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Last Chance for the Land and Water Conservation Fund!

Last week, we joined other Outdoor Alliance members - paddlers, climbers, backcountry skiers, mountaineers, and mountain bikers - from 5 states to advocate for public lands with officials in Washington DC. We met with lawmakers from Colorado, Montana, West Virginia, Arizona, Washington, and Tennessee to talk about the impending expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Read more…

How Funding for Megafires Impacts Outdoor Recreation

As many Mountaineers members experienced, this year was record breaking for wildfires. You may have had your hiking plans cancelled due to large fire-related closures in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, or if you spent time anywhere in the mountains this summer, you had a high chance of experiencing a smoky haze. Learn more about the proposed funding changes. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Arin Sharkey

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

Small gifts go a long way

The best part of my job is visiting with donors. It’s satisfying to see a donor’s reaction to the stories I share about the various ways that she has made an impact on the community with her contributions. But it’s even more gratifying to hear how donors began their love affair with the outdoors and what inspired them to make their first gift to The Mountaineers. Read more…

Everest: Raising awareness about global community - Sept 17

In the spring of 1990 - when the US, China, and Soviet Union were Cold War enemies and real war seemed imminent -  I organized and led the Mount Everest International Peace Climb. But there were personal reasons for the climb as well. The expedition not only focused on peace and the environment, it fostered a global mountaineering community and inspired efforts to save a young life. Read more…

Everest: Raising awareness about global environmental issues - Sept 17

In the spring of 1990 - when the US, China, and Soviet Union were Cold War enemies and real war seemed imminent -  I organized and led the Mount Everest International Peace Climb. Planned on for the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Day, we sought not only to reach the summit, but to send a message to world leaders about the state of the environment.  Read more…

Big news for The North Cascades!

The North Cascades has just been named a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards! We couldn't be happier to have this book illuminating the stunning beauty of the North Cascades receive this recognition. Read more…

A Climbing Evolution: 40 years with The Mountaineers

We’re aware some people perceive us as an ‘old guy’s club’. And while that may have been the case 60 years ago when we were inventing methods of climbing the highest and most remote peaks, it just isn’t true anymore. Read more…

New Hike/Backpack Leader Seminar - Oct 7

Join us October  7 at the Mercer Island Library at 6:30pm for our Hike and Backpack Leader Seminar. Read more…

Everest: A Symbol of Peace and Hope - Sept 17

In the spring of 1990 - when the US, China, and Soviet Union were Cold War enemies and real war seemed imminent -  I organized and led the Mount Everest International Peace Climb. Despite language barriers, foul weather, equipment failures, and illness, our expedition of mountaineers from enemy countries reached the summit and changed the conversation from one of war to one of peace. With so much tragedy and death on Everest the past couple of years - especially  on the Tibetan side of Mt. Everest where we climbed -  I want to share why I still see Everest as a symbol of hopeRead more…