Join Us at the 2019 Refuge Outdoor Festival

Refuge Outdoor Festival is a 3-day outdoor recreation and camping experience geared toward people of color (allies welcome), and we'd like to invite you to participate in Refuge this year on behalf of The Mountaineers.
Kristina Ciari Tursi Kristina Ciari Tursi
Membership & Communications Director
August 25, 2019
Join Us at the 2019 Refuge Outdoor Festival

Refuge Outdoor Festival is a 3-day camping experience geared toward people of color. Introduced in 2018, Refuge is "centered on building community through outdoor recreation, conversations (community talks, workshops), music, and art that appeal to a diverse and inclusive audience." The Mountaineers signed on as a sponsor of Refuge because we know affinity spaces are important places to build connections with each other and the outdoors, and we'd like to invite you to participate in this year's festival on behalf of The Mountaineers.

We believe a diverse and inclusive outdoors inspires unity, respect, and passion for the places we love, and it's important that we use our resources to support and amplify experiences like these. We're excited to offer support for Refuge again this year, and are looking for two members who would like to participate in this experience.


The Refuge Outdoor Festival will take place from September 27-29, 2019, at Tolt-MacDonald Park & Campground in Carnation, WA. We have two passes for our members, and we invite you to apply for one of these spots, attend on behalf of The Mountaineers, and have an excellent time! If you'd like, we'd love for you to share what you experienced and learn with our community. Read about three days at Refuge from one of last year's attendees.

If you're interested, please complete an online application no later than September 1, 2019 to receive full consideration. A subset of members from the Equity & Inclusion Committee will make the final selections by Wednesday, September 4. Alternatively, all members are invited to register today, at their own expense.


Please note: Mountaineers representatives will receive an adult festival pass and a field camping pass ($130 value), but must arrange for their own travel to and from Carnation.


Refuge is anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.

Imagine a family reunion, summer camp, and rejuvenating retreat rolled in one! The Refuge Outdoor Festival is creating a space to explore and celebrate diversity, nature, and life to meet the needs of a diverse and inclusive community. This festival is a safe space for all participants, with daily outdoor recreation activities, community conversations, nightly concerts, and art exhibits. All levels of outdoor enthusiasts are welcome.

The weekend will be full of activities and workshops, including:


  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping Basics
  • Camp Cooking
  • Water Adventures
  • Kid Specific Events


  • Native Rights & Public Lands
  • Conservation
  • Environmental Issues
  • Sustainability
  • Safety
  • Health & Wellness

Learn more at the Refuge website.

Main image courtesy of Refuge Outdoor Festival.
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