Olympia Branch

Olympia Branch

The Olympia Mountaineers is the South Sound connection to The Mountaineers, a Northwest tradition over one hundred years in the making.

Community events & activities


Reach out to the activity or course chair with your questions.

meet the Olympia Branch open house

The branch open house will be held indoors on January 6, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:30 PM. Volunteers will be available for all activities and courses to answer your questions. More details are on the way. In the meantime, you can see more details and RSVP at this event listing.


The Festival returned to the Capitol Theater for in-house viewing in September 2021. Keep a lookout for next year's event.


The social gathering, potluck, and adventure speaker series  returns to the Friends House on December 1 and will run through April or May. See the scheduled speakers and details for attendance in this blog post.

Used Gear Sale

The Used Gear Sale is normally held in spring.

recognition and awards banquet

The recognition and awards banquet is normally held on the fourth Saturday in October. In 2021, we combined it with the annual picnic.

annual picnic

On Aug 4, 2021, we had a special, catered picnic and recognition gathering at Burfoot Park. Nalini Nadkarni spoke about her work in the forest canopy. We honored course graduates and activity award winners, including awarding Mike Riley the Branch Service Award. 

Courses & activities

Olympia Mountaineers offers a variety of courses, trips, stewardship and family activities.  Check out how we have fun outdoors.

Olympia Mountaineers

Awards & recognition

Olympia Mountaineers can earn various activity Award Badges Members are recognized for service to the chapter at the annual Awards and Recognition banquet.


Our library collection consists of around 1400 titles, including books, maps, games, picture puzzles, atlases, DVDs, CDs and videos covering most outdoor activities, some history and cultural information relevant to the Pacific Northwest.  We have books on where to go ( both in the US and abroad), histories and stories.  We have a good selection of books for children to read and books about doing activities with children. We have virtually all the books published by Mountaineers Books and by many other publishers. Librarian Maxine Dunkelman

To borrow a book, resource, or bear canister, learn more on our Library page.

reserve equipment

Olympia Mountaineers keeps equipment at various locations.  Sergey Frolov is the equipment manager. To reserve laptops, avy beacons, radios, projectors and related equipment.


We communicate with members through Mountaineers blogs, Facebook pages and Mountaineers publications such as Conservation Currents, quarterly Mountaineers Magazines, LeaderLines, and the monthly Olympia branch email. If you have content for the monthly email, send it to eblastolympiamountaineers@hotmail.com

Policies and Olympia Branch documents

Policy Manual

Council Meeting Minutes


Olympia Branch Council, Meeting Minutes and commitTee chairs 

Olympia policies require the Branch Chair to appoint a nominating committee of not less than three members, typically in March of each year. Nominees are then (generally) presented at the May Branch Meeting, where nominations from the floor may be made. Elections then traditionally occur by ballots  that are due in  mid-June. All positions serve 1-year terms (except for trustee and social chair, who serve 2 years).