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Did You Know? Tumwater Falls Park

Tumwater Falls is a small historical park set in the midst of two bustling city centers. The falls, as it is locally known, is a great in-town walk anytime of the year. This means that even in the worst weather, you can still enjoy the falls and the park. Read more…

Twelve Days of Mountaineers Books: Day Eight

We’re officially in December! We have books to read, eggs to nog, and all the joy and celebration of a year – sometimes fun, sometimes frustrating – coming to an end. To dive into the final push of 2018, we are happy to present to you: The 12 Days of Mountaineers Books.

(Feel free to hum along in your head.) Read more…

Top 10 Trip Reports - November 2018

As Washington's ski resorts are finally nearing opening day, we can look back on a November  with a tiny bit of snow, some clear weather, and of course, a more than a dash of rain. Regardless of the weather, Mountaineers across the branches hiked, scrambled, and kayaked  their way through the month.  Read more…

How To: Get Ready for Winter

Though we’ve been teased with temperate days this October and November, autumn is rapidly coming to a close - and with it comes biting wind and cherry red cheeks. Bring your a-game this season by being fully prepared to handle the cold and any unexpected surprises father winter may throw your way. From winter trail running to cross-country skiing, we have you covered. Read more…

How to Give back to the volunteers that change our lives

It took 63 people 1,546 hours to get me to the top of Mt. Baker. It may sound crazy, but it’s true. Read more…

Traversing Blowdowns in the Pasayten Wilderness

My husband Bri and I love backcountry adventures, particularly to remote places without crowds and high routes without trail. We’ve explored much of the Cascades, but when we eyed a trip into the Pasayten Wilderness we felt that the driving distance and spectacular scenery warranted a longer expedition than usual. We decided to go before Slate Pass Road opened, when the high peaks in the area still had snow blanketing their scree slopes and the travelers on horseback had not yet arrived.   Read more…

Leader Spotlight: Tab Wilkins

For our Leader Spotlight this month we talked to Tab Wilkins, a volunteer leader with the Foothills Branch who encourages our leaders to be more collaborative, to learn from and recognize near-misses, and to embrace opportunities for feedback. Read more…

Wilderness Risk Management Conference Recap - 2018

The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is an annual gathering of outdoor professionals that creates an unparalleled opportunity for experts from throughout the industry to share knowledge and best practices. We were lucky that this year's conference was so close to home - just down the road in Portland, OR - which allowed us the opportunity to send a group of fourteen staff and volunteers to learn and share on behalf of our organization. Read more…

Caribou Rainforest

The following is excerpted from Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope by David Moskowitz. This is from Chapter Four, "Mountain Caribou: Ghosts of the Rainforest."  Read more…