Outdoor Leadership Courses

Outdoor Leadership Courses

Whether you aspire to lead climbs, hikes, or ski and/or snowshoe tours, this course covers all the skills you need to keep your trips safe, smooth, fun, and engaging for all.

Outdoor Leadership Seminar

This one-day leadership seminar is for both current and prospective leaders of Mountaineers trips and activities. We will spend the day problem solving with scenarios based on actual trips – the good, the bad, and the ugly. The discussion is always thought-provoking with the mix of everyone’s own experiences, the scenarios, and the outstanding text. This event is not activity specific – kayakers, hikers, climbers, sailors, scramblers, dancers, and naturalists are all encouraged to attend.


This course is typically offered by Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma and Everett branches a few times per year.


This badge represents successful completion of our Outdoor Leadership Course. 


New Hike or Backpack Leader Seminar

This evening workshop provides experienced hikers or backpackers information on how to become a hike or backpack leader. The workshop is a prerequisite to becoming an official hike or backpack leader for the Mountaineers (secondary steps are a mentor hike or backpack and committee approval). Past and current hike leaders as well as those interested in becoming a new leader are invited to participate. Hiking trip standards, recommended resources, some outdoor leadership insights, and the mentor leader program are presented in an informal Q&A; format. Course covers  an introduction to the website and managing activities online.


Quarterly by Seattle and Foothills branches. 

Badges you can earn

Hike Leader Backpack Leader