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Birds of the West - Exploring Wetlands

Birds accompany us daily in our neighborhoods with their songs, bright colors, and energetic activity. We seek them out, from urban wetlands to wilderness trails, following the sound of a distant twitter or song. In Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide, award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto captures the likeness of nearly 100 species using different media. Read more…

Sharpen your Skills. Save your Life

The key to having fun in the backcountry is having the skills and knowledge to get home safely.

From knowing how to travel on glaciers or tie proper knots to building an emergency snow cave or trusting a cam, Mountaineers Books publish a wide range of instructional guide books that detail best practices, expert techniques, and safety tips for human-powered outdoor activities. Professional guides, outdoor educators, instructors, volunteers, and weekend warriors around the globe use our guidebooks to further develop and advance their outdoor skills.

Last fall, Mountaineers Books published the 3rd Edition of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by renowned avalanche expert Bruce Tremper. Ski patrollers and winter-sport educators across the country—from the Alaska Range to the Cascades to the Rockies to the White Mountains—rely on Staying Alive to provide the knowledge and skills for anyone headed into the backcountry.

For example, The Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol (MBNSP) uses Staying Alive for instructor development in all their Avalanche Level 1 classes. “We’ve used Staying Alive as the primary reference for our classes, beginning with the first edition. In this third edition, human factors are the main focus of the book and influenced our curriculum as well. We appreciate the new focus on simple snow tests for evaluating snow stability,” shares Dr. Ranie Lynds, Adjunct Professor at The University of Wyoming and member of the MBNSP. “The book is a pleasure to read, not only for avalanche nerds, but the students appreciate too. In fact, we insist that they have a copy of the book to take the class because it will be a tool they can use the rest of their lives.”

No matter if you’re skiing Mount Baker or overnighting at Camp Muir, you can count on Mountaineers Books to teach you how to stay safe, have fun, and return home happy and healthy.   

Today, Mountaineers Books has more than 800 titles in print that empower our outdoor community—locally and beyond—to explore, learn, and conserve. As a donor, you make it possible for us to publish texts that continually uphold the importance of quality outdoor education so that we can stay in the business of making a difference—for all people and all places.  

Would you join us with a gift today to support our mission to publish books that celebrate the freedom and generosity of a life outdoors? As a thank you for your support, all gifts of $100 or more will be 100% matched by the generosity of Rich and Martha Draves, up to $10,000!

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Thank you again for making it possible to get lost in an adventure with Mountaineers Books.

With gratitude,



Helen Cherullo, Publisher
Mountaineers Books
An independent, nonprofit publisher since 1960

P.S. All month long, we are featuring books that inspire connection to wild places and provide education that help us to get outside safely and responsibly, from Day Hiking Snoqualmie, Caribou Rainforest, Thirst, Scraps Peels and Stems, and We are The Arctic.  If you missed your chance to make a gift, we have extended the opportunity to match up to 20 donations of $100 or more. Pledge your gift today.

"Off The Trail" Practices to Inspire Change

We go outside to wander, and to explore the adventurous spirit within ourselves. As we step into the outdoors, we need to be mindful of the impact our food has on wild places. Our habits can make a difference at home as well, where the average person wastes more than 18 pounds of food per month. Read more…

Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home: An Interview with Speed Thru-hiker Heather “Anish” Anderson

Last November, on a southern point along the Continental Divide Trail in New Mexico, Heather Anderson, known as “Anish” on the trail, became the first woman and sixth person overall to complete one of thru-hiking’s ultimate feats: the “Calendar Year Triple Crown.” Read more…

Thank you for Sharing your Story and Being Part of Ours

Starting with #GiveBIG on May 8, The Mountaineers launched a month-long campaign to directly support our publishing division, Mountaineers Books. As explorers both on and off the page, we are passionate about sharing our stories of community, adventure, and advocacy in hopes of welcoming a new friend to an experience they’ve never had before. Read more…

#GiveBIG to Keep Our Stories of Adventure Alive

A great story will stay with you, even long after you close the book.

Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, by Heather “Anish” Anderson, is Heather’s account of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 when she finished with the “Fastest Known Time” for any gender. But hers is not at all a story about trail miles and speed. For Heather, it’s about choosing—choosing to get out and move, choosing to walk on the trail, and choosing to embrace an outdoor life. Read more…

Jonathan Franzen Wants to Bring Back the Birds

We hear their songs in the morning and almost subliminally note their presence throughout the day. While some of us seek them out, watching for certain species that herald a new season or hoping to see unusual ones, others have a more passive awareness of these feathered wonders. Either way, birds are part of all of our lives.  Read more…