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December 2023 Newsletter

Happy December! We've got a lot of very important updates about upcoming events and offerings over the next few months in the email, so be sure to read through carefully. Holiday Party:

THURSDAY December 7 from 6:30pm-9:30pm


Hillcrest Park Lodge 1717 S. 13th St. Mount Vernon, WA


Bring your family and come join the fun! Members and non-members are all welcome.


Potluck: Please bring a dish to share and your own beverage of choice. Alcohol is permitted.

  • 2nd annual rope-coiling competition: Let's find out who's the jedi rope master of the year! Congratulations to the defending champion, John Parks.

  • Relay competition: Join for some exciting relays that are sure to get you laughing and cheering!

  • White elephant exchange: Bring a gift for each family member that chooses to participate.

Anyone interested in helping set up tables and chairs from 6-6:30pm is welcome to come early. We will also need to run through the clean-up routine from 9:15/9:30-10pm.

Next Meeting: January 3rd 7:00-8:30 pm Burlington Library 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233

BMC Updates:

**Please feel free to print and distribute/email posters to anyone or anywhere that may benefit from seeing it.


Instructor Interest (Please fill out before December 8th)

It's almost time for... our 2024 BMC Forest service permit! To do so, we need a general list of instructors that will plan to help with the course. This is also our first baseline for all instructor schedules, and we will base our initial schedule for instructors on this survey. Please review your calendar and complete the following short survey (estimated up to 15 minutes) to provide us with the information we need to be able to submit the forest service permit and begin scheduling. Instructor Survey (DUE DECEMBER 8TH) Important Notes: -If you are not sure about your schedule yet, please still complete the survey if you are interested in helping out (we use this for the instructor emergency roster) and note your schedules in the final notes section. -Please fill out ALL dates that you would be available to support the course. The Co-coordinators will do our best to spread out dates for each person so that no one is signed up for everything (unless they want to), but it is best to all options to make this happen. - If you are new to this process (recent BMC grad) please fill out this survey as best you can. We welcome you to join as an Assistant Instructor for any class that you feel like you would like more review on. You can also mark yourself as a "Lead Climber" or "Lead" for an outing if you feel comfortable leading an entire outing (such as the Fitness hike). Registration and marketing for the BMC will be just around the corner and we hope to have this year be just as good as last year!

Wilderness First Aid Class Interest (Headcount due January 15th)


SAC's annual Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification training is going to be offered March 2nd-3rd, 2024 at Larrabee State Park. It is through Backcountry Medical Guides and the course will be subsidized by SAC so it will be offered at $150/person (originally $300!). Taking the WFA will help the BMC have enough Safety Instructors and also help you be a prepared friend and partner on all of your adventures. Please let Vic know at 412-328-6374 if you are interested or have any questions. We need to confirm our headcount for BMG by January 15th to secure this private course.


Ski Weekend Updates: February 23-25, 2024 (Friday night through Sunday morning)

  • Friday dinner at Chair 9 at 6:30pm, cost of pizzas covered by SAC.

  • Potluck dinner at 6pm Saturday night at the lodge. SAC members are welcome to join for dinner even if not staying the night.

  • Check out Sunday morning by 11am

Reservation Details:

- 12 rooms available for reservation, with max occupancy of 26 people age 4+. - Must have active membership paid for 2024. - Cost: - $175 per room for the whole weekend if you pay online. (payment link coming soon) - $168 per room if you pay by check and give to Renee or mail to PO Box 1054, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 - Registration deadline Jan 19, 2024 - Please email holly.lynn26@gmail.com asap if you are interested in reserving a room. - Name - # people age 4+ in your room - The property only allows for 2 pets in the premises. The pet spots are first come, first served.

AAIRE Courses:

  • We have received a $50 discount for any AAIRE courses through Baker Mountain Guides this upcoming season. If you have any interest in booking something, please respond to this email and I will be more than happy to provide the discount code to you.



  • American Alpine Institute reached out to us to provide us some details on their current offerings as well. The cost of the AIARE 1 course is $725 per person and is offered at Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass, and Rainier. We are offering a 25% off avy gear deal if you register and pay before Dec 15th. We are also including free rentals if registered and paid by the end of t


he year.

Happy holidays and we hope to see you all next Thursday for the annual holiday potluck! -- Climb on!






Malia Silverman | SAC Secretary

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