CAI–PNW organized, from 2002 to 2017, the following international activities also:
International Trip along the Amalfi Coast for CAI-PNW members, in
cooperation with the CAI Section of Cava dei Tirreni
May 3-19 Hiking Italy’s Scenic Amalfi Coast
July 26-August 11, 2002 Australian Exchange to PNW (with Mountaineers)
Exchange with CAI Sections of PI&MI, with both trips organized in
the same year
April 22-May 7 Hiking Italy Adventure, for American members
Juy 24-Aug 7 Washington Hiking Adventure, for Italian members
International Trip, for CAI-PNW members, with the cooperation of
the CAI Section of Cortina d’Ampezzo
Sept 3-13 Hiking Italy’s Dolomiti Mountains
Exchange with Hyogo Mountaineering Association (HMA)
Sept 15-29 HMA-CAI International Exchange, Hiking in Italy
International Trip for YHA Bushwalking Club of Brisbane members
April 22-May 8 Hiking Amalfi Coast & Sicily
International Trip for CAI-PNW members, in cooperation with CAI
Section of Pisa
May 10-26 Trip to Tuscany, Cinque Terre & Isola Palmaria
International Trip, in part Exchange, to Oregon, for CAI members of
Pisa, Milano, with hospitality offered by CAI-PNW members from
August 14-28 Hiking Adventure in Oregon
Second part of the Exchange with Hyogo Mountaineering Association
(HMA), return trip of the Italian members to Japan
October 2-16 Hiking Adventure in Japan
Exchange,:return trip of CAI-PNW members to Dolomiti Pesarine,
Rilche, and final excursion by boat in the Venice Lagoon, invited by the
CAI Section of Padova
June 6-20 Hiking adventures in Italy with CAI-PNW
Third round of the Exchange with Hyogo Mountainering Association
September 1-14 Trip to Val Varaita
International Trip for CAI-PNW members, to Corsica, with the
cooperation of the CAI Section of Pisa
September 4-20 Trip to Corsica
International Trip for CAI-PNW and The Mountaineers members, to
remind the tenth anniversary of the first exchange between The
Mountaineers and CAI Section of Pisa to Italy, and at the same dates
of the previous exchange.
Oct 19-Nov 2 1995-2005 Decennium - Ten years later
Exchange with the CAI Section of Spoleto, first part: trip of CAI-
PNW members to Spoleto
May 27–June 10 Medieval Umbria Trip for Americans to Spoleto
International Trip to Tuscany, for members of CAI-PNW and of YHA
Bushwalking Club of Brisbane, in cooperation with the CAI Section of
April 30-May 12 Etruscan-Tuscan Itinerary
First part of the Exchange between CAI Pisa and the Club “Over 40’s
Tramping Club” di Christchurch: visit of the Newzealanders to Italy
May 15-29 Tramping in Tuscany
International Trip for Hyogo Muntainering Association (HMA) members
to Dolomiti, in cooperation with the CAI Section of Pisa
June 27-July 9 Trip to Dolomiti Mountains
Second part of the Exchange with the CAI Section of Spoleto: return
visit of the Italians to the Pacific North West
July 24–August 8 Spoleto Exchange to PNW
International Trip to Sicily, in cooperation with The Mountaineers, for
CAI-PNW and The Mountaineers members, with the contribution of the
CAI Section of Catania
Oct 28–Nov. 11 The Mountaineers-CAI-PNW joint trip to
Second part of the Exchange with Over 40’s Tramping Club, CAI
members to New Zealand
Febr 23-March 9 CAI Return Visit to New Zealand
International Trip to Yorkshire, for a few members of CAI Pisa and
Milan, with the cooperation of Peter Barrow, CAI-PNW member
August 8-21 Yorkshire 2008
International Trip for CAI-PNW members to Tuscany and Umbria, in
cooperation with CAI Section of Pisa, Milano, and Spoleto
October 8-23 2008 Tuscan-Umbrian Trip
International Trip to Dolomiti for YHA Australia of Brisbane members,
in cooperation with CAI Section of Pisa and Milano
July 8-18 Dolomiti Hiking Adventure
Third part of the Exchange with Over 40’s Tramping Club: visit of
New Zealand members to Pacific Northwest, together with members
of the CAI Section of Pontedera
July 26-August 9 Hiking in the PNW for NZ and Italians
International Trip to Sicily, for CAI-PNW members, with the
cooperation of the CAI Section of Catania
Sept.30-Oct.13 Trip to Sicily South
International Trip Dec26-Jan2, 2010 Cross-country skiing and snowshoes
Exchange with the Teresh Group of Jerusalem and CAI Section of Pisa
May 6-19 Trip to Cinque Terre, Apuane Alps & Pitigliano
International Trip to Sardegna, for HMA (Japan), CAI Pisa, CAI-PNW
May 8-23 Two weeks in Sardegna
Exchange with YHA Australia of Brisbane, for CAI-PNW, CAI Pisa
and Milano members
September 4-18 Exchange to Australia with Italians
Second part of the Exchange with Israel: visit of CAI of Pisa, CAI-
PNW members to Israel
March 9-22 Hiking in Israel
Exchange ARCI/CAI-PNW, visit of ARCI members to Pacific NW
July 20-August 2 Hiking in the Pacific Northwest
International Trip for CAI-PNW members to Calabria, in cooperation
with CAI Section of Reggio Calabria in the National Park of
Aspromonte, with CAI Section of Cosenza in the National Park of Sila,
with the CAI Section of Castrovillari in the National Park of Mt Pollino
September 8-22 Trip to Calabria
Exchange with YHA Bushwalking Club of Brisbane, Australia: visit of
the Australians to Pacific Northwest
Sept 9-23 Australian members to the PNW
International Trip to Cyprus, for CAI-PNW and CAI Spoleto members,
in cooperation with the Services Rambling Club of Cyprus
October 17-31 Cyprus Trip with The Cyprus Services Rambling Club
Exchange ARCI/CAI: return visit of CAI-PNW members to Italy
Sept 9-23 ARCI Quartiere Cime Tempestose/CAI-PNW
Exchange CAI-PNW/YHA Bushwalking Group of Brisbane, including HMA-Japan, CAI MI, and CAI Pontedera members
Sept 6-20 Visit to South East Queensland, Australia
International Trip, in part Exchange, to American Southwest, for
CAI members of Pisa, Milano, with hospitality offered by
May 03-23 Hiking Adventure to American Southwest
International Trip to Peru March 5 – 17 for CAI-PNW members
International Trip to Croatia September 26 – October 10
for CAI-PNW members
International Trip to Norway August 31 – September 10 for
CAI-PNW members and an optional extension hut to hut September 10 – 14.
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), begun 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.
Our mission also 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:
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 by March 31. 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
Article 10. The members vote for the election of councillors, from all members of the subsection who have been members of CAI for at least two years and who are 18 years of age and older.
Article 11. Councillors can be reelected.
Article 12. 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. Yearly membership extends until March 30 of the following year.
Article 13. Amendments to the CAI-PNW Sub-Section Regulations may be made by the CAI-PNW Council and sent to CAI-Pisa for final approval.
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
The order of executive authority of the section is:
Article 13. All elected officials serve without pay, and must be individual, spouse/partner members for at least two years.
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 :
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 any time 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 announcement 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, 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
Article 7. Benefactor, individual, family, young adult and youth members
Article 12. Autonomy and regulations
Article 14. Assembly - Violations - Closure of the section
Article 27. Assets - Easements on property - Treasury
End of the CAI PNW Regulations
20 February 2012 Updated
June 2018 Updated by CAI-PNW Council and approved by CAI-Pisa Council
This is the site for CAI PNW, a subsection of the Pisa section of the Italian Alpine Club. Members of CAI PNW share with Pisa members the benefits of membership in the Italian Alpine Club. These include participation in CAI outings, discounts at alpine huts in Europe, and accident rescue insurance within the alpine areas of Europe.
Those with a yen to travel to Italy for alpine walks, climbs and outdoor adventure will benefit from membership. The extensive range of club sections in Italy offers many opportunities for rambling, hiking, bicycling, rock climbing, caving, randonee skiing, and cross country skiing.
A program of outings in the Seattle area provides contact with fellow Italy fans. This mixing of Italy enthusiasts includes experienced travelers who are excellent resources for traveling in Italy and elsewhere.
CAI Info & History
CAI in Seattle is very young. It was born in 2002, but the seeds to create it started some years ago, precisely with the first exchange between The Mountaineers and CAI in 1995 and 1996.
Since then, the two clubs have continued their cooperation, in 1997 for a trip to England, in 1998 a biking trip to Chianti region in Tuscany, for suggesting the exchange of The Mountaineers with Australia, and every year providing membership to the participants of The Mountaineers trips to Europe, up to the next trip to Sicily in 2009.
CAI-PNW Mission and Program
The aim of our club is mainly to share between American and Italian mountaineers a common interest in exploring and preserving mountain environments.
Member activities include local trips, mountain travel publications, inter-club exchange visits, social events, dinners, and festivals. In particular, CAI-PNW organizes mountaineering trips for American members to Italy, and hosts trips for Italian members in Washington, in order to let them enjoy the Pacific Northwest.
One of the most fascinating activities of the club, are the international exchange programs. During the exchange, the program of activities is mainly suggested by local people, who know the best places to walk, to stay and to eat. Mainly due to the exchange of hospitality, while in Italy you may have the possibility to walk together with Italians, to stay in their houses, to live with them; you have the possibility to have a full immersion in the Italian culture. Likewise, for the members coming from Italy, the trip to the States will be, without any doubt at all, one of the most interesting ones, and will give them the opportunity to make wonderful new friendships.
Benefits of being CAI-PNW Member
In addition to fellowship, being a member of CAI-PNW gives you:
- association relationships with other alpine clubs;
- mountaineering rescue insurance, while in Italy and Europe;
- discount schemes in some sport shops in Italy;
- discount lodging rates in Rifugio in the mountains of Italy and Europe. Usually rifugio are very comfortable, they offer food and lodging, often in spectacular surroundings.
While in Italy, CAI members have a large discount, up to 50% for accommodation, at any CAI rifugio. And CAI owns 761 rifugio (in 2007), spread all around Italy.
CAImembers have also large discounts in rifugio owned by other Alpine Clubs, such as in France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, etc., since there is reciprocity among the clubs, which are members of the “Association International des Associatiions d’Alpinisme”
Brief history of the Alpine Club of Italy (CAI)
From “The Alps of Tuscany” (1998) by Francesco Greco updated
Brief history of the Alpine Club of Italy (CAI)
From “The Alps of Tuscany” (1998) by Francesco Greco updated 2003
The Alpine Club of Italy (CAI) was founded on August 12, 1863 by Quintino Sella, a scientist and a statesman from Biella (close to Turin). Just after having climbed M. Monviso, the mountain from which the Po river originates, Quintino Sella had the idea to associate Italian mountaineers into a Club, as it had happened the year before in Great Britain and in Austria, and only few months earlier in Switzerland.
At the beginning, CAI had its only location in Turin. Later they settled the first branches: Aosta, Agordo, Firenze, Napoli, Sondrio, Bergamo, Roma, Milano, Cuneo, Lecco, and many others. As you can see the scope became immediately nationwide: from big cities to small towns, from the Alps to the South.
After the first World war two main Associations, rich in history and experience, the Societa' degli Alpinisti Tridentini (Association of the Tridentine mountaineers) and Societa' Alpina delle Giulie (Alpine Association of Julian Alps) became sections of CAI.
The life of CAI is based on the enthusiasm of the members and their voluntary activities.
These are the pushing forces which rendered possible the large spectrum of implementations in favor of the mountain and mountaineers:
All the above render CAI an efficient organization of Public Utility.
The section of Pisa is active in the Club with the aim to promote any mountaineering activity, to study and explore the mountains and to preserve the environment. To this aim the 500 members of the Pisa section have the following organization to offer: 2 national instructors of Alpinism, 4 instructors of Alpinism, 18 assistants of Alpinism, 3 instructors of ski-mountaineering, 3 mountaineering leaders, hike leaders and volunteers.
The Pisa section is divided into several groups: Alpinism Group, Speleological Group, Hiking Group, Cross-country Ski, Mountaineering Ski, Alpine Ski. Every group has available gear to rent (ropes, crampons, ice-axes, helmets, skis, harness).
A library with a large choice of mountaineering books and a complete Monti d' Italia (Mountains of Italy) book collection is available to the members.
Through suitable courses of rock-climbing and winter alpinism the section of Pisa contributes to promote the mountain into the young generations, to improve their technical preparation, to increase and update the climbing and hiking knowledge, to let them know from inside the fascinating mountaineering world, rich in history and civilization.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 January 2011 18:41
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