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Mountaineers Climbing Education - a community perspective

Mountaineers Climbing Education - a community perspective

We asked the broader climbing community what they thought of The Mountaineers, and we received lots of great feedback. Find out what climbers in Washington had to say.

How To: Poop in the Outdoors

How To: Poop in the Outdoors

Learn some tips and tricks to make pooping in the outdoors great again from PCT thru hiker Sarah McCroy.

Former Mountaineers Snoqualmie Lodge property to be sold

Former Mountaineers Snoqualmie Lodge property to be sold

Mountaineers seeks buyer for former Snoqualmie Lodge property

Enhanced Trip Navigation Resources

Enhanced Trip Navigation Resources

We added folders to Routes & Places to store downloadable customized maps, GPS tracks, and more. Can you help us populate and curate them?

Sexism in the outdoors

Sexism in the outdoors

Let's get serious for a minute. There are too many times when women are made to feel uncomfortable while enjoying outdoor experiences. Learn how we are dedicated to eliminating this type of interaction.

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Nov 2017

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Nov 2017

Heidi Walker is the Seattle Photography Committee's featured member for November 2017.

10 Essential Questions: Deborah Fisher

10 Essential Questions: Deborah Fisher

Meet Deborah Fisher, a 6-year member and backpack leader who dehydrates her own backpacking food and is inspired by the older ladies who still get out and do it.

Mount Daniel Rescue: Technology and a Helicopter

Mount Daniel Rescue: Technology and a Helicopter

Technology and a Snohomish County helicopter help rescue a scrambler with fractured ankle during the hike out from Mount Daniel.

The 3 P's on our new website: Private, Pending, and Published

The 3 P's on our new website: Private, Pending, and Published

A leader's guide to understanding the different privacy settings on the new website.

Grizzly Bear Restoration Options Available for Comment

Grizzly Bear Restoration Options Available for Comment

The agencies managing grizzly restoration in the North Cascades have released four potential paths forward, which are now under public review.

Activity Leader Recognition Badges

Activity Leader Recognition Badges

We're capturing great data about our activities and want our volunteers to know their impact to the mission of The Mountaineers. Recently, we identified two different types of volunteering (we know there are many more!) and created recognition badges to credit to some of your most active trip leaders and course instructors. Thank you all!

Peak Fitness: Reducing Knee Pain

Peak Fitness: Reducing Knee Pain

The most common type of pain experienced outdoors is knee pain. Take a look at some of these tricks for reducing the pain in your knees to make your hike out as enjoyable as your hike in.

Mount Stuart - Rockfall Hits Solo Climber on Descent

Mount Stuart - Rockfall Hits Solo Climber on Descent

We saw massive bouncing microwave-sized blocks of rock, then screams. We yelled back up asking if everyone was okay. The response we got was: “I am not okay.” West Ridge climbers offer a walk-out assist that evolves to helicopter hoist. Leader - "Only our combined efforts made this such a good response on our part."

Paddler's Development Weekend - 2015

Paddler's Development Weekend - 2015

Organized by the Seattle Kayaking Committee, "PDW" is a gem of the organization's training events. Kayakers come together at Deception Pass for two days of clinics designed for advanced paddling skills in dynamic waters and build a community of experienced paddlers that carry out our mission.

Announcing Colin Haley: Expect the Unexpected April 11th

Announcing Colin Haley: Expect the Unexpected April 11th

Seattle native and world renowned alpinist Colin Haley will be presenting Fred Beckey with The Mountaineers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Become a Northwest Naturalist

Become a Northwest Naturalist

Sign up for the Introduction to the Natural World Course and learn about Pacific Northwest plants, birds, butterflies and more!

How To: Pick an altimeter

How To: Pick an altimeter

With altimeter technology increasingly incorporated into different pieces of equipment, we have to ask, "how reliable are they as tools for backcountry navigation?" Steve McClure, Mountaineers Board Member and Seattle Branch Navigation Committee member, recently published this review in Seattle Navigation's "Navigation Northwest".

Governor Evans and the Book That Saved the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Governor Evans and the Book That Saved the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Check out how Governor Evans and a Mountaineers Book inspired President Ford to create the Alpine Lake Wilderness we know and love today.

10 Essential Questions: John Rollins

10 Essential Questions: John Rollins

Meet John Rollins, a 14-year member and volunteer who calls out his fellow volunteers as inspiration, and would rather work hard at something than magically be a rockstar overnight.

How To: Navigate Loose Rock

How To: Navigate Loose Rock

A friend of mine used to joke about climbing in the Olympics, “if you don’t like your options for handholds, pick the rock up and move it somewhere else.” Learn about the hazards and how to deal with them.

Act now to Help Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Act now to Help Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

We need your help: the Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the most effective tools we have to conserve land and improve outdoor recreation opportunities—and it's going to expire forever on September 30 unless Congress reauthorizes it.

How To: When To Put On Crampons

How To: When To Put On Crampons

Learn from one of our safety incidents involving improper use of crampons, and get key tips for when and how to use crampons.

Corporate Endowment Creates Innovative "Alpine SCUBA" Program

Corporate Endowment Creates Innovative "Alpine SCUBA" Program

Joining together for a unique partnership in the outdoor education and recreation industry, corporate benefactors are fueling a new program at The Mountaineers: Alpine SCUBA.

Trail Talk: Makeshift Memorials - leaving a tribute or an eyesore in the backcountry?

Trail Talk: Makeshift Memorials - leaving a tribute or an eyesore in the backcountry?

What are your thoughts on memorials? Do they make you feel reflective? Sad? Curious? Do they disrupt your wilderness experience and do you think they belong? In this article by Craig Romano, weigh the pros and cons of such sentimental gestures.

We Are Mountaineers

We Are Mountaineers

The Mountaineers has a rich history of exploration, education, and conservation. We believe getting outside transforms all of us in some way - spending time in nature can give each one of us our own breakthrough moment. We volunteer to provide these transformative experiences to our Pacific Northwest community. That's what it means to be a Mountaineer.

Start with Silence: Improving Equity in the Outdoors

Start with Silence: Improving Equity in the Outdoors

A few members of our staff recently attended a regional summit of outdoor environmental educators. The topic was how to create better equity in environmental and sustainability education. Hint: it starts with silence.

10 Essential Questions: Andre Gougisha

10 Essential Questions: Andre Gougisha

Meet Andre Gougisha, a 3-year member and basic graduate with a propensity to lose toenails, who loves singing Disney tunes and skinny dipping in glacial lakes.

The Mountaineers Core Values

The Mountaineers Core Values

Our current strategic plan wraps up this year and we're turning our attention to creating Vision 2022. The Mountaineers Core Values, along with our mission statement, are the foundation upon which we'll build the future of adventure, advocacy, community, education, and volunteerism.

10 Essential Questions: Jean Walkinshaw

10 Essential Questions: Jean Walkinshaw

Meet Jean Walkinshaw, a lifetime adventurer with a family legacy in The Mountaineers who - at 89 years young - proves it's never too late to become a member.

The Hills are Afoul with the Smell of Poo

The Hills are Afoul with the Smell of Poo

"Okay people, it's time to talk about poop. Yes, I know there's a time and a place. That's exactly why we want to talk about it."