Join the Wasatch Mountain Club
Become a member of the Wasatch Mountain Club ("WMC") as we enter our second century as custodians of our environment here in the Wasatch Front, and as active participants in backcountry skiing, backpacking, camping, canoeing, conservation pursuits, canyoneering, climbing, hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, mountain biking, river rafting, road biking, socializing, snowshoeing, and multi-day adventures. If you haven’t already done so, please consider joining us at a club activity. Many of our activities are open to non-members, and our schedule is available on our website, www.wasatchmountainclub.org, as well as via our monthly publication, The Rambler, (issues go back to 1922). Check out a brief description of our history and purpose. Our annual membership dues are quite reasonable (some would say ridiculously low), so membership is not really a cost of admission to participate in an activity. WMC membership commits to a larger purpose of supporting our organized outdoor recreation community and local conservation pursuits. It's easy to join us, and you can be part of a history that has come to define what makes living and playing in Utah so unique.
Happy 100th Birthday, Wasatch Mountain Club
To wrap up the Centennial year, we are creating a time capsule to be opened at our 125-year anniversary. Club members are invited to send letters or small items to share with future members. All items must be received before December 31, 2020.
A Big Birthday Bash at Red Butte is tentatively scheduled for May 13, 2021, until then consider the participating in the following Centennial events:
- The WMC has established an Education Endowment! This permamant endowment will be used for scholarships to support students in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department pursuing degrees focused in environmental health and community outdoor recreation. Please consider contributing your tax deductible donation to this on-going legacy at https://wasatchmountainclub.org/centennial-education-endowment.
- The University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library's Utah Ski Archives is the largest archive of its kind that is dedicated to the history of ski and snow sports in the Intermountain Region. In honor of the WMC Centennial, the U's Marriott Library presented the History Maker Award to the Wasatch Mountain Club. To view the wonderful video they created of the the WMC's history click this link https://www.wasatchmountainclub.org/docs/history-maker-award-video-of-wmc-history.mp4
- The complete collection of Charles Keller's Faint Trails in the Wasatch articles are now available on our website. This is a special gift from Charles, a past WMC president and author of The Lady in the Ore Bucket (a history of the settlement and industry in the tri-canyon area of the Wasatch). Charles authored and published these 97 "Faint Trails" articles in the WMC Ramblers between 2005 and 2015. Yes, anyone can read them all by pulling up the Ramblers individually, but access to the collection with the click of a button is a members-only benefit, check out Faint Trails in the Wasatch.
- The WMC and Friends of WMC celebrated our 100th birthday by giving blood. Tony Hellman, past Social Director and forever WMC enthusiast, successfully led the WMC Blood Drive that resulted in over 100 pints of blood donated! Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Only 3 out of 100 Americans donate blood and that's not enough. Right now, there's an urgent need for donations of all blood types, and the WMC helped to fill in the gaps!
- WMC Happy Birthday/100th Anniversary YouTube video, https://youtu.be/J6Sd-_NUN_I
The Wasatch Mountain Club was formed in May 1920, on the heels of the most severe pandemic of the last century, followed by the Great Depression, World War II, the smallpox epidemic, polio, and more wars. Not only has the WMC survived, it has thrived. The Centennial is an opportunity for us to reflect on and honor this great organization, its founders, and 100 years of leadership and membership commitment to our core purpose:
- to promote the physical and spiritual well being of its members and others by outdoor activities;
- to unite the energy, interests and knowledge of students, explorers and lovers of the mountains, deserts and rivers of Utah;
- to collect and disseminate information regarding the Rocky Mountains in behalf of science, literature and art;
- to explore and picture the scenic wonders of this and surrounding states;
- to foster awareness of scenic beauties; and
- to encourage preservation of our natural areas including their plant, animal and bird life.