The Mountaineers Leadership Conference - 2017

Outdoor Leadership Course

The Mountaineers Leadership Conference

The Leadership Conference is a fun day of professional development dedicated to thanking, inspiring and empowering The Mountaineers’ current and aspiring volunteer leaders.

Click here for a complete list of presenters with bios.

Click here for breakout session descriptions and a full schedule.

All attendees will also receive a complimentary copy of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition!

Although “mountaineering” is called out in the title, this brand new edition of our flagship publication is, at its heart, a book about outdoor skills. With chapters on first aid, risk management, clothing systems, terrain assessment, leadership, conditioning, Leave No Trace – and more! – Freedom 9 is applicable to so much more than technical climbing, and we hope that you find it a valuable tool in your leadership toolkit!

Leadership Conference

For over 100 years, The Mountaineers has enriched the outdoor community by helping thousands of people to explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We take pride in that legacy, and we we want to honor our volunteer leaders who make it all happen!

The Mountaineers Leadership Conference is a one-day conference held on Saturday, December 2 at the Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park. The program includes both esteemed outdoor professionals and seasoned leaders from our own community at The Mountaineers. A series of interactive sessions will explore the many facets of leadership – from honing our decision-making skills, to pedagogy and better teaching, to the "soft-skills" of facilitating positive group dynamics.

Conference Schedule

  • 7:30-9am, Check-In & Registration
  • 9-10am, Opening Keynote
  • 10am-12:30pm, Morning Sessions
  • 12:30-2pm, Lunch & Mini-Sessions
  • 2-4:30pm, Afternoon Sessions
  • 4:30-5pm, Freedom 9 Recognition & Celebration
  • 5-6pm, Social Hour

Registration for the Leadership Conference includes participation in a variety of speaker sessions, a swag bag, the chance to win raffle prizes, meals ... and more!

A light breakfast will be available during morning registration, a buffet-style lunch is served mid-day  and hor d'oeuvres with beer and wine with be provided at the end of the day during the social hour.

The 2017 Leadership Conference is organized into four main tracks

  • Risk Management & Decision Making Skills
  • Pedagogy & Teaching Skills
  • Group Dynamics & Facilitation Skills
  • New Leaders

Click here for a complete list of presenters with bios.

Click here for breakout session descriptions and a full schedule.


Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Please bring your enthusiasm, your desire to learn, an open-mind and your past experiences. We hope that our schedule of interactive sessions will provide you the opportunity to share with and learn from other leaders from a variety of backgrounds.

Lunch will be provided, along with light snacks and coffee for breakfast. In the evening, after the scheduled program of presentations, The Mountaineers will host a social hour with light food and drink.

Course Materials

You must register for this course to see course materials.