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Announcing Fuel Canister Recycling at the Seattle Program Center

Announcing Fuel Canister Recycling at the Seattle Program Center

Learn more about how to recycle your empty isopro-style fuel canisters at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center through a new partnership with MSR!

10 Essential Questions: Rich Lawrence

10 Essential Questions: Rich Lawrence

Meet Rich Lawrence, a volunteer leader and 21-year member, who thinks nothing compares with the quiet solitude of ringing in the New Year in a snow cave or igloo.

5 Things You Should Know About the Public Lands Heist

5 Things You Should Know About the Public Lands Heist

A campaign to transfer public lands to state control threatens hundreds of millions of acres of national forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas and historic sites across the Western US.

Mountaineers Sells Historic Snoqualmie Pass Property

Mountaineers Sells Historic Snoqualmie Pass Property

The Mountaineers has sold our 77-acre Snoqualmie Lodge Property. The sale agreement will bridge Summit West and Summit Central and provides for Pacific Crest Trail relocation in the future.

How To: Screening Participants for Safety

How To: Screening Participants for Safety

In a survey to our leaders, we asked how they screen their rosters for safety. We found that while there may not be a “best way” to ensure that everyone on the trip will be adequately prepared, there are a variety of effective methods to increase the odds of a successful trip. Learn a variety of tips and tricks from our most experienced leaders!

How To: Buy a Compass

How To: Buy a Compass

Learn the ins and outs of buying a good compass.

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".

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.

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.

10 Essential Questions: Kimber Cross

10 Essential Questions: Kimber Cross

Meet Kimber Cross, a 1-year member and Kindergarten teacher from Tacoma born without fingers on her right hand. As an adaptive climber she's had to modify the methods most use to climb, but she summits mountains all the same.

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!

3.0 - Improved Navigation & Mountaineers Books Integration

3.0 - Improved Navigation & Mountaineers Books Integration

We are excited to announce that we will be launching an integrated Mountaineers Programs and Mountaineers Books website in early February! Learn more about the improved navigation, and methodology, and additional functionality we're adding as part of this big-for-some update we're calling mountaineers.org 3.0.

Simul-Climbing: Pros and Cons for an Advanced Skill

Simul-Climbing: Pros and Cons for an Advanced Skill

Simul-climbing is an advanced skill that can save time and increase a team's speed if done well, but which also creates obvious and not-so-obvious risks if done poorly. Here are some pros and cons based on research and personal experience, along with tips to develop simul-climbing skills.

A Personal Story: Volunteers' Hidden Impact

A Personal Story: Volunteers' Hidden Impact

In her lowest moment as a Basic Climbing Student, a volunteer believed in Sarah Holt and showed her resilience. Years later, Sarah is paying it forward.

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.