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Welcome to our New Website! Welcome to our New Website!

Learn all about our new website, our project plan and scope and where we'd like to go in the future. Understand any changes to your membership, why you need to change your password to login, and why we didn't copy your credit card information from the old site. Eyes glazing over? Read an entertaining story about why we think the new website is like the best jacket you'll ever own.

10 Essential Questions: Ananth Maniam 10 Essential Questions: Ananth Maniam

Meet Ananth Maniam, a 1-year member and data scientist from India who completed 100 ascents in his first year in Seattle, all without a car. Oh, and he carries ice cream with him on trips.

2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

We’re bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to The Mountaineers again. The World Tour features the best mountain films this year, showcasing amazing filmmaking talent from the world over to an audience that spans the globe.

"Imposter Syndrome" in the Outdoors "Imposter Syndrome" in the Outdoors

Many people are drawn to the outdoors by a sense of curiosity, but not everyone feels welcome in this space. The feeling of being an imposter, or of not belonging, is often called Imposter Syndrome. Hear why these feelings persist, and find ways to overcome them.

Board & Branch Elections - 2019 Board & Branch Elections - 2019

It's election season at The Mountaineers. Learn about the 2019 Board of Director candidates, our branch elections, and how to vote.

Remembering Mountaineer Marty Babare Remembering Mountaineer Marty Babare

With great sadness we share the news of the passing of Marty Babare, father, husband, climber, and 23-year Mountaineers member and Super Volunteer.

The Case for Tahoma The Case for Tahoma

Denali was given back its original name in 2015 by executive order, so why not change Mount Rainier back to Tahoma? This has been proposed several times over the past century. In this thoughtful essay, a Tahoma enthusiast argues why it should be considered again.

Becoming Backwoods Barbie Becoming Backwoods Barbie

"Before I climb, I count the ounces that I carry on my back judiciously. Prudent and discerning, I take only what I need and leave the rest behind. The heaviest load, however, is invisible. Homophobia, fatphobia, and racism take up space in my life — on my back — and weigh me down."

Safety Stories: Unable to Arrest Above a 30-Foot Cliff Safety Stories: Unable to Arrest Above a 30-Foot Cliff

"Suddenly and unexpectedly, I go down and feel myself tumbling and sliding uncontrollably. I crash into a tree, then go sailing over the 30-foot cliff, bumping and bruising my body on the way down. The whole incident seems to take only a few seconds."

Leader Spotlight: Tom Eckhout Leader Spotlight: Tom Eckhout

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It's a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories, and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Tom Eckhout

How To: Pick an Altimeter How To: Pick an Altimeter

With altimeter technology increasingly incorporated into different pieces of equipment, we have to ask, "how reliable are they as tools for backcountry navigation?" Steve McClure, Mountaineers Board Member and Seattle Branch Navigation Committee member, recently published this review in Seattle Navigation's "Navigation Northwest".

Introducing The Mountaineers Statement on Climate Change Introducing The Mountaineers Statement on Climate Change

Since its earliest days, The Mountaineers has been committed to conservation and stewardship of wild places. Our Carbon Footprint Reduction Committee, tasked with helping make sure that The Mountaineers are doing our part to address the global climate crisis, recently began working on our organizational climate statement, created to help our community understand why addressing climate change is integral to our work and mission, and why reducing our carbon footprint is a critical part of our Vision 2022 Plan.

House Rules Change Devalues Our Public Lands House Rules Change Devalues Our Public Lands

The 115th Congress spent the first day of its new session making it easier to sell off our public lands. We need your voice to speak to the intrinsic and economic value of our public lands for us and future generations.

CEO Update on the Keta Legacy Foundation Lawsuit CEO Update on the Keta Legacy Foundation Lawsuit

Late last year, the Keta Legacy Foundation, formerly known as The Mountaineers Foundation, filed a federal lawsuit against The Mountaineers. Read on for an update about what has brought us to this point and the steps we're taking to protect The Mountaineers and the interests and intent of our donors and members.