Olympia Adventure Speakers Committee

Olympia Adventure Speakers Committee

Meet the Mountaineers, Potluck and Adventure Speaker Series meets the first Wednesday of the Month, September to May (excluding November), Doors open at 5:30 pm, potluck dinner starts promptly at 6:00PM. You can grab a hot drink, check out our Mountaineer library, audiovisual presentation , or pick up membership, activities and class information. Branch announcements are at 6:45 and our outstanding Adventure Speaker Series starts promptly at 7pm. Location: Friends Meeting House at Priest Point, 3201 Boston Harbor Road. Olympia Come early, attend all four activities or arrive no later then 6:45 for the Speaker No meetings in the summer months, June, July, or August. For more information, contact Carolyn Burreson


2018-2019 Adventure Speakers

Feb 6, 2019.  Lauren Danner: North Cascades National Park: A Crown Jewel Wilderness.

Author and outdoor enthusiast Lauren Danner traces the fascination story of North Cascades National Park, a crown jewel of the nation park system that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.  Come learn how the park jump-started wilderness preservation in the Pacific Northwest and influenced the modern environmental movement.  As part of her talk, Danner will highlight places and hikes in the North Cascades important to understanding history.

March 6, 2019. Tami Asars:  Day Hiking Mount Rainier.

With old growth evergreens, wildflower meadows, enchanting wildlife, raging rivers, and sparkling lakes set against a backdrop of ice flows, gaping crevasses, and crumbling sheer rock walls, Mount Rainier National Park is a special sanctuary for locals and visitors alike.  Join author and photographer Tami Asars as she walks us through some of Mount Rainier's backcountry in an informative slideshow based on her brand new book, Day Hiking Mount Rainier(Mountaineers Books).  Pick up a copy of the book and have it personally signed after the presentation.  Books are $20.00. Please bring cash.

April 3, 2019.  Ken Lee: Seeing 101.

We all instantly recognize good photographs when we see them.  Then why is it so hard to create them with our own cameras?  Come learn the answer in Ken Lee's presentation: Seeing 101/  In Seeing 101. Ken shares his own "Aha Mo-ment" story when he suddenly understood the key to making good photographs, the principles behind his whole brain approach to learning photography, and plenty of practical tips to help you sharpen your creative vision.

May 1, 2019.  Philip Kramer: Photographer, Writer, Long-Distance Hiker.

Philip Kramer is a photographer and writer living on Orcas Island.  He's traveled to six of the seven continents ( Antarctica is the one that got away) and in 2013 he thru-hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail ( Yes, he is a little crazy).  And oh, by the way, he and Olympia Mountaineer Michael Walther hiked the first few hundred miles together!  Philip is passionate about wild places and human-powered travel; nothing makes him happier than a slow place in a beautiful place.  He hopes his work inspires appreciation and respect for the diversity of this planet while encouraging the dreams and imaginations of future adventures.  Philip is the author and photographer of Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California.







  • All Presentations are followed by a Q&A and author book signing.