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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!

Self-Assessment: A Tool to Create Dialogue and Enhance Learning

Self-Assessment: A Tool to Create Dialogue and Enhance Learning

Want to streamline learning while empowering your students all at once? Using self-assessment tools is a great way to foster more dialogue and empower students to take charge of their own learning.

Alex Honnold - Fred Beckey - Expect the Unexpected April 11

Alex Honnold - Fred Beckey - Expect the Unexpected April 11

We're thrilled to announce our featured guest for the April 11 BREAKTHROUGH Gala Event: Alex Honnold. The fundraising event will include dinner, reception and auction all benefiting The Mountaineers' programs, and we'll also be honoring Fred Beckey with a lifetime achievement award.

How To: Layer in the Backcountry

How To: Layer in the Backcountry

Learn how to layer in the backcountry from one of our staff who has more than 100 days (and a handful of nights) skiing in the backcountry.

Quartz Mountain - Where Did THAT Avalanche Come From?

Quartz Mountain - Where Did THAT Avalanche Come From?

From the time we entered the bottom of the gully, had the accident, provided first aid, descended, and had a lunch break at the bottom of the gully where we could still view the entire route, the ONLY snow activity of any kind was this small avalanche.

Backcountry Bites: Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls

Backcountry Bites: Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls

Nuts, trail mix, energy bars? They do the trick. But it doesn’t take long for regular snacks like those to become boring and bland. So I went on the search for something full of flavor, but healthy and compact. These chocolate matcha balls will give you both energy and a smile.

North Cascades Helicopter Landing Proposal

North Cascades Helicopter Landing Proposal

The U.S. Army has proposed several helicopter landing sites in the North Cascades for pilots to practice flyovers and high altitude landings. Some of the proposed landing zones have raised concerns because of their proximity to popular recreation and Wilderness areas.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Join us for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure to The Mountaineers.

How to #OptOutside This Thanksgiving

How to #OptOutside This Thanksgiving

#OptOutside with The Mountaineers this Thanksgiving season with this list of our weekend activities and favorite places. Share photos using The Mountaineers hashtag #OurPNW to see your fellow members and their families enjoying our outdoor playgrounds!

Update: U.S. Army responds to concerns about helicopter landing zones

Update: U.S. Army responds to concerns about helicopter landing zones

The U.S Army will seek to avoid sensitive areas and pursue alternative helicopter landing zones based on the 2,350 individual and organizational comments they received.

Complacency in the Outdoors

Complacency in the Outdoors

Complacency is something that happens to all of us: the more experience we have with something, the more comfortable we feel, and the less anxious we become. That's a good thing - until it isn't. Knowing when to pay attention and trust your instincts vs. trusting the process is key. Adventurer, skier, and skydiver Rachel Delacour has some advice.

Learn to Take Better Photos!

Learn to Take Better Photos!

You may already know how to use your camera and/or smartphone camera, but just how good are they?

Sign up for Mushroom Weekend At Meany Lodge - Oct 27-29, 2017

Sign up for Mushroom Weekend At Meany Lodge - Oct 27-29, 2017

Explore the world of Mushrooms with the Puget Sound Mycological Society and the Mountaineers at Meany lodge during a weekend filled with finding, identifying, cooking, preserving and enjoying a gourmet dinner featuring mushrooms.

Essential Repellent: What You Need to Know to Survive the Battle of the Bug

Essential Repellent: What You Need to Know to Survive the Battle of the Bug

Stay bug-free this summer with tips and tricks from Mountaineers Board Member and alpine scrambling volunteer Steve McClure. Learn about the different types of bug deterrent and put together a bug-defense plan for a happy summer.

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.

Leader Spotlight: Rodica Manole

Leader Spotlight: Rodica Manole

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories, and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Rodica Manole

Participation Notes: An important, objective tool for our leaders

Participation Notes: An important, objective tool for our leaders

Understand the Participation Notes function on our website, and when and how to use them!

Overcoming Addiction in the Mountains:  From Getting High  to Getting High

Overcoming Addiction in the Mountains: From Getting High to Getting High

“Climbing is such an awesome metaphor for recovery. We’re climbing an insurmountable mountain of fear, insecurity, doubt, and pain (from the wreckage that we’ve caused), so as we’re climbing mountains in our recovery we can also be climbing mountains in reality. Getting into nature is so therapeutic because it puts you in touch with the earth at a primeval level. It gets you out to breath the fresh air and accomplish something you didn’t think you could do. It goes a long way towards believing in yourself.”

10 Essential Questions: Mark Cole

10 Essential Questions: Mark Cole

Meet Mark Cole, a 9-year member from Kentucky who has always been drawn to the salty waters of the Salish Sea.

We’ll be at Microsoft’s Nonprofit Fair on October 19

We’ll be at Microsoft’s Nonprofit Fair on October 19

Microsoft is one of the largest corporate givers in the world and we’re fortunate to have them in our backyard. On October 19, we'll be on campus engaging with Microsoft employees on how to get involved with The Mountaineers. We'll have a few giveaways on hand too.