- Our Members: Alan Kearney Documents Our Changing Glaciers
- You’re Invited: August 7th Send & Social
- Abbey Smith on the Hueco Rock Ranch Celebration
- Rockfest 2012 Re-Cap
- Work Party and BBQ at Index – Sunday, July 29th
Washington has traditionally been a stronghold for climbing in North America, and the sheer diversity of climbing here is our trademark. Mt. Rainier is the fifth highest peak (guarded by the most glaciers) in the lower 48, and the steep granite walls at Index offer some of the finest cracks in the country. The real prize, though, are the outstanding alpine routes. And there’s diversity there, too—everything from afternoon walk-ups to bushwacking, crevasse problems, and hundreds of feet of Class IV just to get to the base of the climb. Trying to find Fred Beckey’s “obvious descent gully” is rarely a simple endeavor. So it’s no wonder that the AAC members in the Cascades usually carry around a bigger bag of tricks.
Contact & Volunteer
It's easy to get in touch with your Section Chairs, Regional Coordinator, or the Club.
Email your Cascade Section Co-Chairs at email@example.com
Email Northwest Regional Coordinator Eddie Espinosa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Email the Club's offices in Golden at email@example.com
Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110
Cascade Section Co-Chairs
Growing up in Wisconsin, Becca Vande Hei spent summer days writing in the meadows near her house. A visit to the climbing gym 10 years ago changed that ideal summer pastime. In 2004, she moved to Seattle and began teaching climbing technique while working on her northwest tick list. She’s recently started a new chapter in the mountains where she’s learning to place gear and navigate dihedrals—although the boulderer in her still throws a heel-hook now and then. Her favorite local crags include Gold Bar, Index, Leavenworth, and Squamish. Becca is a professional writer, and she’s excited to use her marketing experience to improve the visibility of the AAC in the northwest through stewardship and community-building events.
Joshua Brandon grew up in Cleveland Ohio, and spent ten years in the US Army before getting out to pursue a life in the mountains. Stationed at Fort Lewis in 2008, he immediately fell in love with the Cascades the first time he step foot on Rainier, and he hasn't stopped climbing in them since. He is also the co-founder and board of director for the Hound Summit Team, a Washington based wounded warrior and veteran mountaineering nonprofit organization. He just started working with the Sierra Club's national office to help promote veterans to get into the outdoors.
We're building our team of volunteers in this Section and have added a couple of new key members this year!
Truc Allen is the marketing genius at our retail partner Second Ascent and will be helping us as coordinate and promote our key events as our new Special Events Volunteer.
Alex Doolittle is the Executive Director at the Seattle Community Law Center and will be helping us with development projects in the Northwest.