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Mountaineer of the Week: Max Roberts

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to... Read more…

Your spring donation supports volunteer-led outdoor education

Spring is an exciting time at The Mountaineers as people from all backgrounds and experience levels turn to us to seek outdoor education and venture outdoors through books, trips, and activities. Spring is also when our community rallies to support our shared vision through philanthropy. Read more…

Measuring Personal Growth on Ruth & Icy

On a Friday night in late August, I headed north from Seattle with Iris, Phillip, and Jordan - three friends I’d made in the Everett Basic Climbing course. We were on our way to Ruth Mountain and Icy Peak to try what’s known as the Ruth and Icy Traverse - a linkup of two glaciated summits on the border of North Cascades National Park. Read more…

Mountaineer of the Week: Brien Houston

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to... Read more…

Get to Know Travis Vermeer, Foothills Chair-Elect

Since joining The Mountaineers in 2019, Travis has taken the Basic Snowshoeing, Alpine Scrambling, and Basic Alpine Climbing courses, helped instruct for the Wilderness Navigation, Alpine Scrambling, and Basic Alpine Climbing courses, become a hike leader, and participated in numerous Mountaineers activities and events. He was elected as Chair-Elect for the Branch in 2023. Read more…

Magnuson Park: A Living History

When I was little my parents enrolled me in summer sailing camp. My mother told me it was a necessary life skill that would be useful later on, but I was skeptical. Next thing I knew I was on a small boat with three other kids, floating into the middle of Lake Washington. We were packed into the boat shoulder to shoulder, our red regulation life jackets up to our ears. My stomach bobbed up and down in tandem with the waves. We looked at each other with the same expression, “you guys know how to do this, right?” None of us did. Read more…

GiveBIG and Receive your Adventure with Purpose 2024 sticker

Today and tomorrow mark a celebration of community and generosity across the Pacific Northwest. Will you join us and GiveBIG to get more people outside? Read more…

Peak Performance | Food for Thought

But what do you eat? This is my students’ favorite question when I tell them I’m running a 100-mile race. More than anything, they want to know what’s in store for my stomach (they care deeply about my stomach when I talk about mountaineering, too). If you’re also curious, here are my insights from years of running and mountaineering. Read more…

Advocacy 101: Best Practices for Engaging With Land Managers

Public land management. While it may not sound like the most exciting subject, Mountaineers courses and programs depend on well-managed public lands and waters. From trail maintenance to wildfire protection, an effective land management plan is the foundation for a good day spent outside. That’s where land managers come in. Read more…

Give Back during GiveBIG - May 7 & 8

On May 7 & 8 thousands of Washingtonians will join GiveBIG, a regional grassroots fundraising movement to support the causes and organizations that help our community flourish. Make a GiveBIG donation to The Mountaineers to support inclusive and responsible outdoor recreation in the PNW and beyond! Read more…

Mountaineer of the Week: Donia Zaheri

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to... Read more…

CEO Update: State of the Organization Recap - April 2024

On April 30, 2024, we shared a “state of the organization” update with members of our community. One year into our new strategic plan, Adventure with Purpose, we are excited to be in a strong position to continue our forward momentum. We also celebrate our rock-solid community, which is rooted in exceptional volunteerism and generosity where our mission, core values, and strategic plan continue to be our North Star as we look to the future. Read more…

Celebrate 20 Years of Conditioning Hiking Series - June 21, 2024

Calling all Conditioning Hiking Series (CHS) trip leaders and alumni! Join us June 21 at the Seattle Program Center to celebrate and congratulate CHS founders Kelly & Matt Cleman for their vision and dedication. Since 2005, nearly 1,000 Mountaineers have graduated CHS, earning their course badge, improving their fitness, and hiking to farther and more spectacular places than they ever thought possible. Read more…

Top 10 Trip Reports - April 2024

April... It was the best of months, it was the worst of months. Read on, dear friends, for occasional chaos, butt-scraping fun, superior starts, few redeeming qualities, and the promise to never return. Oh, and two straggling March trip reports that you'll be grateful we didn't let go unnoticed. Read more…

Virtually Trek Through Washington's Ecosystems With DNR Program Manager Joe Rocchio - May 16, 2024

What is biodiversity, and what creates it? What defines the ecosystems ranging from saltwater marshes to alpine tundra, and what species inhabit these areas?  Join the Seattle Naturalists for an engaging virtual exploration of Washington's diverse ecosystems, led by the Washington Natural Heritage Program Manager, Joe Rocchio.  Read more…

A Costume Climbing Tradition: Anywhere, Anytime

The sweat pours from your brow as you trudge under the spring sun, a mere half-mile from the summit. You know you’re tired, but begin to question if you’re unwell when you see not one, but a dozen people bounding toward you, clad in all kinds of hiking-inappropriate garb. One man is in a hula skirt, followed by a woman dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. You sit down for safety and watch the apparitions get closer. You’re not hallucinating. You’ve just stumbled upon the elusive Mother’s Day hikers outside of their usual haunt. Read more…

Join Our Spring Conservation Policy & Advocacy Update Event - June 4, 2024

As someone who cares deeply about the outdoors, you’re well positioned to be an effective advocate - it just takes a little training and knowing the best opportunities to engage. In addition to advocating on behalf of our community of more than 16,000 outdoor enthusiasts, The Mountaineers amplifies opportunities to leverage your voice to advance conservation and recreation policy and create new ways to deepen your engagement in our conservation work. Read more…

Spring Gear Grab - May 20, 2024

Have a mile-long gear wish list or some extra gear you'd like to unload? Come to The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center from 6-8pm on Monday, May 20 for our upcoming Gear Grab.  Read more…

2023-2024 Leadership Development Series - It's a Wrap!

After an exciting seven months, we wrapped up our sixth year of the Leadership Development Series, providing high-quality, continuing education opportunities for our volunteer leaders. Thank you to all participants and presenters who joined us. Read more…

Did You Know: Using Crosscut Saws With The Mountaineers

 Have you ever wondered who builds and maintains the trails where you recreate, or who cuts the downed trees off the trails? We do. Read more…

Mountaineer of the Week: Brian Stone

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to... Read more…

Outside Insights | Summiting With Servant Leadership

Mountaineering, an exhilarating and challenging pursuit centered around scaling towering peaks, transcends mere physical conquest. It embodies teamwork, resilience, and selflessness, all hallmarks of servant leadership. Read more…

Delve Deep: Explore Mammoth Cave National Park with Global Adventures

Calling all spelunkers and scramblers! This September, Global Adventures has a unique adventure planned for you: an unforgettable trip to Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky. This wonder is featured as one the “Top 10 Experiences” in Moon's USA National Park Guide – and for good reason. Read more…

Mountaineer of the Week: Karter Wight

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to... Read more…

We Are All Treaty People: Part I

The Mountaineers is partnering with the Sacred Lands Conservancy, an Indigenous-led nonprofit with strong ties to the Lummi Nation, to produce a series of educational pieces on the importance of mindful recreation and how we can all develop deeper connections to the histories of our natural places. Tah-Mahs Ellie Kinley is a Lhaq’temish fisherwoman, an enrolled Lummi Nation tribal member, an elected member of Lummi Nation’s Fisheries and Natural Resource Commission, and President of the Sacred Lands Conservancy (SLC). We hope you enjoy this blog from her, written in collaboration with SLC’s Julie Trimingham, which shares history and context about the regional tribal treaties that allow us to live, work, and recreate on these lands and waters. - Conor Marshall, Advocacy & Engagement Manager Read more…

Conservation Currents | Learn How to Advocate for Public Lands With Advocacy 101

It was a humid summer day in the other Washington, as I donned a sport coat and tie and met with fellow bird conservation advocates on Capitol Hill. As a budding conservation advocate, this was my first in-person lobby meeting – a short 15-minutes with a congressional staffer about a bill that would help make federal buildings safer for birds. Read more…

Registration Is Open for Foothills Day Camp

With summer sun and fun right around the corner, our team is diving into camp preparation and planning. This year will include many of the traditional Mountaineers Summer Camp activities in addition to new ventures. This year, we’re launching a Day Camp program on the East Side, expanding our Summer Camp offerings to include week-long Day Camp programs in Renton starting in 2024.  Read more…

Mountaineer of the Week: Zihao Deng

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"We wanted to know more, and that's how it all began."

Headstrap authors Nandini Purandare and Deepa Balsavar share insight into the start of this decade-long project.  Read more…

Adventure with Purpose: A Recap of Our 2024 Gala

Each year, our community gathers at our annual fundraising Gala, Adventure with Purpose, to make a difference for people and places through the mission and vision of The Mountaineers. The funds raised in this single night represent more than a third of our charitable revenue for the year, elevating  mission and values driven initiatives across all branches and activities. Your support is vital for some of our most impactful programs such as youth outreach, scholarships, volunteer leadership development, nonprofit publishing, conservation advocacy efforts, and more. At this year’s Gala, we raised an astonishing $650,000 elevating the way we LEAD innovation in outdoor education, ENGAGE a vibrant community of outdoor enthusiasts, and ADVOCATE on behalf of the natural world. Read more…