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:
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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:
Hood River, Oregon
Rancho Palos Verde, California
Bay Area, California
Thorne Bay, Alaska
In Colorado Phoenix Multisport is a non-profit organization with similar goals as OSAT. They have chapters in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder.
GSMOSAT was established in Knoxville, TN. Many of their outings (hiking, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, climbing, caving, biking, etc..) will be happening in and around the the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the surrounding national forests and recreation areas. We would love to have folks from other cities/states participate.If you want to be added to our email list or Facebook page please email Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Facebook page is secret and requires an invite.
Patrick H has started a sober hiking group in Kitsap County, and is interested in meeting with other clean-and-sober hikers on the west side of Puget Sound. He was active in OSAT in the mid-1990s while living in Seattle, and is now living near the Hood Canal bridge. This group usually does hikes on Sundays after a regular Sunday AM meeting in Poulsbo.
One of the hikers has started a facebook page (private following the guidelines for AA & social networking).
TBD - after a very exciting 2014 for the Greenville OSAT group, we are taking a step back to determine the next best action. Stay tuned for possible updates over the next year.
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 notneed 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. As mentioned above, other groups have used private Facebook pages as a central point of contact.
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 meetingsif 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.