In lieu of the monthly Cascadians newsletter, which has been on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, the Cascadians board will provide periodic updates on the status of club activities and events. This is the first of these updates. Like the newsletter, all club-sponsored activities are still on “hold” until they can be safely resumed. This includes club-sponsored hikes and other outings, general meetings, board meetings, and all planned Centennial events. Resumption of group activities will depend on when current restrictions for the state and county have been lifted. Per a call to the Naches Ranger District yesterday, hiking trails are open in the district. Campgrounds in the district are still closed, but dispersed camping is allowed. Although there are no official Cascadians hikes as of now, you might want to hike with other members of your household or with a few friends if you are certain you can maintain social distancing guidelines. Any such hikes are not sponsored by The Cascadians, and no outing forms should be completed. It is unfortunate that the virus picked our Centennial Year to strike, but the most important things are the health and safety of all of our members. Stay active on your own for now, as we look forward to resuming our group activities when it is prudent to do so.
Who are The Cascadians?
The Cascadians is an outdoor recreation and conservation club located in Yakima, Washington.
Activities include hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, bicycling, golf, paddling and more.
Cascadians have been enjoying the trails and peaks of the Pacific Northwest since 1920.
As the climbers among you are aware, most of the significant peaks in the area have a small sealed container, most made of white PVC pipe, that contains pencils and a notebook or paper. They are usually tucked in an opening in the rocks or somewhere safe from weather, but are in plain sight at the summit. Those who have made it there can find and open the capsule, remove the contents, attest to their accomplishment and leave comments, some of which are interesting reading.
Cascadian Jeff Hagen collects the summit registers when they get full and makes arrangements to send up fresh ones. If you discover that a summit register is full or missing, the capsule is damaged, or if you are interested in seeing past summit registers, please contact Jeff. Members can find his contact information in the Directory.
Centennial Points and Rewards Program
The Cascadians Centennial Planning Committee has decided to resurrect a program of awarding points to members leading and participating in outings during the Centennial Year (2020). This system was initially used for the club's 75th anniversary. Only those events designated by the committee, under the leadership of David Hagen, are eligible for earning points.
The culmination of the program will be at the 2021 January banquet when point totals will be announced and awards presented. So get out there and enjoy this event-filled Centennial Year!
If you have recently joined Cascadians or just considering the possibility and would like to learn more about who we are, our history, the types of activities we engage in, this may be for you. New member orientation meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month* at the Living Care Center at 215 N 40th Ave in Yakima, in the Village East activity room at 5:45 P.M. The meeting concludes at 6:45, in time for participants to join the Cascadians general monthly meeting following at 7:00 in the Meyer Auditorium, adjacent to the Village East activity room.
*Except for July, which is the annual club potluck picnic and it will not be held.
*January's Orientation will be held at 5:00 p.m. due to the Annual Potluck.
*Note: There wil be no April Orientation due to the Centennial Potluck and a change of venue.
NOTE: The Orientation is cancelled until our regular monthly meetings resume.