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How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Travel Impact

At The Mountaineers, we've believe venturing into the outdoors is an essential piece of the human experience. It's important to implement low-impact recreation skills to keep our wild places as sanctuaries for the human spirit. Read more…

Calling all youth - Join us for the NW Youth Leadership Summit

Calling all students ages 14-22 involved in youth stewardship, outdoor leadership, or environmental education programs in the PNW. You're invited to a FREE, fun, and inspiring event: The Northwest Youth Leadership Summit! Read more…

Voices for the Arctic: Mark Magaña

From the Cascades to the Himalayas, The Mountaineers 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…

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…

Cantwell 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…

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

At age 18, I rode a bicycle around the United States. At 20, I road a bicycle across the country once again — and half-way across Canada. I then spent the next three decades hiking and backpacking all over North America — South America too — then off to Europe and a little of Asia as well. I worked in the Pyrenees as a guide, the White Mountains as a backcountry ranger, and a ski bum back east and out west — ran marathons and ultras including Boston and the White River 50-Mile — which I did to celebrate my 50th birthday. I hiked more than 25,000 miles in some spectacular settings — the Grand Canyon, Lost Coast, Iceline, Chic Chocs, Kluane, Torres del Paine, Breche de Roland, Stromboli, St. Helens, and Suraksan. Happily married and living life to its fullest — there was still something missing. And it was a big void. Read more…