Many sports groups around the Wenatchee Valley meet regularly but are neither clubs, associations, nor formalized groups—they operate on a pick-up basis. Often one person manages an email list through which the group’s activities are announced—get your name on the list and you’re part of that group. Other groups simply meet each week at the same place and time–whoever shows up recreate together.
Wenatchee Area Groups:
El Sendero NCW. Backcountry ski or snowshoe around the area with this group. There are several group outings (some on skis, some on snowshoes) each winter that are announced coordinated through emails. Contact Gus Bekker (firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-667-8681) to be placed on the email list.
Larry’s List. Larry Glickfeld, a 75ish-year-old Wenatchee resident, road or mountain bikes throughout the warm season. He backcountry ski tours most winter weekends and occasionally during the work week. Any age welcome to join as long as you are ok with a slow to moderate pace and distance. Get on the email list Larry uses to announce where he’s going and how to link up (most outings are announced a few days ahead and are of intermediate pace and difficulty i.e., generally avoids steep slopes). Contact Larry at email@example.com, 509-670-4668.
Wenatchee Mountain Bikers. A Facebook group dedicated to coordinating rides with other mountain bikers in the Wenatchee Valley as well as talking trail conditions and up to date photos on the trail. Click here to join the group https://www.facebook.com/groups/100714850266181/ .
Wenatchee Valley Kayak Chat. The purpose of this group is to connect paddlers and plan trips in and around the Wenatchee Valley. Gear is also posted on this site as well for buying or selling. See their Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1531325583816011/.
Climbing-Chatter Group. Climbing Chatter is not a club with a mission or charter, but simply an e-mail list of climbers. It is a Google Group of about 175 email addresses. The Google Group format allows e-mail chatter to move through local e-mail servers without hanging up as spam. The majority of the folks are from north-central Washington (Wenatchee to Leavenworth, Ephrata to Cle Elum). This list is something of a clearing house to connect and climb with other locals. Not being a club, there is no weekly or monthly mailing and no outings consistent with club offerings. Anyone can send out a message to solicit climbing partner(s) for a particular day or outing. Anyone can share pictures/adventures and/or conditions such as for ice-climbing in the Winter.
Climbers of many abilities are involved with the Climbing Chatter Google Group. It is important that folks using the climbing chatter be up front about expectations, abilities, and climbing experience when setting up an outing. If you are new to climbing one option would be to receive some instruction at Riverfront Rock Gym located in Wenatchee to become more comfortable with your abilities.
Occasionally you will get “climbing chatter” messages from others regarding their plans and an open invitation to join. However, a proactive approach on your part will likely get you more climbing opportunities than waiting for others to invite you. Climbers who are in the climbing chatter often meet on weekday evenings during the Spring-Fall climbing season at locations near Leavenworth or out at Frenchman Coulee. Ask and ye shall find…Contact Charlie Hickenbottom (firstname.lastname@example.org) our chatter administrator to be included in the climbing chatter.
Hike for Your Health. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and Columbia Valley Community Health present this hiking group open to all ages and backgrounds. You don’t have to be an expert hiker – these hikes are appropriate for beginners. Join us for the Foothills Hiking Challenge. Improve your health, be part of a team, take home prizes and be entered to win one of many grand prizes at the end of the hiking season. Join the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and CVCH on the third Saturday of the month at a designated trailhead (schedule will be emailed to you or can be found at http://www.cdlandtrust.org/whats-new/events), At the Third Saturday hikes, you will receive a small prize as well as a raffle ticket when you check in. Use the raffle ticket to enter to win grand prizes at the end of the year! After you check in, join us for a guided hike at the beginning of the check-in time (9 AM in spring and fall; 7 AM in June, July and August) OR enjoy the hike on your own. For more information click here.
Backcountry Ski Wenatchee. This is a place for Wenatchee backcountry skiing enthusiasts to find ski partners, share beta, and generally Facebook brag about the great turns they’ve been getting. If you’re not afraid of core shots and you consider 12 inches of powder “bottomless” you’re in the right place. Find this group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1622373304733955/.
Wenatchee Stroller Rollers. An exercise group focusing on support and encouragement for parents with children in strollers. Improvement of health and fitness through stroller walks/jogs is what this group is about find them at https://www.facebook.com/groups/148340712165753/.
Wenatchee Area Divers. A group of scuba divers from all around the Wenatchee, WA. Meetings are held every last Monday of each month unless it is a holiday, at Abby’s Pizza in East Wenatchee. Visit this group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/122103494534253/ or at http://www.orcascubacenter.com/ for more information or to sign up for scuba instruction and gear email email@example.com.
East Side Kiteboarders. Group of local kites with information on spots, conditions, and general stoke about the sport.
Paddling on the Columbia. Every Saturday and Sunday morning (year-around) a few members of the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club meet at the club’s boat house near Riverfront Park at 9 a.m. to paddle for 90 minutes. Anyone (club membership not required) with some paddling experience and a boat (e.g., canoe, kayak) is welcomed. Also, each Tuesday morning, several members of the Row and Paddle Club gather for an informal paddle that is ideal for the new paddler. The group goes at a slower pace and offers tips to newcomers. Info about about the Tuesday paddling from Kim George at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Velo Club Road Touring Rides. These run most Saturdays from April through October, are usually 25 to 75 miles long (shorter distances early in the season), and often have “bail-out” options. The details about routes, distances, and meeting time/place are emailed to club members several days prior to the ride but are also available on the club’s website and Facebook page. Rides are social and use a “no drop” philosophy, meaning there is generally re-grouping at various points along the route. Refreshment stops are also often included (e.g., Anjou Bakery, Starbucks Leavenworth, etc.). Riders include a wide range of ages and abilities, and anywhere from 10 – 40 riders usually participate. Club membership is not required but is encouraged after several rides. More details at www.wenatcheevalleyvelo.com.
Velo Club Training Rides. Wednesday and Friday morning road rides. Members of Wenatchee Valley Velo leave from Riverfront Park on Fifth Street at 6.a.m. for a 90-minute spin. The rides are open to non-members who are looking to join strong cyclists on training rides. For information check out www.bikewenatchee.org or send an email to email@example.com.
Wenatchee Area Racers (WAR). A group of cyclists, mountain bikers, runners, paddlers, and Nordic skiers who train and/or compete together. In summer the group does weekly rides and/or paddles; in winter, weekly skis. Organization and communication happens through email. Contact Rocky Crocker (firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-679-4177).
RunWenatchee. A running group meeting at 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. on Thursdays at Pybus Public Market to run on the Loop. Runners of all abilities, even beginners aspiring to improve their fitness, are welcomed and will find others to connect with. The group also helps organize races and other events, including summer training sessions. Contact Joel Rhyner, (509) 387-0051, email@example.com or Steve Maher, (509) 630-2090, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready, Set, Run. A women’s only running groups that meets at 8:30 Wednesdays & Saturdays at Pybus Public Market. All ages and abilities are welcome! Giveaways every morning and a free shirt after 10 runs! Stephanie Cosina is a local athlete, certified running coach, and founder of SC Coaching and Ready, Set, Run. She has coached runners of all abilities from beginners to marathoners, and she can give the extra push to reach your goal, hit that new P.R., or just simply help you run more efficiently and be a life-long runner. Contact Stephanie Cosina with any questions at email@example.com or 669-2719 and visit the Ready, Set, Run Facebook page.
‘Der’ Road Rides. From late spring to early fall, road riders meet at Der Sportsman in Leavenworth on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Riders usually divide into a faster and slower group for a 40-mile ride. Details from Der Sportsman, 509-548-5623.
Leavenworth Mountain Association (LMA) is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to foster safe, healthy, and environmentally conscious mountain recreation through the establishment of high quality educational programs and the development of community resources for youth and adults throughout the Greater Wenatchee Valley. Sports of particular interest to this group include: rock climbing, mountaineering, bouldering, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, and mountain walking. As of 2012, LMA was involved in organizing local events but was still operating as a non-membership, non-dues-paying group. In the future LMA does hope to build a co-op climbing gym. At that time membership (and dues) will likely be required for gym use. More at the LMA website or at their Facebook Page.
Rad Haus Rides. Most summers mountain bike rides have left from Das Rad Haus (a Leavenworth bike shop) one night a week. These rides have been oriented toward advanced riders using downhill bikes. As of 2011 the store is calling these Thursty Night Rides (Thursday 6 p.m.) “Trail or downhill. Old, young, or crippeled.” Info from Das Rad Haus, 509-548-5615, www.dasradhaus.com.
Other Sports Groups:
The following groups aren’t truly ‘outdoor recreation’ even though they do happen outdoors. We include them, however, because there are many outdoorsy people in these groups.
Kittitas Backcountry Skiers. For trips, carpools, gear swaps, conditions and anything else relevant to those in Kittitas County earning their turns. Join the group via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1141385619231522/.
Has-Been Soccer. Year-around, pick-up soccer played Sunday afternoons (4-6 p.m. switching to 2-4 p.m. in late fall) at Wenatchee High School or, in winter, at Foothills Middle School. No-contact rules aimed at protecting older players. Contact Dan Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get on the email list.
Wenatchee Ultimate Frisbee. A pick-up group of mixed-aged, mixed-gender, and mixed-ability enthusiasts who play Ultimate Frisbee. Check out their Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wenatcheeultimate/ or contact: Nate Woodward (email@example.com / 509-670-5316).