|**News and Events: Holiday Gift Ideas from The Mountaineers|
|Fri, December 9, 2005 12:10 PM|
Holiday Gift ideas from The Mountaineers|
Try something different this year, and give the gift of outdoor experiences. The Mountaineers has some great ideas for the enthusiast on your list.
Give a gift that give for an entire year! a membership is perfect for that person who is new to the area, wants to learn a few outdoor skills, or is looking to get involved with a group of fun, active people. We offer expert classes, great outings and the perfect way to stay active and healthy. And every membership supports our conservation and recreation access advocacy efforts.
You can download a gift membership form, or call Member Services to request one.
Throughout the year, we offer many classes geared towards both those without basic skills, and those who want to polish the skills they have. There are classes that teach how to ski, snowshoe, climb, scramble, or backpack. Other classes teach useful backcountry skills like first aid and navigation. Northwest residents are lucky to have such a huge playground right outside their doors, and we want to help them take advantage of this!
Most activities offer classes. Check their individual websites for more information.
Northwest Environmental Issues Course
One stand-out course we want to tell everyone about - and makes a great gift - is the Northwest Environmental Issues Course. This exceptional course gives students the tools to become effective and knowledgeable advocates for the environment.
One day a week for ten weeks, the Issues Course features guest speakers that talk about the unique environmental issues facing the Northwest. Topics for this year's class include population, wildlife, climate change, forests, transportation, health & toxics, water, simple lifestyles, green economics and energy. Optional field trips supplement the lectures, adding a new level to the experience.
Give the gift of advocacy this year. Enrollment information can be found on our Conservation Division website.
Meany Winter Programs
Its looking like well have a normal winter this year, and that means lots of snow. Is there someone on your list who has been wanting to learn how to ski or snowboard? How about a gift of lessons from the PSIA-certified instructors at Meany Lodge? Since 1976, the Meany Lodge has taught skiers of all ages and abilities.
The winter sports program has drop-in and scheduled classes in downhill and cross-country skiing as well as snowboarding. And the Meany Lodge is a great place to stay on a winters weekend, and offers perfect terrain for both beginners and experienced enthusiasts.
Visit the Meany Lodge website for more information on programs, dates and prices.
Okay, okay, books are objects, not experiences. But how else are you going to know where to go, what to expect, and what you'll see? Mountaineers Books offers the best hiking guides for not only the Pacific Northwest, but all over the United States and abroad. They publish guides for waterfall hikes, wildflower hikes, climbing routes, mountain bike trails, and paddle routes. And for the armchair enthusiast, their rich catalog of outdoor narratives, histories and photograph collections is perfect!
Members get a 20% discount on Mountaineers titles when they order through our bookstore. Visit the Mountaineers Books website to find all the best outdoor books for everyone on your holiday list.