2020 ACC Cancelled

»Posted on May 10, 2020

We are sad to announce that BOEALPS Alpine Climbing Class is cancelled for 2020.  But we plan to resume the ACC class in 2021 (conditions allowing), and are excited for next year!
For the second half of March and all of April we saw consistent slow improvement in the COVID-19 Trends in Washington that had the potential to allow our state to recover enough to proceed with a delayed ACC this summer.  But that improvement trend leveled off at about double the ‘confirmed cases per day’ level we were hoping for, and the latest data now is unfortunately suggesting the start of a resurgence of cases as people have relaxed their behavior back to old norms… instead of the continued improvement we needed to responsibly proceed with the class.
Russell & Kala
ACC Head Instructors

IMPORTANT UPDATE for Mountain Hardwear in-store event !

»Posted on Mar 6, 2020

Following guidance from Washington State Department of Health regarding public gatherings, Mountain Hardwear has communicated that they are postponing the planned in-store event on Sunday March 8th, 5pm-8pm. The event is to be rescheduled to a later date, and this will be shared when available.

However, the Mountain Hardwear / Columbia Sportswear downtown store will be open as usual, and they will honor the offered discount throughout the weekend (March 6th to 8th), so you can still drop in any time and take advantage of 30% off of your entire purchase from both stores*.

Only the Sunday evening in-store event will be rescheduled. The discount offer is still happening this weekend.

* : Discount offered to 2020 BOEALPS members, affiliated volunteers and class participants, with proof of membership, or coupon (distributed at BMC class or at the store), or just print / show the email that was sent out

Announcing 2020 Backcountry Ski Seminar !

»Posted on Jan 16, 2020

BOEALPS will host a two-part Backcountry Ski Seminar, with an evening lecture on February 12th, 2020, at the Boeing 2-22 Building, followed by a one-day weekend outing in the backcountry on February 15th.  Visit the seminar page for more details and to sign-up !  Space is limited !

Announcing BOEALPS Waterfall Ice Climbing Seminars !

»Posted on Jan 10, 2020

BOEALPS will host weekend waterfall ice climbing seminars on January 25-26 2020 and February 8-9 2020, in Lillooet, BC, Canada. See the seminar page for more details, or apply directly here !

Please be aware that these seminars are highly dependent on weather and conditions, as well as being limited on the number of participants. Confirmation will be sent to participants via email a few days before each seminar date.

Basic Mountaineering Class – 2020 class starting soon!

»Posted on Jan 3, 2020

The BOEALPS Basic Mountaineering Class (BMC) is a great opportunity to learn the skills that are necessary for basic competence in alpine travel. This course covers at an introductory level everything from proper clothing and route finding to crevasse rescue and glacier travel. If you are new to the outdoors or have outdoor experience but lack the training to go with it, then this course is a must for you!
Check out the BMC page for details!

Important Dates:

Information Session (optional): 7:00pm January 8th, 2020 @ Boeing 2-22 Bldg Cafeteria
Student Applications: Applications will go live on the BMC Page starting at 12:00am (midnight), January 13th. Class spots are limited.
First Class: 7:00pm February 12th, 2020 @ Boeing 2-22 Bldg Cafeteria
Fitness Evaluation:  February 15th, 2020 (start times vary 7am-8am) @ Mt Si

For Instructors:

Instructor Applications available here
Instructor Social: 6:30-10pm January 29th @ Elliott Bay Public House
New Instructor Orientation: Required for all new instructors. 7:00pm February 5th @ Boeing 2-22 Bldg Cafeteria
Fitness Evaluation:  February 15th, 2020 @ Mt Si
Instructor Training: Required for ALL instructors. 7:00pm February 19th @ Boeing 2-22 Bldg Cafeteria