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10 Essential Questions: Amanda Konenkamp

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

Leadership at the Top: Seeking Candidates for the Olympia Branch Council

The Olympia Branch is a vibrant, growing community with quality volunteer leaders. The Branch Council supports this great community of volunteers. The council is recruiting applicants for the Branch Council elections that will be held this summer. Read more…

Putts and Pints to Support The Mountaineers - Every Sunday in March

We know that mini golf isn't the conventional recreational activity of choice for Mountaineers, but it's certainly a fun option when you don't want to be outdoors! Perhaps you're looking for something to do with your in-laws while they're in town, or you're tired of the date-day crowds at the rock gym. Maybe you and your friends simply need an activity where someone can be the undeniable winner. Make the most of your time inside and join The Mountaineers to sink putts and drink pints for a good cause! Read more…

Make a Date with a Book

Happy Valentine’s week, book lovers! Are you looking for The One? The page-turner that you feel was written just for you? Look no further. Whether it’s cycling, hiking, photography, poetry, or humor that makes your pulse race, we’ve lined up some books that have ‘soulmate’ written all over them. Read more…

West McMillan Spire - Slipped, Slid, Bounced, Finally Arrested

As Mountaineers, we are committed to learning from our experiences. We examine every incident that happens on a Mountaineers trip for opportunities to improve the ways we explore and teach. Our volunteer safety committee reviews every incident report and picks a few each month to share as examples of ‘Lessons Learned’. The trip report below describes what happened on this trip, in the leader’s own words, and outlines the lessons the leader has identified. In some cases, we offer additional key learnings from the incident. Read more…

TRANSITIONS: A Note from Mountaineers Books Publisher, Helen Cherullo

In 2020, Mountaineers Books celebrates 60 years of nonprofit publishing and award-winning books by and for the outdoor, mountain, and conservation communities. At the same time, I am personally celebrating 20 gratifying years as Publisher. I have learned more about myself, relationships, and what truly matters in life through guiding our staff—and working with authors and photographers to share their voices and stories with enthusiastic readers and dreamers. During my tenure, we have published more than 750 books, many of which are still in print today. Read more…

Olympia Conservation Stewardship Development Meeting - Feb 27

According to Olympia Mountaineer Jim French: "as Mountaineers, we may have been the first to see changes in our environment and they have been catastrophic. The signs aren't good. Well, the smart gambler says, 'let's not take that chance. Maybe we should be doing something.'" Read more…

Action Alert! House to Vote On Wild Olympics Protections

Tomorrow, the US House of Representatives will take up an incredible lands package, Protecting America’s Wilderness Act, which includes additional protections for the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act here in Washington State. The act will protect over one hundred thousand acres around the Olympic National Park where outdoor enthusiasts, including Mountaineers, hike, camp, and more. We need your support to get this important bill passed in Congress! Read more…

Mountaineers Backpacking Courses for 2020

Backpacking season will be upon us before we know it, and we have more options than ever to help you kick-start your backcountry dreams. Courses are available for adults at all skill and experience levels, as well as for families who want to take kids out on the trail. And, you're welcome to take a course with any branch regardless of your branch affiliation. Be sure to sign up for courses while you can, they fill up quickly!   Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Kelsey Blodgett

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