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WA Department of Natural Resources Recreation Projects

There are two current recreation projects that you can get involved in: planning for recreation in their northwestern forests and a future 20-mile mountain bike trail system near Darrington. Read more…

An Appalachian Trail Evening with Heather "Anish" Anderson - Dec. 2, 2015

In September 2015, Washington resident Heather “Anish” Anderson hiked the 2,200 Appalachian Trail in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes. Hiking 16-18 hours a day, she averaged 40 miles a day, setting a new fast-speed thru-hike record for FKT (fastest know time) for an ‘unsupported” hiker on the AT. Read more…

Mountaineers #OptOutside on Black Friday (and every day!)

REI made headlines with their decision to close stores on Black Friday and pay their employees to #OptOutside. We'd like to give them a shout out because like REI, The Mountaineers believes going outside is not just good for your health - but good for your soul.  Read more…

Empowering Connections

It’s pushing 95 degrees in Portland, and I’m biking home in the uncharacteristic and unforgiving sunshine, squinting even behind my sunglasses. It’s been over 90 all week. Read more…

Winter Book Sale - Starting Nov 30

Stop by the bookstore at our Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park for great deals on books and maps for your family, your friends and yourself! Read more…

The Mountaineers Recognized in OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015

Seattle, WA (November 16, 2015) – The Mountaineers, an outdoor nonprofit based in the Pacific Northwest, has been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015. For over 100 years, The Mountaineers has been getting people outside safely and responsibly. With staff and volunteers delivering memorable outdoor programs and a nationally recognized publishing division, The Mountaineers is actively creating future generation of stewards for the outdoors.  Read more…

Ride a Bike, Save Money

While I’m a fiercely proud born and bred frugalist, saving money is not one of my main motivators for commuting by bike. It might even be last on my list, with happiness, greenness, efficiency, and health vying for first place, but it’s often one of the first questions people considering a bike commute ask: how much money will I save? Read more…

How to: Prepare for Variable Weather

With the days getting shorter and colder as we creep into winter, many climbers start looking for warmer venues for their climbing excursions. If you are looking for a weekend warm-up, we have good crags close to home, like Vantage, Tieton, and Smith Rock. However, even though these areas are usually warm during the day, they can still get bitterly cold at night. Climbers should be prepared for the temperature swings that accompany these arid, deserty crags. Read more…

Is there a zombie in Congress?

As you probably already know, despite significant bipartisan support, Congress let the Land and Water Conservation Fund expire at the end of September. And, even with Fund’s many champions, a bill was recently introduced that would effectively gut the program. Read more…

Kids and Skiing: building a win/win scenario

For those of us who love the sound our boards make on smooth, groomed snow, the idea of someday sharing that love with our kids is exciting. We dream about family chairlift talks, racing down the groomers, and the bonding over hot chocolate at the base area. The reality is a bit different. Read more…