BeWild Speaker Series - Introducing 2019 Lineup

The Mountaineers are proud to present the BeWild Speaker Series, putting passion and adventure on the stage! Come to these talks to unlock inspiration to seek adventure, connect with nature, and work to protect the wild places we cherish.
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November 26, 2018

For five years, The Mountaineers has been proud to present our BeWild Speaker Series, putting passion and adventure on the stage! Come to these talks to unlock inspiration to seek adventure, connect with nature, and work to protect the wild places we cherish. This year we welcome an arctic explorer, Caribou photographer, record-setting thru hiker, and barrier-breaking rock climber.

JANUARY 8, 2019


For more than thirty years, Paul Souders’ adventure travels as a professional photographer have taken him across seven continents. He had often dreamed of photographing the Arctic’s most iconic animal, the polar bear, in its natural habitat. Turning his camera on these magnificent and utterly wild creatures became his unlikely quest—an obsession really. From his memoir Arctic Solitaire, published by Mountaineers Books, Paul shares his stunning images and humorous, and sometimes white-knuckled, stories of setting out, battling Arctic storms, visiting isolated Inuit villages, and experiencing a few, truly magical days of wildlife and photo opportunities beyond his imagination.

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February 12, 2019


Join David Moskowitz, biologist, wildlife tracker, photographer, and author of the new book, Caribou Rainforest, for an evening of stories and images exploring the plight of the mountain caribou and the last great inland temperate rainforest left on earth.

David Moskowitz works in the fields of photography, wildlife biology and education. He is the photographer and author of three books: Caribou Rainforest, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon. He has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, a citizen-science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other Northwest wildlands. David lives in Winthrop, Washington.

A VIP reception will be held exclusively for Mountaineers Peak Society Members prior to the presentation. 
Please contact for questions about joining Peak Society and attending the event.

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Photo by Arlette Laan

MARCH 12, 2019

heather "Anish" Anderson  | What Life on the Nation's Longest Trails Has Taught Me

In November of 2018 Heather Anderson, known as “Anish” on trail, became the only woman to have completed a calendar year “Triple Crown of Backpacking,” completing the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails in a single calendar year. In the process, she set a female Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the route— hiking it in 251 days, 20 hours, 10 minutes and is the only female “Triple Triple Crowner” having completed the entire route three times.   Join us to hear Heather tell stories from her new memoir, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, published by Mountaineers Books, and discover what she learned about herself and life on the trail.

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PHOTO byJohn Evans

MAY 14, 2019

Molly Mitchell | Finding the Fight

Molly Mitchell has been climbing for 9 years, achieved some notable trad and sport climbing ascents, and become a strong coaching figure in the community; however, she also admits that many times her professional climbing career has felt like an uphill battle. In her speech, Mitchell will go in depth about how overcoming barriers has made her both physically and mentally stronger, and how she has achieved her lofty trad and sport goals by addressing her inner struggles and finding inspiration through giving back to others.

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Special thanks to our BeWild 2019 season sponsors