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Campaign to Protect the Methow Valley from Mining Forges Ahead with Senate Hearing

On September 22, 2016, the Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2016 (S. 2991 ) was considered in a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The hearing was a big step forward for legislation that would protect 340,000 acres of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in the Methow Valley from the potential development of a large-scale mine.  Read more…

Senate Staffers Hike Goat Peak to Learn More About the Methow Headwaters Campaign

The Mountaineers and other Methow Headwaters Campaign supporters recently bagged a peak with staffers from Senator Cantwell’s office. Our hike up Goat Peak showcased the treasured Methow Valley lands and waters we’re working with Senate leaders to protect from exploratory copper drilling claims. Read more…

Trail Maintenance with Mountains to Sound Greenway

Seventeen Mountaineers members from our Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, and Foothills branches joined the Mountains to Sound Greenway on August 27 to help disassemble social trails around popular rock climbing crags on the Little Si Trail. The Greenway staff were impressed at the efficiency of our Mountaineers - from hiking to getting work done, they said we took four hours to accomplish what it would take a normal group to accomplish in a full eight-hour day. When Mountaineers get involved, we show up in force! Read more…

Conservation Currents | Alpine Lakes Wilderness Expansion

Last summer, I went on a hike with a group of Mountaineers staff and supporters to experience an example of the wild places we, as an organization, work to protect. We started out as so many Mountaineers trips do: meeting at a central location in Seattle, then carpooling to the mountains. Read more…

Voices for the Arctic: Rue Mapp

From Olympus to Everest, the thrill of the road less traveled has literally taken Mountaineers' members to the peak of possibility. Our organization has a long history of exploring nature’s wild unknown, and now we're doing our best to protect what's left of it.  Read more…

Mountains to Sound Greenway Comes to Life for Congressional Staffers

On August 15, The Mountaineers and other outdoor leaders were joined by Congressional staffers for a hike showcasing the Mountains to Sound Greenway: the scenic 1.5-million acre corridor  stretching from the Seattle waterfront to Ellensburg, WA.  Read more…

Rep. DelBene Meets for Riverside Roundtable

On Aug 10, The Mountaineers joined Congresswoman DelBene, and a number of other organizations and companies involved in outdoor recreation and conservation, for a hike along the North Fork Nooksack River. An important artery of Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, the Nooksack is one of our favorite outdoor playgrounds. The thundering waters provided the perfect backdrop for a discussion that included a dozen diverse representatives  all championing the connection between conservation, outdoor recreation, and strong local economies.  Read more…

Next Child in the Woods

How The Mountaineers Helped Create The Olympic National Park

In The Mountaineers: A History, longtime Mountaineers President Edmond Meany summed up the club’s mission in the 1910 annual: “This is a new country. It abounds in a fabulous wealth of scenic beauty. It is possible to so conserve parts of that wealth that it may be enjoyed by countless generations through the centuries to come… This club is vigilant for wise conservation and it is also anxious to blaze ways into the hills that anyone may follow.” Read more…

Cantwell, Reichert, and Jewell Unite for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Gas Works Park was the site of a gathering calling for the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Supporters whooped and hollered as Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) listed the event’s participants, turning to the second page of supporters and exclaiming, “Wow, I guess there’s a lot of people in the Northwest who care about wilderness!”   Read more…