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Update: U.S. Army responds to concerns about helicopter landing zones

Update: U.S. Army responds to concerns about helicopter landing zones

The U.S Army will seek to avoid sensitive areas and pursue alternative helicopter landing zones based on the 2,350 individual and organizational comments they received.

Complacency in the Outdoors

Complacency in the Outdoors

Complacency is something that happens to all of us: the more experience we have with something, the more comfortable we feel, and the less anxious we become. That's a good thing - until it isn't. Knowing when to pay attention and trust your instincts vs. trusting the process is key. Adventurer, skier, and skydiver Rachel Delacour has some advice.

Learn to Take Better Photos!

Learn to Take Better Photos!

You may already know how to use your camera and/or smartphone camera, but just how good are they?

Sign up for Mushroom Weekend At Meany Lodge - Oct 27-29, 2017

Sign up for Mushroom Weekend At Meany Lodge - Oct 27-29, 2017

Explore the world of Mushrooms with the Puget Sound Mycological Society and the Mountaineers at Meany lodge during a weekend filled with finding, identifying, cooking, preserving and enjoying a gourmet dinner featuring mushrooms.

Essential Repellent: What You Need to Know to Survive the Battle of the Bug

Essential Repellent: What You Need to Know to Survive the Battle of the Bug

Stay bug-free this summer with tips and tricks from Mountaineers Board Member and alpine scrambling volunteer Steve McClure. Learn about the different types of bug deterrent and put together a bug-defense plan for a happy summer.

How To: Sharing Trip Reports

How To: Sharing Trip Reports

Explore our most recent trip reports for our Routes & Places. Learn how to post your own trip report to share your adventures.

Leader Spotlight: Rodica Manole

Leader Spotlight: Rodica Manole

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is 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: Rodica Manole

Participation Notes: An important, objective tool for our leaders

Participation Notes: An important, objective tool for our leaders

Understand the Participation Notes function on our website, and when and how to use them!

Overcoming Addiction in the Mountains:  From Getting High  to Getting High

Overcoming Addiction in the Mountains: From Getting High to Getting High

“Climbing is such an awesome metaphor for recovery. We’re climbing an insurmountable mountain of fear, insecurity, doubt, and pain (from the wreckage that we’ve caused), so as we’re climbing mountains in our recovery we can also be climbing mountains in reality. Getting into nature is so therapeutic because it puts you in touch with the earth at a primeval level. It gets you out to breath the fresh air and accomplish something you didn’t think you could do. It goes a long way towards believing in yourself.”

10 Essential Questions: Mark Cole

10 Essential Questions: Mark Cole

Meet Mark Cole, a 9-year member from Kentucky who has always been drawn to the salty waters of the Salish Sea.

We’ll be at Microsoft’s Nonprofit Fair on October 19

We’ll be at Microsoft’s Nonprofit Fair on October 19

Microsoft is one of the largest corporate givers in the world and we’re fortunate to have them in our backyard. On October 19, we'll be on campus engaging with Microsoft employees on how to get involved with The Mountaineers. We'll have a few giveaways on hand too.

Grizzlies in the North Cascades: Unbearable to ponder or barely a concern?

Grizzlies in the North Cascades: Unbearable to ponder or barely a concern?

Straight from his popular column, Trail Talk, Craig Romano talks about the prospect of grizzly bears in the North Cascades.

Empowering Connections

Empowering Connections

In this heartfelt article on the empowering connections that people can make to the outdoors, Stasia Honnold talks about her work with underprivileged youth. A connection to nature and the responsibility of stewarding land gives way to powerful transformative opportunities.

When was the last time you restocked your first aid kit?

When was the last time you restocked your first aid kit?

At this point in the season, we've all likely dipped into our first aid kits for a band-aid or two. Be sure to stay stocked so that you're prepared in the event of a larger incident!

Emergency Contacts: The Most Important People

Emergency Contacts: The Most Important People

Learn about what it means to be an Emergency Contact, how to designate one for yourself, and how to make sure these important people are accessible on your most important devices.

Surprise Mountain - Winter Wading in Surprise Creek

Surprise Mountain - Winter Wading in Surprise Creek

About a mile and third up the trail, the trail crosses Surprise Creek on a log. Half of us made it across without incident.

10 Essential Questions: Jacob Lopilato

10 Essential Questions: Jacob Lopilato

Meet Jacob Lopilato, a 3-year member who hiked with 91 year old Bronka Sundstrom on Mt. Rainier and has seen first hand the power of the mountains to keep you feeling young.

Take the Stewardship Challenge

Take the Stewardship Challenge

This year the Olympia Mountaineers is challenging Mountaineers members to spend a day in service to our remarkable public lands. Learn how you can join the challenge, document your service, and play a vital role in caring for our public lands.

Your Go-To Adventure Buddy

Your Go-To Adventure Buddy

In this interview with Andre Gougisha, we find out what it means to move to the Pacific Northwest from New Orleans and embrace outdoor adventure.

Carolyn Burreson Honored as Coordinator of Olympia Adventure Speaker Series

Carolyn Burreson Honored as Coordinator of Olympia Adventure Speaker Series

Carolyn Burreson, the inspiration and force behind the Olympia Potluck and Adventure Speaker Series, has been coordinating the series for eleven years. She was honored and thanked for her accomplishments at the May 2 event.

A Mountaineers Romance Story - Glen Strachan and Tatiana Sikora

A Mountaineers Romance Story - Glen Strachan and Tatiana Sikora

Glen Strachan & Tatiana Sikora met on a Mountaineers hike in MRNP on November 29, 2013. They got engaged on March 3, 2016. Here is their story.

Risk Management Review - Status Update

Risk Management Review - Status Update

We've hired the Outdoor Safety Institute to conduct a risk management review of our programs, focusing on global adventures, climbing, and scrambling. Get an update on our process, and find out what we're hoping to learn in an upcoming leader survey.

State Lawmakers Hear Us Loud and Clear on SB 6140: Keep Public Lands Public

State Lawmakers Hear Us Loud and Clear on SB 6140: Keep Public Lands Public

After hearing from hundreds of Washingtonians, state lawmakers removed bill provisions that would have made it easier to sell off our state's public lands.

What’s next for Mountaineers eLearning?

What’s next for Mountaineers eLearning?

Learn how The Mountaineers is using eLearning to improve delivery, impact, accessibility, and consistency in our courses.

Wilderness Trekker J.R. Harris to Share Gripping Stories from More than Fifty Years of Adventure

Wilderness Trekker J.R. Harris to Share Gripping Stories from More than Fifty Years of Adventure

Certified wilderness guide, member of The Explorers Club, and author, J.R. Harris presents details of his remote, solo trekking expeditions at Third Place Books in Seward Park on November 29.

Progress On Our Next Strategic Plan - June Town Hall Recaps

Progress On Our Next Strategic Plan - June Town Hall Recaps

We've begun building 'Vision 2022' - our strategic plan to carry us forward through the next five years. In June we hosted three 'town hall' meetings to hear from members and leaders in our community. Learn what we discussed, and save the date for the next round of town hall meetings in the fall.

Outdoor Stories from Women Over 50

Outdoor Stories from Women Over 50

Author Gail Storey and other women over 50 share their outdoor stories in an inspirational podcast from She-Explores.

I’m a Mountaineer!

I’m a Mountaineer!

If you were turning ten, how would you celebrate your birthday? By climbing a mountain, of course!

10 Essential Questions: Petra Damm

10 Essential Questions: Petra Damm

Meet Petra Damm, a 6-year member from Germany, whose favorite Mountaineer memory is looking back at how her life has changed through the personal growth experienced as a Mountaineer.

National Parks in Washington Propose Fee Increases

National Parks in Washington Propose Fee Increases

Olympic, Rainier and North Cascades National Parks prose fee increases - open comment period through December 31st.