Upcoming events and highlights from around The Mountaineers
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Lodge Weekends abound in August!
Even though there's no snow on the ground, you can still take advantage of our great Mountaineers Lodges. When the white stuff melts away, what's left behind are hiking trails, bike paths and family fun! Even better, you don't - usually - have to bundle up against the cold. The lodges are an inexpensive way to spend a weekend, especially if you're a member (lodges are open to the general public, but members get a discounted rate) and in addition to the close proximity to outdoor fun you get good food and friendly faces. If you haven't experienced staying at a lodge before, the summer is the perfect time to discover this treat. And in August, you have three opportunities, so sign up now for a quick and easy weekend getaway.
August 6-7: Meany Annual Family Peaks and Lakes Weekend
Meany Lodge becomes "adventure central" on August 6 and 7, offering a wealth of hikes, climbs, scrambles in the nearby mountains, as well as activities geared just for families. Bring the family out for a weekend of outdoor fun, good food and great company.
Reservations are open now for this special weekend (closes August 4 at 5 p.m.!!!), and can be made by contacting Member Services at 206-284-8484. For more information about the family weekend or the lodge, visit their website at www.obatik.com/meany/
Aug. 12 - 14: Tacoma's Mt. Baker Lodge Hiking Weekend.
Come join us for a weekend of hiking and camaraderie. For the first time in many, many years, the Tacoma Hiking Committee will be sponsoring a weekend at the Mt. Baker Lodge. This is one of the most beautiful areas in the North Cascades and we hope you will experience the breathtaking views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan while getting to know your fellow branch members. Stay at the Mountaineers Mt. Baker Lodge Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday breakfast/dinner and Sunday breakfast is included in the cost of your registration. Registration to stay at the lodge is through the club headquarters (See "Lodge Going" in the August Go Guide). Hikes scheduled so far include: Table Mtn. and Chain Lakes Loop (Fri.), Goat Mtn. (Fri.), Chain Lakes from Artist Point (Sat.), Ptarmigan Ridge (Sat.), Hannegan Pass and Peak (Sat.), Lake Ann (Sun.), Yellow Aster Butte (Sun.). Detailed hike information can be found in the guidebook "100 Hikes in the North Cascades National Park Region" and on the website (including registration info). For more information about this weekend, please contact the weekend coordinator: Catherine Kwon Walters, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hike sign up is with the leaders. You may, of course, sign up for hikes and not stay at the lodge but we will miss you.
Aug. 19-21: The Kitsap Mountaineers have reserved the Baker Lodge for a warm August weekend.
Several hikes are planned for Saturday and Sunday and will include all age and ability levels. Call 206-284-8484 or 800-573-8484 to reserve your spot.
Bellingham | Everett | Kitsap | Olympia | Seattle | Snoqualmie Foothills | Tacoma
Aug. 9, Tue. - During the summer months, the Bellingham Branch meets informally at the Boundary Bay Brewery at 7 p.m. The next regular branch meeting will be September 13, at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Bellingham Library.
Aug. 27, Sat. - Maple Pass Loop (M) (USGS McGregor Mtn. and Washington Pass) 7 mi., 1,950' gain. Sign up with leader between Aug. 22 and Aug. 25. Leader: Lee Conrad, email@example.com.
Aug. 3, Wed. - 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in downtown Everett, 2624 Rockefeller. Program to be announced.
Backpack - advance notice
Sep. 9-11, Fri.-Sun. - Queets River (E/M) (GT: Kloochman Rock; Other: Custom Correct: Queets #65) 14 mi., 600' gain. Incredible old growth temperate rainforest. One of the world's finest. Huge old moss-covered big leaf maples, fir, spruce. Possibly elk and other critters. We'll cross the Queets River, possibly knee deep. Leave 10 a.m. Fri. morning. Car camp Fri. night. Limit 6. Leader: Roy Holman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 6, Sat. - Pinnacle Lake. (M) (GT: Silverton) 4.2 mi., 1,200' gain. Mountain Lakes Hiking Award destination. This lake is situated in a steep basin below the eastern ridge of Mt. Pilchuck. There are old-growth hemlock and big cedars as well as a view of Bear Lake. Meeting time and place will be determined the week preceding the trip. Leader: Sherri Chisarik, email@example.com.
Aug. 21, Sun. - Deception Creek (E/M) (GT: Stevens Pass) 6 mi., 1,200' gain. If you like virgin forest, shady summer hikes, with lots of boulders, white water, green and moss, this is your hike. May hike a bit further if we choose. Carpool option. Leader: Roy Holman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
No monthly meeting in August for the Kitsap Mountaineers - too busy have fun outside! Be sure to sign up for the Kitsap weekend at Baker Lodge, August 19-21. Call Member Services at 206-284-8484 to make your reservations today.
Kitsap now offering Mountaineers caps
In addition to the vests ($22) and t-shirts ($15), we now offer baseball-style caps in olive green with a black under-bill. Hats cost $12; to purchase, send an e-mail to email@example.com or call our voice-mail at 360-692-8822. A full range of sizes is available.
Aug. 19, Fri. - Pope Forest, Port Gamble. (W) (Map free at Pope Resource's office in Port Gamble) 4-6 mi. RT. A suburban, kid-friendly hike at a senior/social pace. Leader's choice of many different routes within the site. Explore 4,500 acres of woodland. Mostly logged and replanted, a nearby retreat from the daily hustle and bustle. Meet at Port Gamble General Store, 10 a.m. Mary Tax, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug. 21, Sun. - Spray Park (M) (GT #269 Mt. Rainier W.) 6 mi. 2,200' gain. Hike to the broad meadow under Mt. Pleasant starting at Mowich Lake, past the beautiful Spray Falls with great views of Mt. Rainier, especially Mowich Glacier. See detailed description, "50 Hikes in Mt. Rainier Nat. Park." Hike #13. Contact Jack Williams, email@example.com
Aug. 5-7, Fri.-Sun. - Killen Meadows, north side of Mt. Adams (M) (USGS Mt. Adams Wilderness or GT #366 Mt. Adams W. and #334 Blue Lake) 7 mi. Gain, 1,500'. Lupine-covered meadows,views of Rainier from the base of Mt. Adams, waterfalls and lakes. Swim in Salamander Lake if you don't mind the company of the little critters. Day hike on Sat. to the climber's high camp. Camera and binoculars are recommended. For details and to sign up contact Edythe Hulet, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 13-14, Sat.-Sun. - Berkeley Park (E/M) Campsites lush with trees, meadows and a bevy of wildflowers, with splendid views of Rainier and the Cascades. Leader: Louise Kornreich, email@example.com. (s8/3-8/11)
Beginner Hiking Seminar
Aug. 25, Thu. - 6:30-9 p.m. Where: Seattle club headquarters. No registration and there is no charge for this seminar. Learn what to put in your pack, how to dress for comfort and safety, and what to expect on hikes. We will discuss clothing, boots and packs, the ten essentials, seasonal trail hazards, how to shop for equipment (and save money), and how to research your trips. This seminar is designed to answer questions you, as a beginning hiker, may have about how to get started. We will show samples of our equipment and talk about some of our favorite places to hike. Informational handouts are included. You do not need to be a Mountaineers member to attend. Contact Kelly Cleman, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Aug. 25, Thu. - Summerland (M) (GT Mt. Rainier East #270) 8.4 mi., 2,100' gain. Hike to an alpine meadow under the pinnacle of Little Tahoma on a broad trail through lovely forest. SLOW PACE. Meet at 7 a.m. at Newport Park & Ride, E. side of I-405 at Exit 9. Register online or via club headquarters. Veleda Pierre, email@example.com. (s7/16-7/23)
Aug. 13, Sat. - Fremont Lookout MRNP (E) (GT#270, MT. Rainier E.) 5 mi., 800' gain. Alpine flowers and views of Mt. Rainier. Last mile of trail is exposed. Meet 9:30 a.m. at flagpole in front of Sunrise Visitor Center. 2-1/2 hours. Register online or via club headquarters.
Note: The Under-the-Hill-Rovers (UTHRs for short) are a new group within the Seattle Branch, offering activities for the 20- and 30-somethings in the club. They have both outdoor (rock climbing, hikes, backpacks) and social (pub nights, barbeques) activities. Check out more of their events online or in the Go Guide.
Aug. 6, Sat. - Social Hiking Series. Join us for a series of social hikes at a leisurely pace. These bi-weekly hikes are designed for those who may be slower hikers, new to the hiking scene, not ready for a big, strenuous haul, or who might just want to take time to stop and smell the roses (or trees as it were), with likeminded UTHRS. These hikes are definitely NOT a race to the top of the mountain! They will have a late start time of 10 a.m., and the shorter trails close to Seattle (no more than 1-1/2 hours away) will allow for a light late-morning workout with time to get those last minute things done in the afternoon. For more information, contact Carey Purnell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 13, Sat. - Jetty Island. Photograph beach scenics and flocks of migrating shore birds plus osprey, cormorants, herons, grebes, terns, gulls, sea lions and harbor seals. Meet 9:30 a.m. at the Jetty Ferry, 10th St. boat launch in Everett. Option to come early and view the osprey nests from Legion Park overlooking Port Gardner Bay. For info and to sign up, contact leader Sunny Walter, email@example.com
Snoqualmie Lodge to host meeting
The monthly Snoqualmie Foothills Branch meeting heads to The Mountaineers Snoqualmie Lodge on Wed., July 27 for a PowerPoint presentation on hikes and trails on both sides of the Cascades. Many of these are easily accessible to Snoqualmie Foothills Branch members. The lodge opens its door at 6 p.m. A tour of the lodge and a brief overview of history will then commence. The business meeting starts at 7 p.m. and the slide show at 7:30 p.m. followed by socializing and opportunities to discuss upcoming branch activities. See directions to The Mountaineers Snoqualmie Lodge on the branch website.
Help with Wolf Wetlands Preserve
Snoqualmie Foothills Branch has become official stewards of the Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve in Sammamish under the auspices of the Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC). One work party per month is needed to control noxious and invasive weeds and to monitor trail condition. Projects are being developed for a kiosk and a visitor register. If interested in helping with this site, please contact Katlin Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special August Meeting
Aug. 10, Wed., 7 p.m. - Tsunami in Sri Lanka by Photojournalist Duncan James Livingston. This slide show is a presentation of Livingston's travels through Sri Lanka four weeks after the Indian Ocean tsunami. During a 10-day relief mission with the Tacoma children's aid agency, Faith International, Duncan spent time at orphanages and refugee camps on the west and east coasts. His photos capture the island nation's wildlife and landscapes, as well as the beauty and dignity of the Sri Lankan people. Livingston, an Old Town Tacoma resident, will also show a selection of photographs from 20 years (so far) as a journalist in the Puget Sound region.
Introduction to Hiking & Backpacking
Aug. 25, Thu. - 7-8:30 p.m. Find out how much more fun there is to be had spending a day in the woods than a day at the gym or doing laundry! If you're not sure what you need to do to get started hiking with The Mountaineers or just need a kick-start, join us at the Tacoma Clubhouse (2302 N 30th, Tacoma) for this information-packed evening. Don't put it off - the sooner you get out on the trails, the sooner you'll be enjoying our backyard wilderness. Fee: $5 payable at the door; exact change or check please. No registration required. Contact Amy Mann, email@example.com, for more information.
Aug. 20 - Ape Canyon @ Mount St. Helens (if accessible) The Ape Canyon Trail goes from deep forest to the lava pumice, "Plains of Abraham," around the mountain. Let's take a chance on this being open. If not, we can come up with something else nearby in the "Epic" category! Ape Canyon is 21.6 mi. RT. Leader: Robie "Trust Me" Pruden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tacoma weekend at Baker Lodge
Aug. 12-14, Fri.-Sun. - Check out the full description at the top of the Routefinder, but circle the dates on your calendar now. A perfect getaway to a beautiful destination. And you won't need a parka because it's summer time!
Seattle Backpack Chair Rich Lawrence took this shot on his July 2-4 trip to Ingalls Creek. See more backpacking images at www.mountaineers.org/backpack/Gallery.html.
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Hopefully, everyone knows that in addition to all the great activities and advocacy, The Mountaineers is also a publisher of outdoor-related books. And one of the finest in the world, we might add with just a wee bit of humility. Browsing their catalog shows an amazing depth of topics: hiking guides, photo essays, histories, narratives and outdoor skills. It's fair to say that no other publisher can approach our quality and variety of outdoor books.
This month we're highlighting two recent publications that you shouldn't miss: Living with Wolves and Mountain Weather. And don't forget that members are entitled to a 20% discount on all titles published by Mountaineers Books. For more information or to place an order, contact the Mountaineers Bookstore at 206-284-6310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living with Wolves
By: Jim Dutcher, Jamie Dutcher
Price: $34.95 (member price: $27.96)
· Features narrative as well as the best of the authors' 4,000 photographs
· Includes a 60-minute audio CD of wolf vocalizations
· The authors' previous narrative, "Wolves at Our Door," was also an Emmy-winning film
Man has unfairly demonized wolves for centuries. More than two million have been exterminated by humans due to misconceptions about the wolf being a destructive, ruthless, random predator. The Dutchers' eloquently dispel these myths.
The authors' photographs and experiences living among a pack of wolves brings readers face-to-face with them to reveal an intelligent, social, family-oriented animal deserving of respect, admiration, and protection. Living with Wolves celebrates the wolves' fascinating lives-what makes a wolf howl, travel in packs, and relegate one member to the lowly "omega" position? How are they different from the family dog?
The Dutchers call for preserving wild places with contiguous wildlife corridors that allow for a sustainable ecosystem for wolves, and one that would preclude the clashes with ranchers and encroaching civilization that are threatening the wolf with rapid extinction.
Filmmaker Jim Dutcher has been producing documentaries since the 1960s, including ABC World of Discovery's two highest-rated films, Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies, and Wolf: Return of a Legend. Jamie Dutcher is a sound recordist and together this husband and wife team created the Discovery Channel's most successful wildlife documentary film, Wolves at Our Door.
Reviewed by: Robert Redford, Actor, Director, Conservationist, - May 12, 2005
In these pages, Jim and Jamie Dutcher share the remarkable insights they earned by living with a pack of wolves on the edge of wilderness. In many ways, they have become the voice of these marvelous creatures that struggle mightily to exist in pure form. The Dutchers' extraordinary photograhs of the Sawtooth Pack illustrate a haunting story that could only have resulted from years of personal dedication and professional skill. Their devotion to the special work they do is evident on every page. If wild wolves are to survive, the Dutchers' work will have played a key role.
Mountain Weather: Backcountry Forecasting for Hikers, Campers, Climbers, Skiers, Snowboarders
By: Jeff Renner
Price: $14.95 (member price: $11.96)
· Reading clouds, wind patterns, snow conditions, and other clues, pre-trip and on the mountain
· Strategies for safety and survival in adverse weather conditions
· Regional mountain weather phenomena to watch for across the U.S.
Working as a broadcast meteorologist, Jeff Renner hears all too frequent reports about weather-related hiking, climbing, and skiing accidents. He'll teach you how to avoid becoming a statistic: all it takes is a little basic weather knowledge, pre-trip planning, and vigilance on the mountain.
Renner discusses the best information sources to guide you, clues to watch for in the field, and how to analyze it all, with particular emphasis on potential threats due to thunderstorms, mountain winds, snow, and avalanche hazards. If you do get caught under stormy skies, he'll tell you how to limit your exposure. The book is filled with tip lists and concrete examples. Renner also includes chapters on weather patterns region by region across the U.S., highlighted by reference maps.
Jeff Renner is Chief Meteorologist for KING5 TV, an NBC affiliate in Seattle, Washington. A former flight instructor, he is an avid skier, climber, and hiker. He is the author of Lightning Strikes: Staying Safe Under Stormy Skies.
The Mountaineers Online: Looking Ahead
Last October, we opened the doors for online registration by implementing an updated website. New tools made it possible for volunteers and other members to take care of club business on their own schedule, without having to worry about office hourse, busy phone lines or standing in a line. We're still improving these tools, but we're also moving forward developing new tools.
One of these new tools promises to make being a member much easier. Currently, member dues come up once a year. Although we'd like to think that membership dues are relatively inexpensive (have you seen how much it costs to join a gym?), a lot of folks balk at paying a lump sum. So, to make it easier on the wallet, we'll be implementing a monthly payment option for dues. For example, if you're currently paying the indivual rate of $61 a year, you can choose monthly payments of just under $6. And they'll be automatically deducted from your account. See? Hassle free! You can't even go to the movies for $6 anymore, and with The Mountaineers you get a month-full of activities to choose from.
Another feature we're working on concerns donations to The Mountaineers. A non-profit organization like ours can not live on dues alone. While memberships help cover some costs, some programs like our environmental issues course and library depend on donations and grants. What we're working on is a way for folks to make donations directly from the front page of our site. We want to make it possible for as many people as possible to help us continue our education and conservation advocacy well into the next century.
The last development we'll mention concerns the volunteer leadership, the lifeblood of The Mountaineers. These folks give a lot of their personal time to organize trips, run classes, maintain activity standards and in general, make sure that the rest of the membership is able to have a fun, safe time in the outdoors. And because these folks are working in their spare moments, they aren't always able to get the materials or information they need from the main office during business hours. So, another reason the online system was built was to help leaders do their volunteer work on their own schedules. Currently, leaders can view rosters, build trips, keep in touch with other committee members by email and get the word out to the general membership about their activities. And with the next batch of updates leaders will be able to make roster adjustments after a trip, make trip notes (like "made summit"), assign refunds, and provide online trip reports. It may not sound very exciting, but it means that an activity leader can control an event from creation to closing, without any delays.
You can expect to see these changes before the end of the year. Of course, that won't stop us from continuing to develop new tools and to perfect the ones we already have. As we head into our next century of outdoor adventure, the online membership system will allow members to focus on what's important - getting outside and having fun.
We would like to hear from you! Tell us what you like and don't like, what types of programs you would like to see and let us know what types of interesting adventures you're having out there.
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