Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma - 2020

Youth Program

Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma

Adventure for teens age 14-18

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

MAC Membership is $650 for the year. A $100 deposit is required for your first month. The remainder can be paid in full, or in monthly installments. 


Mountaineers Adventure Club (MAC) is a year-round course, focused on teaching climbing and backcountry skills to teens age 14-18. (If you are 13 and going into high school, or 19 and finishing high school, you are still allowed to join.)

MAC members get to choose and plan their own outdoor trips and goals for the year, and then make a plan to achieve those goals. Members meet one Wednesday evening per month at the Tacoma Mountaineers to plan and practice skills, and then go on at least one weekend outdoor trip per month. 


Past trips have included:

Glacier climbing & mountaineering trips, such as: Climbing Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker, Mt. Daniel, and Sahale Peak

Rock climbing trips, such as cragging in Leavenworth, Squamish, Vantage, and Mazama

Alpine rock climbs, such as The Tooth, South Early Winter Spire, Ingalls Peak

Backpacking trips

Day hikes

Skiing and Snowboarding at Meany Lodge, Stevens Pass, and Winthrop

Snow  camping at Mt. Rainier


All trips are supervised by adult staff and trained volunteers. Parent participation is not required, though parents with outdoor skills are encouraged to volunteer! Transportation from Tacoma to the trip destination can usually be provided by staff and volunteers. All staff and volunteers must pass a background check and be certified through The Mountaineers in any skill they are teaching or trip they are leading.


Outdoor equipment can almost always be borrowed from The Mountaineers when given enough notice (usually 1-2 weeks prior to trip).  See the gear list below for more details.


To be in good standing with Tacoma MAC, members are expected to attend at least 75% of meetings, and at least 50% of trips. Communication about trips and meetings will happen primarily over email, and members are expected to respond to email in a timely manner. Members must demonstrate proficiency in skills at meetings and training trips in order to be eligible for alpine climbs.


MAC Membership is $650 for the year. A $100 deposit is required for your first month. The remainder can be paid in full, or in monthly installments. Your MAC membership costs cover: staff time, transportation costs, gear, camping fees and permits, and food for longer trips. At your first meeting, you will choose how you want to pay the remainder of your MAC membership fee. Members cannot opt out of payments because they missed that month's trip.

Program Requirements
Program Activity Date Availability Leader
TAC MAC Skills Night (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Aug 11, 2021
Registration closes Aug 9
8 participants
1 instructor
TAC MAC Alpine Climb (optional)
Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver
Sun, Aug 15, 2021 -
Tue, Aug 17, 2021
Registration closes Aug 14
7 participants
3 instructors
Leadership Series (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Aug 25, 2021
Registration closes Aug 23
3 participants
TAC MAC Climbing Trip (optional)
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Thu, Aug 26, 2021 -
Fri, Aug 27, 2021
Registration closes Aug 24
7 participants
2 instructors
Required Equipment

Most equipment can be borrowed from The Mountaineers, so don't feel pressured to spend all your money on gear! Here's a sampling of what might come in handy:

Day pack

Large backpacking pack

Hiking boots


Climbing harness

Climbing shoes

Sleeping bag

Sleeping pad

Outdoor clothing: Rain proof layers, warm insulating layers (fleece, down, etc), base layers, wool socks, hats. 


Program Materials

There are no materials for this program.