AWE - expect the unexpected - March 18

Join us March 18 at Fremont Studios in Seattle for dinner and auction to benefit The Mountaineers efforts to inspire conservation through outdoor adventure.
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February 28, 2017
AWE - expect the unexpected - March 18

We look forward to seeing you when you join The Mountaineers for an unforgettable evening at our annual Gala celebration!

The Mountaineers is hosting a dinner, reception, and auction to support efforts to develop and grow our volunteer, youth, and conservation programs to benefit The Mountaineers and the greater outdoor community!

Our featured guest will be ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers. She'll be joined by Mt. Rainier icon Dee Molenaar, who is being honored with The Mountaineers Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by alpinist Mike Gauthier.

Proceeds from this event directly support youth, conservation and volunteer programs that get all people outside to connect with the natural world, and engage in its stewardship and protection. Learn more



5pm    VIP & Silent Auction Preview Party
              Exclusive Meet and Greet with Kit DesLauriers
6pm    Reception & Silent Auction
7pm    Dinner, Live Auction, & Presentation 


Kit DesLauriers is a member of The North Face Global Athlete Team, two-time World Freeskiing Champion, and the first person in the world to have skied off the top of the Seven Summits – the highest points on each of the 7 continents. In 2010, Kit made several first ski descents in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska and counts these among the favorites in her life. Kit and her husband enjoy raising their two young daughters in a way that encourages their appreciation for the natural world. 


The Mountaineers Lifetime Achievement award is an annual honor given to a member of The Mountaineers community for their lifetime of contributions to the outdoor community. This year we are proud to honor Dee Molenaar.


76 year Mountaineers member Dee Molenaar is a Mt. Rainier icon, celebrated artist, geologist, and Mountaineers Books author of The Challenge of Rainier.


Mike Gauthier, author, photographer, and former lead climbing and rescue ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park, Gauthier serves as Chief of Staff for the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park. In 2008 he was selected as one of two National Parks Service recipients nationwide for the Bevinetto Congressional Fellowship, a two-year training and development program within the National Park Service’s Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs in Washington DC. 

Your Support

Since Dee Molenaar's time with The Mountaineers, our programs and books have continued to connect people with the outdoors and create a lasting appreciation for the natural landscape. Successful conservation depends on this connection, because people protect with the know and value.

Can't attend but would like to give? You can do so by clicking on the donate button below. 

With your
  generous support, The Mountaineers will continue to develop and grow youth, conservation, and volunteer programs to:

  •  teach skills for a lifetime of outdoor pursuits
  • keep a volunteer ethic alive in our community
  • get all people outside to inspire them to care for our public lands 
At The Mountaineers, we rely on your participation as a member to sustain our vision and on your financial contributions to help us develop and grow our programs. Our future impact depends on your continued support. For those of your who have given your time and money, we thank you for your partnership and for inspiring us with your generosity. 
For those who have not yet taken the next step to become a financial donor and champion of The Mountaineers, we hope reading our annual report will lead to your own moment of awe!
For more information, please contact Ada Love at or 206.521.6006.


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