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Expect the Unexpected: An AWE-inspiring Recap of our Annual Gala

In a moment of awe, your body responds viscerally. You get goose bumps and the hair on the back of your neck stands up. You feel small, yet powerful. As if you understand what matters in the world. As if you’ve been given a splendid gift – one that can never be taken away. Read more…

Dee Molenaar - A Mt. Rainier icon

A musty odor wafts up as we descend the narrow, creaky staircase into the basement. I’m following a surefooted 92-year-old man down the steps and into a cold, well-lit room. Paint, brushes, books, and stacks of papers cover every available surface. “It’s here,” he says as he gestures me to follow him towards a large table. Read more…

AWE - Auction Sneak Peek

Awe is defined as "an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, and fear produced by that which is grand, sublime, and extremely powerful." At The Mountaineers, we have 110 years of awe-inspiring moments in our history, from our founding in 1906 to helping to establish all three national parks in our state, we are proud of our legacy and are doing all we can to continue making an impact. Read more…

AWE Strikes Again: Expect the Unexpected with Kit DesLauriers March 18

Two years ago, we welcomed 400 members of our community for Breakthough, a night celebrating the accomplishments of those who dare to adventure outside the box. We told guests to expect the unexpected. When special guest Alex Honnold put on a harness and participated in a Tyrolean traverse race 20ft above the audience, guests were in awe. Read more…

AWE - expect the unexpected - March 18

We look forward to seeing you when you join The Mountaineers for an unforgettable evening at our annual Gala celebration! Read more…

Enhanced Trip Navigation Resources

Climbers, scramblers, hikers, snowshoers are all keen to find good beta for the next adventure. Sometimes a simple, downloadable map customized for the trail or route is enough. Other times we want tracks to follow when traveling in questionable terrain. There is no shortage of private and public collections of maps and tracks online, but we want to make these materials more accessible to you. Read more…

Olympia Branch Presents Radical Reels - March 3

The best high-adrenaline films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are coming to Olympia on March 3, 2017. Join The Olympia Mountaineers as we host Radical Reels! Read more…

Tech Update 2.8 - Lodge Reservations, Merchandise

After lots of hard work all last fall and early this winter, we're pleased to announce two new major features have been added to our website: an online lodge reservation system and online merchandise sales. We've also made some smaller, noteworthy improvements. Read more…

Happy 94th Birthday, Fred Beckey!

Fred Beckey, a living legend among Northwest Mountaineers, is a climber, environmentalist, historian, and author. He is recognized as one the most imaginative, persistent, and thorough explorer and mountain investigator of the Cascade Range Wilderness.  Read more…

Adventure Writing Workshop with Charlotte Austin - Jan 5, 2017

We're very excited to be hosting IMG mountain guide and adventure writer Charlotte Austin for a one-night writing workshop. Whether you're an experienced author, part-time blogger, or curious novice, this class will give you a glimpse into the wide world of travel writing.  Read more…

Why wasn't I getting emails from The Mountaineers?

If you're a long time member with The Mountaineers with a Comcast.net email address, you may have noticed you've received fewer emails from us this past year. Comcast wasn't playing well in the proverbial sandbox with us, but we've made two big changes this past month to fix the problem. Read more…

Bad Movie Night - Nov 10, 2016

The Mountaineers wore the first skis on Mt. Rainier in 1912. Join us on November 10 to revel in the terrible ways skiing has been portrayed in the movies ever since. The "Arc'teryx Bad Movie Night" is the premiere event you didn't know you wanted, and we're happy to present it to you again! Read more…

Additional Seattle Banff Tickets on Sale

If you haven't bought your ticket yet for this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showing in Seattle, fantastic news: we've upgraded to a larger auditorium on Wednesday, December 7! Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 4 at 10am! Read more…

Mountaineers Hosting LUNAFEST!

The Mountaineers is hosting the Seattle premiere of LUNAFEST, a traveling short film festival by, for, and about women  on Thursday, November 3, 2016! Read more…

2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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

Intro to Hiking - Nov 1

There's still room in this free and informative 2.5-hour evening seminar, designed for brand new hikers as well as people who have hiked before, but want an introduction to safe hiking. Read more…

New Hike-Backpack Leader Seminar, Oct 17 at the Redmond Library

Leading hikes and backpacks offers unique rewards, but also unique challenges. Unlike other more technically demanding Mountaineers activities, hikes and backpacks have no course pre-requisites. We often lead people who are new to the outdoors and/or have widely varying capabilities. This seminar focuses on leadership skills to help you thrive and deliver safe, enjoyable trips. Read more…

Tech Update 2.7 - Mobile Website, Youth Forms

We've done lot's of work in the last few months. This update is short and sweet, but high impact! Read more…

Mountainfilm on Tour - Oct 6 & 7, 2016

Established in 1979, Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and motivating audiences about environments, cultures, issues, and adventures. Get tickets. Read more…

Introduction to Hiking in the PNW - Sept 8 at Mercer Island Library

There's still room in this free and informative two-hour evening seminar, designed for brand new hikers and for people who have hiked before but want an introduction to safe hiking in our major Pacific Northwest hiking areas. The seminar will help you find hikes that suit your interests and capabilities, understand common trail hazards, prepare for hikes with the right gear and clothing, and practice Leave-No-Trace and good trail etiquette so that you protecting our trails and wild places. We'll also provide useful information on permits, where to buy essential gear on a budget, and other valuable resources. Read more…

Bad Movie Night - Aug 18, 2016

The Mountaineers pioneered alpine climbing in North America. Join us on August 18, 2016, to revel in the terrible ways climbing has been portrayed in the movies ever since. The "Arc'teryx Bad Movie Night" is the premier event you didn't know you wanted!  Read more…

Adventure Speaker Series Line Up - Olympia 2016-2017

Join the Olympia branch on the first Wednesday of every month, from September through May, at the  Friends Meeting House at Priest Point for a potluck and talk as part of our Adventure Speaker Series. Read more…

Laughing with Libby Sauter

Speed climbing record-crusher and pediatric ICU nurse Libby Sauter joined The Mountaineers on June 2, 2016, for the third installment of our BeWild Speaker Series, presented by adidas outdoor. Libby spoke about her personal challenges with climbing and being a nurse educator for an international NGO. Read more…

Story Telling with Brendan Leonard

The BeWild Speaker Series, presented by adidas outdoor, welcomed Mountaineers Books author, climber, and blogger Brendan Leonard on May 19, 2016. He shared personal stories of passion and adventure with us, inspiring the room of attendees to get out there and try something new.  Read more…

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey – Launch Party July 26

Fred Beckey got his start climbing with The Mountaineers in the 1940s, and went on to establish himself as the original dirtbag. We don't need to tell you he's a legend, and we're excited to invite you to a Kickstarter Launch Party for the brand new documentary, "Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey". Read more…

BeWild: An Interview with Libby Sauter

The Mountaineers and adidas outdoor are pleased to present  Libby Sauter as part of the BeWild Speaker Series on June 2.  Read more…

Tech Update 2.6 - Trip Reports, Map Search, Upgraded Web Server

We've been busy making lots of little improvements and a couple big ones to our website. Here's what's new this spring! Read more…

Celebrate the New 100 Classic Hikes - June 14

With the release of our new edition of 100 Classic Hikes: Washington, we are carrying an important stewardship legacy forward. It’s time to celebrate!  Read more…

Sharing Personal Stories with Sasha DiGiulian

The BeWild Speaker Series, presented by adidas outdoor, started with a bang on April 15, 2016. We welcomed Sasha DiGiulian, a world champion climber, who shared personal stories of passion and adventure. She's an impressive young lady. Read more…

Wild Skills Day for Girls - May 21 & June 5

SheJumps and The Mountaineers are pleased to present Wild Skills Day again this year - a free day camp for young girls (age 6-12) to learn the skills they need for outdoor adventuring. Read more…