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Cascade Section
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Washington has traditionally been a stronghold for climbing in North America, and the sheer diversity of climbing here is our trademark. Mt. Rainier is the fifth highest peak (guarded by the most glaciers) in the lower 48, and the steep granite walls at Index offer some of the finest cracks in the country. The real prize, though, are the outstanding alpine routes. And there's diversity there, too—everything from afternoon walk-ups to bushwacking, crevasse problems, and hundreds of feet of Class IV just to get to the base of the climb. Trying to find Fred Beckey's “obvious descent gully" is rarely a simple endeavor. So it's no wonder that the AAC members in the Cascades usually carry around a bigger bag of tricks.

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Contact & Volunteer

It's easy to get in touch with your Section Chairs, Regional Coordinator, or the Club.

Email your Cascade Section Co-Chairs at cascade@americanalpineclub.org

Email Northwest Regional Coordinator Eddie Espinosa at eespinosa@americanalpineclub.org

Email the Club's offices in Golden at info@americanalpineclub.org

Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110

Check out the Northwest Region Volunteer Wall of Fame

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Cascade Section Co-Chairs

Truc Allen has been reveling in the climbing world for over 25 years and is currently serving as the Marketing and Communications Director for Vertical World Climbing Gyms. Aside from teaching his 6 month old son the ethics of climbing-dirt-baggery, he’s an avid photographer, skier mountaineer, and alpinist, as well as the guitarist for The Struggles and an unbelievable source of energy and stoke. You can usually find him emceeing our events and instigating climber-debauchery and encouraging the occasional challenge of stupid-human-tricks.

Erin Schneider is a northwest native who got a taste for climbing while at the University of Puget Sound. After following her parents around in the mountains for much of her youth it was an easy transition to the vertical world and she now enjoys all disciplines of the sport. Erin spends her days working for a global health non-profit in Seattle and can be found training for the mountains at one of the climbing gyms after work. She is also an expert skier, shuts down the dance clubs, and kills it on karaoke night.

Chris Mutzel is our section "social-chair". He likes to smile, bother Truc, and is a big fan of the alpine knee. Chris is psyched on the millions of climbing possibilities in the NW, learning from the great elders of the sport, and enjoys the simplicity of a good cragging day. Unfortunately, he can't spend all his days climbing as his engineering day job gets the best of him.
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