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

                                        Northern Sicily


        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

in France


     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

        CAI-PNW members

        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:

  1. A. Individual (Ordinario)
  2. B. Spouse/Partner (Familiare)
  3. C. Young Adult (18-25) (Ordinario Junior)
  4. D. Youth (under 18) (Giovane)

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

  1. President
  2. Secretary
  3. Treasurer
  4. Membership Coordinator
  5. Events Coordinator
  6. International Trips Coordinator
  7. Webmaster
  8. Up to three At-Large members

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

Article 12.

The order of executive authority of the section is:

  1. 1. The General Assembly
  2. 2. The Council
  3. 3. The President
  4. 4. The Treasurer
  5. 5. The Secretary

Article 13. All elected officials serve without pay, and must be individual, 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. 1. elects the Councilors, the auditors, and official delegates if any;
  2. 2. nominates the electoral commission when elections of officials are required;
  3. 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. 4. decides on relaxation or creation of easements on property;
  5. 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. 6. decides on amendments of existing regulations;
  7. 7. approves the decisions of Council concerning annual membership fees and the part exceeding that fixed by the Assembly of Delegates;
  8. 8. decides on the closure of the section establishing the naming of one or more liquidators;
  9. 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 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

  1. 1. The Alpine Club of Italy (C.A.I.), founded in Torino in 1863 by way 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, young adult and youth members

  1. 1. Benefactor members are public or private corporations, associations, foundations and institutions, which obtain membership to a section thanks to a substantial fee.
  2. 2. Individual members are persons older than 18 years.
  3. 3. Family members are members of the family of an individual member older than 18 years.
  4. 4. Young adult members between 18-25 years of age.
  5. 5. Youth members are individuals under 18 years.
  6. 6. Foreigners are allowed to become members.
  7. 7. Admission of new members is decided by the Council of the section.

Article 12. Autonomy and regulations

  1. 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. 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. 3. Regulations and amendments are valid only after the ratification of the Central Council.
  4. 4. Sections are not allowed to set up nonmember groups.

Article 14. Assembly - Violations - Closure of the section

  1. 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, and decides on relaxation or creation of easements on property.
  2. 2. In case of violation of rules by any of the executive authority of the section, the general regulations apply.
  3. 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. 4. In case of closure, liquidation should be done under control of the executive authority of CAI.
  5. 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. 6. Under no condition will the assets be divided among the members.

Article 27. Assets - Easements on property - Treasury

  1. 1. CAI and all sections have their own autonomous assets and can buy and sell them.
  2. 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. 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

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.

CAI Pisa Home page

Accident Rescue Insurance

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:

  • 765 rifugio (manned or unmanned huts), bivouacs, shelters in the Alps, Appennini and Islands; the number includes the rifugio of the Apuane Alps listed in the chapter 'Where to stay and Where to eat'; all CAI rifugio are listed in Internet at:

  • 482 Sections (Milano founded in 1874, Florence in 1868, Pisa in 1926);

  • 319 Subsections;

  • -235 Stations of the National Alpine & Speleological Rescue Corps, with over 7,000 volunteers;

  • a National Alpine Library, located in Torino;

  • a National Museum (Museo della Montagna), located in Torin

  • Concerning CAI people, we were:

  • 2533 Instructors of Alpinism (Rock Climbing, Alpinism skiing, Free Climbing, Caving, Cross-country skiing);

  • 1222 leaders and assistants, in addition to national field experts, national alpine leaders for young, Glaciers surveyors, operators for the protection of the mountain and environment, national avalanche experts;

  • more than 303,000 members all over Italy.

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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