March 6, Thursday, 7 pm
at REI downtown Seattle
"Terrain Selection in the Backcountry"
You studied the weather forecast, consulted the avalanche danger scale and checked on road conditions. You planned every detail of your route and feel as prepared as you can be. But as you head into your trek, you discover there are some factors you couldn't have predicted. Sound familiar?
For our March program, Scott Schell, program director for the Northwest Avalanche Center, will talk about the most important decision you'll make for your winter adventure: terrain selection in the backcountry. What questions do you need to ask - and be able to answer - in order to proceed on the safest route possible?
This program builds on our January topic of avalanche awareness and adds to your "toolkit of knowledge" about backcountry travel. As Ed Viesturs says, "Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory."
Following the presentation, there'll be an update on trips, Nordic Patrol, Club business, and the drawing for a $50 REI gift card.
April 4, Friday, 6-9 pm
at Mt Baker Community Club
Awards, Elections, Photos from the Season, Good Food and Fun
At Stevens Pass, on March 14-16, they offer a course specifically for women. However, at this link you can also find several other avalanche and wilderness first aid classes.
Thanks to these WSTC members who have donated this season to the Club's Conservation Fund (as of 1/16/2014).
Ruth Wilson • George Whyel • Mason White • Sherri Wenrick • Alice Walter • William Vanderwilt • Chris Van Bemmel • Lynn Tucker • Adrian Travis • Carol Tobin • Noelle Taber • Clayton Smith • Eric Schlegel • Norma Jean Sands • Dean Payne • Jennifer Osborne • Marianne Mitchell • Yoshiko Miltimore • Shawn McBrien • Barbara Mandula • Carmelita Logerwell • Frank Koontz • Carol Kennedy • Sarah Kaye • Ron Jarvis • Tom Jacobi • Mark Howard • Bob Green • Don Gray • Amy Godfrey • Gabriel Ghizila • Jay Friedman • Kimberly Freeman • Sue Enger • Nancy Engel • Deborah Dickstein • Dede Chinlund • Sharon Chen • Judith Cederblom • Steve Burger • Karin Brook • Jim Brisbine • Katia Blackburn
JOB OPPORTUNITIES - Nominations needed
Our Club operations are fairly simple but it doesn't run without some time and energy put in by members volunteering. Candidates are needed for these positions for the next season. It's best to have the new Board members selected in April to make the transition seamless the following September. Speak to any of the current Board with ideas on who you would like to nominate
for any of these positions. You may nominate yourself, i.e. volunteer
New Member Liaison - calls each new member or sends email with a welcome message and a few bits of helpful info on trips, forums, etc. Busiest time is November, December, January. Entails about six hours per month in those three months.
Program Coordinator - reserves meeting room for November through March. Find speakers for those meetings. Most of the effort is in September through December to deal with reservations and get commitments for speakers for the season. Estimated time commitment is 10-20 hours in that four month period and about 5 hours per month in Jan, Feb, March, and April.
Trip Coordinator - solicits members for organizing trips and then posts the information on the website. Estimate time commitment is six hours per month with a bit more in November.
Nordic Patrol Assistant - assists the Nordic Patrol Lead with finding suitable weekend hosts. Also checks that those who have signed up for a Patrol weekend are properly qualified and understand the responsibilities. The Assistant should expect to be the weekend host at least three times per season. Assistant coordinates with the Park Ranger when necessary if the Lead is not available. It is generally expected that in the following season this person will become the Nordic Patrol Lead.
The Washington Ski Touring Club is a Seattle-based, recreation-oriented
club of about 360 members who organize nordic classic, skate, telemark,
and backcountry touring ski trips. We also have a monthly meeting with
interesting programs on equipment, tours, weather, ski destinations,
etc. (October to May).
We love to ski and encourage you to join us! Our
monthly meetings and potluck events are open to all. However, much of
our website such as Multi-Day Trips, Discussion Forums, Nordic
Patrol, Weekend Weather forecasts, and our Newsletter are open only to
How to use Conservation Fund
There is a new website section for the policy and procedure for use of the monies in the Conservation Fund. Check it out. AND consider what groups and projects you would like to suggest as recipients of your donations.
Do you have some trip or event photos
you'd like to share? To add them to our Photo Pages, click on the arrow
next to YOUR Name that is in the upper right corner of the home page.
Click on Profile. When your Profile shows, one of the items is
Website/Photo Albums. Take it from there - it's easy.