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Donor Profile: John Wick

I’m often filled with a sense of gratitude when I start the process of selecting, interviewing and featuring a donor for this column. It the week of Thanksgiving when I wrote this piece, so that feeling of gratitude was amplified and got me thinking about things for which I am thankful. Of course, I’m grateful for the many donors who generously give to the Mountaineers, but I’m also grateful to have a wonderful family. My parents instilled in us a strong work ethic, the value of giving back, and the practices of being thankful, kind and mindful. We belonged to a church so folks modeled many of these qualities, but the concept of giving “time, talent and treasures” was taken to a whole new level when I started working at The Mountaineers. Read more…

You're invited! Celebrating Martinique

Mark your calendars and join us Tuesday, August 11, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to say thank you to Martinique and wish her well as she contemplates her next professional opportunity. All members are invited to her THANK YOU party, which will be held at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center. Light refreshments will be served. Our program will officially start at 6pm. 

You can RSVP here, OR you can RSVP to Karen Kirsch by sending an email to development@mountaineers.org. Thank you!

For more information about Martinique's transition, you can read her letter here.  And to read more about next steps, please check out Board President, Dan Lauren's blog

Learn with Alpine Scrambling - Intense

This past spring we hosted the fifth year of the Alpine Scrambling Intense (ASI) class teaching 17 students the basics of off-trail travel. Five years and 60 participants later we’ve learned some surprising things, including how modularization techniques could revolutionize the future of outdoor education! Read more…

Greenspaces and happy faces

 We took a sharp turn onto Alaska Place and parked at a dead end in front of a house with a green awning covering the front porch. “Green Seattle Partnership” lined the edge of the tent, shovels were laid out in a perfect pattern, and a huge -pile of mulch sat next to the front door. Read more…

What is the Outdoor Access Working Group Working On?

The Outdoor Access Working Group (OAWG) believes that people should be able to responsibly appreciate and experience America’s National Forests. For many people, organized trips are the ticket to outdoor recreation. Therefore, the organizations that lead these trips are crucial leaders in terms of outdoor recreation. Read more…

Farewell to Martinique: A message from board president Dan Lauren

It’s with sadness that I announce Martinique Grigg has decided to step down from her role as executive director of The Mountaineers August 13.  She has served in this position since December 2009. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Jim Paxinos

For our member profile this week we talked to ... Read more…

The Mountaineers Gets People Moving!

Mountaineers members are active people, and we have the numbers to show it! Simply by looking at the trips our leaders have posted online, our membership has done some serious human-powered travel so far in 2015 - over 72k miles and 22 MILLION feet of elevation gain (and we've got plenty of time for more)!  Read more…

North Cascades Helicopter Landing Proposal

The U.S. Army has proposed several helicopter landing sites in the North Cascades for pilots to practice flyovers and high altitude landings. Some of the proposed landing zones have raised concerns because of their proximity to popular recreation areas and trails. Read more…

Summer Camp 2015: Mountains 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 27-31, the theme here at the Mountaineers will revolve around mountains! 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…