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November 2021 Newsletter

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.” – Rabindranath Tagore

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: We tried to see the Aurora last weekend. It didn’t work. But we at least enjoyed a beautiful, clear night from up high. If it’s the last night I spend high in the mountains this year, I won’t be disappointed.

On another note, this will be my penultimate SAC Newsletter. I’m leaving some small (and probably stinky) shoes to fill. If you’re interested in taking over, please let me know with any questions!


Kaitlin and Juliet descending from Trapper’s Peak, trying to find the lake somewhere below. (Photo: Jamie Powers)

November Meeting:

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Burlington Public Library, located at 820 East Washington Avenue, one block south of Fairhaven at the corner of Washington Avenue and Holly Street.

Also on Zoom: Meeting ID: 478 315 4982 Passcode: Gv1kdb

Program: Two 2021 BMC students, Freddie and Emma, will each give short presentations on an adventure they had and share their interests and mountaineering goals for the future.

Melissa, a badass mom, descending from a baby-free trip on Black Peak. (Photo: Juliet Evans)

Skagit Alpine Club Meeting Notes: October 6, 2021

Andy Basabe, from the non-profit Vamos Outdoors Project, presented about the amazing individual, social and community impacts the organization has made by creating opportunities for young people to challenge and express themselves through outdoor activities like mountain biking. Visit their website at to find out ways to support this valuable organization for youth development and community well-being through outdoor activities.

New Business:

Ski Weekend: The ski weekend with be February 25-27 with rooms costing $150. We will watch Covid trend and keep everyone updated as we get closer.

2022 BMC Planning meeting: Yep, it’s that time already! The meeting will be November 5, 2021 at the Kamak residence: 1115 South 18th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98274

Items on the agenda are:

1. How do we incorporate the new students who basically took 1/4 to 1/2 of the course and keep them involved?

2. Do we have enough lead instructors to make this feasible?

3. Does anyone want to team up with Juliet to help plan this year? (She promises extra treats for this person)

4. What is a reasonable capacity for the course? And what does that mean for students who took the course last year or new student registrants?

4. Finalizing course dates and schedule to post to website

5. Assigning initial tasks prior to the January prep meeting.

What to Bring:

1. Ideas about any and all of the above topics

2. Potluck items are welcome, or pizza may be purchased (we'll share more details as we get closer).

Brendan and Cameron closing up the Park Butte Lookout for the year. (Photo: Cameron Bigge)

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