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Olympia Branch Used Gear Sale Feb 9, 2023

 Have you recently sorted through your gear stash and found some things that you haven't used for a while or no longer need?  Rent a table at the Used Gear Sale and go home with some cash. Read more…

Foothills Leverages Donations Through Pilot - We Need Your Input!

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, philanthropic donations to The Mountaineers support organization-wide innovation, equity, conservation, and more. But did you know that The Mountaineers has a pilot program where members can designate donations specifically to their branch community? Read more…

Congratulations Will Greenough: Mountaineers Leader of the Year

As a member since 1977, Will has been an active leader in our community for over a decade. His success in the Basic and Intermediate Sea Kayaking Courses led him to become a prominent Sea Kayaking leader at the Olympia Branch. For his service to the Olympia Branch, Will received the Olympia Branch Service Award in 2016.  Read more…

Did You Know? The Sound of Silence: Why Snow Brings Quiet

The most exciting moment of winter is the season’s first snowfall. Sometimes snow falls at opportune moments when you can witness small flakes gently speckling the sidewalks. Other years you wake up to the world carpeted in a perfect blanket of white. You step outside and marvel at the winter wonderland while scouring for the best place to have an epic snowball fight. Standing there, one of the first things you notice is a serene silence almost as breathtaking as the snow itself. You aren’t imagining things – the world actually is quieter when it snows. Read more…

Mountaineer of the Week: Renee Stern

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

Top 10 Trip Reports - January 2023

Happy January Mountaineers!  As we ring in the new year with some of our favorite trip reports from last month, we hope you feel inspired to reflect on your past success as you forge ahead into a year full of adventure and personal growth.

This month we are  highlighting trip reports that "beat" the "winter blues" amidst the dark and dreary winter. Read on for our favorite January reports of smiles, snow, and the occasional blue sky.  
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Protections Restored for Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

Over the years, we’ve been on a long journey to protect ancient, old-growth trees in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Our community has answered our calls to action time and time again because it understands that protecting Roadless Areas in Alaska sets a strong precedent for protecting backcountry places in Washington State and beyond. Last week, the administration finalized protections for the Tongass, securing a much-anticipated win for conservation, climate, and Indigenous communities. Read more…

Impact Giving | Ski Season, Shoulder Season, Tax Season

As Mountaineers, we tend to think in “seasons.” Snow season, smoke season, conditioning season, and summer camp enrollment season all come to mind. But what about tax season? More and more, Mountaineers members are donating to invest in our shared community values, such as conserving our public lands or making outdoor education more accessible. Maybe your life has been enriched by being part of The Mountaineers and you have donated in support of our mission. As tax season approaches, we’re here with some FAQs about your contributions and how they may impact your filing. Read more…

Meet Philip Henderson and Steve Swenson at the 2023 Gala

April 1 will be a night to remember. Once a year, we gather together to raise funds allowing us to elevate the way our community transforms lives through outdoor education and conservation. We exchange stories, raise our glasses, and are reminded of the tremendous contributions of our community’s most inspiring individuals. Read more…

Retro Rewind | The 1934 Silver Skis Race

Enjoy an excerpt below from Written in the Snows, written by renowned local skiing historian Lowell Skoog and published by Mountaineers Books. In it, we read the account of the first slalom ski race in the Pacific Northwest, an event characterized by equal parts thrill and chaos. Read more…