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Oregon climbing and mountaineering education

Climbing educationBased 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.

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.

Join SAC

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:

  1. Climbed with club members on at least two occasions and with not less than three members in total.
  2. Satisfactorily completed the basic Mountain Climbing School (or equivalent school) and completed at least one climb with not less than two club members.

Why join SAC?



Santiam Alpine Club, Inc., is a registered nonprofit organization in the State of Oregon.

Ink drawings

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.

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