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Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Volunteers are the superpower of The Mountaineers! Learn about the impact of volunteerism, why our volunteers joined on as leaders and instructors, and what our students have to say about these incredible people.

10 Essential Questions: Charlie Michel

10 Essential Questions: Charlie Michel

Meet Charlie Michel, a 4-year member and kayak leader, who enjoys adventure of all kinds - as long as they end with a big, hearty salad.

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.

Orcas of the Salish Sea

Orcas of the Salish Sea

What do we know about Orcas - icons of the Pacific Northwest - and how do we help them thrive? They have been on the endangered species act since 2005. Learn more about them in this article written by Mountaineers naturalist writer, Joan Miller.

10 Essential Questions: Rajesh Pillai

10 Essential Questions: Rajesh Pillai

Meet Rajesh Pillai, a climber and Mountaineers volunteer, and learn why he loves the humility that comes with getting outside.

10 Essential Questions: Maiza Lima

10 Essential Questions: Maiza Lima

Read about Maiza Lima, a mountaineer and rock climber from Brazil who joined The Mountaineers to learn how to climb only to discover a wealth of mountaineering friends who inspire her to go further in the mountains.

Did You Know? Elwha River

Did You Know? Elwha River

The Elwha River is returning thanks to the largest dam removal project in history. Learn more about this incredible restoration effort and how you can get involved.

Traffic Advisory - Seattle Program Center

Traffic Advisory - Seattle Program Center

If you have plans to visit the Seattle Program Center in February or March, please be advised of traffic revisions on Sand Point Way just north of the clubhouse.

Mike Kretzler Focuses on Leading and Teaching People To Become Comfortable in the Outdoors

Mike Kretzler Focuses on Leading and Teaching People To Become Comfortable in the Outdoors

Mike Kretzler, a member of the Olympia Branch since 1998, describes himself as a hiker and backpacker who recently took up snowshoeing again. He's a trip leader for these activities, and many recognize him as the course chair for our branch's Navigation program.

The Mountaineers Recognized in OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015

The Mountaineers Recognized in OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015

We're honored to be recognized in Outside Magazine's Best Places To Work for 2015. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States helping their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play.

Learning from Near Misses:  Situational Awareness Averts Catastrophe on The Tooth

Learning from Near Misses: Situational Awareness Averts Catastrophe on The Tooth

Awareness, communication, teamwork, and decisive leadership turns potential catastrophe into near-miss!

Trails Loved to Death?

Trails Loved to Death?

NW guidebook author, conservationist and outdoorsman, Craig Romano, talks about the frustration of overcrowded trails and what to do about it. This comes from his popular column, Trail Talk in the Mountaineer magazine.

Mountain Love: Damien Scott and Dandelion Dilluvio-Scott

Mountain Love: Damien Scott and Dandelion Dilluvio-Scott

In each issue of Mountaineer Magazine, we feature two lovebirds who met in The Mountaineers. This fall, it was Damien Scott and Dandelion Dilluvio-Scott.

Photo Contest 2017 - Olympia Branch

Photo Contest 2017 - Olympia Branch

We're hosting an Olympia Photo Contest in 2017 open to all Olympia Branch members. Submit your photos by October 1, 2017.

How to: Determine Party Size for Mountaineers Trips

How to: Determine Party Size for Mountaineers Trips

The Mountaineers Outdoor Ethics Policy encourages leaders to consider several factors when determining how large or small of a group to take on their outing. Learn about these considerations, and how you can be a safe, responsible, and respectful steward of our wild places!

Airbnb Offers Special $200 Bonus to Mountaineers Who Host

Airbnb Offers Special $200 Bonus to Mountaineers Who Host

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Airbnb. From July 1 - August 30, 2016, you can sign up to become a new host and get a $200 referral bonus, plus get $200 for The Mountaineers!

How to: Reduce a Dislocated Shoulder

How to: Reduce a Dislocated Shoulder

In the last year 5 of our safety incidents involved shoulder dislocations. Learn how to recognize and treat the injury.

BeWild-Expedition Denali

BeWild-Expedition Denali

The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) brought together a group of inspiring role models who made history as the first team of African Americans to blaze a trail up America’s highest peak – Denali.

Conditioning for Outdoor  Enthusiasts 50+

Conditioning for Outdoor Enthusiasts 50+

Try this exercise to help restore balance and coordination for any age or ability level.