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Reflecting on Reinhold Messner's Visit to Seattle

It may sound odd, but Reinhold Messner has been inside my head for more than two decades. His deeds, his remarkable introspection, and his sheer productivity set him in a class all his own. In addition to climbing the fourteen 8000-meter peaks, crossing Antarctica and the Gobi Desert on foot, and researching the roots of the Yeti, he has written some sixty books. I’m proud to note that Mountaineers Books has published translations of fourteen of those books, making us his publisher of record in North America.  Read more…

Announcing the Freedom 9th Edition Revision Committee Chair

We are thrilled to announce long-time volunteer, two-time Seattle Climbing Committee chair, instructor, and climb leader Mike Maude has agreed to lead the Freedom 9 Revision Committee. Mike brings to the committee his solid knowledge of climbing, strong leadership and consensus-building skills, and the experience of working on the past three editions of Freedom. As climbing chair in Seattle, Mike oversaw the adaptation of the Basic course to the new Magnuson campus and the change to the small-group "SIG" format ("Small Instruction Group"). On Freedom 8, he was the section head of the Snow, Ice & Alpine Climbing section and co-author of the updated ice climbing chapters. Mike is already at work assembling his team and planning the revision. We also want to thank all of the people who expressed interest in the position!  Read more…

Presenting Reinhold Messner

Born in 1944 in South Tyrol, Reinhold Messner is one of the most famous mountaineers and adventurers of our time. Join us at Town Hall on February 2 to spend an evening with this mountaineering legend. Read more…

What’s It Like to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail?

“I didn't know how living outdoors and sleeping on the ground in a tent each night and walking alone through the wilderness all day almost every day had come to feel like my normal life, but it had. It was the idea of not doing it that scared me.” Read more…

National Outdoor Book Awards goes to Mountaineers Books title

We’re excited to announce that a Mountaineers Books title won the Outdoor Literature category in the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards! Read more…

Mountaineers Library Update

Founded over 100 years ago, The Mountaineers has a long written history of setting outdoor standards and achievements. The library archives containing this history is managed by our History committee, which has recently done an overhaul to combine our books with artifacts, photos, and collections stored in our Seattle Program Center.  Read more…

Mountaineers Books included in Washington State Time Capsule

Thirteen Mountaineers Books have been selected for inclusion in the Washington Centennial Time Capsule. Read more…

Celebrate the "Wild Nearby"

Perhaps you saw leaves and needles taking on their fall hues this past week as you hiked to Lake Ann or Colchuck Lake. Or maybe you felt its rocky surface in your hand as you climbed Liberty Bell or at the Index Town Wall. Perhaps  you watched the moon rise over glaciated peaks from a backcountry basecamp high above Washington Pass. Whatever your last experience with the North Cascades, you'll find it reflected in the latest release from Mountaineers Books. Read more…