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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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Grizzlies in the North Cascades: Unbearable to ponder or barely a concern?

Grizzlies in the North Cascades: Unbearable to ponder or barely a concern?

Straight from his popular column, Trail Talk, Craig Romano talks about the prospect of grizzly bears in the North Cascades.

Empowering Connections

Empowering Connections

In this heartfelt article on the empowering connections that people can make to the outdoors, Stasia Honnold talks about her work with underprivileged youth. A connection to nature and the responsibility of stewarding land gives way to powerful transformative opportunities.

When was the last time you restocked your first aid kit?

When was the last time you restocked your first aid kit?

At this point in the season, we've all likely dipped into our first aid kits for a band-aid or two. Be sure to stay stocked so that you're prepared in the event of a larger incident!

Emergency Contacts: The Most Important People

Emergency Contacts: The Most Important People

Learn about what it means to be an Emergency Contact, how to designate one for yourself, and how to make sure these important people are accessible on your most important devices.

Surprise Mountain - Winter Wading in Surprise Creek

Surprise Mountain - Winter Wading in Surprise Creek

About a mile and third up the trail, the trail crosses Surprise Creek on a log. Half of us made it across without incident.

10 Essential Questions: Jacob Lopilato

10 Essential Questions: Jacob Lopilato

Meet Jacob Lopilato, a 3-year member who hiked with 91 year old Bronka Sundstrom on Mt. Rainier and has seen first hand the power of the mountains to keep you feeling young.

Outdoor Stories from Women Over 50

Outdoor Stories from Women Over 50

Author Gail Storey and other women over 50 share their outdoor stories in an inspirational podcast from She-Explores.

I’m a Mountaineer!

I’m a Mountaineer!

If you were turning ten, how would you celebrate your birthday? By climbing a mountain, of course!

10 Essential Questions: Petra Damm

10 Essential Questions: Petra Damm

Meet Petra Damm, a 6-year member from Germany, whose favorite Mountaineer memory is looking back at how her life has changed through the personal growth experienced as a Mountaineer.