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10 Essential Questions: Maiza Lima

For our member profile this week we spoke to Maiza Lima, a rock climber and mountaineer from Brazil who signed up with us to learn how to climb and found a great community that makes her heart smile. Read more…

Helicopter Rescue: A Story of Survival

The level of outdoor community support in the Pacific Northwest is truly unmatched. As a transplant myself, I know it can be difficult to make connections in a new place. Not so much when you go outside. You can roll up to any trailhead, crag, or mountainside and form friendships to last a lifetime. That’s why it’s only fitting that I should find myself here, working at The Mountaineers, through a lucky connection with a fellow outdoor enthusiast: Miles McDonough. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Tommy Cafcas

For our member profile this week we spoke to Tommy Cafcas, a cyclist, mountaineer, and hiker who signed up for our Basic Climbing Course with a friend and discovered just how fun it can be to practice tying knots in a frigid shower while fully dressed. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Katherine Hollis

For our member profile this week, we take a different approach and introduce you to Katherine Hollis, our conservation and recreation manager. Learn about why she became interested in conservation, and what excites her most about working with The Mountaineers. Read more…

A Conservation BREAKTHROUGH

You’d be hard pressed to miss the invitations and communications over the past couple of months about our Mountaineers BREAKTHROUGH fundraising event on April 11. With an all-star lineup of climbers in the program, you’re probably wondering why we’re writing about it in relationship to conservation. Well, underlying the climbing theme of the evening is the impact story about why anyone should care about The Mountaineers efforts to get people outside – conservation is a primary driver of that story. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Sue Ritter

For our member profile this week we spoke to Sue Ritter, a rock climber and route setter at Warehouse Rockgym, nordic skier, hiker, photographer, and Dental Hygienist, about why she joined The Mountaineers and her favorite Mountaineers memory. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Erik Swanson

For our member profile this week we spoke to Erik Swanson, a bsnowshoer, hiker, scrambler, and electrical engineer, on why he's inspired by his fellow Mountaineers.  Read more…

Happy 103rd Birthday Wolf Bauer!

On behalf of The Mountaineers, I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to one of our longest standing and most distinguished members: Wolf Bauer - pioneer, first-ascensionist, champion skier, sea kayak course and boat innovator, founder of Seattle Mountain Rescue Council, and esteemed conservationist.  Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Susan Myers

For our member profile this week we spoke to Susan Myers, a birder, hiker, backpacker, and photographer, about who inspires her and why she gets outside with The Mountaineers. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Jan Deveny

For our member profile this month we spoke to Jan Deveny, a climber, skier, hiker, and retired Polic Chief, about why he joined The Mountaineers and how the community here has inspired him to give back.  Read more…

Former Mountaineers Snoqualmie Lodge property to be sold

At the January 2015 meeting, the Mountaineers Board of Directors announced its decision to seek a buyer for the 77-acre property that was once the site of the historic Snoqualmie Lodge. Read more…

2014 Volunteer Awards

Everything accomplished by The Mountaineers as an organization can be credited to the efforts of our volunteers. Our courses, trips, youth programs, and advocacy efforts are fueled by the passion of people who are engaged because they want to be, not because they receive financial motivation. Each year we host a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to recognize these tireless individuals. Find out which volunteers were honored this year with the Branch Service awards and the organization-wide Leader of the Year and Mountaineers Service Award (there are other awards at the branch level that are not highlighted here but which show how our community can embrace those that contribute to it - at the bottom of this blog, we'd love to hear how different committees and branches choose to thank and recognize their other volunteers).  Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Vik Sahney

For our member profile this month we spoke to Vik Sahney, a mountaineer, climber, skier, and VP of Strategy at REI, about who inspires him and why he volunteers with The Mountaineers. Read more…

Activity Leader Recognition Badges

With our new technology investments, we are able to better identify two of our most common types of volunteerism* and wanted to give credit to our most active trip leaders and course instructors. Thank you all!  Read more…

Photo Contest: Tell us what the Pacific Northwest means to you and win a prize pack fit for adventure

The Mountaineers have been part of the Pacific Northwest since we were founded in 1906. We are pioneers and adventurers. 

Young and old, new and seasoned, passionate teachers and eager learners – the outdoors bring us together. The Pacific Northwest is our home. Read more…

Be a part of the Friction Slabs Project

fric·tion
/'frikSH(e)n/
The resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another

slab
/slab/
A large, thick, flat piece of stone, concrete, or wood Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Loni Uchytil

For our member profile this month we spoke to Loni Uchytil, a climber, skier, and dental hygenist about who inspires her and why she volunteers with The Mountaineers. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Patrick Mullaney

For our member profile this month we spoke to Patrick Mullaney, a climber, skier, and Land Use Attorney about who inspires him and why he volunteers with The Mountaineers. Read more…

Amazon Smile for the Outdoors

We're teaming up with AmazonSmile to support the mission of The Mountaineers - to get more people outside enjoying the lands and waters of our beautiful Pacific Northwest. Read more…

Remembering Mountaineer Lisa Berntsen

With great sadness we share the news of the passing of Lisa Berntsen, a beloved member of The Mountaineers community - a Mountaineer, Tacoma branch member, volunteer leader, and board member. Read more…

What does membership mean to you?

Members join our community for all sort of reasons. Some folks simply want to support our mission to get more people outside. Others are passionate about our commitment to bring outdoor experiences to young people through our youth programs. And many more join to learn specific skills or increase competencies to better enjoy their outdoor pursuits. Read more…

Mountaineers Board of Directors Election Results are in!

Ballots have been cast and the results are in! Your new at large board members are: Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Isabel Suhr

For our member profile this month we spoke with Isabel Suhr, a graduate of our MAC (Mountaineers Adventure Club), about who inspires her and why she volunteers.  Read more…

Peak Society support at a higher level

Those of us who work in the nonprofit sector believe what we do for a living supports a mission to make a difference in the world. In the nine years I’ve spent working in development for nonprofits, I’ve come to appreciate that it’s actually partnerships with donors that truly advance an organization’s vision to make the world a better place. Read more…

A Bequest to Give Back

In the three years I’ve been with The Mountaineers, I’ve discovered our members live long and rich lives.  Read more…

Changing Faces of Member Services

Debbie Wick joined The Mountaineers in January 1984 and has been involved with us ever since, officially joining our Member Services team in 2001. After 14-years of dedicated service to our members, Debbie has decided to live more of her life in the great out-of-doors. She’s not yet ready to use the “r word” – retirement – but instead is choosing to see this as an extended vacation. Her last day with us was Friday, September 12. Read more…

Operation: Lost & Found in Olympic National Park

Have you lost something lately? We all know the feeling, and it's the worst. Post about lost items in your Trip Reports on our Routes & Places so the next people heading to the area will know to keep an eye out. If you're heading to the Olympics soon, please consider this request from an outdoor adventurer in the Midwest.  Read more…

That time you were missing one of the Ten Essentials

The need for the Ten Essentials is not apparent until something goes wrong. Maybe you're surprised by darkness, weather, or a slow partner, or an injury slows or prevents travel. Whatever happens, the lack of an Essential can result in death.  Read more…