The Mountaineers Core Values

Our current strategic plan wraps up this year and we're turning our attention to creating Vision 2022. The Mountaineers Core Values, along with our mission statement, are the foundation upon which we'll build the future of adventure, advocacy, community, education, and volunteerism.
Tom Vogl Tom Vogl
Mountaineers CEO
March 30, 2017

Mountaineers have been enjoying the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond for 110 years, and it's our long-term aspiration to be thriving for another 110 years. As we look toward Vision 2022 - our next strategic plan - we felt it was time to put our core values on paper.

Considering we've been getting folks outside for over a century, it's unusual that we didn't already have core values established. Our mission - to enrich lives and communities by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and Beyond - has remained relatively unchanged since our founding, and so we asked our staff, board, and volunteer leaders to help us define our core values. 

What we found was that our community agreed on the five tenants of The Mountaineers core values: adventure, advocacy, community, education, and volunteerism. Along with our Mission Statement, these core values will act as the foundation of our next strategic plan: Vision 2022.

Core Values

Core Values


We are bold explorers  - driven by imagination, outdoor challenge, and the spirit of discovery.


We protect the outdoor experience - wild places depend on our powerful voice for conservation and responsible access.


We provide opportunities for all - a diverse and inclusive outdoors inspires unity, respect, and passion for the places we love.


We share knowledge - empowering others to safely and responsibly pursue outdoor activities.


We foster connections - developing leaders who continue our legacy of outdoor education, integrity, and action.

You can access and download our core values here.

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Carolyn Burreson
Carolyn Burreson says:
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 7:30 AM

Looks great ! Please send A poster for display at the Olympia Adventure Speaker Series.
Carolyn Burreson, coordinator

Debbie Rebman
Debbie Rebman says:
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 7:50 AM

Very well said! This truly does describe what the Mountaineers is all about! Thank you. I'm proud to be a member of this great organization!!
Debbie Rebman