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The Mountaineers Is Fighting for Public Lands and We Need Your Help

The Mountaineers Is Fighting for Public Lands and We Need Your Help

A recent presidential proclamation drastically reduces two of our country's national monuments. Fortunately, The Mountaineers is speaking up for our public lands. Your tax-deductible contribution to The Mountaineers supports a steady, effective drumbeat of public lands advocacy. Please give today.

Tacoma Mountaineers Basic Climbing Course 2016

Tacoma Mountaineers Basic Climbing Course 2016

Curious about joining our Basic Climbing Course? Check out this great slideshow for a taste of what you're getting into!

10 Essential Questions: Dave Perez

10 Essential Questions: Dave Perez

Meet Dave Perez, an intermediate student with a megawatt smile who found our little "mountain club" through an internet search. He's so glad he did.

Safety Incident Updates - November 2016

A recap of reported safety incidents in November, along with charts illustrating % of incidents per trip.

A Primer on Course Instruction

A Primer on Course Instruction

The Mountaineers has a long history of teaching people a variety of outdoor skills. Our volunteers have "written the book" on it in fact. Here are a few tips and resources for how to begin your "teaching" career with us as a volunteer in one of our courses!

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour | Oct. 6 & 7, 2016

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour | Oct. 6 & 7, 2016

The Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour will be visiting Seattle on October 6 and Olympia on October 7. The tour features documentary films exploring cultures, preserving environments, and promoting adventure.

Explore Northern Patagonia -  Info Session Sept 26

Explore Northern Patagonia - Info Session Sept 26

Find out more about our Patagonian adventure in an information session on Saturday, Sept 26 at 6:30pm at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

Board of Directors and Branch Elections 2016

Board of Directors and Branch Elections 2016

Take a moment to learn about the 2016 Board candidates and how to vote!

2016 Incident Charts (January-August)

2016 Incident Charts (January-August)

A graphical look at 2016 Mountaineer Incidents (January-August).

Summer Snowstorm Makes Things Interesting

Summer Snowstorm Makes Things Interesting

Leader: "I had checked the weather forecast and visited the ranger station." Later, a surprise. Four inches of blowing snow fell in just a couple hours.

Reminder: Vote in our 2016 Elections by Oct 21

Reminder: Vote in our 2016 Elections by Oct 21

This October, we're voting for new Board Directors and updated Board Bylaws. And our Everett Branch members are voting on officers and governance. As a nonprofit, your vote counts! Vote now!

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Bathroom Use Impact

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Bathroom Use Impact

When going to the bathroom in the backcountry, follow these directions to lessen your impact and leave the landscape better than you found it.

How To: Avoid Being Caught in a Natural Disaster

How To: Avoid Being Caught in a Natural Disaster

Thanks to our friends at fix.com, you can now learn how to avoid being caught in a natural disaster.

10 Essential Questions: Anna Constance

10 Essential Questions: Anna Constance

Meet Anna Constance, a recently returned member, who finds nature to be magnificent in its beauty, power, diversity, and ability to heal and thinks just living life is an adventure.

When the World  Suddenly Changes

When the World Suddenly Changes

Read an excerpt from "Ueli Steck: My Life in Climbing," the autobiography of the late, great alpinist. The book was published for the first time in English shortly after his death in a climbing accident.

Two Beers Brewing Co. Speakers Wanted!

Two Beers Brewing Co. Speakers Wanted!

Two Beers Brewing Co. & Seattle Cider Company is seeking a speaker to present at their new tasting room, The Woods this summer on July 20, 2016 from 5:30-8pm. Come show off your Mountaineers knowledge!

Backpack with the Mountaineers in Patagonia - Info Session June 30

Backpack with the Mountaineers in Patagonia - Info Session June 30

Is it on your life-list to backpack the lovely, unique landscapes of the Patagonian Andes? Come to an information session on June 30 at 6:30pm at the Mercer Island Library to find out more!

10 Essential Questions: Arin Sharkey

10 Essential Questions: Arin Sharkey

Meet Arin Sharkey, a hike leader and 5-year member who's dream came true with The Mountaineers: seeing a bear on the trail.

One By One presents "SHOUT GLADI GLADI" - October 8

One By One presents "SHOUT GLADI GLADI" - October 8

One By One premiers SHOUT GLADI GLADI at The Mountaineers' Seattle Program Center on October 8, 2015. Narrated by Meryl Streep and featuring Melinda Gates, it’s a new film about the fight for maternal healthcare in Africa.

Risk Management Evaluation: Recommendations from Outdoor Safety Institute

Risk Management Evaluation: Recommendations from Outdoor Safety Institute

Outdoor Safety Institute evaluated our risk management capabilities from fall 2016 to spring 2017. The Mountaineers received OSI's report and we are moving forward with recommendations, outlined in this blog.

How To: Care For Your Sleeping Bag

How To: Care For Your Sleeping Bag

Learn some tips and tricks for sleeping bag care from PCT hiker Sarah McCroy.

Introduction to Hiking in the PNW - Sept 8 at Mercer Island Library

Introduction to Hiking in the PNW - Sept 8 at Mercer Island Library

Get a good start on a lifetime of safe, successful days in our amazing PNW trails with this free two-hour, information-packed evening seminar to help you find hikes and hiking companions, choose gear, hike safely and be a good trail citizen. Open to Mountaineers members and guests!

Mountain Workshops to New Heights

Mountain Workshops to New Heights

Ever wonder what a day with The Mountaineers Mountain Workshop might be like? Or how it all started? Learn more about this program that brings the outdoors to those who normally wouldn't have the resources to enjoy it.

Meany Lodge Committee Positions Open + Snow Cat Transport

Meany Lodge Committee Positions Open + Snow Cat Transport

Looking to get involved this winter? Meany Lodge is looking to fill several committee positions. Also, we're putting out a call to help transport our snow cat to town.

Leader Spotlight: Jacob Wolniewicz

Leader Spotlight: Jacob Wolniewicz

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Jacob Wolniewicz. He is a Seattle-based volunteer who joined to gain technical skills and stayed for the community!

It's going to be a POW year and we're ready!

It's going to be a POW year and we're ready!

While some folks are still disillusioned about last year's ski season, we're convinced that this will be a year to remember!

Stewardship

Stewardship

What does stewardship mean to you? If we, as humans, are stewards of this planet, are we doing the best we can with what we know? According to Steve, it's complicated.

Thanks for these 2014 achievements!

Thank you for all you helped us accomplish in 2014! Read about our youth experiences, conservation hours, member happiness, adult outdoor education, publishing milestones, events and activities report, volunteers, and branches and lodges.

Celebrating Washington's Wilderness 50

Celebrating Washington's Wilderness 50

Our standing-room only celebration - and call to action - was a huge success. If you weren't able to attend, here are some thoughts on the event.

Fire and Drought: Impacts Beyond Recreation

Fire and Drought: Impacts Beyond Recreation

Fire season is no fun for anyone. It depletes resources and impacts recreation. But the implications are greater than many people realize.