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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.

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.

Discover California’s Best Backcountry Ski Tours with Jeremy Benson - January 25

Discover California’s Best Backcountry Ski Tours with Jeremy Benson - January 25

Are you stoked for the backcountry ski and snowboard season?

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.