Based in Oregon, the Santiam Alpine Club (SAC) offers mountain climbing instruction and activities. Training begins each spring with the basic Mountain Climbing School for rock and snow. A PDF download, the Mountain Climbing School Manual, illustrates basic mountaineering technique. Glossary of climbing terms.
In summer and fall look on the Activities Schedule for the following intermediate opportunities:
Join SAC's e-mail group to learn about activities announced on short notice and to receive trip reports. Enter into discussion about trip planning and other topics on the SAC climbers' forum. Both groups are open to non-members.
SAC holds two annual get togethers, the Luau on Labor Day Weekend and the Banquet, usually in late February.
Established in 1959 by climbers in Salem, Oregon, SAC members will be found on the Cascade Range peaks in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. There is more to climb than Mount Hood. Find the mountains of interest on the map to the right.
Although the activities schedule often offers hiking and skiing trips, SAC is at heart a mountaineering club, not a general outdoor club. Membership Applications are considered at the club's annual meeting each November for candidates who have satisfied one of the following requirements:
Why join SAC?
Santiam Alpine Club, Inc., is a registered nonprofit organization in the State of Oregon.
Jack Hande inked most of the drawings on the site as part of club newsletters when he was the club secretary. Jack's book of cartoons, De Meaning of Words, Illustrated, is usually to be found for sale at the SAC Banquet or can be purchased directly from Jack at 503.873.3581.