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Vantage Toilet Installed!

VantageToilet

It’s in!

Last year, the Washington Climbers Coalition, the American Alpine Club and The Mountaineers, with support from the Access Fund, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Spokane Mountaineers and the entire Northwest climbing community, raised $50,000 for the installation of a toilet at the Frenchman Coulee climbing area (better known as Vantage) in Central Washington. Read more…

The Big Tent in 2014 and Big News from Olympia

There is Big News for outdoor recreation from Olympia! On February 13th Governor Inslee announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Outdoor Recreation in Washington State. Read more…

Loss of a beloved Everett Mountaineer

We're sad to report that we lost an Everett Branch Mountaineer on Saturday, January 18th. Franklin Bradshaw and a companion were on Lewis Peak when a cornice collapsed and Franklin was swept down the mountain in an avalanche. Read more…

Eddie Bauer Prodeal

We're afraid we have some bad news regarding the Eddie Bauer 40% ProDeal discount program through The Mountaineers. In early November, Eddie Bauer temporarily suspended the processing of ProDeal applications in order to develop new technology to make processing memberships easier. Unfortunately, we have just confirmed Eddie Bauer does not have a timeline in place to re-launch the program, and we are removing it from our list of benefits. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Nina Crampton

This month we spoke with Nina Crampton, a volunteer leader who enjoys teaching almost as much a good beer after a long day in the mountains. For extra entertainment, read her interview with a British accent – she’s from the UK! Read more…

Backcountry Essentials Seminar with NWAC

Is "NWAC" a household term and already a valuable resource for you? Or, have you never heard of them? Whether you are already a veteran backcountry skier/rider/snowshoer or you are still feeling very new, the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) website has much to offer you. And this season, much has changed on their website that you need to know about.  Read more…

Bellingham 2014 Basic Course has begun!

The basic course will teach you the skills to safely get to higher ground via rock climbing, snow and glacier travel, backpacking, and hiking through moderate to difficult terrain. You will learn how to evaluate weather, mountain terrain, and snow conditions to make sound decisions about when and how to travel in the high country. We will also teach Advanced Alpine First Aid in order to minimize the potential for an accident and provide the first response to incidents in the back country. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Yinan Zhao, Climb Leader

Each week, The Mountaineers interview a member of our outdoor community to ask 10 Essential Questions. This week, we spoke with Yinan Zhao, a climb instructor who came to America from China with big dreams of conquering Mountains.  Read more…

Encouraging News for the Elwha Restoration Project

We are thrilled to hear that biologists have observed the largest Chinook salmon run since 1992 in the Elwha River and that dam removal is back on schedule. Biologists counted 1,741 adult Chionook and mapped 763 redds (salmon nests) between the mouth of the river and Glines Canyon dam. Of the total salmon counted during the one-day survey, 75% were observed upstream of the former Elwha Dam site. Read more…

Last Chance to Comment on the Sustainable Roads Project

The Forest Service is holding their final public meeting for the Sustainable Roads Project in Everett on November 13 (rescheduled due to government shutdown earlier in October). Read more…