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Our Secret Rainier: Lookout Towers

Mount Rainier National Park has over 100 climbable peaks — not counting Mount Rainier itself — either within or immediately adjacent to the Park boundary. Most are scrambles, a few are climbs, and 15 peaks are reachable as hikes.  Read more…

BeWild: Q&A with Dave Showalter

Few have documented the new American West as thoroughly or as beautifully as conservation photographer Dave Showalter. In a new book of photography and essays, Sage Spirit (out in August from nonprofit conservation publisher Braided River), Showalter illuminates the Sagebrush Sea which houses an abundance of unique wildlife, including the quickly receding population of Greater and Gunnison Sage-grouse. Read more…

Update Your Volunteer Profile

The Mountaineers has a small full-time staff, but volunteers create and run our hundreds of monthly activities, courses, and events. By using the "My Volunteer Profile" tab of your account, you can contribute to these efforts by letting  our volunteer and staff leadership know what talents and interests you have.  Read more…

Help teach summer campers to climb!

Junior Mountaineers camp  is a program for kids ages 6-13, and each week the campers learn all sorts of outdoor skills. 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…

Anatomy of a Major Website Project

Sally Kleinfeldt is one of the people who helped us design our fantastic new website. She attended the Nonprofit Technology Conference last March and was inspired to submit a session proposal for the 2016 conference. She knows we have lots of useful information to share with the nonprofit community, and her session proposal was accepted! Read more…

Sexism in the outdoors

Every Mountaineer is well-meaning. Every volunteer cares about the experiences of their students and participants. But let's look at some statements that women occasionally hear while out on the trails: Read more…

Get involved with your local branch!

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

Summer Camp 2015: Water Week

Hello! My name is Adry and I'm the Summer Camp Coordinator. I am so excited to be creating our Summer Camp blog this summer. From July 6-10, the theme here at the Mountaineers will revolve around Survival! I'll be posting daily updates so check back for general information, photos, field trip updates, and daily camp reflections. Click here any time to see pictures of our adventures!  Read more…