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Renew Your Wilderness First Responder In Time For Summer Adventures

Is your Wilderness First Responder certification about to expire? You're in luck! Back by popular demand, The Mountaineers will be offering Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFC) courses starting March 3, 2017. Or if you need to get a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) cert,  we're offering a 10-day and a 5-day Hybrid WFR (H-WFR) course!  Read more…

Grizzly Bear Restoration Options Available for Comment

The National Park Service (NPS) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are seeking public comment as they evaluate options for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades. Read more…

Everett HikeFest - April 5, 2017

All Mountaineers and the general public are invited to attend HIKE FEST 2017. Come to learn everything you need to know about hiking in the Pacific Northwest. Read more…

Everett Potluck and Gear Grab - March 1

Mountaineer members and the general public are invited to our Annual Potluck Dinner and Gear Grab on Wednesday March 1st. Don't miss this opportunity to pick up some bargains and meet our guest speaker, Craig Romano. Read more…

Staff Support for Program Growth

The Mountaineers is an incredible organization powered by volunteers. And when we say "powered by," we mean the volunteer efforts of more than 2,000 individuals add up to the equivalent of nearly 50 full time staff! Our volunteers are innovative, smart, hard-working and dedicated, which is why we existed for nearly 80 years before hiring our first staff person. But, now in the age of technology, times are changing quickly and the Puget Sound is growing even faster. To manage that change and growth, our volunteers need support. Read more…

Progressive Climbing Education - A multi-year plan

In mid-2016, The Mountaineers Board of Directors voted to allocate funds to begin a project called Progressive Climbing Education. The goal was to dedicate resources to advance the goals and initiatives  of our passionate volunteers. Done well, these strategic investments will make our suite of volunteer-led Climbing Programs more fun for volunteers to run, easier to recruit volunteers for, more attractive to new climbers (especially those coming out of the gym), and more advanced for our highly-skilled volunteers and students.

On January 12, 2017, the Board of Directors ratified a multi-year Progressive Climbing Education Plan and approved $131k to fund the first phase of work in 2017.  Read more…

A Mountain for All Ages

As a group of 6-year-old Junior Mountaineers campers was walking toward the waterfront at Magnuson Park, the volunteer counselor pointed out, “Look! There’s Mount Rainier!” To which one camper replied, “Hey that’s like us! We’re the Junior MountRainiers!” It was a cute play on words and a great metaphor for the awe the mountain inspires and the way our volunteers can use it to encourage kids to dream of big goals. Read more…

Mount Rainier National Park Will Accept Online Reservations Requests in 2017

On March 15, Mount Rainier National Park will begin accepting reservation requests for wilderness camping and climbing permits, including overnight trips on the Wonderland Trail. You may remember that last year a power failure downed the park's online system, forcing all reservations to be made on a first-come, first-served basis. This year it's all systems go for online reservations! Read more…

Methow Update: Mining Suspended, Public Input Needed

We asked, and our land managers listened. On Friday, December 30, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a two-year segregation notice that temporarily protects 340,000 acres of the Methow Valley from future mining claims. The action blocks the proposed copper claim overlooking the town of Mazama for two years, providing us with a critical period to make the case for the long-term protection of the Methow Valley. Read more…

Wanted: Stories of your Walks in the Wild

Co-sponsored by the Foothills and Seattle Hiking and Backpacking Committees, this presentation series is about the unique and special places our members have explored on two feet with a pack on their back. These are places worthy of a life-list for other wild-walkers, places that are off the normal tourist track but still in-reach of any fit and hardy Mountaineer with the urge to go far afield. Read more…