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Fighting Racism In The Outdoors

Fighting Racism In The Outdoors

All people should have equal opportunities and access to engage with nature.

CEO Update: Assumptions & Actions for Reopening The Mountaineers

CEO Update: Assumptions & Actions for Reopening The Mountaineers

This week we've begun to dig into the details about what opening up might look like for The Mountaineers in the coming weeks and months. Read about our baseline assumptions and continued actions as we walk through what opening back up might look like.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Remembering Mountaineer Patti Polinsky

Remembering Mountaineer Patti Polinsky

With great sadness we share that Patti Polinsky, a beloved 56-year member of our community, has passed away.

Language Matters: Let's Stop Using the Slang Word For Carabiner

Language Matters: Let's Stop Using the Slang Word For Carabiner

Many people use this climbing abbreviation, which seems innocent, but it has a dual meaning that is actually a racial slur.

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.

Introducing the Cheater Badge!

Introducing the Cheater Badge!

Tired of trying hard to get what you want? Good news: we're introducing a 'cheater badge' just for you!

New Guidance for Reopening Mountaineers Programming: Phases 1.5 & 2

New Guidance for Reopening Mountaineers Programming: Phases 1.5 & 2

The Mountaineers will allow small groups to resume Mountaineers trips and programs during Phases 1.5 & 2 beginning June 6. Learn more about what to expect on your next trip, how to prepare, and what protections are in place to ensure the well-being of our community.

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!

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.

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.

Remembering Mountaineer Lisa Berntsen

Remembering Mountaineer Lisa Berntsen

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

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.

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.