CAI-PNW International Trips & Exchange Programs


May3-19, 2002 Hiking Italy's Scenic Amalfi Coast

July 26-August 11, 2002 Australian Exchange to PNW (with Mountaineers)


Apr22-May7, 2003 Hiking Italy- Lake Como, Apuane Alps, 5 Terre

July 24-August 7, 2003 - Hikers from Italy to PNW

Sep3-13, 2003 Hiking Italy’s Dolomiti Mountains

Sept 15-29 HMA-CAI Hiking in Italy


Apr22-May8, 2004 Hiking Amalfi Coast & Sicily (Australia)

May10-26, 2004 Trip to Tuscany

Aug14-28, 2004 Italians to Oregon Trip

Oct 2-16 HMA-CAI Hiking in Japan


June 6-June 20, 2005 - Trip to Croatia & Dolomites

Sep1-14, 2005 Val Varaita Trip (Japan HMA)

Sep4-20, 2005 Corsica Trip

Oct19-Nov1, 2005 Decennium (The Mountaineers)



May27-Jun10, 2006 Exchange Trip to Spoleto Umbria


Apr30-May12, 2007 Etruscan Tuscan Trip (with Australians)

May15-29, 2007 Tramping in Tuscany- Over 40’s Tramping Club (NZ)

Jun27-Jul9, 2007 Trip to Dolomiti Mountains (Hyogo Mountain Assoc.)

July 24-Aug 7, 2007 Spoleto Exchange to PNW

Oct28-Nov11, 2007 Sicily North 2007-The Mountaineers-CAI-PNW joint Trip


Feb23-Mar9, 2008 NZ Adventure-Over 40’s Tramping Club (NZ)

Aug 8-12 Hiking with Peter Borrow in Yorkshire

Oct8-23, 2008 Tuscan-Umbria Trip


Jul8-18, 2009 Dolomiti Hiking (Australians)

Jul26-Aug9, 2009 Hiking in the PNW for NZ and Italians

Sep30-Oct13, 2009 Trip to Sicily South


Dec26-Jan2, 2010Cross-country skiing and snowshoes in France

May6-19, 2010 Trip to Tuscany, Jerusalem Exchange

May8-23, 2010 Two Weeks in Sardegna

Sept 4-18, 2010 Exchange to Australia with Italians



Mar9-22, 2011 Hiking in Israel

July 20-Aug 2, 2011 – ARCI (Milano) Exchange in PNW

Sep8-22, 2011 Trip to Calabria


Sept 9-23 Hiking for YHA Australians in PNW

Oct 17-31 Trip to Cyprus


Sept 9-13 ARCI Quartiere Cime Tempestose



CAI-PNW Cyprus Participants: Please review the 4 sections below. The first section includes our release and indemnity agreement that you should or will have signed when you became a member.  It is included here as a reminder of your responsibilities in assuming risks while on this trip. The second, third, and fourth sections are intended to help you understand and acknowledge the volunteer aspects of this trip. Please sign and return the last three to your trip leaders by email, make a copy and mail or bring to them to the first activity of the trip.

Thank you from the CAI-PNW Council and from the organizers of this trip.

Section 1:



Club Alpino Italiano - Pacific North West


I, (print name)________________________________________________, hereby state that I wish to participate in trips and/or activities offered by CAI-PNW, a nonprofit, volunteer organization.  I recognize any outdoor activity may involve certain dangers, including but not limited to the hazards of traveling in a country other than the USA, traveling in a mountainous terrain, accidents or illness in remote places, force of nature, and the actions of participants or other persons.  I further understand and agree that without some program providing protection of its organizers, volunteers and leaders, CAI-PNW would not be able to offer its trips and activities.

In consideration of and as part payment for the right to participate in the activities offered by CAI-PNW, I agree to RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY CAI-PNW and its members from any and all liability, claims and causes arising out of or in any way connected with my participation, or the participation of any minor that I am signing on behalf of, in any activities offered by CAI-PNW.  I personally assume all risks in connection with these activities.  If I am signing on behalf of a minor, I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY CAI-PNW and its members from all liability, claims and causes of action which the minor may have arising from the minor’s participation in activities.  The terms of this agreement shall serve as a release and indemnity agreement for my heirs, personal representative, and for all members of my family, including any minors.  (Parents or legal guardians must sign for all persons under eighteen (18) years of age.
I have read this release and indemnity agreement and have fully informed myself of its contents before I have signed it.

Signature of the participant ______________________________ Date ___________

Signature of parent/guardian if participant is under 18 yrs.    _____________________

         Date   __________


Please understand that while we try to ensure that all accommodations with in each location are equal, there may be some minor differences between hotel rooms.  The trip is more economical for everyone because of the group rates we have arranged for some meals, the rifugios, and small hotels.  These trips are planned, organized, and guided mostly by volunteers and trying to make minor individual adjustments in costs to account for small variations in rooms is difficult.  Your acceptance that there will be these slight variants, we will be most appreciative.


Keep in mind that this is not a professional tour organization or trip where everything is taken care of for you and that you can get your money refunded if you are not satisfied.  You will be responsible for keeping the itinerary with you at all times, for using a map and public transportation if necessary to get to the meeting points on time, and for being prepared with appropriate clothes for the day’s activities, and, if specified, a packed lunch.  You are responsible for letting the leaders know if you want to do a less strenuous hike than planned or if you are opting to do something else on your own for the day.  When on hikes, you must stay with the group or notify the leader of your deviation whether it be going ahead of the group or staying behind.  If you do decide to separate from the group, we will ask that you take one of the Walkie Talkies with you so that we can get in touch if needed.  Please be flexible and accepting of the changes, delays, miscalculations, disappointments, and surprises that may happen.  They really are part of the adventure.


All of the CAI-PNW trips are initiated, planned and conducted by volunteers - some in Italy or other hosting countries, some by the CAI-PNW Council, members and friends here in the Pacific Northwest. This economical and personal kind of travel can only continue to function and be available to people who love to hike and to grow culturally if those who enjoy a trip contribute their time and efforts toward future trips.  While you may not be asked to help with a hiking trip in the Northwest for the very same people who have guided you in some international destination, you need to contribute your fair share to the trips we are organizing.  Your trip now is only possible because of the work people in CAI-PNW have done previously for other international exchanges.  Our trips are part of a reciprocal system with other hiking groups and it is important to help and be part of that system.




                                                                                                                                                    _____  I ACCEPT THE POSSIBLE IMPERFECTIONS AND VARIATIONS ON THIS ADVENTURE.

Signed: ___________________________________________ Date: __________

Regulations of the

Club Alpino Italiano Pacific NorthWest Subsection of Pisa



Article 1. The Club Alpino Italiano Pacific Northwest Subsection of Pisa (CAI-PNW-Pisa), began in 2002, is located in Washington State USA as a subsection of the Sezione di Pisa del C.A.I.


Article 2 . The purpose of the subsection is to promote the knowledge and study of the mountains of the Pacific Northwest using the means described in Article 1 of the General Regulations and the regulations of the Sezione di Pisa. The main aim of the Alpine Club of Italy, as well as the PNW Subsection, is the promotion of: "alpinism in any form, the knowledge and study of the mountains, especially the Italian Mountains, and the protection of its natural environment". This would include: rock climbing, hiking, walking, any form of skiing, caving, etc.:

Also, our mission includes the promotion and study of the mountains and the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest by all CAI members, as well as the promotion and study of the Italian and European mountains by the members of the PNW Subsection.  It is the objective of the subsection to organize exchanges between its membership and the Italian members of CAI for the purpose of hiking and exploring the mountain areas of their respective regions.


Article 3.  The members of the subsection are members of the Sezione di Pisa in one of the following categories:

    A. Individual

    B. Spouse/Partner

    C. Youth (under 18)

Such classifications are described in Article 7 of the General Regulations of CAI.


Article 4.  Applicants for admission to the subsection must submit the official form and by so doing commit themselves to observe the regulations of the section and subsection.


Article 5 .  The General Assembly of the members meets once per year in January. Extraordinary assemblies may take place at the request of the Council or upon the written and signed request of 25 members or a simple majority of the voting members whichever is fewer.


Article 6. The conduct of the Assembly either general or extraordinary is regulated by Articles 14 to 22 inclusive of the Regulations of the Sezione di Pisa.


Article 7.  In the Assembly members can be represented by other members who have been so delegated; a member can represent only one other member.


Article 8. Once an Assembly has been called--either general or extraordinary--the Sezione di Pisa must be informed, and they can send one or more observers.


Article 9. The Council of the subsection has a term of 2 years and is composed of:

    A. A coordinator

    B. Ten councilors

Two of the councilors are to be named secretary and treasurer by the Council.


Article 10. The members vote for the election of eleven councilors from all the eligible nominees among the individual members and spouse/partner members of the subsection who have been members of CAI for at least two years. The two year rule will be waived for the first two years of the subsection (2002-2003).


Article 11.  Councilors can be reelected.


Article 12.  The Council must meet within 15 days after their election, choose the officers as defined in Article 9, and send the results to Sezione di Pisa.


Article 13. Membership fees of the subsection and the division of such fees between the Sezione di Pisa and the subsection will be proposed by the Council and ratified by the Assembly of the Sezione.  The subsection has the ability to establish an additional charge for special requests by members, such as special mailings, etc.


Final Article

Article 14.  Whatever issue is not addressed in these Regulations, the Regulations of CAI and the Sezione di Pisa existing at the date of the formation of the subsection apply.


Regulations of Sezione di Pisa

cited in the Regulations of the Subsection


Article 12.

The order of executive authority of the section is:

1. The General Assembly

2. The Council

3. The President

4. The Treasurer

5. The Secretary


Article 13. All elected officials serve without pay, and must be individual or spouse/partner members for at least two years.


General Assembly:

Article 14. The General Assembly of the members is the sovereign authority of the section, and represents all the members.  Its decisions are binding for all those who agree or disagree.

The Assembly :

1. elects the Councilors, the auditors, and official delegates if any;

2. nominates the electoral commission when elections of officials are required;

3. approves the program of the section annually, the past year report by the President, the previous year accounting, and the current year budget;

4. decides on relaxation or creation of easements on property;

5. decides on proposals that affect the budget of the section for the construction, maintenance, and enlargement of trails, campsites, etc. in the mountains;

6. decides on amendments of existing regulations;

7. approves the decisions of Council concerning annual membership fees and the part exceeding that fixed by the Assembly of Delegates;

8. decides on the closure of the section establishing the naming of one or more liquidators;

9. decides about any matter submitted by Council or submitted by a motion signed by at least 25 members.


Article 15. The Council calls the Assembly at least once a year between January 1 and March 31 to approve the budget and to nominate the candidates for office. In addition, an immediate extraordinary session can be called at anytime by the request of the Council or by a request signed by two auditors or by at least 10% of the members.  The request for an Assembly must be submitted to the Council which must call the Assembly within 30 days from the request.

    The date of the Assembly is to be announced by a poster in the club house and by mail to all the members. The poster must detail the agenda, date, time, and location of the Assembly.


Article 16. The Council is responsible for the agenda of the Assembly.


Article 17. The Assembly is called by the President, or the next in charge in his/her absence, after authorization of the Council. Notification is made by way of a letter to all members, as well as a poster, with the agenda of the Assembly.  This mailing should take place at least ten days

before the Assembly.  The poster should be posted at the clubhouse, as well as included in the newsletter if the dates coincide.


Article 18. All members with current paid membership are authorized to attend the Assembly. Each member has one vote and with written authorization can be represented by another member, excluding Council members. Each member with authorization can vote only for one other member.  Only individual and spouse/partner members are authorized to vote.


Article 19. The Assembly is valid at the first call to order if at least fifty percent of the authorized voting members are present.  If less than fifty percent of the voting members are present, there will be a second call to order, at least thirty minutes later.  At this time, the Assembly will be valid whatever the number of the voting members present.


Article 20. The Assembly nominates the Chairperson and the Secretary. Three additional members should also be nominated to validate the voting. The Chairperson calls the Assembly to order and validates the meeting, insures the qualifications of the delegates, and manages the Assembly in general.  The Secretary keeps the minutes of the Assembly, which are approved and signed by the Chairperson and the Secretary.


Article 21. The voting results are taken by a show of hands or, if requested by the majority of the members present, by secret or voice vote. The majority vote determines the outcome.  Voting on the relaxation or creation of easements on property or on amendments of existing regulations requires a 2/3 majority vote.  Closing of the section requires a 3/4 vote of the total recognized membership.  Voting for the Council members is by secret vote.


Article 22. The decisions as related to the relaxation or creation of easements on property or on amendments of existing regulations are not effective until they are approved by the Central Council of CAI, pursuant to articles 12 and 27 of the CAI Statute.


End of “Regulations of Sezione di Pisa cited in the Regulations of the Subsection”


CAI General Regulations

cited in the Regulations of the Subsection


Article 1. Settlement and aim

1. The Alpine Club of Italy (C.A.I.), founded in Torino in 1863 byway of an initiative by Quintino Sella, is a free national association aimed to alpinism in any form, the knowledge and study of the mountains, especially the Italian Mountains, and the protection of its natural environment.


Article 7. Benefactor, individual, family and youth members

1. Benefactor members are public or private corporations, associations, foundations and institutions, which obtain membership to a section thanks to a substantial fee.

2. Individual members are persons older than 18 years.

3. Family members are members of the family of an individual member older than 18 years.

4. Youth members are individuals under 18 years.

5. Foreigners are allowed to become members.

6. Admission of new members is decided by the Council of the section.


Article 12. Autonomy and regulations

1. Each section - following the Statute rules and regulations - has full autonomy and is completely free to act; has the ordinary and extraordinary administration of its own budget and property, except for the limitations according to the articles 14 and 27.

2. The section has its own regulations and follows the decisions taken by its General Assembly, which is the sovereign authority of the section and to which all members participate.

3. Regulations and amendments are valid only after the ratification of the Central Council.

4. Sections are not allowed to set up nonmember groups.


Article 14. Assembly - Violations - Closure of the section

1. The Assembly of the section determines the fee for the part exceeding the fee fixed by the Assembly of the Delegates, approves annually the programs of the section, the budget for the previous year and the present year, decides on relaxation or creation of easements on property.

2. In case of violation of rules by any of the executive authority of the section, the general regulations apply.

3. Every section can be closed after deliberation of its own General Assembly following its own regulations, with the positive votes of 3/4 of the voting members.

4. In case of closure, liquidation should be done under control of the executive authority of CAI.

5. The assets of the liquidation are held and managed for 3 years by the General Secretary in case the section is reestablished. After the three years the assets will become the property of CAI.

6. Under no condition will the assets be divided among the members.


Article 27. Assets - Easements on property - Treasury

1. CAI and all sections have their own autonomous assets and can buy and sell them.

2. The sale of assets to other parties requires the approval of the Central Council in advance, while the sale of assets of CAI should be approved by the Assembly of the Delegates in advance.

3. The Treasurer’s action should be done after deliberation of the Central Council through one or more public credit institutions, which should be given the custody of fixed assets.

End of the CAI PNW Regulations



Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012  

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