About Us

our mission

The INTER-MOUNTAIN ALPINE CLUB (I-MAC) was organized in October 1948 to bring together people who seek to enjoy shaking the dust of civilization from our boots and hitting the high country trails whenever the opportunity arises.  Our primary purpose is to encourage the enjoyment of the outdoors and to promote hiking, mountain climbing, and other activities in the Pacific Northwest.  We seek to provide the stimulus and opportunity to people to learn more about the skills, abilities, knowledge, equipment, and even the technology of modern outdoor recreation through direct personal experience in the great outdoors.  We offer opportunities for people of all skill levels, from the beginner to the seasoned expert, to enjoy the special personal satisfaction that comes from attaining the heights under their own power and gaining a deeper appreciation of Mother Nature as a result of knowing her first hand.

Membership

Membership is open to anyone 18 years old or over, who shall be in expressed sympathy with the aims and objectives of the club, shall agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the club, and shall try to uphold the tenets of good sportsmanship on the trail and elsewhere.

Board members

James Durett, President

James has been involved in IMAC since 2016 when he first went through the Mountaineering school. Moving to the Pacific Northwest while having little to no idea how to navigate the vast wonders it possesses; all within a short drive from our hometown; IMAC was an invaluable resource to learn all he could and meet fantastic partners to explore with. Since then he has served many roles in the club and continue to help with the Mountaineering program and other aspects of climbing. He continues to enjoy mountaineering, climbing on rock and ice, ski touring, backpacking with family, and many combinations of all of those. Our hope as a club has always been to bring people together and empower them to get outside, he is proud to aid in the furthering of that mission. 

Martin Šefl, Vice President

Martin joined I-MAC in 2019 when he moved to Richland from Prague, Czech Republic. Since then he has continued to participate in day-hiking, backpacking and snow-shoeing trips. He aspires to become a trip leader, and to learn a little bit of mountaineering.

Nancy Krupin, Treasurer

Nancy is an avid outdoorsperson who has been hiking and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest since 1970. She is a certified nutritionist and dietitian and teaches food and nutrition at the I-MAC Backpacking School. She has been a member of I-MAC since 1980 and was Treasurer for two years.

Eddie Goss, Past President

Avid rock climber and mountaineer, Eddie is one of the most energetic adventurers in the group and is one of the instructors in I-MAC’s Mountaineering School.

Eddie Goss, Past President

Avid rock climber and mountaineer, Eddie is one of the most energetic adventurers in the group and is one of the instructors in I-MAC’s Mountaineering School.

Aivett bilbao, Director at Large

Aivett began nature hiking in the French Pyrenees in 2011 and it soon became her favorite hobby along with international traveling. She has been discovering the wonders of the Pacific Northwest in many activities with I-MAC since joining in 2016. She enjoys introducing and encouraging people to the outdoors. 

Forrest Heller, Secretary

Forrest Heller is a Tri-Cities native who grew up exposed to nature from a young age from family camping trips.  He discovered many of current outdoor interests from his time in Boy Scouts including climbing, hiking, backpacking and snow camping.  In 2012 he joined I-MAC and got involved with instructing at the renewed mountaineering school in 2016.  For I-MAC trips he leads mountain climbing, XC skiing/snow shoeing, and snow camping.

Forrest Heller, Secretary

Forrest Heller is a Tri-Cities native who grew up exposed to nature from a young age from family camping trips.  He discovered many of current outdoor interests from his time in Boy Scouts including climbing, hiking, backpacking and snow camping.  In 2012 he joined I-MAC and got involved with instructing at the renewed mountaineering school in 2016.  For I-MAC trips he leads mountain climbing, XC skiing/snow shoeing, and snow camping.

Carolyn Noonan, Director at Large

Carolyn joined I-MAC sometime around 2016. She has served as the secretary, junior member at large, and now senior member at large, but don’t say senior too loudly. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, but does not enjoy having her photo taken. Cheers!

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Jim Langdon, Rentals, local hiking/trail access

Joined I-MAC in 1981 and served on the Board of Directors, was a Past-President, and held several other positions for several years.  He served as Trailmaster for Friends of Badger Mountain, leading the trail construction resulting in the creation of the trail systems on Badger and Candy Mountains. He continues to be very active leading and participating with hiking, backpacking and cross-country skiing trips but these days you are more likely to find him doing volunteer work on a trail somewhere.

Jim Langdon, Rentals, local hiking/trail access

Joined I-MAC in 1981 and served on the Board of Directors, was a Past-President, and held several other positions for several years.  He served as Trailmaster for Friends of Badger Mountain, leading the trail construction resulting in the creation of the trail systems on Badger and Candy Mountains. He continues to be very active leading and participating with hiking, backpacking and cross-country skiing trips but these days you are more likely to find him doing volunteer work on a trail somewhere.

Marilyn Young, Historian

Joined I-MAC in the late 1960’s to hike, backpack and snowshoe.  She has held many offices over the years and has been historian since 1988.  She is an honorary member.

Inter-Mountain Alpine Club

P.O. Box 505
Richland, WA 99352
help@imacnw.org

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