Seattle Branch Blog Posts

Blog posts from our Seattle Branch.
BeWild with Kai Lightner - Feb 20

BeWild with Kai Lightner - Feb 20

Join us on February 20, 2018 to hear Kai Lightner's presentation "Climbing with Resilience". Kai started climbing at age 6 and sent his first 5.14a at 13, and he's still as humble as he is accomplished.

10 Essential Questions: Michele Ritala

10 Essential Questions: Michele Ritala

Meet Michele Ritala, a 4-year member from the east coast who is inspired by Mountaineers who have demonstrated you can keep hiking well into your 70s and beyond!

2018 Is the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System

2018 Is the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System

Let's go hiking! The National Trails System Act is 50 years old this year and one of it's greatest treasures runs right through our backyard: The Pacific Crest Trail.

Outdoor Stories from Women Over 50

Outdoor Stories from Women Over 50

Author Gail Storey and other women over 50 share their outdoor stories in an inspirational podcast from She-Explores.

3.0 - Improved Navigation & Mountaineers Books Integration

3.0 - Improved Navigation & Mountaineers Books Integration

We are excited to announce that we will be launching an integrated Mountaineers Programs and Mountaineers Books website in early February! Learn more about the improved navigation, and methodology, and additional functionality we're adding as part of this big-for-some update we're calling mountaineers.org 3.0.

Introduction to Kai Lightner - See Him at BeWild Feb 20

Introduction to Kai Lightner - See Him at BeWild Feb 20

Kai Lightner is a rock climbing phenom, whose passion for the sport started at the age of 6. Since then, he has earned 12 National Championship Titles and is a five-time youth world championship medalist. He will be speaking February 20 at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

Travel to the Swiss Alps or Costa Rica with The Mountaineers

Travel to the Swiss Alps or Costa Rica with The Mountaineers

Did you know that The Mountaineers offer active volunteer-led adventures around the US and the world? Two exciting new trips - trekking in the St. Moritz area of Switzerland and hiking through the unique flora and fauna of Costa Rica - have space for you!

Backpacking with Kids Course: May-Sept 2018

Backpacking with Kids Course: May-Sept 2018

Do you have a dream of backpacking with your kids in the back country? Of unplugging, watching your kids discover the joys of being outdoors, being together as a family, and watching your children mature into outdoor enthusiasts? This course is a low-stress way of learning some helpful tips and skills to make this happen in the company of experienced instructors and other families!

Where and When to Photograph Nature in Washington

Where and When to Photograph Nature in Washington

Learn where and when to capture the magic of nature in Washington state in this list from the late, great Sunny Walter.

Friction Slabs Rope Cutting Ceremony

Friction Slabs Rope Cutting Ceremony

Thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and donors, after six years we have completed our one-of-a-kind fabricated friction slab training structure. On January 21, 2018, we held our official "rope cutting" ceremony, and the friction slabs are now open for learning!

10 Essential Questions: Jacob Lopilato

10 Essential Questions: Jacob Lopilato

Meet Jacob Lopilato, a 3-year member who hiked with 91 year old Bronka Sundstrom on Mt. Rainier and has seen first hand the power of the mountains to keep you feeling young.

Sea Kayaking the World with Justine Curgenven - Jan 22

Sea Kayaking the World with Justine Curgenven - Jan 22

Join us for Justine Curgenven's presentation about her sea kayaking adventures on Monday, January 22 at the Seattle Program Center!

Discover California’s Best Backcountry Ski Tours with Jeremy Benson - January 25

Discover California’s Best Backcountry Ski Tours with Jeremy Benson - January 25

Are you stoked for the backcountry ski and snowboard season?

Backcountry Film Festival in Bellevue and Seattle - Jan 22 & 29

Backcountry Film Festival in Bellevue and Seattle - Jan 22 & 29

Celebrate the winter human-powered experience at our 2018 showings of the 13th Annual Backcountry Film Festival - January 22 at the Bellevue Botanical Garden or January 29 at our Seattle Program Center.

History of the Seattle Program Center: Inspired and Built by Volunteers

History of the Seattle Program Center: Inspired and Built by Volunteers

Learn what it took to renovate the Seattle Program Center at Magnuson Park, and some of the secret features of our clubhouse built around helping you develop outdoor skills.

Join us for the 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - Jan 27

Join us for the 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - Jan 27

Please join The Mountaineers for an evening to celebrate all of our incredible volunteers!

We All Have Something to Give

We All Have Something to Give

It’s not just about first ascents or naming rights. It’s about what we give back. We all have something to contribute. Your year-end gift to The Mountaineers builds a new generation of people who live best through adventure and find purpose in sharing their expertise and protecting the places they love.

BeWild with Lowell Skoog - Jan 23

BeWild with Lowell Skoog - Jan 23

The BeWild Speaker Series puts passion and adventure at center stage. Join us to find inspiration to seek adventure, connect with nature, and protect the wild places where we play. Join us as we kick off our 2018 season Lowell Skoog on January 23.

What’s next for Mountaineers eLearning?

What’s next for Mountaineers eLearning?

Learn how The Mountaineers is using eLearning to improve delivery, impact, accessibility, and consistency in our courses

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Dec 2017

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Dec 2017

Dennis Day is the Seattle Photography Committee's featured member for December 2017

Alpine Skills Development: Become the Mountaineer You Aspire to Be!

Alpine Skills Development: Become the Mountaineer You Aspire to Be!

Apply for the Progressive Climbing Education (PCE) Alpine Skills Development program and join us in Canmore, Alberta, to enhance your technical ice climbing skills.

Stevens Lodge: Home Base for Holiday Winter Adventures

Stevens Lodge: Home Base for Holiday Winter Adventures

Planning your holiday stay-cation? Don't forget about Stevens Lodge as the perfect home base for all winter adventures between Index and Leavenworth.

Ski Instructors Needed for Winter Season at Meany Lodge

Ski Instructors Needed for Winter Season at Meany Lodge

Our Meany Lodge, built in 1928, is home to a thriving ski community. We're looking for more skiers to teach lessons this year. Share your skills for PSIA training.

2.9 - Many Small Improvements

2.9 - Many Small Improvements

Learn about the many improvements to our website for the mountaineers.org 2.9 release done from April through November.

Wanted: Stories of Your Walks in the Wild

Wanted: Stories of Your Walks in the Wild

In 2017 we launched a new adventure presentation series to celebrate the extraordinary trekking and backpacking adventures by Mountaineers members in the wilds of the world, and our two presentations have been extremely well received! We know that there are more wild-walkers among us, and we invite you to bring your stories to us for inclusion in the series!

Kick and Glide: Find the Nordic program best  for you

Kick and Glide: Find the Nordic program best for you

Learn about the differences between our various cross-country ski courses and find the option that's the best fit for you!

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Nov 2017

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Nov 2017

Heidi Walker is the Seattle Photography Committee's featured member for November 2017.

Speaker Series Will Explore the Natural World - Feb 14

Speaker Series Will Explore the Natural World - Feb 14

From glaciers to butterflies, the Naturalist Committee set up another line up of expert speakers to guide you through environmental and biological wonders. All are welcome!

Remembering Mountaineer Fred Beckey

Remembering Mountaineer Fred Beckey

The legendary Fred Beckey passed away today at the age of 94. His contributions to the outdoors have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed. Off belay, Fred.

Speak Up: Proposed National Park Fee Increase Would Price Out Many

Speak Up: Proposed National Park Fee Increase Would Price Out Many

The National Park Service is considering a fee increase in 17 parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic. Under the proposal, vehicle entrance fees would rise from $25 to $70 per day. A public comment period is underway.

2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

We’re bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to The Mountaineers again. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features the best mountain films this year, showcasing amazing filmmaking talent from the world over to an audience that spans the globe.

5 Questions For The Author of "Cycling the Pacific Coast"

5 Questions For The Author of "Cycling the Pacific Coast"

An all-new book replaces one of Mountaineers Books most popular guidebooks. Here's an interview with the author.

Methow Update: Public Input Needed to Secure Protection from Mining Threats

Methow Update: Public Input Needed to Secure Protection from Mining Threats

We’re at a critical juncture in the march to protect the Methow Valley from mining. The Forest Service has opened a public comment period and needs to hear from you.

An Ode to Volunteerism

An Ode to Volunteerism

Volunteerism is at the heart of The Mountaineers. John Dunlap, a volunteer from Olympia, shares his beautiful take on why volunteering with The Mountaineers is a unique benefit of the club.

New Bill Aims to Dismantle the Antiquities Act

New Bill Aims to Dismantle the Antiquities Act

Congress is fast-tracking a bill that would tear down the Antiquities Act, the bedrock conservation law that presidents from both parties have used to protect many of our most beloved wild places.

The Mountaineers Join the Effort to Save Lake Serene – And You Can Too!

The Mountaineers Join the Effort to Save Lake Serene – And You Can Too!

Together we can raise the funds to stop a section of the Lake Serene Trail from being logged.

Become a Hike or Backpack Leader for The Mountaineers

Become a Hike or Backpack Leader for The Mountaineers

Many experienced hikers and backpackers have found great personal satisfaction and growth and new trail companions by becoming a Mountaineers hike or backpack leader. This evening seminar provides required information and leadership training for those interested in taking this path.

Colors of the West: En Plein Air - Oct 24

Colors of the West: En Plein Air - Oct 24

Learn to observe, sketch, and paint nature from an award-winning outdoor artist and art teacher, Molly Hashimoto, on Episode 4 of the Mountaineers Books Web Series.

On My Favorite Books List: Adventures and Vegetables

On My Favorite Books List: Adventures and Vegetables

Which titles does Mountaineers Books Director of Sales, Darryl Booker, talk up to his retail clients? Here are five suggestions he wants you to know about.

Wild Places Deserve Our Support

Wild Places Deserve Our Support

Check out what The Mountaineers are doing to protect our public lands, and how you can help support our mission.

Help get Meany Lodge ready for winter adventures

Help get Meany Lodge ready for winter adventures

Help us get the lodge ready for a winter's worth of fun skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Join one of three work parties this fall!

Vision 2022: Discussing Survey Results at Town Hall Sessions, Sept 28, Oct 2 & 4

Vision 2022: Discussing Survey Results at Town Hall Sessions, Sept 28, Oct 2 & 4

We're more than halfway through the process of building 'Vision 2022' - our strategic plan to carry us forward through the next five years. We've completed our community survey and are looking forward to sharing the results in our upcoming town hall sessions. Join us!

Make your ideas a reality - volunteer on a committee!

Make your ideas a reality - volunteer on a committee!

Committee volunteerism is the the corner stone of The Mountaineers' courses, activities, and overall organization. Learn more about the benefits of supporting a committee and consider getting involved!

Climbers: Join us at Forefront 2017 - Oct 13

Climbers: Join us at Forefront 2017 - Oct 13

Learn new techniques and explore innovative new equipment in this annual instructor update, while winning raffle prizes and enjoying delicious beverages!

5 Basic Skills for Friction Climbing

5 Basic Skills for Friction Climbing

In part 2 of a 3 part blog series, learn the 5 slab climbing techniques and how you can combine balance and footwork to get to the top.

2017 Mountainfilm on Tour - October 12 & 14

2017 Mountainfilm on Tour - October 12 & 14

The Mountainfilm on Tour will be visiting Seattle on October 12 and Olympia on October 14. The tour features documentary films exploring cultures, preserving environments, and promoting adventure.

How To: Pick a Sleeping Bag

How To: Pick a Sleeping Bag

No one likes to be cold when they are camping! Whether you're searching for the newest addition to your personal gear library, or you're shopping for your first sleeping bag, trip leader Dick Lambe provides some great tips and recommendations for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Protecting the Outdoor Experience

Protecting the Outdoor Experience

The Mountaineers has a strong conservation philosophy, focusing on education, stewardship, and advocacy. We have a powerful voice in the community and it's a great time to get involved.

Photography Hikes During August 2017

Photography Hikes During August 2017

Members of our Seattle Photography Committee typically go on shorter, easier hikes to leave plenty of time to photograph nature. We took two hikes during the month of August 2017. See what we captured.

Strategic Plan Survey: Please Provide Feedback for Vision 2022

Strategic Plan Survey: Please Provide Feedback for Vision 2022

We're halfway through the process of building 'Vision 2022' - our strategic plan to carry us forward through the next five years. After rounds of feedback from staff and three 'town hall' meetings, we've put together a survey to help us further define our future priorities.

Calendar Photo Contest Winners

Calendar Photo Contest Winners

During the spring and early summer, the Seattle Branch Photography Committee held a calendar photo contest. Meet the winners and see the winning shots.

Mount Stuart - Rockfall Hits Solo Climber on Descent

Mount Stuart - Rockfall Hits Solo Climber on Descent

We saw massive bouncing microwave-sized blocks of rock, then screams. We yelled back up asking if everyone was okay. The response we got was: “I am not okay.” West Ridge climbers offer a walk-out assist that evolves to helicopter hoist. Leader - "Only our combined efforts made this such a good response on our part."

Find a Park, Drink Wine, Get a Discount - Sept 14

Find a Park, Drink Wine, Get a Discount - Sept 14

Hear a presentation about cool Seattle parks you didn't know existed and get refreshments and a BIG discount on new outdoor gear and clothing!

When was the last time you restocked your first aid kit?

When was the last time you restocked your first aid kit?

At this point in the season, we've all likely dipped into our first aid kits for a band-aid or two. Be sure to stay stocked so that you're prepared in the event of a larger incident!

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Aug 2017

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Aug 2017

Barbara Retelle is the featured member of the month for the Seattle Photography Committee in August 2017.

The Mountaineers Annual Breakfast - Sept 20

The Mountaineers Annual Breakfast - Sept 20

Your Mission: Protect the Outdoor Experience. But first, breakfast.

Need to cancel from an upcoming activity?

Need to cancel from an upcoming activity?

Life happens and things come up, but as a part of The Mountaineers' community, its important to consider the impact of cancellations on other members and volunteers.

How To: Write a Great Activity Listing

How To: Write a Great Activity Listing

Want more people on your activity? It starts with creating a great activity listing! Here are some tips and tricks for new and seasoned leaders alike.

Learning from Near Misses:  Situational Awareness Averts Catastrophe on The Tooth

Learning from Near Misses: Situational Awareness Averts Catastrophe on The Tooth

Awareness, communication, teamwork, and decisive leadership turns potential catastrophe into near-miss!

Photography Scavenger Hunt at Pike Place Market

Photography Scavenger Hunt at Pike Place Market

This urban adventure with the Photography Committee at Pike Place Market included a scavenger hunt for specific photo ops, while getting plenty of walking exercise (including lots of stairs).

Progress On Our Next Strategic Plan - June Town Hall Recaps

Progress On Our Next Strategic Plan - June Town Hall Recaps

We've begun building 'Vision 2022' - our strategic plan to carry us forward through the next five years. In June we hosted three 'town hall' meetings to hear from members and leaders in our community. Learn what we discussed, and save the date for the next round of town hall meetings in the fall.

Steve's Near Miss in Aasgard Pass Brings Awareness to Hidden Hazard

Steve's Near Miss in Aasgard Pass Brings Awareness to Hidden Hazard

More than just a harrowing story, Education Manager Steve Smith's experience has inspired discourse and action on mountain safety.

The Seattle Branch Council is looking for you

The Seattle Branch Council is looking for you

The Seattle Branch Council looking for candidates for officer elections

Introducing Kick Step IPA: A Beer Partnership with Ghostfish Brewing

Introducing Kick Step IPA: A Beer Partnership with Ghostfish Brewing

We're excited to introduce Kick Step IPA, a bold and distinctly Northwest India Pale Ale by Ghostfish Brewing, benefiting The Mountaineers! Try it at our launch party July 12, 2017.

Lessons Learned - Glissading into a 30-foot Hole - Aasgard Pass

Lessons Learned - Glissading into a 30-foot Hole - Aasgard Pass

One second I was enjoying a sunny glissade, the next I was dazed, wet, and cold - pinned under a waterfall below the snowpack.

Become a volunteer hike or backpack leader - Seminar June 22

Become a volunteer hike or backpack leader - Seminar June 22

The Mountaineers want to make it easy for you to volunteer with us. Become a certified hike or backpack leader and build your group leadership skills and experience! The first step is to attend one of our free New Leader Seminars!

An Open Letter on Bears Ears & Protecting National Monuments

An Open Letter on Bears Ears & Protecting National Monuments

"Too wild, too sacred, too extraordinary." In this open letter, Mountaineers Books author Dave Showalter shares why the National Monuments under review should remain intact.

The Mountaineers recognized by Backpacker Magazine as a top hiking club

The Mountaineers recognized by Backpacker Magazine as a top hiking club

In their May 2017 issue, Backpacker Magazine honored The Mountaineers as one of the best hiking clubs in the country "based on its devotion to adventure and education".

Vision 2022 - Steering Committee and Plan for Engaging Our Community

Vision 2022 - Steering Committee and Plan for Engaging Our Community

We've begun building 'Vision 2022' - our next strategic plan to carry us forward during the next five years. Learn about the steering committee and the plan for engaging our community in the process.

Stay at Stevens Lodge and Welcome Summer PCT Hikers!

Stay at Stevens Lodge and Welcome Summer PCT Hikers!

Stevens Lodge is looking for volunteers who want to spend a week or more at the lodge this summer welcoming PCT hikers and overseeing the property.

Vision 2022 - Creating Our Next Strategic Plan

Vision 2022 - Creating Our Next Strategic Plan

We're excited to announce we've begun building 'Vision 2022' - our next strategic plan to carry us forward during the next five years. Learn about the plan and how you can get involved in the process.

For the Love of Pika

For the Love of Pika

The Mountaineers is partnering with the Point Defiance Zoo to help collect data on Pika, an important climate indicator species.

Wild Skills Day for Girls - May 20 & June 11

Wild Skills Day for Girls - May 20 & June 11

The Mountaineers are continuing our 3-year partnership with SheJumps in Seattle and Tacoma to create a special day for girls age 6-12 to learn outdoor and climbing skills.

Seattle Branch Calendar Photo Contest

Seattle Branch Calendar Photo Contest

The Seattle Photography Committee invites all members of the Seattle Branch to enter their favorite photo(s) in our new calendar contest.

The Mountaineers Core Values

The Mountaineers Core Values

Our current strategic plan wraps up this year and we're turning our attention to creating Vision 2022. The Mountaineers Core Values, along with our mission statement, are the foundation upon which we'll build the future of adventure, advocacy, community, education, and volunteerism.

The Mountaineers Go To D.C.

The Mountaineers Go To D.C.

This month, The Mountaineers went to our nation's capitol to meet with lawmakers about legislation affecting the outdoor experience.

Get Outside with the Photography Committee

Get Outside with the Photography Committee

A slew of activities have been added by the Seattle Photography Committee through the end of August. Many of these activities are suitable for the naturalist and any other member who wants to move at a low pace.

Become a Northwest Naturalist

Become a Northwest Naturalist

Sign up for the Introduction to the Natural World Course and learn about Pacific Northwest plants, birds, butterflies and more!

A Legislative Trail Map: Your Guide to Public Lands Bills

A Legislative Trail Map: Your Guide to Public Lands Bills

2017 greeted outdoors lovers with a dizzying flurry of public land bills - most of which are quite troubling. Here's an overview of the 2017 legislation we're tracking, and how we can stand together to protect our public lands.

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Feb 2017

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Feb 2017

Lisa Gadeken is the Seattle Photography Committee featured member for February 2017.

Wanted: Stories of your Walks in the Wild

Wanted: Stories of your Walks in the Wild

We launched a new adventure presentation series to celebrate the extraordinary trekking and backpacking adventures our Mountaineers members have experienced in the wilds of the world. We're hosting three presentations in the next year to share photos, videos, and storytelling from the wild-walkers among us, and we invite you to send us your stories!

House Rules Change Devalues Our Public Lands

House Rules Change Devalues Our Public Lands

The 115th Congress spent the first day of its new session making it easier to sell off our public lands. We need your voice to speak to the intrinsic and economic value of our public lands for us and future generations.

Seattle Photography Committee January Member of the Month

Seattle Photography Committee January Member of the Month

Chris McFarland is the Seattle Photography Committee member of the month for January 2017.

Ten Essential Mounties of Instagram for 2017

Ten Essential Mounties of Instagram for 2017

Need some outdoor inspiration? These ten Mountaineers members are active outside AND on social media, and you probably aren't following them...yet.

Obama Signs REC Act into Law

Obama Signs REC Act into Law

Groundbreaking legislation will measure the recreation economy for the very first time - a big step towards illuminating the financial benefits of conserving our public lands.

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Dec 2016

Seattle Photography Committee Featured Member - Dec 2016

Anne Smart is the featured photography committee member for the month of December 2016.

Finding Paradise in Methow Valley

Finding Paradise in Methow Valley

Every year, The Mountaineers hosts Winter Trails Day along with other partners in Methow Valley. Activities include Nordic ski and snowshoe tours, fat bike demos, ski lessons, rental deals, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating and more. Read about how Winter Trails Day came to be a part of our yearly tradition, and why it's so special.

Mountaineers Books Staff Picks

Mountaineers Books Staff Picks

Some of the Mountaineers Books' staff share their favorites of the year.

10 Essential Questions: Miles McDonough

10 Essential Questions: Miles McDonough

Meet Miles McDonough, an 8-year member and Alpine First Aid instructor in his final year as an MD at UW. He's best known among our staff as the guy who puts fake blood on people and tries to light our building on fire.

Thank You Veterans

Thank You Veterans

At The Mountaineers, we know the power of nature to restore our souls and inspire our spirits. We're proud of the service of our active-duty and veteran members and their efforts to preserve our own Freedom of the Hills for future generations.

How To: Implement Low-Impact Recreation Skills

How To: Implement Low-Impact Recreation Skills

When exploring wild places, practice these low-impact recreation skills to help preserve our treasure landscapes for future generations.

10 Essential Questions: Rena Chinn

10 Essential Questions: Rena Chinn

Meet Rena Chinn, a 10-year member and climb leader, who was recognized as one of our 'Super Volunteers' in 2015. One of her favorite activities is "eating outdoors".

Progressive Climbing Education - Presenting Alternatives

Progressive Climbing Education - Presenting Alternatives

On October 11, 12 and 13, we presented alternative actions to help The Mountaineers become better at developing safe climbers, good stewards, and a welcoming community. We still want more input.

Meany Lodge Committee Positions Open + Snow Cat Transport

Meany Lodge Committee Positions Open + Snow Cat Transport

Looking to get involved this winter? Meany Lodge is looking to fill several committee positions. Also, we're putting out a call to help transport our snow cat to town.

Mountaineers Hosting LUNAFEST!

Mountaineers Hosting LUNAFEST!

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. Join us on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Seattle Program Center to see the films!

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Bathroom Use Impact

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Bathroom Use Impact

When going to the bathroom in the backcountry, follow these directions to lessen your impact and leave the landscape better than you found it.

10 Essential Questions: Sean Albert

10 Essential Questions: Sean Albert

Meet Sean Albert, a 7-year member from Maine who recently completed the Bulger list. He also invented his own special post-adventure meal, and he'll be speaking at an upcoming Beta & Brews event!

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Camping Impact

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Camping Impact

When camping in the outdoors you can implement low-impact recreation skills to help preserve existing sites while protecting pristine areas.

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Eating Impact

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Eating Impact

Everyone has to eat in the outdoors, but with these skills you can reduce your impact in the backcountry. Applicable for kayakers, climbers, scramblers, snowshoers, and anyone who enjoys eating in the outdoors.

Progressive Climbing Education - Planning the Plan

Progressive Climbing Education - Planning the Plan

From June-September 2016, The Mountaineers has engaged in an intensive discovery process, taking a deep dive into our climbing program to understand what's working well and what could be improved.

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Travel Impact

How To: Reduce Your Backcountry Travel Impact

Learn skills to reduce your impact when traveling in the backcountry with this 2-minute video. Applicable for hikers, climbers, scramblers, and pretty much anyone who enjoys on and off trail travel in the outdoors.

10 Essential Questions: Ben Leininger

10 Essential Questions: Ben Leininger

Meet Ben Leininger, a new member from Ohio, whose search for solitude and peace of mind takes him outside nearly every weekend and who has already decided he wants to be a forever member.

10 Essential Questions: Bill Ashby

10 Essential Questions: Bill Ashby

Meet Bill Ashby, a 9-year member and 2013's Volunteer of the Year, who just joined our Mountaineers staff. You could say this guy is committed to our mission.

Friction Slabs Project - Update & Call For Backup

Friction Slabs Project - Update & Call For Backup

We have raised funds and drawn plans to build a one-of-its-kind friction slab climbing center. Learn about this project and sign up to be our project manager to help make this dream a reality.

10 Essential Questions: Steve Payne

10 Essential Questions: Steve Payne

Meet Steve Payne, a 10-year member, hike leader, and our course administrator for the Conditioning Hiking Series, who likes to celebrate his birthday with an "Un-Birthday" hike every year.

Paddler's Development Weekend - September 23-25, 2016

Paddler's Development Weekend - September 23-25, 2016

Organized by the Seattle Kayaking Committee, "PDW" brings kayakers together at Deception Pass for two days of clinics designed for advanced paddling skills in dynamic waters and build a community of experienced paddlers.

Bad Movie Night  - Aug 18, 2016

Bad Movie Night - Aug 18, 2016

Join The Mountaineers and Arc'teryx at the Seattle Clubhouse on August 18 to enjoy the worst climbing movie we can find.

Photography Road Trip to SW Washington

Photography Road Trip to SW Washington

A recent Photography Committee activity got us outdoors exploring the southwest quadrant of our beautiful Washington state.

Mt. Baker Fall Colors Photography Weekend - Sept 23-25

Mt. Baker Fall Colors Photography Weekend - Sept 23-25

Each fall, the Photography Committee hosts a weekend at Mt. Baker Lodge to photograph the fall colors September 23-25.

10 Essential Questions: Ana Dinca

10 Essential Questions: Ana Dinca

Meet Ana Dinca, a 3-year member from Romania who thinks nature is a great teacher of resilience and perseverance.

New Hike / Backpack Leader Seminar - Aug 4, 2016

New Hike / Backpack Leader Seminar - Aug 4, 2016

If you're an experienced hiker or backpacker looking to become an effective leader with The Mountaineers, or a current leader looking to refresh, join us for this evening course to get more info

Hiking Every Island (well almost all of them)

Hiking Every Island (well almost all of them)

A group of 16 hike leaders led 33 hikes for 134 hikers to 29 islands to complete the Island Hike Series. It took four years and included thousands of laughs.

10 Essential Questions: Sarah McCroy

10 Essential Questions: Sarah McCroy

Meet Sarah McCroy, a PCT Thru Hiker, Wonderland Trail Finisher, and Mountaineers Backpack leader whose 11th essential is a trowel called the 'Deuce of Spades'.

10 Essential Questions: Carrie Grage

10 Essential Questions: Carrie Grage

Meet Carrie Grage, a new member who cheers The Mountaineers those who are "cautiously curious" enjoy the outdoors safely.

Airbnb Offers Special $200 Bonus to Mountaineers Who Host

Airbnb Offers Special $200 Bonus to Mountaineers Who Host

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Airbnb. From July 1 - August 30, 2016, you can sign up to become a new host and get a $200 referral bonus, plus get $200 for The Mountaineers!

Be An Outdoor Ambassador: How To Implement Low-Impact Recreation Skills

Be An Outdoor Ambassador: How To Implement Low-Impact Recreation Skills

Use the skills in these videos to become an Outdoor Ambassador: someone who is mindful of your impact on our wild places, and who follows the ethics of leave no trace to preserve our outdoor playgrounds for generations to come.

10 Essential Questions: Juliet Liu

10 Essential Questions: Juliet Liu

Meet Juliet Liu, a 3-year member and Seattle native who loves to meet other Mountaineers at 5:30am at a Park 'n Ride to start her next adventure off right.

Discover The Rewards Of Stewardship

Discover The Rewards Of Stewardship

Restoring trails and fire lookout towers with us is a great way to see amazing scenery and give back to your community. Learn how you can get involved.

Our Climbing Curriculum: Tell us what you think!

Our Climbing Curriculum: Tell us what you think!

Did you miss our Progressive Climbing Education listening sessions? Please use this survey to give us your input!

How To: Poop in the Outdoors

How To: Poop in the Outdoors

Learn some tips and tricks to make pooping in the outdoors great again from PCT thru hiker Sarah McCroy.

Story Telling with Brendan Leonard

Story Telling with Brendan Leonard

We welcomed Brendan Leonard on May 19, 2016 as the second speaker in our BeWild series. His presentation was hilarious and heartfelt, and outlined the story he tells in his new book, "Sixty Meters to Anywhere".

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey – Launch Party July 26

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey – Launch Party July 26

Fred Beckey is coming to The Mountaineers to celebrate the launch of a film chronicling his life, "Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey". Join the legendary mountaineer for a rare slideshow presentation and a first look at the extended film trailer.

The Basic Climbing Experience

The Basic Climbing Experience

Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Student Cody Golden shares his experience in the Basic Course.

How should we teach climbing? Tell us!

How should we teach climbing? Tell us!

As part of our new Progressive Climbing Education project, we will host listening sessions to gather input about how to best meet the needs of volunteers, students, and the community at large. Share your thoughts as we seek to solidify what's working and remove what's in your way.

Celebrate the New 100 Classic Hikes - June 14

Celebrate the New 100 Classic Hikes - June 14

Mountaineers Books author Craig Romano presents a new list of the classic hikes in Washington. Celebrate on June 14.

Volunteers Needed for Wilderness First Aid Scenarios in Renton - May 9

Volunteers Needed for Wilderness First Aid Scenarios in Renton - May 9

We need both volunteer patients and evaluators for our WFA first aid scenarios. This experience will provide a refresher for students with prior WFA/AFA/MOFA experience and an introduction to Wilderness First Aid for those not yet enrolled.

Sharing Personal Stories with Sasha DiGiulian

Sharing Personal Stories with Sasha DiGiulian

On April 15, Sasha DiGiulian joined us in Seattle as part of the BeWild Speaker Series to share stories of her climbing career.

Wild Skills Day for Girls - May 21 & June 5

Wild Skills Day for Girls - May 21 & June 5

The Mountaineers are partnering with SheJumps in Seattle and Tacoma to create a special day for girls age 6-12 to learn outdoor and climbing skills.

Seattle Snowshoe Graduate and Season End Celebration - April 20

Seattle Snowshoe Graduate and Season End Celebration - April 20

Join us for an end of season potluck for everyone involved in the 2015-2016 Seattle Branch Snowshoe Program, Wednesday April 20 from 6:30-8:30 at the The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

Learn to Take Better Photos!

Learn to Take Better Photos!

You may already know how to use your camera and/or smartphone camera, but just how good are they?

Seattle Program Center: Automated External Defibrillator - in case you need it

Seattle Program Center: Automated External Defibrillator - in case you need it

The Seattle Program Center now has a Philips HeartStart AED in place near the lobby water fountains for cardiac emergencies.

"Twelve Long Walks" with Cam 'Swami' Honan - April 16

"Twelve Long Walks" with Cam 'Swami' Honan - April 16

Australian adventurer Cam "Swami" Honan completed an amazing, almost superhuman, feat: he through-hiked 12 of the most iconic long trails in the US and Canada spaning 545 days, 12 Long Trails, 14,300 miles and 28 pairs of shoes! Now Cam is coming to Seattle for an exclusive one-night event on April 16, 2016!

Traffic Advisory - Seattle Program Center

Traffic Advisory - Seattle Program Center

If you have plans to visit the Seattle Program Center in February or March, please be advised of traffic revisions on Sand Point Way just north of the clubhouse.

Now Offering Wilderness First Responder Courses and Recerts

Now Offering Wilderness First Responder Courses and Recerts

The Mountaineers is expanding its First Aid courses and will be offering two 10-day Wilderness First Responder Courses and a 3-day Wilderness First Responder Recertification.

2016 Photography Courses

2016 Photography Courses

Basic Photography Course has been scaled down and is offered once each quarter. Sign up for our next course on May 7.

Photography Committee Potluck & Photo Presentation - March 16

Photography Committee Potluck & Photo Presentation - March 16

Each 3rd Wednesday of the month, the Photography Committee holds a potluck and photo presentation.

Blake Herrington: Cascades Rock - March 22

Blake Herrington: Cascades Rock - March 22

Welcome Blake Herrington and his new guidebook "Cascades Rock: The 160 Best Multipitch and Alpine Routes in Washington and Southern BC" to Washington's local self-published guidebook authors at the Seattle Program Center on March 22.

Seattle Branch Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - January 30

Seattle Branch Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - January 30

Join the Seattle Branch as it welcomes volunteers from across the organization on January 30, 2016.

How To: Pick an altimeter

How To: Pick an altimeter

With altimeter technology increasingly incorporated into different pieces of equipment, we have to ask, "how reliable are they as tools for backcountry navigation?" Steve McClure, Mountaineers Board Member and Seattle Branch Navigation Committee member, recently published this review in Seattle Navigation's "Navigation Northwest".

Backcountry Film Festival - Jan 7, 9, and Feb 4

Backcountry Film Festival - Jan 7, 9, and Feb 4

Join your fellow lovers of the Snow Less Traveled, for a fun and fabulous evening at Bellevue, Seattle, or Tacoma showings of the 11th Annual Backcountry Film Festival! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, families welcome!

Seattle Program Center: An Unexpectedly Quick Self Rescue Lower

Seattle Program Center: An Unexpectedly Quick Self Rescue Lower

During a Self Rescue field trip, control of a lowering system was partially lost.

Thankful for you. For our community.

Thankful for you. For our community.

This year we give thanks for you - our community. For changing attitudes and changing values. This goes a long way towards changing lives. Happy Thanksgiving.

Free course for new hikers in the PNW!

Free course for new hikers in the PNW!

Our Foothills Branch is launching a new series of seminars and 'teaching hikes' aimed to introduce new hikers and new-to-the-northwest hikers to our lovely backcountry areas, and help them become safety-minded, responsible-trail citizens.

An Appalachian Trail Evening with Heather "Anish" Anderson - Dec. 2, 2015

An Appalachian Trail Evening with Heather "Anish" Anderson - Dec. 2, 2015

In September 2015, Heather "Anish" Anderson set the fastest known time to hike the Appalachian Trail unsupported. Hear her trail story plus see a riveting National Geographic film about the Appalachian Trail!

Meet The Mountaineers - November 16

Meet The Mountaineers - November 16

Meet The Mountaineers on Monday, November 16 to learn all about us. Ask questions about our courses and activities, discover our youth programs, uncover our historical legacy, and learn how we advocate for you in the outdoors.

Seattle Naturalists Winter Lecture - Nov 11

Seattle Naturalists Winter Lecture - Nov 11

Thor Hanson's "The Triumph of Seeds" shows how grains, nuts, kernels, etc., conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history. Join us to learn more on November 11.

2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

We’re bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to The Mountaineers again! The World Tour features the best mountain films this year, showcasing amazing filmmaking talent from the world over to an audience that spans the globe.

Renaming and revamping the Basic Navigation Course

Renaming and revamping the Basic Navigation Course

Learn why the Seattle and Tacoma branch have changed the name of the Basic Navigation course to "Wilderness Navigation" in 2016

Sherpa Adventure Gear Sample Sale - Nov 20-22

Sherpa Adventure Gear Sample Sale - Nov 20-22

Sherpa Adventure Gear is selling their sample gear, giving you chance to save up to 75%!

Paddler's Development Weekend - 2015

Paddler's Development Weekend - 2015

Organized by the Seattle Kayaking Committee, "PDW" is a gem of the organization's training events. Kayakers come together at Deception Pass for two days of clinics designed for advanced paddling skills in dynamic waters and build a community of experienced paddlers that carry out our mission.

One By One presents "SHOUT GLADI GLADI" - October 8

One By One presents "SHOUT GLADI GLADI" - October 8

One By One premiers SHOUT GLADI GLADI at The Mountaineers' Seattle Program Center on October 8, 2015. Narrated by Meryl Streep and featuring Melinda Gates, it’s a new film about the fight for maternal healthcare in Africa.

Everest: Raising awareness about global community - Sept 17

Everest: Raising awareness about global community - Sept 17

Hear about the personal impact of the 1990 Everest Peace Climb from Jim Whittaker. Join us on September 17 to celebrate this trailblazing anniversary.

Everest: Raising awareness about global environmental issues - Sept 17

Everest: Raising awareness about global environmental issues - Sept 17

Learn about the environmental impact of the 1990 Everest Peace climb from living legend and lifetime Mountaineer Jim Whittaker. Join us September 17 to celebrate this important anniversary.

New Hike/Backpack Leader Seminar - Oct 7

New Hike/Backpack Leader Seminar - Oct 7

This 2.5 hour evening course provides experienced hikers or backpackers information they need to become an effective hike or backpack leader with The Mountaineers, or for long-time leaders to refresh their skills and knowledge about leading hikes and backpacks.

Everest: A Symbol of Peace and Hope - Sept 17

Everest: A Symbol of Peace and Hope - Sept 17

Read about the global political impact of the 1990 Everest Peace climb from none-other than climb leader and lifetime Mountaineer Jim Whittaker. Join us September 17 to celebrate this ground-breaking anniversary.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Everest Peace Climb - Sept 17

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Everest Peace Climb - Sept 17

Twenty-five years ago Cold War Enemies, united by climbing, stood together on the highest point on earth honoring world peace and the environment. Join us September 17 to celebrate this ground-breaking anniversary.

Seattle Wild Rivers Night - Sept 30

Seattle Wild Rivers Night - Sept 30

The Mountaineers is proud to host Seattle Wild Rivers Night, a free evening to socialize with your river friends while enjoying great food and drinks, films, photography, and presentations celebrating the wild rivers of Washington State.

2015 Telluride Mountainfilm World Tour - Oct 15 & 16

2015 Telluride Mountainfilm World Tour - Oct 15 & 16

The Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour will be visiting Seattle on October 15 and Olympia on October 16. The tour features documentary films exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure.

Ski in the French Alps in March 2016! Learn more Sept 20

Ski in the French Alps in March 2016! Learn more Sept 20

Come to an information session and trip preview on Sunday, September 20 at 6:30pm at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center to learn more about this life-list ski trip to the resorts of Val d'Isere and Les Arc/La Plagne France, March 4-16, 2016!

Learn with Alpine Scrambling - Intense

Learn with Alpine Scrambling - Intense

This past spring we hosted the fifth year of the Alpine Scrambling Intense (ASI) class teaching 17 students the basics of off-trail travel. Learn more about this course and how modularization techniques are revolutionizing the future of outdoor education.

100 Friends of 100 Classic Hikes

100 Friends of 100 Classic Hikes

In 2016, Mountaineers Books will release a brand new edition of “100 Classic Hikes: Washington.” We’re looking for 100 friends to help us introduce the next generation of hikers to the most wonderful wild places in Washington.

"Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock!": How to Avoid Rockfall

"Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock!": How to Avoid Rockfall

The huge volume of reported safety concerns this June related to rockfall on climbs and scrambles. Here are some of the "lessons learned" and advice from Mountaineers Books.

Help teach summer campers to climb!

Help teach summer campers to climb!

We are in need of volunteer belayers

Summit Proposes Fresh Navigation Content & Line Up

Summit Proposes Fresh Navigation Content & Line Up

Navigation and other committee leaders from four branches proposed recommendations for enhancing curriculum across all branches. The 21 volunteer leaders from all activity types met June 19/20 at Meany Lodge to chart a course for 2016 and beyond.

Adventure Series Speakers Wanted

Adventure Series Speakers Wanted

The Bergschrund, a new Ballard taproom for NW Peaks Brewery, is looking for participants for their new Wednesday Adventure Series, held every other Wednesday evening from 6:30-8pm. Share your Mountaineers expertise!

Sail on the Adventuress - June 14!

Sail on the Adventuress - June 14!

Don't miss this one-time exclusive offer to go sailing aboard a historic tall ship with The Mountaineers. No experience necessary!

Seattle Branch Council Leadership Opportunities

Seattle Branch Council Leadership Opportunities

Every two years, Seattle Branch Executive Committee officers are up for election or appointment. This year, nominations are being sought for three positions: Chair, Board Representative, and Secretary.

We Are Mountaineers

We Are Mountaineers

The Mountaineers has a rich history of exploration, education, and conservation. We believe getting outside transforms all of us in some way - spending time in nature can give each one of us our own breakthrough moment. We volunteer to provide these transformative experiences to our Pacific Northwest community. That's what it means to be a Mountaineer.

Yakima Wildflower Hiking Series!

Yakima Wildflower Hiking Series!

Join Foothills hike leader and photographer Chris Pribbernow for a fun series of hikes through beautiful desert wildflowers in the Yakima Canyon!

Naturalist Speaker Series - March 12

Naturalist Speaker Series - March 12

Learn how local bird lovers are helping to re-introduce the Western Bluebird in the San Juan Islands.

Seattle Naturalists Speaker Series - Feb. 11

Seattle Naturalists Speaker Series - Feb. 11

Learn how the fisher, a native Olympic mammal, gets help from National Parks to return to its native range.

Take a Photo Tour of the San Juans and Gulf Islands with Craig Romano

Take a Photo Tour of the San Juans and Gulf Islands with Craig Romano

Join guidebook author Craig Romano on Tuesday, February 17 at 7pm at Issaquah Town Hall.

Seattle Naturalists Speaker Series - Jan. 15

Seattle Naturalists Speaker Series - Jan. 15

Join the Seattle Naturalists for a fascinating geology lecture with Donn Charnley.

Celebrate Winter Trails in the Methow

Celebrate Winter Trails in the Methow

Join us for a weekend nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking and much more in the beautiful Methow Valley.

Mystery of the 120-year-old biscuit

Mystery of the 120-year-old biscuit

The Mountaineer archives contain a very old cookie, dating all the way back to 1897. The artifact is nine years older than The Mountaineers club.

Volunteer Needed: Author of Building Management Manual

Volunteer Needed: Author of Building Management Manual

The Mountaineers is a seeking a volunteer with Facility Management/Building Engineering experience to complete a building documentation project. The creation of one set of central building management documents will help ensure the right information is available to the right people, at the right time...always.

Seattle Naturalist Speaker Series - Nov. 20

Seattle Naturalist Speaker Series - Nov. 20

Learn about the ecological changes on Mt. St. Helens since the eruption in 1980.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Join us for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure to The Mountaineers.

New Hike/Backpack Leader Seminar

New Hike/Backpack Leader Seminar

This 2.5 hour evening course provides experienced hikers or backpackers information they need to become an effective hike or backpack leader with The Mountaineers.

Seattle Office Under Construction

Seattle Office Under Construction

Our Seattle Program Center staff office will be under construction during the month of August. Learn about the construction schedule and why we're remodeling.

BeWild-Expedition Denali

BeWild-Expedition Denali

The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) brought together a group of inspiring role models who made history as the first team of African Americans to blaze a trail up America’s highest peak – Denali.

What Are The Ten Essentials?

What Are The Ten Essentials?

The Mountaineers formalized the Ten Essentials in 1974, when the iconic list was debuted in the third edition of "Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills." Learn the list, and its origin.

Conditioning for Outdoor  Enthusiasts 50+

Conditioning for Outdoor Enthusiasts 50+

Try this exercise to help restore balance and coordination for any age or ability level.

Peakbaggers honored

Peakbaggers honored

100 Peaks of Rainier Peakbaggers Award Ceremony

Backcountry Essentials Seminar with NWAC

Backcountry Essentials Seminar with NWAC

NWAC will be giving a free presentation on backcountry travel skills.