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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.


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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 cascade@americanalpineclub.org

Email Northwest Regional Coordinator Eddie Espinosa at eespinosa@americanalpineclub.org

Email the Club's offices in Golden at info@americanalpineclub.org

Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110

Check out the Northwest Region Volunteer Wall of Fame


Cascade Section Co-Chairs

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, the guitarist for The Struggles and an unbelievable source of energy and stoke.  He's an avid skier, boulderer and alpinist.


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