OSAT in Areas Outside Western Washington

Are you interested in the OSAT concept, but don't live in Western Washington?   If so, we are eager to help you find others in your area with the same interests, and to develop in whatever manner you find appropriate.

If you are interested in starting a group like OSAT, please feel free to contact us if you have questions and would like to benefit from our experience.  You are also welcome to use this web site as a resource.   The History, Organization, and FAQ sections under About OSAT in the menu have information about how we got started and organized, including the full text of our club by-laws.  In addition, we were blessed by having had our founder document some of his ideas on the subject of starting OSAT-like organizations elsewhere, when one of our early members moved to Boston.  This document has been annotated to bring some of the information more up-to-date.   Also see the flyer we use to let others in the Seattle area know about OSAT, and materials used at OSAT AA meetings.

OSAT has not established a formal "affiliation" or "chapter" process.  However we know people outside our region who are interested in combining outdoor interests such as mountaineering with recovery.   Some are former members of OSAT who have moved away, others have simply advised us of their interest.    They are willing to get together with you, either to discuss organizing a similar group, or simply to share your mutual interests.  

The following links provide email addresses to contact persons in these areas:
                Bozeman, Montana
                Portland, Oregon
                Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
                Watertown, Massachusetts
                Email us to add any additional links 

Please contact us if you would like to be contacted by someone in the following areas.  We will have them contact you by phone or email as you desire:   
             Arlington, Massachusetts
             Eugene, Oregon
             Hood River, Oregon
             Rancho Palos Verde, California
             San Jose, California
             Thorne Bay, Alaska

             Midlands, UK

In Colorado Phoenix Multisport is a non-profit organization with similar goals as OSAT.  They have chapters in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder. 
Please contact us  if you would like us to add a link to your own email address to the first list above.  If you prefer, provide us your contact information so we can send to you information from anyone who contacts us from your area, and we will add your area as necessary to the second list.  Note that you do not need to be a member of OSAT to take advantage of this service.   OSAT members who are planning travel to your area might also contact you about getting together for a hike or a meeting.

If you do get a group together,either formally or informally, and would like to solicit wider participation and/or communicate with an emerging circle of friends in your area, please contact us about the possibility of establishing a single web page about your group on this site, such as we have done for the Olympic Peninsula and Greenville South Carolina.   This would require at least one of you to become a member of OSAT and maintain that membership, so you could edit the page assigned to you.   It could be used to provide contact information, meeting information, and even your own mini-calendar of events if you so choose.    Such a page would be under your editorial content control, but the OSAT Webmaster would retain administrative control.   If you want a page with secure/confidential content, one could be placed in our Members-only Section, but would require all members of your group to become members of OSAT to access it.   Alternatively, if you already have or are planning a web site of your own, or use social media for this purpose, we would be glad to add links on this page to those web locations.

Whether or not you decide to formalize the idea of OSAT in your area, and whether you follow our concepts, develop your own "hybrid", or simply maintain a more informal relationship with like-minded friends,  please keep us informed of how you are doing.   Feel free to stop in on one of our meetings if you come to Seattle, and share what is going on in your area to combine your love of the outdoors with your gratitude for recovery.   We would also be pleased to publish reports of your activities in our Yodel newsletter/journal.

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