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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.

Rescue on Dome Peak

Rescue on Dome Peak

"The top climber was sliding down, accelerating, his ice axe hissing and spraying as it split the snow. It was hard to judge the time or distance he fell. He struggled to arrest for a few long seconds before he lost control; caught a crampon and started tumbling down the face. We all stood transfixed." In this real-life rescue, a team of Mountaineers comes to the aid of a fallen climber in the North Cascades.

An Appalachian Trail Evening with Heather "Anish" Anderson - Dec. 2, 2015

An Appalachian Trail Evening with Heather "Anish" Anderson - Dec. 2, 2015

In September 2015, Heather "Anish" Anderson set the fastest known time to hike the Appalachian Trail unsupported. Hear her trail story plus see a riveting National Geographic film about the Appalachian Trail!

VOTE NOW! Board of Directors Election 2015

VOTE NOW! Board of Directors Election 2015

Vote now in The Mountaineers Board of Directors 2015 elections.

Secret Rainier: A Comet, a Park, and a Point

Secret Rainier: A Comet, a Park, and a Point

Longtime Mountaineers trip leaders, Gene Yore, Mickey Eisenberg and Steve McClure call the hidden gems of Mount Rainier National Park “Our Secret Rainier.” This feature is part of a periodic installment on these unique and hard-to-find gems in the park.

Weekend Photography Trip to Central Washington

Weekend Photography Trip to Central Washington

A group from the Photography Committee traveled to central Washington to photograph abandoned buildings and the starry night sky.

Kitsap Basic Alpine Course - Expanding My Reach!

Kitsap Basic Alpine Course - Expanding My Reach!

After 30 years of hiking and scrambling in the Pacific Northwest, Paul decided to learn new skills with The Mountaineers and enrolled in the Kitsap Basic Alpine Course. Read all about his experience.

Stay at Stevens Lodge and Welcome Summer PCT Hikers!

Stay at Stevens Lodge and Welcome Summer PCT Hikers!

Stevens Lodge is looking for volunteers who want to spend a week or more at the lodge this summer welcoming PCT hikers and overseeing the property.

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."

Did You Know? Hope Island State Park

Did You Know? Hope Island State Park

Hope Island, located off the Washington State coast, is a great option for your next ocean adventure. Learn about its history and get inspired to hop in your kayak.

A Kick Step Scavenger Hunt

A Kick Step Scavenger Hunt

You've been asking where to find Kick Step IPA in stores. We're thrilled to announce Trader Joe's will now carry 4-packs! Stake one out at a store near you, and post your pic for a chance to win.

Warm Weather Photography Trips: May-August

Warm Weather Photography Trips: May-August

The Seattle Mountaineers Photography Committee has a full schedule of photography trips during warmer weather this year.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to The National Parks

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to The National Parks

Have you ever thought about hitching a ride to get from one trailhead to another in a National Park? Or maybe you wanted to go skiing and just needed a ride to an upper parking lot. Trail book author and hiking extraordinaire, Craig Romano, talks about his experience with this mode of transportation...and how he found out it was illegal.

Climbing to New Heights: Alpine Ambassadors Complete Inaugural Trip to Canmore

Climbing to New Heights: Alpine Ambassadors Complete Inaugural Trip to Canmore

Our Alpine Ambassadors group completed their inaugural journey to Canmore. Despite extreme cold and challenging avalanche conditions, the group persevered and worked together to learn a ton of new ice climbing techniques and skills to bring back to The Mountaineers!

10 Essential Questions: Yinan Zhao, Climb Leader

10 Essential Questions: Yinan Zhao, Climb Leader

Each week, The Mountaineers interview a member of our outdoor community to ask 10 Essential Questions. This week, we spoke with Yinan Zhao, a climb instructor who came to America from China with big dreams of conquering Mountains.

Land & Water Conservation Fund Reauthorized!

Land & Water Conservation Fund Reauthorized!

A three-year renewal for The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been included in Congress's recent budget package, with $150 million more in funding for 2016!

Mountaineer magazine moves to quarterly

Mountaineer magazine moves to quarterly

Starting in 2016, Mountaineer magazine will become a larger quarterly publication with winter, spring, summer and fall issues.

Big Dreams - A Journey Along the PCT

Big Dreams - A Journey Along the PCT

Heather Anderson, whose trail name is "Anish," has inspired many - her journey into hiking changed her perspective of the world and her physical health. From a self-described bookworm, struggling with weight issues to the fastest person to complete the PCT, here is her story.

New yoga books and discounted classes for Mountaineers members

New yoga books and discounted classes for Mountaineers members

Grab one of our new yoga books for hikers and climbers, then enjoy trailhead yoga at Stevens Pass (at a discount!) with member Sara Papanikolaou.

2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

We’re bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to The Mountaineers again. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features the best mountain films this year, showcasing amazing filmmaking talent from the world over to an audience that spans the globe.

Olympia Scramble Leader of the Year: David Geeraerts

Olympia Scramble Leader of the Year: David Geeraerts

Congratulations to David Geearaerts for being Olympia's scramble leader of the year!