Harvest Dinner 2017: “A Life in Mountain Rescue”

Harvest Dinner 2017: “A Life in Mountain Rescue”
Program Series Learning Center Programs
When Oct 21, 2017 04:00 PM to Oct 22, 2017 12:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Instructors Institute staff
Tuition Includes Dinner, presentation, overnight accommodations and breakfast
Single Accommodations $225.00
Double Accommodations $150.00
Triple Accommodations $125.00
Quadruple Accommodations $125.00
Cost with no Lodging $50.00
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Celebrate the arrival of autumn with a special harvest dinner in our lakeside dining hall on Diablo Lake, a fascinating presentation on mountain rescues in the Cascades and comfortable overnight accommodations in the heart of North Cascades National Park!

Join North Cascades Institute for a special feast featuring the bounty of the local harvest. Our chef will prepare a dinner showcasing the flavors of our regional foodshed, with an emphasis on local growers and producers in Skagit and Whatcom counties. Our bar will serve local microbrews and wine to compliment the palette of autumnal flavors.

After dinner, we'll enjoy an intimate evening presentation on “A Life in Mountain Rescue” with Seatttle-area author Bree Loewen.

Bree Loewen’s to-do list isn’t quite the same as most people’s. On any given day, it might include:

• Go grocery shopping
• Bake pie seen on Pinterest
• Figure out what to do with my life
• Rescue climbers caught in avalanche on Chair Peak
• Pick up Vivi at Mom’s

Bree Loewen has been a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, an EMT in Seattle and a contributor to Climbing and Alpinist magazines. As a current volunteer with Seattle Mountain Rescue, Loewen has been on more than 100 rescues in the past three years — and countless more over her career. Locals will recognize many of the Cascadian locations where her dramatic stories take place: Snoqualmie Falls, Little Si, Chair Peak near Alpental, Rattlesnake Ledge and others. Bree and her fellow volunteers provide critically important help, reaching stranded individuals when mountain conditions are too difficult for helicopter access, and collecting data for the medical examiner when it’s too late for a rescue.

Harvest Dinner 2017: A Life in Mountain RescueBree is the author of the acclaimed mountain memoir Pickets and Dead Men, which Adventure Journal calls “A deeply drawn memoir . . . and an achingly true picture of the raw grace we find in the outdoors.” In her new book Found, she shares the drama and the camaraderie of this work, as well as the challenges of trying to fit her other roles as wife and mother into what is still largely a masculine environment. In a fearless voice — disarming yet laced with humor — Bree guides us through intense recoveries, vivid wilderness landscapes and the grounding she discovers in motherhood, community and finding her purpose.
Praise for Found:
“Bree Loewen is in a class by herself. Found is not only her masterful tale of mountain rescue, it also clearly articulates a hero’s journey filled with existential angst, internal conflicts, and ultimately, balance.” —Brent Bishop, climber and SMR team member
“In Found, Bree Loewen brings readers along with her in a constant race against death, while illuminating the people and work of mountain rescue—as well as her own challenges to juggle family demands and discern her life calling. A great read for anyone who enjoys the adventure, peril, and responsibility that goes with life in wild places.” —Shannon Huffman Polson, author of North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey.

Your registration includes the Harvest Dinner, presentation, overnight accommodations in our guest lodges and breakfast the next morning. Commuter option featuring dinner and presentation is available for $50. The Harvest Dinner sells out every year, so don't delay!

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Single, Double, Triple and Quad Accommodations are for families and groups who wish to guarantee lodging with specific individuals during their stay. Triple and Quad Accommodations will require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-use ladder. Hostel pricing is the cost for sharing a room with up to three other participants. The number of occupants per room (1-4) will be determined based on the total number of hostel guests each night. We do not guarantee a room with your requested roommate under this option, and you may be lodged in a mixed gender room. Please do not select this if you have participants under 18 in your group.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

TO REGISTER, please choose one of the following options:
  • Click button above to register online
  • Call (360) 854-2599 with your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card ready
  • Download and mail a registration form with your credit card information or personal check
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