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Big news for The North Cascades!

The North Cascades has just been named a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards! We couldn't be happier to have this book illuminating the stunning beauty of the North Cascades receive this recognition. Read more…

Obama's Visit to Alaska

Obama's historic three-day trip to the state of Alaska really kicked off before he arrived, when he restored the name Denali for Alaska's highest mountain. On the ground, he has met world leaders at a  climate change conference in Anchorage, and dropped in on a reality survival show. Read more…

Everest: Reading About the Top of The World

Everest, documenting the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind, debuts on September 18, 2015. Read more…

Perseids Meteor Shower

Look, up in the sky! The Perseids Meteor Shower is coming to a night sky near you.  If you are feeling ambitious, try to catch a meteor -- on camera! Below are tips excerpted from Jennifer Wu and James Martin's Photography Night Sky. Read more…

Nature's Way: A Walk through the Sagebrush Sea

The sagebrush sea is a vast ecosystem wearing many faces across 11 states: from southern desert shrublands to mountain woodlands, from grasslands and riparian areas to the sagebrush steppe, where grasses and shrubs are co-dominant. Perhaps the sagebrush sea’s most recognizable form, the sagebrush steppe is a mix of big sagebrush, antelope bitterbrush, horsebrush, and rabbitbrush, with perennial bunchgrasses (providing horizontal cover for ground nests) dotted with balsamroot, lupine, Indian paintbrush, pasqueflower, saxifrage, and shooting stars. This is the realm of the greater sage grouse, Gunnison sage grouse, sagebrush sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow, and sage thrasher, obligate species that require sagebrush for cover, nest protection, and food.  Read more…

Dad Day "Trip Report"

Hope everyone enjoyed Father’s Day! Read more…

Drawn Premieres in the Pacific Northwest

North. South. East. West. Join artist and rock climber Jeremy Collins for the Pacific Northwest debut of the award-winning film and book, Drawn, on April 18 at the Aladdin Theater in Portland or April 20 at the Neptune Theater in SeattleRead more…

Tech Update 2.2 - Book Buying Made Easy

We're proud to announce the integration of our library of Mountaineering literature to mountaineers.org. From our award-winning guidebooks to critically-acclaimed photo books, we have something for everyone who relates with the mission of The Mountaineers! Read more…

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…

Need a Great Wedding Gift Idea?

Give a Great New Cookbook like Fresh Pantry
Headed to a wedding this summer? Of course, you want to bring a gift that is meaningful, practical, fun, personal, inspiring, beautiful … and still within your budget. Read more…

Donor Thank You: Fred Beckey

I was 13 when I climbed Boulder Peak in the Olympic Mountains by myself—and I guess you can say that I never stopped climbing after that. Read more…

Encouraging News for the Elwha Restoration Project

We are thrilled to hear that biologists have observed the largest Chinook salmon run since 1992 in the Elwha River and that dam removal is back on schedule. Biologists counted 1,741 adult Chionook and mapped 763 redds (salmon nests) between the mouth of the river and Glines Canyon dam. Of the total salmon counted during the one-day survey, 75% were observed upstream of the former Elwha Dam site. Read more…

Everything You Need To Know Before Hitting The Crag

Dogs at the trailhead, belayers in lawn chairs, long lines queued up at the classics in Eldorado Canyon — the crags seem more crowded and more crazy than ever. In fact, according to the Outdoor Industry association, in the United States more than 3.6 million people participated in climbing in 2011. Many of these new climbers are entering outdoor climbing solely through rock gyms, without having the opportunity to apprentice with an experienced friend or mentor— resulting in climbing accidents and conflicts. How do you become a responsible crag citizen? Read more…