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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.

Parting is such sweet sorrow: Saying Goodbye to Tess Wendel

Parting is such sweet sorrow: Saying Goodbye to Tess Wendel

With appreciation, join us in saying goodbye to Tess Wendel, a powerhouse on The Mountaineers staff team who has been a champion for our volunteers and members from the very beginning.

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.

Volunteers Share Why They Serve The Mountaineers

Volunteers Share Why They Serve The Mountaineers

Tell us, and others, why you volunteer with The Mountaineers!

"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.

Top 10 Inspirational Mountaineers of Instagram for 2018

Top 10 Inspirational Mountaineers of Instagram for 2018

Need outdoor inspiration? These 10 Mountaineers members are active outside AND on social media, and offer a daily dose of the outdoors.

Ten Essential Mounties of Instagram for 2017

Ten Essential Mounties of Instagram for 2017

Need some outdoor inspiration? These ten Mountaineers members are active outside AND on social media, and you probably aren't following them...yet.

What Does Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mean For The Mountaineers?

What Does Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mean For The Mountaineers?

Members of our staff recently attended a seminar on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Read our key takeaways and learn what's next for The Mountaineers when it comes to investing in DE&I.

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."

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.

Enjoying The Outdoors With New Knees

Enjoying The Outdoors With New Knees

After a decade of not being able to hike, Anita Elder is filling up her summer with scheduled hikes after two knee replacements.

Progressive Climbing Education - Planning the Plan

Progressive Climbing Education - Planning the Plan

From June-September 2016, The Mountaineers has engaged in an intensive discovery process, taking a deep dive into our climbing program to understand what's working well and what could be improved.

Remembering Mountaineer Lisa Berntsen

Remembering Mountaineer Lisa Berntsen

We're devastated to share the news of the tragic passing of beloved Mountaineer Lisa Berntsen.

Website Update Report  3-Months Post-Launch

Website Update Report 3-Months Post-Launch

Read about our key fixes and upgrades since we launched the new website on May 5. Learn about what's on deck for development improvements, and how we are working to prioritize volunteer and member requests.

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.

Karen Sykes Shared Her Love for Trails with Thousands

Karen Sykes Shared Her Love for Trails with Thousands

Guidebook author Karen Sykes died over the weekend in Mount Rainier National Park. If you were inspired by her articles and guidebooks, or went on a hike with her, share your memories here.

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

Lessons Learned - Glissading into a 30-foot Hole - Aasgard Pass

Lessons Learned - Glissading into a 30-foot Hole - Aasgard Pass

One second I was enjoying a sunny glissade, the next I was dazed, wet, and cold - pinned under a waterfall below the snowpack.

Announcing Fuel Canister Recycling at the Seattle Program Center

Announcing Fuel Canister Recycling at the Seattle Program Center

Learn more about how to recycle your empty isopro-style fuel canisters at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center through a new partnership with MSR!

Transforming Inclusion at The Mountaineers

Transforming Inclusion at The Mountaineers

Learn what The Mountaineers is doing to become a more inclusive organization. Share what you think we should be to reach and engage new audiences in our comments section.

Granite Mountain - April Avalanche Time

Granite Mountain - April Avalanche Time

"We ran across a pair of skiers descending in the early morning who warned us off the mountain, saying that with all the solar heating and new snow, avalanches were all but certain in the afternoon. But our group was unanimous about wanting to continue to the summit."

10 Essential Questions: Cheryl Talbert

10 Essential Questions: Cheryl Talbert

Meet Cheryl Talbert, a Foothills branch leader whose partipation in The Mountaineers has taken her to Patagonia, New Zealand, Peru, Nepal, and Turkey.

How To: Buy a Compass

How To: Buy a Compass

Learn the ins and outs of buying a good compass.

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".

Mystery of the 120-year-old biscuit

Mystery of the 120-year-old biscuit

The Mountaineer archives contain a very old cookie, dating all the way back to 1897. The artifact is nine years older than The Mountaineers club.

2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

2015 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.

Happy 107th Birthday, Mary Anderson!

Happy 107th Birthday, Mary Anderson!

Lifetime Mountaineer and REI co-founder (she holds membership card #2) Mary Anderson turns 107 today, and we’re thrilled to wish her a wonderful birthday.

Remembering Mountaineer Fred Beckey

Remembering Mountaineer Fred Beckey

The legendary Fred Beckey passed away today at the age of 94. His contributions to the outdoors have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed. Off belay, Fred.

Board & Branch Elections - 2018

Board & Branch Elections - 2018

It's election season at The Mountaineers. Learn about the 2018 board candidates, proposed bylaw amendments, and how to vote.