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Skagit Alpine Club – July 2008 Newsletter


Skagit Alpine Club mission statement:  "To promote the use and prevent the abuse of outdoor recreation areas"....SAC Articles of Incorporation



July’s meeting will be the annual potluck picnic at the Little Mountain Lookout at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 1.


Secretary‘s Report:


Submitted by Jill Youde:


Lynn Postler slaved long & hard in her kitchen to bring us delectable strawberry shortcake…mmmmmm….go, Lynn!!  Welcome to new faces Reuben & Maria.


Old Business:

  Marie Erbstoezer passed around memorial plaques for Fred Darvill.  One will be posted in the Park Butte Lookout, at the work party there on Sat. August 9th.  Marie is looking for a volunteer to take the second plaque up to the Hidden Lakes Lookout.


  Lynn passed around a sign up sheet for the Easy Pass work party on Sat, June 21st.  If you work really really hard, Lynn might let you attend Brad and Kathi Monrad’s Summer Solstice party in Concrete that night.  Plus you can get a free Forest Parking Pass for your efforts.


  It’s not too late to make comments re. land use on Mt. Erie; talk to Wade or Harold for more details.


 New Business:

  President Paul presented Ginny Darvill with a certificate pledging the club’s commitment to maintaining the trails on Little Mountain, with an annual work party there (probably sometime in September), in Fred Darvill’s memory.


  Social Director Wade announced the annual summer SAC potluck will be at Little Mountain lookout at 6pm, Tues. July 1st.  Dishes will be assigned by last name.  Please bring something delish to share & something to sit on. Come enjoy a spectacular feast, sunset views, & club bonding at its finest.


  Maggie, our Conservation Chair, gave an impassioned presentation on eradicating Scotch Broom from Mt. Erie.  Scotch Broom is a highly invasive non-native plant that disrupts native species and whose seeds can persist for 50 to 80 years.  She encourages y’all to pull up the damn plant wherever you see it.  She also demonstrated a scary looking plant extractor that [deleted rest of Jill’s illustrative comment for the benefit of our younger members].  She will be organizing a de-Scotch Mt. Erie outing sometime this summer.


  Nobody really knows what’s up with the Peregrine falcons on Mt. Erie. Are they breeding & making sweet little fluffy baby Peregrines, or just disrupting climbers? Stay tuned…


  There will be no meeting in August, & we will probably have a new meeting room in September.


  Blake Herrington gave an inspirational slide show of his recent 5 first ascents in the North Cascades, on these peaks: Tupsham, Buckner, Bonanza, Gunsight, and Goode. Thanks Blake for a fresh perspective on climbing in our backyard!!



Potluck!  Next program will be at our regularly scheduled meeting in September.







Submitted by Marie Erbstoeszer


Save Saturday, August 9 and possibly Sunday, August 10 for the annual Park Butte Lookout Work Party.  Due to the heavy snowpack, we haven't been up there yet this year so we aren't sure what needs to be done but we wanted to get these dates on your calendars.  If anyone makes it up to the Lookout, please give us a report on its general condition and how last year's painting project held up.


Also on Saturday, August 9, we plan to mount a plaque remembering and honoring Fred Darvill, first president of the Skagit Alpine Club and long time steward of Park Butte Lookout.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us.


John and Marie Erbstoeszer

Park Butte Lookout Stewards





1.      Hiking Through History In Northern Spain
October 12 - 28th, 2008 submitted by Janell Werner

Hike the famous Camino de Santiago trail beginning at Burgos and finishing at
the Cathedral in Santiago. We hike the most scenic and interesting parts of
the trail.

Call Helen Hansen, 503-254-9465 for information and application. Come join us,
a mazama outing. www.mazamas.org


2.      EASY PASS TRAIL WORK - This year we will be working on the trail in the spring sunshine!  Dan Rogers needs help putting up the cable handrails across the bridge, and the rest of us can work on tread and drainage on the lower part of the trail.  We'll be meeting Dan at 9 AM on Saturday June 21st at the EZ Pass trailhead.  If you want to carpool meet us at Cascade Middle School in Sedro Wooley at 7 AM.  Bring work gloves, lunch, and raingear.  To sign up for trail work please email Lynn at sancho999@comcast.net or call 428-4237.  This helps Dan figure out how many hard hats and tools to bring.  PS You get a FREE annual forest pass if you do trail work!


3.      PACIFIC NORTHWEST TRAIL ASSOCIATION  GOTOBUTTON BM_1_ Http://www.pnt.org  24854 Charles Jones Memorial Circle #4, Sedro-Woolley WA 98284    360-854-9415 



     Want to do some trail work?  No matter where you work, wear long pants, have work gloves, have plenty of fluids to drink, and bring a lunch.  Each person working will have to sign a liability release form.  Parents or guardians of those under 18 must sign for the minor.

     For information call 360-424-0407 anytime up until 8 a.m. the morning of the work party.  Tools will be provided--hazel hoes, loppers, McLeods, Pulaskis, chain saws, brush cutters.  You may bring your own tools if you wish.

     If you can only work until noon, please call ahead to see if the work site will be conducive to your leaving early.  Sometimes we will be working behind locked gates or far up logging roads and it would not be convenient for people to leave early.

     Meeting place is the Cook Road Park-n-Ride, exit 232 from I-5 north of Burlington.  Exit the freeway, turn right and then immediately turn right onto Old Highway 99.  We meet across the street from the 76 gas station.  Meeting time is 8:15 a.m. 


2008 Skagit Trail work schedule for April through October

Trail work will be done on the FIRST and THIRD Saturday of each month

April 5 and 19                                                August 2 and 16

May 3 and 17                                                 September 6 and 20

June 7 (National Trails Day)  and 21             October 4 and 18

July 5 and 19


Conservation Report:


Climbing Committee:


The climbing class has been cancelled due to low enrollment.


Trip Report:





Special Announcement:


1.      My friend is a single mom with a 13 year old Boy Scout who is getting into camping.  If anyone has an old sleeping bag (or other useful camping items) that they would like to donate to a great kid, please call Jill @ 202-7441 or email me @ drjillo@yahoo.com. Thanks!!


2.      Solstice party at Brad and Kathy Monrad's house.  Saturday June 21 around 5:00, after we get back from Easy Pass Trail maintenance that day.  This is to be a campout, Bar-B-Que, bonfire, hot tub, Bocci Ball, Badmitton, and lots of good times!  We will provide burgers and dogs and breakfast cassarole for the next morning.  Bring your favorite salad or desert or snacks, we'll have cups, plates and plasticwear.  BYOB and lawn chairs!  Call for directions, Kathy  360-853-8901 or 360-853-8684   Hope to see you there!!!





President – Paul Sherman  293-2984 or 391-6078 (cell),  pshermanpt@verizon.net

Vice President – Jeff Smith 425-478-2698

Treasurer - Kim Griffith  (360) 419-7480 jkgriffith@gmail.com

Secretary - Angie Vandenhaak Angela.Vandenhaak@wwu.edu  (360) 756-6950

Newsletter - Corrina Marote corrina.marote@gmail.com

Webmaster - Steve Trent skagitalpineclub@comcast.net

Programs – Jason Griffith (360) 419-7480 jkgriffith@gmail.com

Lookout - John and Marie Erbstoeszer erbst@cnw.com

Outings - Lynn Postler sancho999@comcast.net

Conservation Com- Maggie Sullivan 724-3158

Social Com- Wade Bessett bessettw@hotmail.com

Climbing Com-Chris Danilson cdanilson@yahoo.com