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Peak Performance | 90-90 Heel Digs with Pelvic Tilt

Though it’s easy to become focused on major muscle groups, it’s important to remind ourselves to take a look at those parts of our bodies that sometimes go unnoticed. Read more…

Commonwealth Basin Snowshoe - The Fall Looked Minor

As Mountaineers, we are committed to learning from our experiences. We examine every incident that happens on a Mountaineers trip for opportunities to improve the ways we explore and teach. Our volunteer safety committee reviews every incident report and picks a few each month to share as examples of ‘Lessons Learned’. The trip report below describes what happened on this trip, in the leader’s own words, and outlines the lessons the leader has identified. In some cases, we offer additional key learnings from the incident. Read more…

Take our 2020 Member & Volunteer Survey!

Every two years, we invited our current, past, and future members and volunteers to participate in a community survey. We want learn about your perceptions, activities, and experiences with The Mountaineers. We compare these responses with survey data from previous years to track patterns to find out what's working and identify opportunities to improve Read more…

Did You Know? Ski Equipment of the 1930s

The 1930s were a decade of firsts for skiers. New technologies, techniques, and ski areas were opening possibilities for the sport that used to be associated only with the European elite. With the introduction of the rope tow, those unwilling to climb were able to enjoy the same downhill thrill, and its popularity exploded. The number of skiers doubled between the late 1920s and the early 1930s, with an estimated one million American skiers in 1936. This, paired with new types of skis, methods of instruction, and options for gear, catapulted the sport into the American consciousness, and skiing as we know it today began to take shape. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Albert Sidelnik

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to... Read more…

Our Most Popular Blogs of 2019

We share a lot of content through our blog! With a community of 14,000 Mountaineers participating in courses, trips, activities, and so much more all the time, plus a nonprofit publishing division creating 30-35 books a year, we have plenty to share. Here are our Top 10 most read blogs of 2019:  Read more…

Rising: The first North American Woman to summit Everest

In 1986, Canadian Sharon Wood became the first North American woman to summit Mt. Everest and is still one of the very few who have accomplished the summit via the West Ridge. As we look forward to her BeWild presentation on January 9, we would like to take a moment to share an excerpt from her new release Rising: Becoming the First North American Woman on Everest. It has been edited for length. Read more…

Celebrate Winter at the Backcountry Film Festival

Celebrate winter with us at the annual Backcountry Film Festival! Held by the Winter Wildlands Alliance and hosted by our Foothills Branch, this exciting annual film fest is sure to get your stoke high and have you itching to get outside.  Read more…

$100K Raised for Our People and Our Places

As we begin 2020, I am overwhelmed with gratitude to be part of The Mountaineers community. We’re ringing in the new decade with celebration and it’s all because of you! Read more…

Citizen Science: White-Tailed Ptarmigan, Ghost Birds of the Winter Cascades

Washington is a haven for birders, and yet we still have huge gaps in our understanding of some of our most iconic wildlife. Take the White-tailed Ptarmigan for example. Many of you have likely spotted ptarmigan in the Cascades in their summer plumage, blending in with their rocky alpine habitat, but reports of these beautiful birds in their all-white winter plumage are few and far between. As a result, our knowledge of White-tailed Ptarmigan winter habitats in the Pacific Northwest are meager. Read more…