Hike or Backpack Leader Application

If you are interested in volunteering as a hike or backpack trip leader, fill out this form and we will forward it to the volunteer committee closest to you so they can review it and help you begin the process of familiarizing you with our guidelines, policies, and standards for these activities. Generally, all prospective hike leaders should attend a new hike leader seminar and do a mentored hike in addition to filling out this application.

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The look on people's faces when you get them outside and show them places they've never seen is often cited as one of the best rewards for our volunteers. If you are interested in contributing to the mission of The Mountaineers by organizing and leading hikes or backpacking trips, please let us know by completing this simple application. We obviously have to ensure that every leader meets some critical baseline standards and this application will provide our committee with relevant information about your goals and experience.  One of our volunteers will follow up with you on the next steps to get you certified as a hike or backpack leader!

Thank you for your interest!

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Are you a current Mountaineers member?   This is not a requirement at this point, but may help the equivalency evaluator assess your level of comfort on outdoor experiences. Ultimately, hike and backpack leaders must be Mountaineers members, at least 18 years old, with an up-to-date waiver on file. New hike or backpack leaders are strongly encouraged to go on a minimum of 3 activities with The Mountaineers, preferably with different leaders, before becoming a hike or backpack leader themselves. Please contact info@mountaineers.org before applying if you do not yet meet these requirements.

Do you want to lead hikes, backpacks or both?  

Choose the committee(s) and/or group(s) for whom you want to lead trips:   In addition to our standard hiking & backpacking committees, we have several other special interest committees and groups that also lead hikes. We will connect you with the closest committee(s) or group(s) of interest. Please note, all prospective hike and backpack leaders must receive their leader credentials through their branch's hiking and/or backpacking committee (including any required activities such as new leader seminars and mentored hikes/backpacks), even if they only intend to lead hikes or backpacks for one or more special interest committees.

Please review our Hiking minimum standards

Can you comply with all of the minimum standards for our hiking and backpacking programs?  

Thank you for your interest in our Hiking and Backpacking programs! We will forward your application on to one of our amazing volunteers, who will review it and get in touch with you about how to move forward. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at info@mountaineers.org.

Questions about affinity groups? Please check out our blog post for more information.