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International Mtn Day Celebration - December 3rd


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On December 3rd the American Alpine Institute will be celebrating International Mountain Day in Bellingham. This is the third time that we've done a benefit for a good cause up here...and this year we're benefiting one of the best causes of all, the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center!


We will be offering two rock rescue clinics at the YMCA, then a avalanche awareness seminar at Allied Arts in the evening. Rock rescue seminars are free (but please donate for raffle tickets) and will take place at 11:30am and 2:00pm. The avalanche seminar is also free, but we will be selling raffle tickets. Additionally, there will be live music, food and beer at the evening session. The food and beer has been donated, but we will be selling this as well to raise money for NWAC.


Over the last two years we have given out many thousands of dollars worth of prizes to those who have participated in the event. It is well worth attending; first, to build on your knowledge. Second, to support a worthy cause. And third, to have fun.


We are currently being sponsored by the YMCA, Allied Arts, Mountain Gear, Black Diamond, Five Ten, Outdoor Research, Stevens Pass, and Recon Instruments. More sponsors are committing every day...!


To learn more about our International Mountain Day celebration, log onto http://aai.cc/imd.asp.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 360-671-1505.



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Things are coming together for our third annual International Mountain Day Celebration. It looks like some very cool things have been added to the line-up for the day.


Donations for Raffle and Auction


We will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each. Historically, people have done very well at these events. Indeed, we've watched people walk off with snowboards, tents and ski tickets!


This year will will also be having a live auction for some of the most high end items.


We currently have the following sponsors who have donated items to the event: Mountain Gear, Stevens Pass, Outdoor Research, Recon Instruments, Petzl, Black Diamond, FiveTen, Hilleberg, Rab, Tendon Ropes, and Mountain Equipment UK!


Avalanche Awarness, Movie, Food and Live Music


At 6pm we will open the doors at Allied Arts, where we will serve pizza and beer. (Please bring cash!) There will be live music during this time provided by Bellingham's Quinton Rundell! At 7pm we will start our avalanche awareness presentation.


After all that, we will show the short film, "50 Years in the Mountains." This is a great piece about -- yep, you guessed it -- mountaineering over the last fifty years.


Throughout the night we will be raffling off items. Though you can buy tickets ahead of time from our equipment shop and do not have to be present to win.


To learn more check out our website:





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Alright! Things are coming together!


We have booked food (pizza and beer) for the evening event. We have also booked a acoustic musician (Quinton Rundell). And we will be premiering the film, Fifty Years in the Mountains.


In addition to all of this, we will be having a raffle and an auction. Raffle tickets are $5 each and they can be purchased any time. If you purchase a ticket and are not on site to pick up your prize, then we will mail the prize to you.


Following is a list of donations for the raffle:


Mountain Gear - 4 $50 gift certificates

Stevens Pass - 4 day passes and 4 hats

Petzl - Snowracer Ice Axe ($95 value)

Julbo - Zebra Revolution Googles ($160 value)

Tendon Ropes - 30 meter ski rope ($100 value

American Alpine Institute - 2 T-shirts

American Alpine Institute - Ski Tune and Wax

American Alpine Institute - Splitboard or Snowshoe Rental

American Alpine Institute - $25 Shop Gift Certificate


We will be having an auction for five extremely valuable items. Four of the items will be available for a silent auction and the last item will be available for a live auction. Here is a list of the silent auction items:


Mountain Equipment UK - Firefox Shell Jacket

We have one male and one female version of the jacket. These each have a value of $350. The minimum bid will be $25 and will be in the silent auction.


Rab - Xenon Jacket

We have one male and one female version of the jacket. These each have a value of $225. The minimum bid will be $25 and will be in the silent auction.


And lastly from Hilliberg, we have a Nammatj 2GT tent that's green. This tent has a value of $685. This will be the only item in the live auction and will have a minimum bid of $50.


To see links to these items, please click on the following link:




If you do not think you'll be able to attend the event, but would like to put down a bid on either the official silent auction items, or you would like to place a bid on the tent remotely, please call us at 360-671-1505.



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