Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Kick-Off Trip

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Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Kick-Off Trip - Leavenworth

The Leavenworth Kick-Off trip is the first trip of the year for Explorers & Jr. MAC where prospective members can try out rock climbing, meet current members, and see if Explorers or Jr. MAC is a good fit for them. This trip is free and open to the interested public.

  • *Varies*, Crag Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Mandatory pre-trip meeting:

Sept. 22, from 6-7pm via Zoom. Link will be emailed to registered participants and chaperones shortly before the meeting.

Expect to leave town Friday evening and return in the evening on Sunday night. 

Trip Sheet: Please review the trip sheet. It has important information and links to camping and activity pods master spreadsheet.

Guests: If spots are still available one week prior to the trip, email Katy to request that a friend or sibling be able to join.

Registration: Since this trip is open to non-members, register directly here on this page. For all other Explorers and Jr. MAC trips registration, use the Explorers and Jr. MAC course page.

Every year, Explorers & Jr. MAC hosts a Kick-Off Trip which serves as a try-out for prospective new members and a chance for all returning members to get reacquainted with one another over a weekend of rock climbing and hiking. We will have a couple groups each day going out to various crags and hikes, camping  in Leavenworth at Eightmile Campground with a communal meal, all led by adult chaperones/Mountaineers staff and volunteers. 

This trip is community focused and should give anyone new to Explorers & Jr. MAC a good idea of what our culture is like. Interested members need not pay/commit to the club before attending this trip, and will be invited to make their decision to join or not after this trip. 

If you'd like to borrow non-climbing gear, please submit your request to the gear library.



  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)

    Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment


  • Sept 22: 10am-1pm (come to the bookstore)
  • Sept 23: 12-3pm (come to the basement)


  • Oct 1: 8-11am (ask for me at the front desk if I'm not in the basement)
  • Oct 6: 9:30am-12:30pm (ask for me at the front desk)
  • Oct 7: 12pm-3pm (meet in the basement)


  • Clothes for adventuring during the day (layers)
    • Clothes for at camp in the evening (slightly warmer because it’ll cool down in the evening)
  • Sun Protection: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, sun shirt, etc.
  • Day pack
  • Hiking Boots
  • Camp Shoes (optional) 


  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Shoes for hiking to the crag (tennis shoes are fine)


  • Personal mess kit including: plate/bowl, utensils, cup
  • Camp chair
  • Tent (can be borrowed from the Mountaineers with advance notice)
  • Sleeping bag/pad (can be borrowed from the Mountaineers with advance notice)
  • Pillow (we’re car camping; might as well be comfy!)
  • Toiletries (restrooms available at campsite)
  • Headlamp/flashlight with extra batteries
  • Face mask(s)
  • Hand Sanitizer


    • Breakfast & Dinner: Group meals
    • Lunch: (x2)
    • Snacks: enough for both Saturday and Sunday
  • Water: 2 liters per person per day minimum 


  • 10 Essentials
  • Sketchbook/journal/book
  • Camera

If you'd like to borrow non-climbing gear, please submit your request to the gear library.

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