Adventure Speaker Series Returns to Olympia

The 2021-2022 Olympia Adventure Speaker Series takes place on the first Wednesday of each month from December 2021-April 2022. This speaker line up will inspire you to think outside the box for your next adventure.
Dee Ann Kline Parkinson Dee Ann Kline Parkinson
Olympia Branch Super Volunteer
December 08, 2021
Adventure Speaker Series Returns to Olympia
photo by Dee Ann Kline

Community members are invited to join the Olympia Mountaineers on the first Wednesday of each month from December 2021 through April 2022 for our Adventure Speaker Series. We've hosted this amazing event for many years and are pleased to be able to bring it back after a hiatus.

We host a new speaker each month, and are excited to offer a potluck when it's appropriate to do so. Please see the event details below for more information, and read on about our upcoming lineup of inspiring speakers.

Lou MacMillan: Voyage to Antarctica - Dec 1, 2021

Join Olympia photographer Lou MacMillan on a photographic journey from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. In December 2018, Lou traveled with 70 other international photographers to photograph the unique wildlife, stunning landscapes, and massive icebergs of the "White South". He will share thoughts, a 25-minute slide show, travel information, photo tips, and copies of his book of Antarctic photos, "Wilderness of Ice."

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Jeff Antonelis-Lapp: Tahoma and it's People - Jan 5, 2022

Did you know that Native Americans have traveled to Mount Rainier for over 9,000 years to gather resources unavailable near their lowland villages?  Did you know that the effects of climate change extend far beyond the mountain's retreating glaciers? Join Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, Emeritus Faculty at The Evergreen State College, to learn more about these and other stories from Tahoma and Its People, his natural history of Mount Rainier National Park, published by Washington State University Press. Learn more at his website.

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Paul Souders: Arctic Solitaire - Feb 2, 2022

A boat, A Bay, and the Quest for the perfect bear.
Funny adventure tale from a gifted photographer and writer.
Paul Souders is the winner of Prestigious National Geographic and BBC Photography awards. 

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Craig Romano: North Cascades - Mar 2, 2022

Come take a slideshow hiking tour of Washington’s famed North Cascades with award winning guidebook author Craig Romano. Drawing from his newly released Second
Edition Day Hiking North Cascades (Mountaineers Books); Craig will introduce you to a diverse array of trails on the Mountain Loop Highway, and in the North Cascades National Park, Mount Baker Region, Twisp River Valley, and Methow Valley. Craig hiked more than 2000 miles researching this book from easy nature trails to wilderness romps. This all new completely revised, and updated volume contains 136 hikes, including many found in no other guidebooks. Many of the hikes from the previous edition have been greatly expanded providing for even more hiking opportunities. Romano is one of the most prolific trails writers in the Northwest having penned more than two dozen books covering the region. His Columbia Highlands: Exploring Washington’s Last Frontier, was recognized by Washington Secretary of State.

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Mary E Davison: Old Lady on the Trail - Apr 6, 2022

Adventure on National Scenic Trails does not need to end when one is old. Not beginning long-distance hiking until age 60, Mary takes us with her on her trail journeys to experience encounters with the beauty of wilderness from the Eastern ranges of the Appalachian Trail, the challenges of desert, snow, granite and thick forests of the Pacific Crest Trail, and the rugged and the remote grandeur of the Continental Divide Trail. A long section hiker, she persevered over the years in spite of joint replacements and the limitations of age to become the oldest person (as of 2017) to complete long distance
hiking's Triple Crown at age 76.

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Event Details

Location:  Friends Meeting House 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE
Schedule: Dependent upon Covid restrictions.  
If Potluck is allowed
  • Doors open at 5:30pm with opportunity for socializing and to pick up information about Mountaineers courses and activities
  • Potluck starts at 6pm
  • Speaker begins at 7pm
If Potluck is not allowed
  • Doors open at 6pm with opportunity for socializing and to pick up information about Mountaineers  courses and activities.
  • Speaker begins at 7pm

Reach out to Carolyn Burreson at for more information. 

Masking requirements will meet the CDC, State, and Local guidelines at the time of each event. See our most recent COVID guidelines.