2011 BOEALPS Banquet

»Posted on Oct 7, 2011

The Boeing Employees Alpine Society cordially invites you to its annual BOEALPS banquet! This year we will have some of our very own BOEALPS climbers presenting some of their adventures!

Friday 4 November 2011
The Mountaineers Clubhouse – Goodman Auditorium
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98115
Cocktail Hour begins at 6:00 pm
Buffet dinner at 7:00 pm
Presidential Address at 8:00 pm
Presentations start at 8:30 pm
Door Prizes to follow the presentations.

Ambrose Bittner and Bob Bautista – El Capitan
Ambrose and Bob climbed the Nose on El Capitan in May 2010 over the course of 11 days that involved waiting out storms before good weather allowed them to top out after spending 3 nights on a portaledge during their ascent.

Joyce Holloway – Denali
Joyce climbed Denali (third attempt) in May/June 2010 with BOEALPS members Micah Nolin and Tom & Haldis Glasenapp.

Robyn Garrison – Vinson Massif
Robyn has climbed five of the Seven Summits with one of the most memorable being Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica, in November 2008.

Please RSVP by 28 October 2011
Members: $35
Non-Members: $40
LIMITED SEATING: Reserve your seat today!

October General Meeting — Oct. 6th

»Posted on Oct 4, 2011

Margaret Wheeler: Backcountry Skiing Adventures!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
6:30 PM: Snacks and Socializing
7:00 PM: Margaret Wheeler
Where: Boeing 2‐22 building (7775 East Marginal Way S Seattle, WA 98108)

Margaret guides with Pro Guiding Service for ski mountaineering, alpine, and rock trips, both locally in the Cascades and abroad as well.. An active member of the guiding community, she is an instructor of guide training for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and serves on its board of directors and as president of the organization. She is involved in avalanche education through her work as an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) instructor and trainer. In 2006, Margaret became the second woman in the US to complete her full UIAGM guide certification.
Your Programs Chairs,
Sam and Shadle

Free Professional Rock Training for Beginners!

»Posted on Sep 27, 2011

WHATFree Professional Rock Training for Beginners!


Since BOEALPS will already be out in Leavenworth for the weekend for the fall campout, here is another opportunity in the area to work on your rock climbing skills.  The American Alpine Institute is looking for volunteers to be mock students for people taking their instructor exams.  They would like you to sing up ahead of time so all needed information can be communicated to you. Below is the message from Jason Martin with some details.

The American Alpine Institute is running an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Exam on Sunday in Leavenworth. We are currently seeking individuals who would like to play the role of student for the exam candidates on:


Primarily we are interested in climbers who haven't spent a great deal of time outdoors. The exam candidates will provide a day's worth of climbing instruction to those who are interested under the supervision of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide for FREE. Mock students will work with the guides from approximately 9am to 4pm. If you need to leave early, that's certainly fine. The ideal "mock client" will have rock shoes, a helmet and a harness, though if you don't have one of these things, we may be able to provide it.

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor Course and exam is the first in the AMGA sequence of climbing instructor and guide training programs.

The SPI course was designed to help capable recreational climbers transition into capable and effective climbing instructors. The course focuses on the technical skills required by an instructor as they are applied in all forms of single pitch climbing instruction. In addition to this, the course addresses the essential educational and environmental tenets required to teach climbing. Those seeking certification may go on to take a two-day field examination following the course. Certified Single Pitch Instructors are expected to demonstrate the technical and educational proficiencies necessary to instruct a variety of single pitch rock climbing skills in a safe and effective manner to both groups and individuals.

To read more about the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor course and exam, please click on the following link:


If you would like to participate in this guide assessment as a mock student and to obtain some free training, please call JASON or JAMES between 9am and 5pm on a business day at 360-671-1505.


Jason Martin
Director of Field Operations
American Alpine Institute

Fall Ice Climbing Seminar

»Posted on Sep 21, 2011

When: Saturday October 15th or October Sunday16th
Where: Lower Coleman Glacier at Mt. Baker
More Information: See the
webpage or Ice Seminar Handbook
Deadline: Monday, Oct 3rd. Acceptance / rejection letters will be sent out by October 7th.

Sign-up: APPLY NOW!

2011 Fall Campout

»Posted on Sep 16, 2011

What:  BOEALPS Fall Campout
WHEREBridge Creek GROUP Site – Leavenworth
WHEN:  Friday September 31st Thru Sunday October 2nd
Who:  ALL BOEALPS Members AND Their Guests
Why:  Come Have Fun Camping AND Rock Climbing

BOEALPS has rented the GROUP campsite AT Bridge Creek Campground ON Icicle Creek Road IN Leavenworth Friday AND Saturday night.
This YEAR the fall campout corresponds TO the FIRST weekend OF Oktoberfest IN Leavenworth!

Free Food!
The club will be providing hamburgers AND hot dogs FOR roasting AND fixings FOR a campfire ON Saturday night.
Bring a side OR dessert TO SHARE FOR Saturday.  BYOB.

Want TO go BUT NOT sure WHERE TO go climbing during the DAY OR NOT have a partner?  Reply TO this email AND I’ll make sure you’re hooked INTO a GROUP ON Saturday.  There will be several ICC AND BRC instructors available TO SET up TOP ropes AND climb WITH.