As you probably know, Yakima County is currently dealing with the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the western part of the United States. As a result we are still a long way from moving into Phase 2 of the reopening, let alone going to Phase 3 or 4. We need Phase 2 before we can convene groups of up to 5 people, Phase 3 for groups of up to 50 people, and Phase 4 for gatherings up to 550 people. This means that for now we can schedule no club outings or in-person meetings. The Board regrets that the 100th anniversary campout scheduled for July 16-20 at American Ridge Ski Lodge has been canceled, as has the annual Cascadians picnic scheduled for July 29.
There is evidence that members are going out on their own for unofficial outings, because we are being notified that various summit registers are full. For example, we heard from two different members that the Goat Peak register needed replacement. The tube and register were replaced last week, and all but one of the trees that had fallen on the trail were removed.
If you do hit the trails on your own with anyone other than members of your household, be very careful about social distancing. One suggestion from the Washington Trails Association is to have a face covering available that you can place over your nose and mouth if you meet someone on the trail. There have been some studies that suggest runners and bicyclists need to observe greater social distancing that the usual 6 feet due to aerosols lingering in the air. It would seem that hiking might fall into the same category, especially when breathing hard on a tough uphill (like the Goat Peak Trail). Please keep this in mind while hiking and allow plenty of distance between you and the hiker in front of you.
The Board has not met since our March 4 meeting, but we have used email discussions to handle issues that have arisen. We do plan to have a meeting via Zoom or telephone conference call on July 1. Although we can’t have any events in the immediate future, we do need to look ahead to when we can resume outings and meetings. We also have things such as the nomination and election of members to serve on the Board of Directors this fall, which we might have to do without benefit of a general meeting.
So hang in there, fellow Cascadians! Things will get back to normal eventually, but it appears that here in Yakima it is going to be a longer road than we had anticipated.
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.