CAC & CACF Friends & Affiliates
Partners: Two+ Heads Are Better Than One
Since 1913, members of the California Alpine Club have actively supported other California-based and national outdoor associations. Today, many CAC members belong to the Tamalpais Conservation Club, Friends of Mt. Tam, Mountain Play Association, and local branches of the national Sierra Club, to name a few.
With the purchase in 1952 of Echo Summit Lodge on the southern rim of the Lake Tahoe Basin, the California Alpine Club began an ongoing relationship with the U.S. Forest Service, El Dorado County, Pacific Crest Trail Association, and other Sierra Nevada conservation and recreation concerns.
Our CAC Foundation, founded in 2004, gives small grants—typically up to $2,000, yet sometimes more—to many local conservation and outdoor education projects that benefit the communities in which we live.
California Alpine Club Friends & Affiliates
We have provided leadership and hospitality services for thousands of hikers, and partnered with responsible organizations in the past 100 years, and shall continue to do so! Some partners include:
Mountain Play … Great Annual Outdoor Theatre Productions on Mt. Tamalpais
Bay Nature … Exploring Nature in the San Francisco Bay Area
California State Parks Foundation … Your Voice for Parks
Tamalpais Conservation Club … Guardians of the Mountain (Mt. Tamalpais), since 1912
U.S. Forest Service … United States Department of Agriculture
Pacific Crest Trail Association … from Mexico to Canada
Friends of Mt Tam … Helping you enjoy your state park
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California Alpine Club Foundation Grant Recipients
Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs (FWOC)
The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs was established in 1932 as a coalition of conservation organizations … and the California Alpine Club was one of the original members. The FWOC promotes the proper use and protection of scenic, wilderness, and outdoor recreation resources in the western United States. It seeks to secure wilderness in state and national public lands, and to acquire land for wildlife refuges. The FWOC is composed of approximately fifty grass-roots clubs, for a combined membership of ~500,000. Dues are $10 a year.
One of the great benefits of CAC’s affiliation with the other FWOC clubs is a “reciprocity” provision whereby some member-benefits of other clubs are extended to CAC members. For example, the Mazamas Mountaineering Club in Oregon owns and maintains a mountain lodge near Government Camp on Mt. Hood, 50 miles east of Portland. This lodge is open year-round, with a manager in residence. Meals and bunkhouse lodging and a few private room accommodations are available for club members and their guests—including members of affiliate clubs in the FWOC. The club also hosts special hikes and offers mountaineer training which is also extended to affiliate FWOC members, when available. Think about bagging one of Oregon’s six 10,000-footers … Mt Hood is one of those peaks.
Federation of Western Outdoors Clubs (FWOC) Member Clubs
Olympian’s Hiking Club … since 1920, Hoquiam, Washington
Oregon Nordic Club … promotes Nordic activities, with 10 local chapters
Obsidians … since 1927, Eugene, Oregon
Santiam Alpine Club … since 1959, promotes Pacific Northwest mountain climbing
Sequoia ForestKeeper … the eyes, ears and voice of the Giant Sequoia National Monument
Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter … serving Los Angeles and Orange counties
Sierra Club, Kern-Kaweah Chapter … serving Kern, Kings and Tulare counties
Sierra Club, Mother Lode Chapter … serving 24 counties in Northern and Central California
Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter … serving 5 Sierra Club Groups throughout Oregon
Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter … serving eastern California and the state of Nevada
Siskiyou Audubon Society … to preserve and restore wildlife habitats, Grants Pass, Oregon
Siskiyou Field Institute … field-based natural history classes in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains, Oregon
Skagit Alpine Club … outdoor enthusiasts of the North Cascade Mountains, Washington
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance … to preserve Utah’s remaining desert “Red Rock Wilderness” lands
Tamalpais Conservation Club … since 1912, to promote sustainable recreation, open space acquisition, and conservation of Mt. Tamalpais wildlife and environs, Marin County, California
Trails Club of Oregon … since 1915, promoting outdoor recreation around Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge
Washington Alpine Club … since 1916, promoting mountaineering and 4-season recreation in Oregon and Washington state wilderness areas
Willapa Hills Audubon Society … serving Cowlitz County, Wahkiakum County and all parts south of South Bend in Pacific County in Southwest Washington as well as parts of Columbia County in Northwest Oregon
Winter Wildlands Alliance … to promote and preserve human-powered snowsports experiences on public lands throughout the West