserve via www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006 Full Weekend 95 105 60 70 Sat. overnight 80 90 45 55 Holiday Weekends* 130 135 90 100 *MLK, Presidents Day wknds only; include Fri., Sat., Sun. nights
Capacity 77 acres, event dependent
50 mi. one way from Seattle Free off-road parking in lot nearby when property road closed by snow Group Rates Friends and group rates are available. Contact Mary Lynch, [email protected]
, 425-434-6177, for scheduling group events. For members and guests, check the monthly calendar in the Go Guide, the website at www.snoqualmiecampus.org or contact Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com) reservations.
Capacity 55 Adult member Adult guest Child member (-14 yoa) Child guest (-14 yoa) Meals included No charge for day use
75 mi. one way from Seattle Friday night 15 22 8 15 Sat. bkfst
Children under 5 not allowed; Lodge open Friday eve through Sunday afternoon Saturday 30 43 17 20 Dnr & Sun. bkfst Weekend* 45 65 25 35 *2 nights; lunches excluded Extended openings (Extended with Sat. rates)
Note: Check the “Lodge Going” news in the Go Guide for special rates and packages offered throughout the year by individual lodges.
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The Mountaineers Legacy Society
The Mountaineers, in partnership with The Mountaineers Foundation, is proud to announce the launch of The Mountaineers Legacy Society. The Society will recognize and honor donors who have included a gift to The Mountaineers and/or the Foundation through a bequest or other estate gift. If you would like to be recognized as a Founding Member in the Legacy Society – or would just like to learn more – we would love to hear from you!
any of The Mountaineers’ numerous other outdoor activities? The Snoqualmie Campus is the ideal spot for you. To discuss your specific needs, get in touch with us through the contact information that follows.
Volunteers and donations welcome
To find out more about The Mountaineers Legacy Society, please contact us: [email protected]
or call Judy Halls, 206-521-6006
The Snoqualmie Campus, like other Mountaineers lodges and similar facilities, is volunteer operated, user fee and donation supported. We need volunteers for campus hosts and work parties; we seek donations of building materials and campus activities supplies. Campus hosts: We are looking for volunteers who would like to stay on campus this summer, in their own tent or RV, as campus caretakers. You will provide basic, friendly host services to campus visitors this summer. The length of stay is flexible. Why not spend some time in alpine splendor? Be a campus host! Work parties: The Snoqualmie Campus Committee has scheduled the following work parties for summer, 2009. If you’d like to offer your genuine “volunteer spirit” or earn volunteer work credits toward free skiing—via 2010 Summit ski vouchers—please contact us. • Coleman Memorial reroofing work party. Volunteers built this shelter in 1953 to honor Linda “Coley” Coleman who joined the club in 1911; she was not only an avid climber, she also donated thousands of hours of her time to the club during her 41 years of membership. We hope to get a good turnout—labor and donations—to preserve this shelter for another half-century and longer. We need volunteer helpers and seek donations of nails, cedar shakes or cedar rounds to make shakes, plywood sheeting, ladders and wood sealer. • Basic site repairs. We’ll be working on the main gravel road and storm-water culverts to repair storm damage. • Snowshoe trail enhancements and marking. We hope to bring back the old snowshoe route for the 2010 winter season and will be hosting work parties to brush and mark snowshoe trails. If you like to snowshoe, this is for you! Gain new trails and a credit for your work. • Beacon Basin improvements. Work parties will enhance the existing avalanche beacon training system. • Upper tow-shack renovation. Repairs on the former “rope tow” shack: fix the roof leaks, remove the tow motor, clean or remove other old equipment to create classroom space. • Monetary donations to the Snoqualmie Campus operating fund are needed and welcomed to repair the storm-damaged road, the Coleman Memorial roof, modify tow huts for classrooms, equipment storage and temporary overnight shelters. We are looking for donations or will consider bartering for use of the campus. Snowshoes and other camping supplies are needed to help assist courses taught on campus. Also needed: yurts for classrooms, shovels, snowshoes, snowmobile, the loan of a snowmobile for events, clippers, saws, wheelbarrows and first-aid supplies. User fees and individual donations are our main source of income. No Mountaineers dues go towards supporting Recreational Properties (i.e., the club’s lodges). Lodges are entirely self-supporting.
Use policy, fees and credits
If you need a readily accessible, beautiful mountain site for your event, whether a family reunion, training session, or similar—consider using the Snoqualmie Campus. We can meet with you, hear your needs and show you around the property. Our reservation-only policy includes all Mountaineers members, guests, the general public or any group interested in using the campus. Daily user fees are $10/person or $25/family, payable in advance. Independent group and Mountaineers course rates are negotiable. Persons willing to perform campus service projects can reduce or eliminate their daily user fees or get a Snoqualmie Summit winter 2010 ski voucher. Please contact us for more specific information about use, fees, fee credits and related information.
The Snoqualmie Campus Committee invites Mountaineers member input to plan and direct the campus’s future. We appreciate your e-mails, comments and suggestions about future campus projects and activities. Please e-mail us at [email protected]
yahoo.com. Contact information: To obtain more information about the campus and surrounding Snoqualmie Pass adventure opportunities, contact us at 425-434-6177, [email protected]
yahoo.com. You may also gain more details online at www. snoqualmiecampus.org.
Check out our website for events
Visit www.stevenslodge.org to view current activities at the lodge. If you have questions regarding Stevens Lodge, contact Angela or Greg, 425-258-4847, [email protected]
What to bring: a warm sleeping bag, toilet articles and a towel for the shower, suitable clothing, your snow gear and a flashlight. Some pillows are available, but feel free to bring your own if you desire. Bring a padlock if you wish to secure your ski equipment. There is a short 600-foot walk from the parking area to the lodge. Stow your gear in a pack suitable for walking the distance to the lodge. If you have a lot of gear, a small sled makes the trip more convenient.
Take US-2 to the Stevens Pass Ski area. Turn into the parking entrance just below Tye Creek Lodge (the old West Lodge) on the west side of the summit. Stay left at the entrance and drive up to the end of the parking lot. Go around the hairpin turn at the far end and continue to the upper level parking area, Lot #4. Park in this lot along the snowbank if there is room or in the spaces in the middle. Look for a steep cat track/service trail leading up the bank at the far end of this parking lot. Grab your gear and follow the cat track up and turn right at the top, staying on the cat track. Continue uphill past the lodge on the left (Penguins Ski Club) and in about 500 feet you will come to a sharp 90-degree bend in the trail. The reddish-brown, four-story building at the bend is The Mountaineers lodge. Come on in, stow your gear and sign in on the main floor.
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Join the Northwest’s premiere OUTDOOR RECREATION organization -- The Mountaineers. Whether your interests run wilderness exploration in the Northwest and beyond.
About The Mountaineers
to leisurely hiking or alpine mountaineering, the club can take you there. Since 1906, The Mountaineers have pioneered
Club activities include HIKING, CLIMBING, ALPINE SCRAMBLING, BIKING, SAILING, KAYAKING, ALL TYPES OF NATURE STUDY, BACKPACKING, INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, ALL KINDS OF DANCING, AND PHOTOGRAPHY.
SKIING (BACKCOUNTRY, TELEMARK, DOWNHILL, SKI MOUNTAINEERING, SNOWBOARDING), SNOWSHOEING,
To get you started, we offer CLASSES in many of these sports & activities. Every month, hundreds of outdoor activities are offered for club members -- everything from easy day hikes to trips to Tibet! Most of the local outdoor trips are free to club members. There are also recreational and SOCIAL ACTIVITIES for singles, seniors, youth and families. Four LODGES offer our members overnight stays near Mt. Baker, Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass and Stampede Pass. Join The Mountaineers and you also become a member of one of the largest advocates for WILDERNESS CONSERVATION in the Northwest, with opportunities to participate in activism and stewardship projects.
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■ Hundreds of free or low-cost activities each month: everything from hikes to rock climbing to bike rides to films (climbs, scrambling, kayaking, navigation, wilderness travel, first aid, photography & more!)
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I, (print name) hereby state that I wish to participate in courses and/or activities offered by The Mountaineers, a non-profit corporation. I recognize any outdoors activity may involve certain dangers, including but not limited to the hazards of traveling in mountainous terrain, accidents or illness in remote places, force of nature, and the actions of participants and other persons. I further understand and agree that without some program providing protection of its assets and its leaders, The Mountaineers would not be able to offer its courses and activities. In consideration of and as part payment for the right to participate in the activities offered by The Mountaineers, I agree to RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY The Mountaineers and its members from any and all liability, claims and causes of action arising out of or in any way connected with my participation, or the participation of any minor that I am signing on behalf of, in any activities offered by The Mountaineers. I personally assume all risks in connection with these activities. If I am signing on behalf of a minor, I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY The Mountaineers and its members from all liability, claims and causes of action which the minor may have arising from the minor’s participation in activities. The terms of this agreement shall serve as a release and indemnity agreement for my heirs, personal representative, and for all members of my family, including any minors. (Parents or legal guardians must sign for all persons under eighteen (18) years of age.) I have read this release and indemnity agreement and have fully informed myself of its contents before I have signed it.
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Please submit a separate, signed Release and Indemnity Agreement for each member joining, including all children. This form may be photocopied, or you may obtain additional membership forms at: http://www.mountaineers.org/join or by calling Member Services at (206) 521-6001.
Optional: ❑ NO ROSTER LISTING - The Mountaineers publishes a roster of member names, addresses and phone numbers. It is distributed within the club only, and mainly used by volunteers. Check here if you DO NOT wish to be listed. ❑ ANONYMOUS DONOR - Members who make a contribution may be included in donor lists published in The Mountaineer. Check here only if you have made a contribution and DO NOT wish to be listed. ❑ NO OUTSIDE MAILINGS - The club very rarely loans its mailing list to other nonprofit organizations with common interests in outdoor recreation or conservation. (We do not sell the list.) Check here if you do NOT wish to be included in such mailings.
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Registration: www.mountaineers.org; 206-521-6001 or 800-573-8484
Sending you on your way
There are seven branches offering Mountaineers activities: Bellingham, Everett, Kitsap, Olympia, Seattle, Foothills and Tacoma. All members may sign up for any activity in any branch, subject to prerequisites and qualifications as stipulated by the particular activity. The following information pertains to all club outings and activities, no matter the branch. Refer to particular activity preambles in this Go Guide for trip ratings, classifications and special equipment or skill prerequisites. Trip and course registration can be accomplished online except where noted. Participation: The Mountaineers recommends you sign up for a trip online
in most cases. By selecting “Activity Search” from the main page of our website, you will be taken to a search page where you can find a trip on the basis of date, destination, event name, branch, leader or type of activity. All the details will then appear: when registration starts and ends; a brief description of the trip or event, leader contact data and space availability. If you do not have access to the internet, you can sign up for an activity by calling club headquarters during the registration period indicated in the Go Guide listing of the event. You will notice in the Go Guide and online that some events require you to only contact the leader to sign up. Unless otherwise noted in the event listing, DO NOT CALL LEADERS AFTER 9 P.M. If you have any questions not answered in the event listing online or in the Go Guide, please call the leader of that event. Some trips include prerequisites: Those trips which involve some technical skills (e.g., climbing, scrambling, skiing, kayaking, sailing), require that participants either graduate from the relevant courses or obtain the status of equivalent from the particular activity (contacts are listed under the activity heading). Children: Family Activities and other family events require that a parent or guardian accompany all children, who like all members, must have a waiver on file with club headquarters. (Children under 14 are automatically included in their parent’s membership.) Keep in mind the child’s ability and interests when registering for an activity. If you need to take a break or leave due to issues with the child, always notify the trip leader. Preparation: Most Mountaineers trips over land require that you carry the Ten Essentials (see below) and avoid the use of cotton for clothing. Leaders can opt to leave hikers at the trailhead who are clad in cotton or boots that don’t pass hiking muster (i.e., those without lug soles and as a rule of thumb, bend so that toe and tongue touch). The safety of the entire group and their objective to reach the destination preclude inclusion of ill-equipped backcountry travelers no matter the season. Defer to the leader for any other gear requirements. The Mountaineers maintains a maximum participation level of 12 and a minimum of 3; refer to the particular trip listing for maximum numbers less than 12. Dogs are only allowed on hikes so designated. Carpools: Volunteer carpooling is always encouraged by The Mountaineers, even though it is not coordinated by club headquarters. Individuals may volunteer as a driver or contact a driver to request a ride when registering online for the particular trip (check after 1 p.m. on the Friday before the trip). Each passenger is required to pay the driver 15 cents per mile and contribute equally to any money spent by the driver on passes required for that trip. Carpools are not an undertaking of The Mountaineers. Drivers and passengers participate voluntarily. The Mountaineers makes no claim as to the worthiness of vehicles, ability of drivers or appropriateness of passengers. No liability will result to The Mountaineers from voluntary carpooling. Drivers must carry the required state minimum of insurance. The wait list: If you find an event is full, you can opt to be put on a wait list but for only one event (no double-booking). The onus falls completely on the wait-listed from this point. Check online or call club headquarters to monitor your status before carpools have been established and before the close of registration for that event. If you become registered for that event after being on the wait list and do not show up for the event, you will be regarded as a ‘no-show’ and still be subject to any fees relative to the event. It is paramount that you contact the club online or via phone prior to the trip if you become registered for an event and cannot attend (see “Rules of Cancellation” below). Cancellations: If you need to be removed as a participant in an event or from a wait list, you must request removal before registration ends for that event. This may be done through your online profile page of the club’s website or by calling club headquarters during business hours (see hours on back page of this Go Guide). If you cannot do this, it remains essential that you at least call the leader of the event, and the driver if you were to carpool, to notify them that you will not attend. Otherwise you become a ‘no-show’ and are subject to the revocation of some if not all club privileges while still obligated to pay all fees such as your mileage share for carpooling. All course cancellations or fee-based event cancellations must be arranged through club headquarters or the course administrator when stipulated and are subject to a cancellation fee. Non-members welcome: The Mountaineers welcomes its friends in the community to sample our club by registering as a guest for a trip or event. Guests may do this up to twice a year only if a signed Release and Indemnity Agreement (waiver) is submitted to club headquarters or online prior to registering for the event. (The waiver can be found on our website or by calling club headquarters at the numbers in the upper right corner of this page.) snow and/or rock.) Ratings for scrambles consist of a letter, followed by two digits. C = Conditioner; R = rock scramble; S = snow scramble; SR = snow and/or rock; O = other—not enough rock or snow to count as R or S. Difficulty (first digit) is rated from 1 (easiest) to 5 (toughest). The second digit = technical difficulty, rated from 1 (least technical, least exposed) to 5 (most technical and most exposed). Hikes: E = Easy (up to 8 mi. RT, up to 1200’ elevation gain). M = Moderate (up to 12 mi., 1200’-2500’ gain). S = Strenuous (up to 14 mi., 2500’-3500’ gain). VS = Very Strenuous (over 14 mi. and/or more than 3500’ gain). MR: 50 Hikes in Mt. Rainier National Park NC: 100 Hikes in the North Cascades National Park Region GP: 100 Hikes in the Glacier Peak Region AL: 100 Hikes in the Alpine Lakes IN: 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest CW: 55 Hikes in Central Washington SCO: 100 Hikes in the South Cascades & Olympics SCW: Seattle City Walks OM: Olympic Mountains Trail Guide BHWC: Best Hikes With Children CAG 1 (2 or 3): Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol. 1 (2 or 3) TC: Teanaway Country, EC: Entiat Country HSC: Hiking Snohomish County HWC: Hiking Whatcom County HMSG: Hiking the Mountains to Sound Greenway GTTM: Guide to Trails of Tiger Mountain GTCM: Guide to Trails of Cougar Mountain BSHS: Best Short Hikes in the South Cascades BSHN: Best Short Hikes in the North Cascades WWH: Winter Walks & Hikes WHB: Walks and Hikes on Beaches of Puget Sound WWA: Exploring Washington Wild Areas SRW: Snowshoe Routes Washington XCST1: Cross Country Ski Tours — North Cascades XCST2: Cross Country Ski Tours — South Cascades & Olympics NP-National Park (NPF = fee) NWFP-NW Forest Pass P&R-Park & Ride Rd-Road RS-Ranger Station RT-Round Trip SP-State Park (SPF = fee) SR-State Route TH-Trailhead USGS-US Geo. Survey 6. Fire 7. Repair kit and tools 8. Nutrition (extra food) 9. Hydration (extra water) 10. Emergency shelter
Sea Kayak Essentials
additional to Ten Essentials on all sea kayak trips
Trail Guides (most recent edition)
1. Flotation each end of kayak 2. PFD (USCG approved) 3. Paddle 4. Paddle tether 5. Spray skirt 6. Bilge pump with flotation 7. Self-rescue paddle float 8. Whistle or air horn 9. 50 ft. floating tow rope 10. Waterproof flashlight or chemical lightstick 11. Repair kit (duct tape) 12. Extra clothing in waterproof bag The following items are recommended for all trips and may be required for some: 13. Spare paddle 14. Rescue sling 15. Flares 16. Chart in waterproof case 17. Waterproof wristwatch 18. Wetsuit or dry-suit 19. Waterproof jacket 20. Hat with visor 21. Pogies or gloves 22. Neck strap for glasses 23. Sunscreen (water resistant with SPF 25 or higher)
additional to Ten Essentials on all sails
CG-Campground E, W, N, S-East, etc. FS-Forest Service GT-Green Trails HS-High School Hwy-Highway I-Interstate (eg. I-5) Jct-Junction Mi.-Miles MRNP-Mt. Rainier
Ten Essential Systems
1. Navigation 2. Sun Protection 3. Insulation 4. Illumination 5. First-aid supplies
required on all Mountaineers trips over land
Use a soft duffel bag that does not scratch woodwork for easy stowing of your essentials. 1. Non-skid deck shoes (or sea boots) with non-marking soles 2. Heavy-duty gloves (preferably leather) for line handling (exposed fingertips okay) 3. Warm clothing head to foot (Note: The ambient temperature on the water is usually lower than on land) 4. Foul-weather gear 5. Sunglasses 6. Sunscreen 7. Knife on lanyard 8. Whistle on a lanyard 9. Food and drink 10. Flashlight 11. Clothing for sun protection, head to toe The following items are useful but not required: 1. Personal flotation device (life jacket). Skippers carry basic life jackets on board 2. Safety harness and pendant with waterproof flares and/or strobe
Anatomy of a trip listing
Date, day, destination ➔ Meeting time ➔ and place Difficulty (M=moderate; S=strenuous; E=easy) ➔ Required map ➔ Length of hike, elevation gain ➔
Rating systems are based on mileage, elevation gain and difficulty of the terrain. The ratings assume optimal conditions. Bad weather, getting off route or very soft snow, for example, can make a trip more difficult than its normal rating. Climbs: C = Conditioner; A = Alpine; G = Glacier; R = Rock. Scrambles: (These are non-technical, off-trail trips to a summit, often on
First and last dates to register
Abbreviated guide title (see Trail Guides above)
Drive time from branch’s major city (approx.)
Leader’s name, contact info
Going to the source
7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98115 E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.mountaineers.org Ph: 206-521-6000 Fax: 206-523-6763 Accident/Emergency Report 206-521-6030
Mountaineers Purposes: Founded in 1906 to explore and study the mountains, forests and water courses of the Northwest and beyond; to gather into permanent form the history and traditions of these regions and explorations; to preserve be example, teaching and the encouragement of protective legislation or otherwise the beauty of the natural environment; to make expseditions and provide educational opportunities in fulfillment of the above purposes; to encourage a spirit of good fellowship among all lovers of outdoor life. Want to learn more about The Mountaineers? Attend one of our information meetings (see individual branch sections for details).
Officers of The Mountaineers
Signing up for activities
206-521-6001 or 1-800-573-8484 (OR LEADER’S NO. IN TRIP LISTING) Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed 3-4 p.m. Wed.) Phones: Voice messages only from 12:30-1:30 p.m. M,Tu,Th, F, and 3-4 p.m. Wed.
President Eric Linxweiler President Elect Tab Wilkins V.P. Recreational Properties Dave Claar Vice President Publishing Don Heck Past President Bill Deters Treasurer Mike Dean Secretary Steve Sears
NW Environmt’l Issues Course Terri Cloonan Rivers Fran Troje State Parks Fran Troje Water Norm Winn
Recreational Resources Division
Bookstore: M,Tu,Th,F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. but closed 3-4 p.m. Library: Sept.-May, M, W, F, 5-9 p.m.; June-Aug., F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Check hours on website before visiting) Business offices: M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Room Reservations: Mickie Lewark, 206-521-6005
Kirk Alm, Richard Draves, John Flanagan (Olympia), Dale Flynn, Steve Glenn (Bellingham), Gerry Haugen (Foothills), Ed Henderson, Lynn Hyde, Jimmy James (Kitsap), Don Schaechtel, Tom Shimko (Tacoma) Eva Schönleitner, Mike Maude (Seattle), Dave Shema, Rob Simonsen (Everett), Mona West
Chair Tom O’Keefe Recreational Access Ed Henderson, Fran Troje Outdoor Ethics Stephen Summers Trail Maintenance Annik Wolfe
Archives Karyl Winn Bylaws/Policies Don Schaechtel Finance Jordan Roderick History Lowell Skoog Library Dennis Sampson Risk Management Vacant Membership Ken Hahn Safety Dan Lauren
General 206-521-6000 Interim Executive Director Mona West, 206-521-6009 Accounting Eileen Allen, 206-521-6008 Bookstore Jeff Bowman, 206-521-6002 Controller Vacant Fundraising Judy Halls, 206-521-6006 Librarian Kathleen McCluskey, 206-521-6014 Marketing/Outreach Richard Barringer, 206-521-6010 Member Services 206-521-6001 Public Policy Leesa Wright, 206-521-6012 Publications Brad Stracener, 206-521-6013
V.P. Recreational Properties Dave Claar Meany Lodge Chuck Welter Mt. Baker Lodge Dale Kisker, Becky Morgan Players/Kitsap Coordinator Jamie Gordon Snoqualmie Campus Donna Osseward; Property Manager Mary Lynch Stevens Lodge Greg Krisinger
The Mountaineers Books
1001 SW Klickitat Way, Ste 201, Seattle, WA 98134 Books Governance Board Chair Don Heck Publisher Helen Cherullo Website www.mountaineersbooks.org
Chair Michael Shurgot Pollution Rodger Herbst Fish & Wildlife Dyche Kinder Forest Watch Harry Romberg Marine & Shorelines Fran Troje Mountains to Sound Judi Maxwell NW Energy Coalition Rep. Ed Henderson
The Mountaineers Foundation
President Jamie Gordon Vice President Scott Eby Secretary Marsha Hanson Treasurer Jerry Scott Website: www.mountaineersfoundation.org Address: P. O. Box 25590, Seattle, WA 98165—an independent, non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization
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Sept. 9, Sat. - Shannon Ridge (M) (USGS Mt. Shuksan) 6 mi., 2,200’ gain. Meet 9 a.m. at jct. of SR-20 and Baker Lake Rd. 2 hrs. Martin Mountaineer, 206-555-1212 (s8/30-9/7) NC
Go to the marketplace
5% discount for Mountaineers! SummitClimb.com and SummitTrek.com—low prices, good trips. Call 360570-0715 or e-mail Daniel [email protected]
Kalaloch-Quinalt area: 2 bdrm. furnished home, fireplace. Near ONP beaches and rainforest. $50/rates. www.clearwaterguesthouse.com, 253-759-8738. Enjoy paintings of wild places at www.RosemaryAntel.com. Partner(s) wanted to hike sections of Pacific Crest Trail in 2010 and beyond with 56-year-old female. Reply to P.O. Box 3026, Lacey, WA 98509-3026; also [email protected]
Classified advertising rates
Classified ads are 40 cents per word for Mountaineers members; 60 cents per word for commercial ads placed by members; 80 cents per word for non-members. Ads must be received with payment by the fifth of the month prior to the month of publication (i.e., Jan. 5 for the February issue). Please send ads and payment to: The Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98115.
Wilderness Volunteers: Help The Mountaineers work towards wilderness area protections. Work is under way to 1) scope/map for new wilderness proposals, and 2) increase support for current wilderness bills proposed in Washington. This is exciting and rewarding work that will have lasting effects for Washington’s wild areas. Contact Harry Romberg, Forest Watch co-chair, at 206-365-9302. Conservation Volunteers: Help The Mountaineers fulfill its mission to protect the natural areas of the Northwest by volunteering with the club’s Conservation Division or the Forest Watch Committee. There are numerous ways you can join in the fun. No experience required, just an abiding interest in maintaining or promoting a healthy Northwest environment. For more details, call 206-521-6012, or send an e-mail to [email protected]
mountaineers.org. Stewardship Volunteers: The Recreational Resources Division would love to work with you in raising stewardship awareness and involvement (i.e., trail maintenance work parties) within the membership of The Mountaineers. For more details, please contact Christine Wolf, 206-328-4890, [email protected]
Trail Maintenance Volunteers: Trail maintenance opportunities are available through The Mountaineers, Volunteers for Outdoor Washington (VOW), Washington Trails Association (WTA), and Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA). For opportunities with the Everett Branch of The Mountaineers, visit www.everettmountaineers.org. For opportunities with VOW, visit: www.trailvolunteeers.org, or call 206-5173019. For opportunities with WTA, visit: www.wta.org, or call 206-625-1367. For opportunities with PNTA, visit: www.pnt.org, or call 1-877-854-9415. Conservation Volunteers International Program is a non-profit organization that offers volunteers a working stewardship vacation to select parks and wilderness areas, including Machu Picchu and Patagonia. There is a fee for each conservation expedition but Mountaineers members are offered a discount. Contact www.conservationVIP.org or 805-698-6915 for more information. Help kids by helping HARK: Hikes and Active Recreation for Kids (HARK) is an Olympia and Kitsap Branch effort which provides kids who wouldn't otherwise have a chance to enjoy the outdoors an opportunity to do so. HARK needs volunteers for various duties (see respective branch sections of the Go Guide). Donations to HARK are always welcome. Make checks out to: HARK, The Mountaineers Foundation, P. O. Box 25590, Seattle WA 98165. Mountaineers Library needs volunteers: Contact Librarian Kathleen McCluskey at 206-521-6014 if interested. Proofreaders wanted: Do you have a good eye for typos and command of the language? Can you come to club headquarters one day in mid-month? The Mountaineer publication wants your expertise. For more details, contact Managing Editor Brad Stracener: [email protected]
Gone for the weekend
Backpacks 8/1 N. Banff NP (Alberta) (SEA) 8/15 Leader’s Choice (SEA) 8/15 Stuart Lk, T (SEA) 8/22 Ipsut Ck (SEA) 8/29 Cutthroat Pass, T (SEA) 8/1 Mukilteo-S. Whidbey Is. (EVT) 8/30 Glacier Ck. Falls (EVT) 8/1 Cathedral Rock (EVT) 8/1 Mt. Baker (SEA) 8/1 Mt. Rainier (SEA) 8/1 Ingalls Pk (EVT) 8/1 Magic Mtn./Mixup Pk (EVT) 8/1 Eldorado Pk (TAC) 8/2 Observation Rock (TAC) 8/8 Kangaroo Temple (SEA) 8/8 Sherpa Pk (SEA) 8/8 Three Fingers (SEA) 8/8 Mt. Rainier (SEA) 8/8 S. Early Winter Spire (SEA) 8/8 Mt. Baker (TAC) 8/9 Kangaroo Temple (SEA) 8/9 Silver Tip Pk (SEA) 8/15 Slippery Slab Tower (EVT) 8/15 Guye Pk/S. Rib (OLY) 8/15 Eldorado Pk (SEA) 8/15 Sahale Pk (SEA) 8/15 Liberty Bell/Concord Tower 8/15 Wedge (SEA) 8/15 The Tooth (TAC) 8/16 Kangaroo Temple (SEA) 8/22 Liberty Bell/SW Face (OLY) 8/22 Chair Pk (TAC) 8/22 Kangaroo Temple (SEA) 8/22 Mt. Torment (SEA) 8/23 Ingalls Pk (SEA) 8/23 Concord Tower/N. Face (OLY) 8/23 Cutthroat Pk (SEA) 8/29 Slippery Slab Tower (EVT) 8/29 Ingalls Pk (SEA) 8/29 Eldorado Pk (SEA) 8/29 Johannesburg Mtn (SEA) Hikes Bicycles Climbs 8/1 Mt. Fremont LO, Sgls (EVT) 8/1 PCT to Meany Lodge (FH) 8/1 Lk Ingalls (OLY) 8/1 Summerland (SEA)) 8/1 Mt. Dickerman (SEA) 8/1 Hidden Lk Pk Lookout (SEA) 8/1 Mt. Washington (SEA) 8/1 Sahale Arm (SEA) 8/1 Summerland, Sgls (SEA) 8/1 Skyline Trail, Sgls (SEA) 8/2 Copper Mtn, Sgls (SEA) 8/2 Indian Henry’s, Sgls (SEA) 8/2 Skyscraper Mtn, Sgls (SEA) 8/2 Comet Falls (OLY) 8/8 Blue Lk, Sgls (EVT) 8/8 Grand Pass (KIT) 8/8 Spray Park (OLY) 8/8 Snowgrass Flats, Sgls (SEA) 8/9 Crystal Lks, Sgls (SEA) 8/9 Mt. Ellinor (OLY) 8/9 Spray Park-Spray Falls (SEA) 8/9 Walker Rock Garden (TAC) 8/15 Yellow Aster Butte (BELL) 8/15 Sourdough Mtn (EVT) 8/15 Tiffany Mtn, Sgls (EVT) 8/15 Hurricane Hill (KIT) 8/15 Mt. Fremont LO (OLY) 8/15 Pratt Lk (SEA)) 8/15 Lk Stuart (SEA) 8/15 Horseshoe Basin (SEA) 8/15 Hidden Lk Lookout (SEA) 8/15 Deception Pass, Sgls (SEA) 8/15 Sourdough Gap, Sgls (SEA) 8/15 Grand Park (TAC) 8/16 Gobblers Knob, Sgls (SEA) 8/16 Mt. Muller (KIT) 8/16 Goat Lk (EVT) 8/16 Navaho Pass (SEA) 8/22 Windy Pass, Sgls (EVT) 8/22 Larch Mtn (OLY) 8/22 Mason Lk (SEA) 8/22 Mowich Ramble (SEA) 8/22 Lk Lillian (SEA) 8/22 Berkeley Park, Sgls (SEA) 8/22 Melakwa Lk, Sgls (SEA) 8/22 Third Burroughs, Sgls (SEA)
Use this handy guide to target a weekend day that is begging you to get outdoors (see appropriate listing elsewhere for details).
8/23 Red Pass, Sgls (SEA) 8/23 Summerland, Sgls (SEA) 8/23 Happy Lk (OLY) 8/23 Monogram Lk (EVT) 8/23 PCT to Twin Lks (FH) 8/29 Teanaway Rdg, Sgls (EVT) 8/29 Heather Park (KIT) 8/29 Indian Henry’s (OLY) 8/29 Mt. Beljica (SEA) 8/29 Welcome Pass (SEA) 8/30 Summerland (OLY) 8/30 Glacier Ck Falls (EVT) 8/30 Denny Ck-Pratt Lk (FH) 8/30 Eldorado, Sgls (SEA) Sails 8/2 Port of Edmonds (SEA) 8/8 Port of Edmonds (SEA) 8/8 Shilshole Marina (SEA) 8/8 Shilshole Marina (SEA) 8/16 Port of Edmonds (SEA) 8/16 Shilshole Marina (SEA) 8/1 Welch Pks (KIT) 8/1 Mt. Forgotten (SEA) 8/8 Stillaguamish (SEA) 8/8 Bryant (SEA) 8/15 Pugh (SEA) 8/15 Kaleetan (SEA) 8/15 PCT I-90-US-2 (EVT) 8/15 Redstone Pk (TAC) 8/15 Tatoosh (TAC) 8/16 Angeles (OLY) 8/22 Mt. Washington (KIT) 8/29 Three Fingers (SEA) 8/29 Mt. Forgotten (SEA) 8/29 Bean (SEA) 8/29 Mt. Pugh (EVT) 8/30 Fay, Hessong & Pleasant (SEA) 8/30 Teanaway (SEA) 8/30 Goat Le/Royal Basin Lp (KIT)
Sea Kayaks 8/1 Annual Paddle (OLY) 8/8 Blake Is. Overnight (TAC) 8/15 Nisqually Delta (TAC) 8/15 Deception Pass (TAC)
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