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Board of Directors Election 2015

The Mountaineers Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following board endorsed candidates to the membership for consideration in the upcoming Board of Directors elections: Chloe Harford, Kara Stone, Steve Swenson, and Tom Varga. Each of these candidates is eager to serve The Mountaineers, and possesses the professional skills and personal commitment needed to further The Mountaineers' mission.  Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Jean Walkinshaw

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Seeking Applicants for New Board Position of Vice President of Branches

We are working to strengthen collaboration and communication across the organization and between branches, the front-line volunteers, and the Board of Directors. By adding a Vice-President of Branches to the Board of Directors, the Mountaineers is reinforcing its commitment to the branches, branch programs and the dedicated volunteers who run them. Please consider applying to serve in this critical role. Read more…

Olympia Branch Election Results 2015

In August we held our annual elections to replace the Olympia Branch Officer's Committee members whose positions will soon expire. Many of you voted, and I appreciate your participation. Please join me in congratulating to the following newly elected Olympia Branch officers, beginning October 1: Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Stefanie Schiller

For our member profile this week we talked to Stefanie Schiller, a professional "climbing bum" who hails from Germany and who credits The Mountaineers with "literally changing the trajectory of her life." Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Felicia Wibowo

For our member profile this week we talked to Felicia Wibowo,  a 24-year member who started climbing and scrambling with The Mountaineers, and now is a leader in kayaking and hiking. If she had a superpower, it would be to control the wind. Read more…

Donor Profile: John Wick

I’m often filled with a sense of gratitude when I start the process of selecting, interviewing and featuring a donor for this column. It the week of Thanksgiving when I wrote this piece, so that feeling of gratitude was amplified and got me thinking about things for which I am thankful. Of course, I’m grateful for the many donors who generously give to the Mountaineers, but I’m also grateful to have a wonderful family. My parents instilled in us a strong work ethic, the value of giving back, and the practices of being thankful, kind and mindful. We belonged to a church so folks modeled many of these qualities, but the concept of giving “time, talent and treasures” was taken to a whole new level when I started working at The Mountaineers. Read more…

Farewell to Martinique: A message from board president Dan Lauren

It’s with sadness that I announce Martinique Grigg has decided to step down from her role as executive director of The Mountaineers August 13.  She has served in this position since December 2009. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Jim Paxinos

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The Mountaineers Gets People Moving!

Mountaineers members are active people, and we have the numbers to show it! Simply by looking at the trips our leaders have posted online, our membership has done some serious human-powered travel so far in 2015 - over 72k miles and 22 MILLION feet of elevation gain (and we've got plenty of time for more)!  Read more…

Executive Director Martinique Grigg to leave August 13

Serving as executive director of the Mountaineers for nearly six years has been the high point of my professional career.  I’m pleased we have achieved so much: financial sustainability, significant programmatic advancement, and growth in every part of the organization. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Lisa Johnson

For our member profile this week we talked to Lisa Johnson, a paddle leader who finds adventure in knowing that for now, in this moment, time stands still and nothing else matters. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Tom Madden

For our member profile this week we talked to  Tom Madden, a Sailor who thinks there's nothing better than getting out on the water and sharing the experience of learning to sail with a new student.  Read more…

Olympia Branch Elections - 2015

It is time to elect new officers to replace the Olympia Branch Officer's Committee members whose positions will expire and become vacant. Please join me in voting for our new leaders, and thanking our retiring leaders for their service!  Read more…

Get involved with your local branch!

Our outdoor experiences are organized and led by volunteers based out of seven branches: Read more…

Donor Profile: Tab Wilkins

When I arrived in June 2011, The Mountaineers had recently achieved 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and fundraising was in its infancy. With the exception of dedicated campaigns to raise funds for capital projects, like the basalt columns in the courtyard of the Seattle Program Center, efforts to raise unrestricted dollars for budding youth, conservation and yet-to-be-developed volunteer programs were just getting off the ground. The concept of inviting members and volunteers – who already give a significant amount of time – to make an additional investment of dollars in these programs was new and risky. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Rikki Hinz

For our member profile this week we talked to Rikki Hinz, a Washington local who feels most at home when she's outside. She has a great instagram feed too - check her out @rikkirachelleRead more…

10 Essential Questions: Imran Rahman

For our member profile this week we talked to Imran Rahman, a volunteer and self-professed "choss lover" who met his friends and chosen family in The Mountaineers. Oh, and he volunteers with Everett Mountain Rescue too! Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Tess Wendel

For our member profile this week we talked to Tess Wendel, a Basic grad and Intermediate student who can eat a surprising amount of Phad Thai after a weekend in the mountains. Read more…

Fancy yourself an expert? Bloggers Needed.

People come to The Mountaineers because we are experts in the outdoors – we’ve been doing it for 110 years after all! As one of the oldest volunteer-led clubs in the country, our experience has been documented in the pages of our books and in the memories of our volunteers and members. Now we want to share even more of your personal stories, and we ask you to let us! Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Scott Schissel

For our member profile this week we talked to Scott Schissel, a Park Ranger and Mountaineer who loves feeling all the stress melt away while on a long hike or run. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Lace Thornberg

For our member profile this week we talked to Lace Thornberg, a climber, hiker, and Mountaineers Books employee who finds inspiration in little kids with big smiles. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Justin Elder

For our member profile this week we talked to Justin Elder, a Lawyer who balances his life in the courtroom by resetting his soul in the outdoors. Oh, and he loves picnics. Read more…

FYI: REI Job Positions

REI was hoping to spread the word about some full-time opportunities with their Outdoor Programs in Portland and Seattle. There are Senior Instructor positions open in each city. The role is a bit unique in the industry because it is full-time with great benefits, allows someone to come home every night and has a good balance of field and office time.  Read more…

Mountaineers Member Info Session - July 27

Meet your fellow Mountaineers and learn more about our programs and activities at this 40 minute information session, and stay after to chat with your fellow members and guests. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Chris Williams

For our member profile this week we talked to student, volunteer, and employee Chris Williams  about why he loves learning with The Mountaineers. Read more…

What does it mean to be a Mountaineers leader?

The Mountaineers puts a large emphasis on the importance of leadership, and we encourage our members to become an activity leader and join our vibrant volunteer community. But what does it really mean to be a leader for The Mountaineers, and what is expected of these individuals? Read more…

You gave BIG!

Thank you! We asked you to GiveBIG on May 5th, and you DID. Because of you, we raised over $10,000 for The Mountaineers Programs with The Seattle Foundation! Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Craig Hauser

For our member profile this week we talked to Craig Hauser, a "legacy" Mountaineer who was inspired by his parents to join and return the favor to his future children. Read more…

Graphic Design Intern Wanted

We are looking for a talented graphic design intern proficient in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. We have a creative illustration project that will add value and variety to any design portfolio. Read more…