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


Social, Potluck, and Adventure Speaker Series

The Olympia Mountaineers invite members and nonmembers to join us on our seven evening socials on the first Wednesday of the month, October thru May (excluding November). The meetings are at the Friends Meeting House. The doors  opens at 5:30pm, potluck dinner starts promptly at 6pm. Bring a dish to share, plate and flatware. Or grab a hot drink, check out our Mountaineer library, audiovisual presentation, or pick up membership, activities and class information. Branch announcements are at 6:45pm and our outstanding Adventure Speaker Series starts promptly at 7pm.  Presentations are followed by a Q&A and author book signing.  

meet the mountaineers open house

The open house is held each year on the first Thursday in January. Community members learn about Olympia Mountaineers activities and courses from the Olympia Mountaineers volunteers.

Used Gear Sale

The public is invited to attend the  Used Gear Sale where Olympia Mountaineers offer gently used and tested outdoor gear.

recognition and awards banquet

The recognition and awards banquet is held on the third Saturday in October and honors course graduates and activity award winners.  The banquet includes a dinner with bar and an inspirational speaker.

annual picnic

The potluck picnic is July 23, 5:30 to 8:30 PM at Burfoot County Park.There's plenty of room for us to gather and still maintain safe distances. Space is limited to 50 people, so be sure to RSVP here.


The Banff Mountain Film Festival is held annually in December, over three nights, with different films each night.

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 Olympia branch email.

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).