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Learn About the Olympic National Forest Sustainable Recreation Survey | May 4

Join the Olympia Branch on May 4 to learn about the new Sustainable Recreation Study being conducted by the Olympic National Forest (ONF). Ranger Jai Lust, ONF Wilderness and Trails Coordinator, will be presenting on the study, designed to engage the public in the care of trails and gather feedback on individual trail management. Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Jerrick Linde

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

Trip Report: Outdoor Alliance Washington Talks Equitable Outdoor Access with Rep. Marilyn Strickland

Last year, we announced that The Mountaineers is leading Outdoor Alliance Washington, a group of organizations representing the human-powered outdoor recreation community in Washington State. Outdoor Alliance Washington meets with elected officials to advocate for funding to improve outdoor recreation opportunities and conserve our public lands. While we often meet through Zoom or in an office, it’s much more fun - and effective - to meet in officials’  districts in parks and public lands. Read more…

Conservation Currents | A Brighter Future for Washington’s Forests

 For years, Mountaineers Super Volunteer Richard Babunovic loaded up his Subaru Outback and headed to Mt. Pilchuck - his favorite mountain. Read more…

2021-2022 Leadership Development Series: Upcoming Events

It's been a busy six months for our Leadership Development Series! We hosted over 35 high-quality, continuing education remote seminars for over 500 volunteer leaders from October 2021 through April 2022, and it's not done yet. We're excited to highlight five more upcoming sessions as we wrap up our 2021-2022 Leadership Development Series. Read more…

Grassroots Giving in Washington - GiveBIG is coming back on MAY 3 & 4, 2022

We're excited to kick off our spring fundraiser by participating in GiveBIG! 

GiveBIG is a statewide movement of generosity, where donors like you come together to invest in our region. You can use the Washington Gives platform to easily find all the causes you already help fund, share about the organizations that mean the most to you, and to find new ones to support. Donations to The Mountaineers during GiveBIG will help unlock even more funding through a unique matching opportunity. Read more…

Half Moon Bouldering: Cultivating a New Kind of Climbing Community

Streaks of glue are glistening in our hair and work overalls from another late night working on the bouldering gym’s construction. My life partner Daniel is putting up wall paneling while I assist, a wet rag in my hands to wipe away residue from the installation. We’re exhausted and elated at the same time. It seems surreal to be putting the finishing touches on a project that has absorbed the last five years of our lives. In building Half Moon Bouldering, our family start-up and the first bouldering gym in Greenwood, we feel like we’ve been aiming for the moon, and now it seems we’re actually close to landing. Read more…

Olympia Mountaineers Presents Banff Mountain Film Festival - Apr 30 & May 1

Olympia Mountaineers have been sponsoring the Banff Film Festival for many years, and this spring, The Olympia Branch  and the Olympia Film Society are thrilled to bring live shows back to Olympia! Read more…

10 Essential Questions: Vishal Vasudevan

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

Foothills Volunteer Spotlight: Brian Talbert

Meet Brian Talbert, a Foothills backpacking leader and a mentor for the Foothills Backpacking Building Blocks course. As an active member of the Foothills Hiking and Backpacking Committee, Brian manages leadership development and certification for the committee. Read more…