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10 Essential Questions: Christine Kuebler

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to... Read more…

Essential Eligibility Criteria & Service Animal Policy

The Mountaineers values diversity – including persons with diverse abilities – in its programs. While we do not specialize in integrating persons with disabilities into our programs, we encourage people of all abilities to consider participating in Mountaineers programming. Read more…

Retro Rewind | Gardner's Purpose: 49 years of service with the Kitsap Forest Theater

The Mountaineers’ Kitsap Forest Theater is one-of-a-kind. Attendees take a winding, quarter-mile path through lush woodlands sprinkled with wild rhododendrons. At the trail’s end, almost as though designed by the forest itself, the theater rises from the greenery. Giant firs surround terraced seating, moss-covered bark forms theater wings, verdant ferns serve as footlights, and sunlight shines through the tree canopy to create spotlights. Read more…

Sharpen your Skills. Save your Life

The key to having fun in the backcountry is having the skills and knowledge to get home safely.

From knowing how to travel on glaciers or tie proper knots to building an emergency snow cave or trusting a cam, Mountaineers Books publish a wide range of instructional guide books that detail best practices, expert techniques, and safety tips for human-powered outdoor activities. Professional guides, outdoor educators, instructors, volunteers, and weekend warriors around the globe use our guidebooks to further develop and advance their outdoor skills.

Last fall, Mountaineers Books published the 3rd Edition of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by renowned avalanche expert Bruce Tremper. Ski patrollers and winter-sport educators across the country—from the Alaska Range to the Cascades to the Rockies to the White Mountains—rely on Staying Alive to provide the knowledge and skills for anyone headed into the backcountry.

For example, The Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol (MBNSP) uses Staying Alive for instructor development in all their Avalanche Level 1 classes. “We’ve used Staying Alive as the primary reference for our classes, beginning with the first edition. In this third edition, human factors are the main focus of the book and influenced our curriculum as well. We appreciate the new focus on simple snow tests for evaluating snow stability,” shares Dr. Ranie Lynds, Adjunct Professor at The University of Wyoming and member of the MBNSP. “The book is a pleasure to read, not only for avalanche nerds, but the students appreciate too. In fact, we insist that they have a copy of the book to take the class because it will be a tool they can use the rest of their lives.”

No matter if you’re skiing Mount Baker or overnighting at Camp Muir, you can count on Mountaineers Books to teach you how to stay safe, have fun, and return home happy and healthy.   

Today, Mountaineers Books has more than 800 titles in print that empower our outdoor community—locally and beyond—to explore, learn, and conserve. As a donor, you make it possible for us to publish texts that continually uphold the importance of quality outdoor education so that we can stay in the business of making a difference—for all people and all places.  

Would you join us with a gift today to support our mission to publish books that celebrate the freedom and generosity of a life outdoors? As a thank you for your support, all gifts of $100 or more will be 100% matched by the generosity of Rich and Martha Draves, up to $10,000!

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Thank you again for making it possible to get lost in an adventure with Mountaineers Books.

With gratitude,



Helen Cherullo, Publisher
Mountaineers Books
An independent, nonprofit publisher since 1960

P.S. All month long, we are featuring books that inspire connection to wild places and provide education that help us to get outside safely and responsibly, from Day Hiking Snoqualmie, Caribou Rainforest, Thirst, Scraps Peels and Stems, and We are The Arctic.  If you missed your chance to make a gift, we have extended the opportunity to match up to 20 donations of $100 or more. Pledge your gift today.

10 Essential Questions: Brock Jones

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to... Read more…

"Off The Trail" Practices to Inspire Change

We go outside to wander, and to explore the adventurous spirit within ourselves. As we step into the outdoors, we need to be mindful of the impact our food has on wild places. Our habits can make a difference at home as well, where the average person wastes more than 18 pounds of food per month. Read more…

This Mother's Day, we’re celebrating Mother Nature, the mom we all share.

This Mother's Day, we’re celebrating Mother Nature, the mom we all share. 

At The Mountaineers, we hold our wild places in the highest esteem. Mother Nature has always offered us places to play, explore, learn, and grow. And we all owe her a word of thanks for everything she’s given. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Katja Hurt

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to... Read more…

Thank you for Sharing your Story and Being Part of Ours

Starting with #GiveBIG on May 8, The Mountaineers launched a month-long campaign to directly support our publishing division, Mountaineers Books. As explorers both on and off the page, we are passionate about sharing our stories of community, adventure, and advocacy in hopes of welcoming a new friend to an experience they’ve never had before. Read more…

How To: Facilitate Good Group Decision Making

Yosemite, September 1998. Marie, Andrew, and I are standing at a trail junction in northern Yosemite National Park, unable to decide which trail to take. We've had a spectacular week of high country, off-trail rambling in beautiful, high basins. Now we're making our way back to Tuolumne Meadows on-trail. The plan was to go left at this junction and do two more days of hiking through a valley none of us have visited. Now that we're at the junction, we realize we have the option to go right and make it back to the car this evening. Tempting. Read more…