While most activities are aimed at adult participation several activities
for families are organized each season.
Activities are not limited to the above list, but are dependent on volunteer organizers to form the activities
The programs are scheduled and announced in the Wasatch Mountain Club official publication, the Rambler.
The Rambler is published monthly and mailed out to members by the beginning of each month.
Fees for events and activities are minimal and dependent on the cost of the activity.
In general, the costs are figured by the trip organizer and divided by the number of participants.
Trip organizers and Club Officers are all volunteers.
The club organizes scores of activities each month.
Activities are open to all member.
Some activities require advanced sign-up while others just state a date, time and meeting place.
Trips may range in length from a few hours to several days.
Most trips are centered in or around the Wasatch Front.
Occasionally there are trips to other regions of Utah or to neighboring states.
The sailing trip destinations have had varied locations such as the Greek Islands, Caribbean locations and the South Pacific.
The Wasatch Mountain Club provides a social vehicle to the outdoor enthusiast
who seeks others of similar interests while providing an opportunity to develop
organization skills and knowledge of the various outdoor sports.
Whether you are a novice or an expert, there are trips and activities designed for you.
If there is some question about the difficulty of the activity, a call or email to
the trip organizer will fill you in on more information.
Membership requires a sincere interest in outdoor activities.
Applications may either be submitted online or mailed to the Membership Director.
Annual membership dues are $35 per individual or $50 for couple.
In addition, there is a $5 processing fee for mailed in applications.
Application are presented at the next monthly board meeting.
If approved by the Board of Governors the applicant(s) is then a member.
The Wasatch Mountain Club is run entirely by volunteers.
Participants are expected to help with the organization and formulation of the trip.
A great experience can be had in the outdoors.
Your experience with the Wasatch Mountain Club will be as great as you make it.
Club members are responsible for their own safety.
Every new member and renewing member must sign a form acknowledging that risk is involved with outdoor activities
and that they release the club from liability.
Members should be prepared for activities by carrying The Ten Essentials:
Map and compass
Matches of other firestarter
Sunscreen and bugspray
First Aid Kit
The Wasatch Mountain Club is governed by the Board of Directors, consisting
of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, various Directors and four Trustees.
The Board meets at 7:00PM on the first Wednesday of each month at the Club
office at 1390 South 1100 East in Salt Lake City to discuss policies and activities,
pay bills and manage the Club.
Members of the Club are welcome to attend board meetings.
Members of the board are elected by the general membership of the club annually.
The President is the main contact for outside organizations and individuals
who interact with the Club. The President acts as the chief executive officer
of the club, makes up the agenda for the monthly board meetings presides over
the board and general membership meetings and provides continuity for club
affairs. The President is also an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees
The Vice President is elected by the board from the members of the board and
fills in when the President is unavailable
The Secretary takes minutes at each board meeting and maintains records of
correspondence, minutes, financial reports and other miscellaneous records
and official Club documents, including the policies, Constitution and Bylaws
The Treasurer presents the bills to the Board of Directors for payment each
month, and maintains financial and tax records and presents financial reports
to the board and general membership
The bicycling director directs and coordinates the mountain and road biking
program and enlists Club members to organize bike rides and related
activities and social events
A very active boating program keeps the boating director busy on several fronts:
scheduling boating activities, organizing river and safety training and social
events and maintaining the boating equipment. The boating program has several
coordinators to manage the rafting, sailing and canoe programs and to keep
up the equipment.
The Club owns several rafts and related equipment for daily and overnight
trips. Boating equipment is rented to members at rates which pay replacement
costs. The boating program is self-sufficient and offers activities that cater
to novice and intermediate boaters
Climbing, Canyoneering, Mountaineering Director
The mountaineering program includes weekly rock, ice and alpine climbing and
annual training events. The mountaineering director coordinates climbing activities
and maintains ropes, safety helmets and ice axes used in training.
The conservation director is responsible for coordinating the Club's environmental
protection programs and for officially representing the Club's position on
major environmental issues
The entertainment director organizing and manages a wide array of social events
throughout the calendar year, including the annual Awards and Nominations
Banquet, the Halloween Party and the two General Membership meetings
The hiking director and his or her committee schedule and provide organizers
for hikes, backpacks and car camps. Hiking is the predominant club activity.
Information Technology Director
The IT director is responsible for the development, enhancement and maintenance of club's
automated systems including the WMC web site and WMC email systems.
The lodge director is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the Club's
historic lodge at Brighton. This includes scheduling work parties, buying
supplies and material as needed and hiring contractors when needed. In addition,
the director is the liaison between the Club and the Forest Service in maintaining
the lease with the Forest Service for the land on which the lodge sits. The
director is also responsible for renting the lodge and collecting rental fees.
A lodge use coordinator and lodge caretaker help in these tasks.
The membership director is responsible for processing of new and renewal membership
applications and maintaining a Club database. The database provides useful
feedback on club interests as well as potential organizers and volunteers.
The membership director also monitors and responds to club voicemail, email
Public Relations Director
The PR director acts as the Club's media director, coordinating publicity
and producing and distributing Club brochures and other media.
The Rambler is the monthly publication and the flagship of the Club. As editor
of the Rambler, the director of publications is responsible for assimilating,
interpreting and editing the information submitted each month. The editor
should be computer literate with knowledge of desktop publishing and layout.
Winter Sports Director
The winter sports director directs the winter outdoor activities and works
with coordinators for the two largest winter activities, skiing and snowshoeing.
In addition, The Audrey Kelly learn to ski clinic, an intermediate/advanced
telemark clinic and the Robert Frohbose Avalanche Clinics are annual activities.
Trustees function as the Club's institutional memory. There are five trustees:
the President and four elected members who serve staggered four-year terms.
Trustees must approve any board expenditure of over $1000, make sure an annual
audit is performed and monitor the Board's adherence of the Club's Constitution
and its Bylaws, rules, regulations and policies.
Coordinators & Committees
Coordinators are selected as required by the responsible director, with selection
ratified by the Board. The coordinators report to the Board through a sponsoring
Board member as follows:
With about 1200 members, the Club's financial operations are not simple. Some
bills are monthly, such as office rent and Rambler printing. Others are occasional
reimbursement, such as expenses associated the avalanche safety class and
filling the propane tanks for the lodge. An annual audit is overseen by the
In addition to the regular checking account for liquid funds, the Club maintains
an investment account, which is under the supervision of the treasurer and
Revenues & Expenditures
Revenues are acquired through annual member dues and donations, publications,
lodge rentals, entertainment, boating fees, investment income, and other miscellaneous
sources. Expenses entail costs of lodge operations, publication of the Rambler,
office administrative expenses (rent, phones, etc), activity support (for
entertainment and boating), equipment, conservation and taxes.
It is the philosophy of the Club that activities are financially self-supporting
through fees paid by users. Besides paying for ongoing operations and the
Rambler, member dues are allocated as follows: 19% to the lodge and 10% to