Guye Cabin is open for exclusive Air b&b reservations for May and June!
Just check the Club calendar for open dates now through June. Lots of open weekends and weekdays!

Due to the pandemic we will not have unlimited Cabin access like in prior years. Hopefully all of us are fully vaccinated now and we are hoping for a normal time in the 2021 summer)

If you have been to Guye Cabin before you have found a welcoming environment. A nice path to the Cabin, warm fires in the stoves, and the snowy chill gone.  With the warm temperatures and rapidly melting snow Spring is excellent time to visit! Come July we hope to have social gatherings.

If you plan on going to Guye Cabin –

We will continue exclusive use by reservation only (no day use cabin access, however the property and parking are open) as we have all fall and winter. It is a much different experience than past years. A real mountain lodge that you are responsible for.

With your reservation you will be responsible for completing the opening and closing process.

Turn on the electric, turn on the water, get a fire going, and then close and clean/disinfect when you leave. This is some work and not to be taken lightly!

Guidance will be provided as needed for those unfamiliar with the process.

Spring fees-

With a lot fewer people staying at the Cabin we will have to charge more than the normal member/guest rates to cover the cost of utilities

Through May $50 a night in addition to the normal member/guest fee $20/$25 per person.

Beginning June 01 we will discontinue the covid/utility charge. It will be only the normal member/guest fee $20/$25

You can reserve Guye Cabin any day of the week. (a day is typically from noon to afternoon the next day)

Folks can use the Cabin property anytime for snow play but there will be no access to the Cabin.

To see what dates are available for the spring-
Calendarhttps://washingtonalpineclub.org/current/calendar?month=may&yr=2021
See a date you like that doesn’t have a name next to it? Email Mike M to confirm.
Pay onlinehttps://washingtonalpineclub.org/product/cabin-use-fees

Thank you
Mike Mahanay  Cabin Chair/Director
mikemahanay@gmail.com

Renew your Membership for 2021! 

You can update your membership anytime!  Just log in to check your Membership expiration date and renew. You will be asked to sign the waiver.

https://washingtonalpineclub.org/renew-your-membership

You can continue to Support Guye Cabin by paying the Annual Cabin Fee too!

Don’t forget your membership dues and any other monetary donations are tax deductible!

To Our Cherished WAC Community-

We are not a diverse organization, bottom line. And although everyone may be trying to do their best; myself, the board, and our community must listen, educate ourselves, and take action to build a community where everyone feels welcome. We must listen with the intent to learn and to change, not in anticipation of our chance to speak. We need to hear from our members, especially those who are black, of color, queer, or LGBTQ+. Listen and let them share unapologetically, so that we can move forward in support of them. We will make mistakes, but we must try.

I have struggled in writing something from the position of ‘president’ as I was uncertain how to even respond personally and was nervous to be the voice of an organization. I am angry, confused, sad, and at times feel helpless. But my goal in all of this was to put genuine thought into my response as your President, a member, a representative of the board, and a representative of the organization. I am uncomfortable, I feel in over my head, and I don’t have the answers. But what I promise you is that I am going to try my best to address this in the most heartfelt way I can and listen to the responses.

The recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are heartbreaking, but what is more heartbreaking are that they come as no surprise to a large part of our society, where discrimination, violence, and injustice are the daily norm. But many look on in disbelief, not wanting to admit this is still a reality. But it is our reality, we live in a country that has a history of systemic and institutionalized racism, abuse, and discrimination that is alive and well today.

We can’t wait any longer; being a small volunteer organization doesn’t give us an excuse to be silent, we need to step up and be on the right side of this.

We have a lot of hard work in front of us. So this is my commitment and the commitment of the WAC Board of Directors to start. Start addressing the shortcomings in our organization; we are guilty of not supporting every voice and a stronger commitment to diversity sooner. We acknowledge that we must do better to build up and to amplify the voices of those that are marginalized. This is our commitment to start educating not only ourselves as a board, but our instructors, students, and membership at large to organize and fight for an inclusive community. We ask each of you to join us.

We don’t have the answers, but we must start and we must start now. It is not an easy conversation and we will make mistakes, but we must continue to improve. We will feel uncomfortable, but we have to be OK with that during this process. We must remain open and receptive to all stories, experiences, and points of view. We need to recognize that white privilege does exist, and that just because you may not personally see something, does not mean it isn’t happening. We have to listen to each other, be willing to get called out and call each other out, but only together in solidarity with our collective efforts will we help change the narrative.

Remember, the WAC was founded to encourage the healthful enjoyment of the great outdoors, to preserve its natural beauty and to promote good fellowship among all lovers of nature. Let’s make sure that we uphold that mission.

Over the past few days there have been some comments on our Facebook page that we as a board do not endorse. It is a painful reminder that there is indeed racism in our community, this specific member has been blocked from further activity on the page and his comment deleted. Other comments have come from long standing members, and we are actively working with them to issue formal apologies. We must accept these apologies as a community. As long as a member is willing to admit fault, listen, and educate themselves we should not write them off. It serves as a reminder that we are all at different stages of our journey towards awareness of racism in ourselves and our community. We can all do better. I sincerely hope that as we go forward we do so with respect and a willingness to listen, not defend.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Sweetin
Washington Alpine Club President

*Please direct any questions, comments, ideas, or information to wacboard@googlegroups.com.

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Resources & Action:

“Change starts at home by educating yourself on the history of racial violence and racist systems in our country. You can get started by choosing which voices to highlight and engage with. Sometimes a small shift in what we consume can make a big difference.” – Mountaineers Equity & Inclusion Committee

We realize that education is one piece of the puzzle. The board is starting our journey, please join us.

Our Immediate Action Items:

Continue board meetings and additional discussions through the summer (we typically take a hiatus).

Work with member, Katy L., who is kicking off a forum to start open club discussions. Please keep an eye out for information on participation.

In addition we have started to compile resources which we will leverage in our education process. This list will evolve and will be made available to the club in the form of a webpage in the coming weeks.

These are just some of the resources we are starting with, please add to the conversation by sending us what you are reading. We also want to note that we don’t necessarily endorse everything these links say, but they are voices that should be heard.

Here are a few ideas how you can take action now via The Access Fund (read their full statement here The Access Fund):

Additional Resources:

Unfortunately I have to reach out regarding the recent COVID-19 virus issues in our area. At the board meeting last night we discussed at length how this affects the club as a whole and our upcoming classes and activities. Our member’s health and safety is of paramount importance to the board so we are taking these decisions seriously and with the guidance of the Public Health – Seattle & King County recommendations that have been issued thus far. We will continue to closely monitor the updates issued by Public Health and communicate to you how they affect the club.

With that being said, we have decided to close the cabin for the next two weeks, effective immediately for all members. Nathan Hale will finish their day use of the cabin on Friday at lunch, and after that no one will be allowed to enter the cabin (day or night) until further notice. I will be coordinating with Mike Mahanay to ensure everything is taken care of that needs to be in order to properly shut down the facilities. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however we must insist that the cabin remain closed. The board will meet again on March 16th to reassess the situation and any updated recommendations released by King County. At that time we will determine and communicate a course of action. In the meantime we will be monitoring the situation closely and if any necessary information presents itself we will communicate that out to the club immediately.

Unfortunately this also comes at a time when we are getting our basic climbing class off and running and trying to train a new crop of incoming instructors. As of right now we are meeting with the co-chairs to determine a course of action to try and keep the course running while also addressing health concerns and how we respond to the recommendations released by the health department, which are not conducive to the classroom scenario. More info will be distributed to students and instructors via Pat O’brien and the BCC Co-chairs as well as the instructor training weekend leads Mike Daly and Kelly Coons. Please keep an eye on your emails for updates.

If anyone is feeling sick please use common sense and stay home, wash your hands regularly, and keep an eye on the Public Health information.

https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/4-covid-recommendations.aspx

I know everyone will have a varying comfort level and response to current events, and will have opinions on how we respond when it comes to the club. I ask for your patience as we navigate through this. We are doing our best to make decisions in line with the health department but primarily with the health and wellness of our members in mind. If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to reach out to me directly, I am happy to discuss any decisions further or put you in touch with the correct chair or lead for class or instructor information.

Thank you and stay healthy,

Chelsea Sweetin

WAC President

Open House and Work Party for 2021!  June 26, July 10 and August 21  (This is also our summer party!)
I will also do small work parties on most Tuesday and Thursday (weather permitting) Please rsvp

This is an excellent time to visit Guye Cabin, learn how to open and close, or plan to spend the night. Snoqualmie Pass is a fantastic place for hiking, climbing, bike riding, trail running, foraging for edibles, or just exploring! 

We’ll do a lunch or cook out each day.

9-3 with lunch at 1

This will give you an appreciation of all the hard work that goes into keeping Guye Cabin operating, and give you the chance to see what Snoqualmie Pass is like in the summer.

Some of the things we do each year –

Trail work
Yard work
Collect, buck, split and stack wood for next winter
Paint (inside and outside)
Various repairs and improvements

Of course we’ll need to follow the current covid guidance, and hopefully everyone has their vaccine shot.

It looks like we will be able to host PCT hikers this late July, August and September. Covid is declining and most everyone is vaccinated. 

We need your help! 

Be a Pacific Crest Trail angel by becoming a volunteer host at Guye Cabin on Snoqualmie Pass! Be thinking of dates you can help. We are looking to fill dates from July 21 …. until September 21! 

This will be the fourth year the WAC has hosted to the PCT hikers coming from Mexico on their way to Canada- we are lucky to get to see them over 2400 miles into their journey and only ~260 from the border.

In 2019 we hosted over 200 hikers and had folks say Guye Cabin was their best stay of the entire Trail! And our Volunteer hosts had a blast meeting people from all over the world on an amazing journey! 

Retired? Under employed? Work remotely? Just want to have fun? this is perfect for you!

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Welcome PCT hikers and instruct them on use of Guye Cabin
Sign people the in log book and take their payment (they will pay online mostly)
Answer questions about Snoqualmie Pass, weather, injuries, and the trail ahead
Have fun!

If you are interested, or have additional questions just contact Mike via PM or email. We will have a google calendar to track the dates.

March 2nd 2021 @ 7:00PM

What if we looked at mental health the same way we look at physical health? Outdoor activities depend on both, and they impact both in varying degrees – whether we acknowledge it or not.

Our second Community Discussion will be led by WAC member and psychologist Trevor Davis. Trevor will be walking us through a short presentation on resiliency aspects of outdoor activities and community, as well as some of the known risk factors for things like stress injuries and mental health issues. Then together, we will explore the spectrum of benefits and risks related to outdoor sports and our mental health.

The presentation and following community discussion will cover questions such as: Why do we push ourselves, and when do we all need to stop pushing? Why do we sometimes disengage with things we typically love, and when is it OK to pull back versus push ourselves forward? We’d love to hear from you, our audience members, during this talk. Please come with your own stories and experiences that you’d like to share.

Climbing Route Names and Inclusive Language

Virtual Event information

Tue, Jan 12th 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST

Climbing route names can rouse laughter, raise eyebrows, and they can inspire you to return to a project again and again. They can also alienate people from the sport, both new and veteran. Here and abroad, climbing route names are a source of controversy – especially over the last year. Some local climbs in Vantage, Index, and other crags in the PNW are up for debate.

This week we’d like to get together as a community to talk about offensive climbing route names. Do words matter? Why? What about the people who named routes? What other type of language does this remind you of? What is our role to make route names (and climbing) more inclusive?

If you have time, we encourage you to read Misogyny on the Rocks (https://rockandice.com/opinion/misogyny-on-the-rocks-the-tinder-p-dilemma/), and How One Climber is Calling Out Racism in the Outdoor Industry (https://crosscut.com/2020/07/how-one-climber-calling-out-racism-outdoor-industry) ahead of our discussion. Both articles shine light on specific examples of how climbing route names have affected and created a divide within their communities.

Leading this discussion are three WAC climbers and volunteers: Amanda Helfer, Katie Sieverman, and Rachel Davidson. Join us and bring your own impressions, stories, observations, and ideas to share with the community.

Next Wednesday we’ll be hosting our first virtual event of 2021.

Wednesday Jan 6th 7pm – 9pm

Matt Schonwald of BC Adventure Guides will be joining us for the evening to talk about his new book “Backcountry Skiing Olympic National Park” & to lead a workshop on the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES).

In addition to learning about a new zone, this will be a workshop on the ATES system which was developed by Parks Canada to help backcountry users assess the severity of the terrain encountered in a given trip. It’s being used more and more in the US and is a super practical way to turn an avalanche forecast into a safe travel plan for the day. We’ll do a number of exercises to apply ATES principles on the terrain in local zones (likely Snoqualmie Pass).

The curriculum is relevant and practical for winter recreationalists of all experience levels, from those venturing into the backcountry for their first year to those who have done AIARE 2+.

Join us for an evening with Ming Poon, a decorated photographer, videographer and adventurer based out of North Lake Tahoe, California. In 2018 he received Powder Magazine’s prestigious Photo of the Year award, and in 2019, he won the renowned Whistler Blackcomb Deep Winter Photo Challenge. You might recognize his name as a regular contributor to TGR, Powder, Backcountry Magazine and Vermont Life Magazine. He’s also a regular participant on Cody Townsend’s Fifty Project.

Ming often travels long and far in the backcountry to get his shots. His job calls for assessing safety while traveling in remote locations. Join us for a beautiful evening as Ming shares recent work, gives advice on when/how to get the best shots and backcountry safety in his work.

Donations: POW: Protect our Winters (https://protectourwinters.org/donate/)

Join us for an evening with Betsy Robblee and Taldi Harrison two of our talented members who work on emerging federal regulatory and legislative issues that affect the outdoors. During this session they will discuss how their respective organizations advocate for recreationalists, and the background and importance of recreating responsibly during the pandemic. The session will be an hour followed by a Q&A session.

Betsy Robblee (WAC Basic 2017) is the Conservation and Advocacy Director at the Mountaineers. As the Conservation and Advocacy Director, Betsy leads The Mountaineers conservation and advocacy programming, including driving partnerships, executing advocacy campaigns and communications, and supporting fundraising efforts that result in long-term outcomes to protect public lands and the outdoor experience. Betsy joined The Mountaineers with ten years of experience in policy, advocacy, and community engagement experience. She previously served as the Policy and Outreach Manager at the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, where she led advocacy campaigns in support of funding for conservation and recreation projects in Washington state. Earlier in her career, she spent six years in Washington, DC as a legislative aide to Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Rick Larsen. Betsy is also President of the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition, an organization that raises awareness of the outdoor recreation sector in Washington State.

Taldi Harrison (WAC Basic 2017, Backcountry 2017) is the Government & Community Affairs Manager at REI. Taldi oversees REI Co-op’s federal government affairs and policy related philanthropy. Her work focuses on fostering collaborative partnerships with national non-profits and decision-makers at the federal level to ensure access to and infrastructure for inspiring outdoor recreation opportunities. Taldi serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastrail Partners, The Conservation Alliance, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Technical Advisory Committee and the 1Trillion Tree’s US Stakeholder Council. She has an MS in biology and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, climbing, camping, mountaineering, and skiing.

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