Washington Alpine Club (fondly known as "The WAC") is one of the oldest
outdoor organizations in the northwest. According to the Tacoma Herald the
WAC began in 1893 with the creation of Mount Rainier national Park. Then in 1916 the Cooperative
Campers, a group of friends that spent summers together on the slopes of Mt.
Rainier was created. The name was later changed to the Washington Alpine Club, with the
objective: “to encourage the healthful enjoyment of the great outdoors, to
preserve its natural beauty and to promote good fellowship among all lovers
Club activities include: backpacking, hiking, nature walks, canoe/kayak trips,
mountain biking, climbing, cross-country skiing, telemark skiing, and
snowshoeing. There is an annual New Snow Dinner on
Snoqualmie Pass in December, Vegetarian Potluck in the winter, and Summer
Party in the summer. We also
do the Hog Loppet, organize the Snoqualmie Loppet ski tour, and the Winter Fun
Day. Planned activities are published in the
monthly bulletin and are available on the website at
The Washington Alpine Club Web
Four Club Trips:
WA Alpine Club Mount Adams 12,276', Backcountry Ski SW
WA Alpine Club Annual Olympic Beach
WA Alpine Club
Historic Columbia River Trail Bike Ride
WA Alpine Club
Klickitat Trail Bike Ride
Washington Alpine Club offers a superb series of classes to our members.
Instructors are club members who volunteer their time, enthusiasm and
experience. are offered as well. The WAC partners with other
organizations from time to time to offer other relevant classes.
The Washington Alpine Club's Basic Climbing Class offers a basic but
comprehensive introduction to the technical mountaineering skills required
to travel safely over snowfields, glaciers, and high-angle rock. The class
size is small to preserve a high instructor to student ratio. Students in
the course are exposed to the full range of climbing skills, first in a
classroom setting, and then in the mountains.
Registration begins by January 01
The Intermediate Climbing Class of the Washington Alpine Club offers lead
rock and ice climbing experience that builds on the mountaineering skills
taught in the Basic Class. This course focuses on teaching the skills
necessary to become competent climbing partners in technical rock, ice, and
alpine environments and develop familiarity with leading in these
environments. The class format follows that of the Basic Climbing Class.
i.e. classroom sessions followed by field trips. Class size remains small to
preserve a one to one, instructor to student ratio.
Check out some
Winter Backcountry Travel-
The Backcountry Travel class focuses on safe backcountry travel. The
class is divided into groups of snowshoers, and skiers (AT (randonnee) &
Telemark). A lack of snowboard instructors has caused the class to be closed
to snowboarders in the past and may again in the future. The skiers are then
further divided up by skiing ability. The class is limited to 25 students.
Each touring section will be 5 students with 2 instructors. The first third
of the course focuses entirely on Basic Avalanche Avoidance and Assessment
and involves no time on skis. These skills are then further applied on two
backcountry tours (one Day trip and one overnight). While out touring,
students will learn about snow stability analysis, route selection,
avalanche rescue techniques, winter navigation and camping, how to ski
varied snow conditions, look good and have fun. Registration begins by January 01
Winter Backcountry Travel Class
CPR/AED classes are offered every October through the cooperation of the Red
Cross and Seattle Fire Department.
First Aid (WRFA) is a 20 hour first aid course for the
wilderness traveler. CPR/AED is required with 16 hours of additional wilderness
focused first aid training. The volunteer instructors are certified by the
ARC. The class is held every November- a full weekend at beautiful Guye Cabin at Snoqualmie Pass.
Sign up in September.
We are also working hard to train more
instructors. We encourage the
graduates to go on to take the
Instructor classes (held in the spring and fall)
||Washington Alpine Club members on one of their July 04
ascents of Mount Adams!
We ski year round!
Telemark and Randonee Skiing-
We offer the NW's largest and best known telemark ski program, and
have added a randonee program. From
beginner all the way to advanced there is a section for you to improve and
refine your skills! Our Wednesday evening series
starts in January and continues for six weeks! Enrollment is open only to
Club members. Registration begins in October each year.
More information on the WAC Telemark/Randonee Class
We offer Nordic skiing workshops for all levels of skiers.
We might do a workshop each month in Jan. Feb. and March. A combination
of classic and skate.
Eli And Karel also lead the outstanding kids program beginning at age 4. There are
two six week sessions. Sign up in December.
Junior Nordic Program
<- Our outstanding PSIA Level III Instructors Eli and Karel with students.
Interested? To find out more about the WAC classes just go to:
Guye Cabin water color by Bill Mandeville
Guye Cabin in Winter
Historic Guye Cabin is the jewel of the Alpine club. It serves as the focal
point for many club activities and gatherings year-round. Begun in 1932, it has been
added to over the years to become a beautiful rustic mountain lodge. It has
a large communal kitchen, dining room, fireplace room, and dorm style
sleeping for up to 75. It lies hidden in the trees along the Alpental road,
at Snoqualmie Pass, just outside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. It has
easy access to all the summit ski areas and the backcountry of Commonwealth
Basin. Weekends the year round offer a
peaceful mountain retreat. The property includes a mountain stream, the
headwaters of the Snoqualmie River, alpine forest and lots of room to hike, snowshoe, ski, and
play. Guye Cabin
and property is for the use of
current members and their guests only.
The WAC was active in the creation of both Mount Rainier National
Park, and The North Cascades National Park. We have twice hosted the
Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs annual convention. We have
been active working for the creation of the Wild Sky Wilderness, and
providing sensible input to the the I90 project, and the Summit Ski area
expansion. We are working with many groups to provide input in issues that
impact Snoqualmie Pass
Washington Alpine Club Conservation and Recreation and are currently involved in maintaining Nordic Trails, expanding
Snow Parks and
non-motorized winter access at Snoqualmie Pass. Each year we commit a day to
cleanup Hoh Beach in Olympic National Park. Photos -
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Membership is open to everyone, regardless of experience or ability. Our membership includes hikers, climbers, snowshoers, snowboarders, alpine skiers, X/C skiers (classic and skate) backcountry skiers, Telemarkers,
serious expedition climbers, families with children, grandparents,
conservation minded, and lovers of the outdoors!
Interested in joining the WAC?
We'd love to have you! Check the WAC website to learn more and sign up! You'll meet lots of
great people, learn a new discipline, and have fun! Many WAC members join in
their 20's and remain members for the rest of their lives!
cost to join is only $45 per person! (This includes a onetime $15 initiation fee, and
$30 yearly dues). You will
receive our monthly bulletin and, if desired, join the WAC’s yahoo group
discussion forum, set up for the exclusive benefit of WAC members. The WAC is a
100% volunteer organization!
take advantage of all this great Club has to offer? It's super easy!
Just Apply now...
Are you a prodigal son or daughter returning home?
back! Just go to our membership page, complete the on line form, sign and
initial the waiver, and send it and your
$45 check in to us!
Washington Alpine Club
P.0. Box 352
Seattle, WA 98111
Guye Cabin is a perfect base for summer activities, events, winter sports, or just
to enjoy the comforts of a year round mountain lodge.
Guye Cabin was originally built in 1932 by a
bunch of volunteers just like us.
Several additions were built over the years. The work has always been done by
parties of Club members! We are working hard to make sure that
maintenance and needed repairs are done to keep the Cabin in top condition.
Our Cabin deserves our respect and
care! 2012 will be the 80th anniversary of Guye Cabin!