What we're about

This is the former KCHM Group after a SECURITY REBOOT. What we’re about: Hiking and Mountaineering (Beginner to Elite). Hike, scramble, climb, snowshoe, camp, repeat....

This is a self-propelled group of serious (amateur) hikers and students of mountaineering. We offer beginner hikes and also train for and summit the major volcanos 🏔. We study the books (Freedom of the Hills) and practice and expand our skills as a Team.

We pursue outdoor activities, social fun and strong connections with other enthusiasts.

KCHM is committed to LEAVE NO TRACE principles for all our events. Thx

Upcoming events (2)

Skills Practice21 Camp Long +Potluck Picnic 🧗‍♂️Rock-Glacier-Knots-crevasse

TENTATIVE 🙏 Let’s just pick up where we left off: rsvp will open in March 2021 (depending on covid restrictions — we will start MONTHLY trainings as soon as we can get back in groups at Camp Long) MAY 2021 SKILLS PRACTICE: ****🧺 PLUS POTLUCK PICNIC 🥪**** Bring something to eat or drink and bring some to share with the group after practice and enjoy the nicer weather together. PRACTICE: KNOT STATION, Rock climbing and crevasse rescue. GLACIER TRAVEL. We will learn all knots to tie in to rope for glacier teams, climb on Schurman Rock, set up z pulley for crevasse rescue, actually tie in to rope and practice glacier travel, and practice prusik self rescue. And maybe rappelling (fun!). 🗺 Bring your compass and topo maps to practice navigation. BOOKS WELCOMED (Freedom of the Hills)...... Bring your gear. Mark your gear! NEED: Ropes. Please comment below if you can bring a rope and what size. ✅ TRY TO BRING everything you would need for GLACIER TRAVEL to a 5.5 climb and rappel down. And all you need to self rescue from crevasse and practice z pulley. We can share some equipment but priorities for this practice are harness, carabiners, 4 prusiks, helmets, anchors, ropes. This is a self-study group where everyone is expected to jump in there and participate to your level - whether just watching or sharing skills you know with others. We expect you to contribute to the learning environment by asking questions. Thx! 👀 If these skills are above or below your skill set, this is the perfect time and place (and group) for learning new skills and perfecting old ones. Everyone welcome. If you don’t have all equipment, bring what you have, and we will all share and work together. If you are new to mountaineering, this is a fun introduction to some basic skills. If you are very experienced, come review and help us learn and meet the Team. This is a great opportunity to meet similar hikers with similar experiences and dreams and goals. Bring water/snack if you want. Dress in layers. ELITE TIP: our organizers use skills practice and your attendance there to evaluate team placement for our more elite hikes that have long waiting lists. Regular attendance and especially helping with these self-taught trainings will help get you moved from waitlist to going. FYI. All levels are welcomed and all can benefit from “Hikers’ Recess.” REMEMBER: ‼️SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY⚠️ This is an amateur group. We are not professional instructors or guides. We are Mountaineering students studying our craft. These activities can be dangerous. You are 💯 % responsible for your own safety. Please ask questions and also watch out for other’s safety at this practice session. If you see something, say something or ask questions to be sure everyone is safe. By your RSVP and attendance at this event, you agree to waive liability for all KCHM organizers for any injuries and to also hold Camp Long harmless for our activities. Thx

Mt. Adams southclimb. Car camp, DAYHIKE. Summer solstice ☀️RSVPs open 5/15

COVID/vaccine dependent. ****More details to follow. ......... Also weather dependent. We need nice weather. Will move to the next weekend if resched. Or back a month if needed... RSVPS will open MAY 15. Ignore Meetup rsvp date. ***Leave Seattle Friday afternoon for long drive to Trailhead.*** ☀️Car camp at TH for early rise and long dayhike of Mt. Adams on Summer Solstice. ☀️ Return either late Saturday (or car camp and return early Sunday). READ THIS! https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-adams-south-climb You need experience and to be in great shape. NOTE: we will meet at Skills training in May to work out details of Mt. Adams. Please plan to attend Skills practice if you’re interested in this hike.

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