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Adventure Writing Workshop with Charlotte Austin - Oct 30

Adventure Writing Workshop with Charlotte Austin - Oct 30

Join acclaimed adventure writer and IMG mountain guide Charlotte Austin at this unique workshop, where you can hone your storytelling and adventure writing skills!

5 Great Books for July You Probably Haven't Read

5 Great Books for July You Probably Haven't Read

Mountaineers Books Senior Editor Mary Metz is a climbing literature (and goat lit) expert. Here she recommends five gems you probably haven't read.

Five Great Books For A Fresh Perspective in August

Five Great Books For A Fresh Perspective in August

August reading suggestions from staff editor Laura Shauger, who picks five Mountaineers Books that changed her perspective in one way or another

How To: Pack for the PCT

How To: Pack for the PCT

Thinking about doing a thru hike yourself? Find out what gear you need to keep your base weight under 12 lbs.

10 Essential Questions: Jim Paxinos

10 Essential Questions: Jim Paxinos

Meet Jim Paxinos, a Tacoma Mountaineer and education and leadership consultant who found pure support, understanding, and absolutely no judgment when learning to climb with The Mountaineers.

Teaching the Natural World to a “City Girl”

Teaching the Natural World to a “City Girl”

The Mountaineers' Natural World Course is just about the best, all-inclusive introduction one can have to our beautiful Pacific NW. It will add a dimension of appreciation and understanding to any outdoor adventure.

Progressive Climbing Education - Presenting Alternatives

Progressive Climbing Education - Presenting Alternatives

On October 11, 12 and 13, we presented alternative actions to help The Mountaineers become better at developing safe climbers, good stewards, and a welcoming community. We still want more input.

10 Essential Questions: Reese & Harper Pelland

10 Essential Questions: Reese & Harper Pelland

Meet the Pelland girls, the youngest members we've featured to date. They joined last year with their mom to further explore their outdoor passions. To the Pelland girls, adventure can be anything.

Strategic Plan Survey: Please Provide Feedback for Vision 2022

Strategic Plan Survey: Please Provide Feedback for Vision 2022

We're halfway through the process of building 'Vision 2022' - our strategic plan to carry us forward through the next five years. After rounds of feedback from staff and three 'town hall' meetings, we've put together a survey to help us further define our future priorities.

Grizzlies in the North Cascades

Grizzlies in the North Cascades

Unbearable to ponder or barely a concern? A Trail Talk special, from the January - February 2015 Mountaineer magazine.

Sea Kayaking - a sport for everyone

Sea Kayaking - a sport for everyone

Take a sea kayaking course if you haven't already. It just might save you from zombies.

Two Key Washington State Public Lands Bills Advance in Senate

Two Key Washington State Public Lands Bills Advance in Senate

Good news for the Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Methow Valley! Bills to protect these landscapes passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Meet Our Parks Adventurer Lace Thornberg

Meet Our Parks Adventurer Lace Thornberg

Our Parks Adventurer Lace Thornberg's goal is to end this summer with a backpacking trip in one of Washington's National Parks while raising funds for Mountaineers youth programs.

Family Hike and Bike Weekend at Meany Lodge - August 4-6, 2017

Family Hike and Bike Weekend at Meany Lodge - August 4-6, 2017

Join us at Meany Lodge for an adventure filled weekend of hiking, great food, and family fun.

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - July 2017

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - July 2017

Herb Johnson is the Seattle photography committee's featured member of the month.

Happy 106th Birthday, Mary Anderson!

Happy 106th Birthday, Mary Anderson!

Lifetime Mountaineer Mary Anderson turns 106 today and we’re thrilled to wish her a wonderful birthday.

Progressive Climbing Education - Creating a Welcoming Community

Progressive Climbing Education - Creating a Welcoming Community

The third tenet of Mountaineers Climbing Education is Creating a Welcoming Community. This means we will welcome new climbers and climbers new to the area, facilitating mentorship at all levels, and helping all climbers enter the community regardless of their climbing background. We will also welcome new techniques and new perspectives on climbing.

Take a (Mid-Week) Hike

Take a (Mid-Week) Hike

Sign-up for a Mid-Week Hike to get outside, enjoy quieter trails and beat the weekend warriors.

The Tooth - Hit knee on rock during rappel... Passing out came later

The Tooth - Hit knee on rock during rappel... Passing out came later

Upon starting the second rappel from the summit of The Tooth, a Basic student hit his knee on the rock. 90 minutes later, the student states, "I'm going to pass out."

Finding Paradise in Methow Valley

Finding Paradise in Methow Valley

Every year, The Mountaineers hosts Winter Trails Day along with other partners in Methow Valley. Activities include Nordic ski and snowshoe tours, fat bike demos, ski lessons, rental deals, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating and more. Read about how Winter Trails Day came to be a part of our yearly tradition, and why it's so special.

The Frugal Navigator - How To Find Your Way on the Cheap

The Frugal Navigator - How To Find Your Way on the Cheap

A map, compass, GPS, and altimeter are all essential pieces of the navigation puzzle. Check out these useful tips on how to score them for good price.

Comment Period Open for Roads in Nooksack Watershed

Comment Period Open for Roads in Nooksack Watershed

The Forest Service is taking a closer look at the Forest road system in the Upper Nooksack, an that contains roads to popular locations like Heliotrope Ridge, Hannegan Pass, and Mount Shuksan.

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.

Enjoying Nature With Physical Limitations

Enjoying Nature With Physical Limitations

Not all of us are physically able to go on long hikes or get out and explore our mountains like we once could. This is how I cope and still get my dose of nature.

Join us for two screenings of "Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey" - Sept 9 & 16

Join us for two screenings of "Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey" - Sept 9 & 16

The Mountaineers is hosting two special screenings of the new feature documentary DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY on September 9 & 16!

10 Essential Questions: Heidi Mathisen

10 Essential Questions: Heidi Mathisen

Meet Heidi Mathisen, a legacy Mountaineer who celebrated her first birthday at our Snoqualmie Lodge and goes to the outdoors to recharge and feel happy.

Slip-Sliding during climb back to Bumblebee Pass

Slip-Sliding during climb back to Bumblebee Pass

It was a successful June climb of Mount Thomson, but fatigue kicks in during the return to camp. Climber slips on patch of hard snow, loses ice axe, and slides out of sight.

Expert Team Assesses Fixed Anchors on Forbidden Peak

We are participating with a team of representatives of different climber communities to evaluate the Wilderness experience in North Cascades National Park.

Share your views about use on Mt. Baker

Share your views about use on Mt. Baker

We are supporting Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest as they seek input on use patterns on Mt. Baker.

10 Essential Questions: Christopher Reed

10 Essential Questions: Christopher Reed

Meet Christopher Reed, a 5-year member from Olympia who loves to do all of the things, and has created his own signature 'Haiku Hikes' to make special memories for everyone else too.