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Benefit Events for the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center

December 7 and 14, 2013

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At the American Alpine Institute, we love mountains for their beauty and challenge, and for the livelihood they provide us as guides and teachers. But there are ample reasons for flatlanders to love mountains as well. Mountain ranges function as engines of water production, provide pastureland and habitat for game, and supply resources for industry. In view of the universal value of mountains, the United Nations General Assembly established International Mountain Day (IMD) on December 11th of each year to celebrate this shared natural heritage. As we have the past four years, AAI is throwing a variety of benefit events to help celebrate.  Proceeds will go to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC), whose outstanding work keeps us all a lot safer and happier in our winter mountain travels.

Please scroll down to see our event sponsors!

You can now register online by clicking here. Registration is optional, but space is limited and those who register will be given priority.

Bellingham Fundraiser and Free Clinics - December 7th, 2013

As part of our IMD celebration, we will be offering two two-hour pay-what-you-can rock rescue clinics at Vital Climbing Gym in Bellingham, WA. The clinics will focus on the baseline skills required to perform a rescue in a high-angle environment. The clinics will run at the following times:
  • 12:30 - 2:30
  • 3:00 - 5:00

  • Avalanche Awareness Seminar and Happy Hour
  • We will present an Avalanche Awareness Seminar and reception (with beer, pizza and maybe even live music) in the evening at the Vital Climbing Gym in Bellingham, WA. Doors will open at 6pm, with the seminar starting at 7pm. This seminar will be a short introduction to the skills required to safely and effectively move through the backcountry during the winter season. In addition to the avalanche awareness seminar there will be a raffle and an auction.

Everett Fundraiser and Free Clinics - December 14th, 2013

We will be offering two two-hour pay-what-you-can rock rescue clinics at Vertical World Climbing Gym in Everett, WA. The clinics will focus on the baseline skills required to perform a rescue in a high-angle environment. The clinics will run at the following times:
  • 12:30 - 2:30
  • 3:00 - 5:00

  • Avalanche Awareness Seminar and Happy Hour
  • We will present an Avalanche Awareness Seminar and reception (with beer, pizza and maybe even live music) in the evening at the Vertical World Climbing Gym in Everett, WA. Doors will open at 6pm, with the seminar starting at 7pm. This seminar will be a short introduction to the skills required to safely and effectively move through the backcountry during the winter season. In addition to the avalanche awareness seminar there will be a raffle and an auction.

  • Celebrate and SAVE at the AAI Equipment Shop - 20% to 50% Off Store-wide!

  • As a way of thanking you in advance for your donations, and to promote the cause, The AAI Equipment Shop is holding a sale from December 1 through December 15. We will be offering at least 20% off everything in the store, with larger discounts on many items.

At all events we will be selling raffle tickets ($5 per ticket) to raise money for the Northwest Avalanche Center. The following sponsors have made generous donations of prizes, space, and many other good things.

 

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