The Mountaineers | OutdoorsFEST


Saturday, September 8, 2012


In the pursuit of getting people outdoors, The Mountaineers will again be bringing the outdoors to the people with its Third Annual OutdoorsFEST presented by Hilleberg The Tentmaker on Saturday, September 8 at The Mountaineers Program Center in Magnuson Park.

If you are just getting acquainted with what the Pacific Northwest offers to the outdoor adventurer, if you want to find out how to enhance your outdoor experience, or you simply want to start from square one, The Mountaineers OutdoorsFEST and its sponsors welcome you. Feel free to try new activities, take a course, become a Mountaineers member or simply discover what makes Washington state such a mecca for outdoor adventure.

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls (bring your chalk bag and rock shoes!), clinics, a family activity zone, a gear swap, gear demos, book sale, outdoor gear vendors with their latest innovations, and conservation groups will all fill the Program Center grounds from 10 am to 5 pm in the northwest expanse of Magnuson Park along Lake Washington. The best part of all: it is FREE! Bring as many friends and family members as you can.

View and download the OutdoorsFEST Schedule


  • Skills clinics: Weather and the Ten Essentials, Crack Climbing (on real rock), Tape Gloves, How to Prusik, Intro to Hiking, Wilderness First Aid, Hiking with Kids to name just a handful.
  • Family activity zone: Children can try rock climbing, learn about endangered species and conservation/stewardship through hands-on activities.
  • Cooking demos at 12:00 pm: Amy Pennington, author of Urban Pantry and Apartment Gardening, will show you how to whip up tasty cuisine and let you sample some of her favorites. She will also be available to sign books and answer questions.
  • Buy or Sell Gear: The Gear Swap will be brimming with gently used outdoor equipment; take advantage of the bargains or bring your no longer needed gear to sell. Proceeds from Gear Swap will benefit The Mountaineers Access Program, providing course scholarships to underserved youth.
  • Annual Meeting and Keynote speaker David Morton at 1:00 pm: The First Ascent guide and expedition photographer takes the stage to share images and stories of his remarkable adventures. Morton has led expeditions to all of the Seven Summits as well as to Mongolia, Mexico and Bolivia. In spring of this year he returned to Everest to make an attempt on the West Ridge as part of a commemorative expedition honoring the 1963 American Ascent.
  • Meet The Mountaineers:Now is a great time to get involved! Visit The Mountaineers "open house" to learn more about activities, lodges, upcoming courses and other opportunities to get involved and get outside. If you are ready to join, rejoin or renew your membership, we’ll be offering OutdoorsFEST special membership deals for great savings on your dues.

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Gear Swap at OutdoorsFest

Buy, Sell, Donate!

The Gear Swap will be brimming with gently-used outdoor equipment. Take advantage of the bargains or donate your no-longer needed gear. Proceeds from the Gear Swap will benefit The Mountaineers Access Program, supporting under-served youth. All donations are tax-deductible and you can drop them off at the program center during business hours or bring your gear directly to the booth during OutdoorsFEST. You may also rent a table for a flat fee in order to sell your used gear yourself, in which case you keep your proceeds. Please contact Shauna Broady at if you are interested in this option. The Gear Swap includes all kinds of outdoor gear, including climbing, hiking, biking, and skiing, for both kids and adults.

Drop off your donation M, Tu, Th, F from 9 am - 5 pm and W from 9 am - 7 pm at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Wa. 98115

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Book Sale in the Program Center Bookstore

These discounts will last all day, 10 am-4 pm, so stop by the bookstore and add some great titles to your library!

       All Books and Maps - 25% off
       All TOPO! Software - 25% off
       Book Sets - 35% off
       Book "Seconds" - 50% off
       Clearance Titles - up to 75% off
       Logo Merchandise - 10% off

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Platinum - $5,000

Presenting Sponsor:

Hilleberg The Tentmaker

Gold - $2,500

South Climbing Plaza Sponsor:

Outdoor Research Retail Store

Silver - $1,000

Youth Programs Raffle Sponsor:



Welcome Booth Sponsor:

Second Ascent

Bronze - $500