Hike, Backpack & Urban Walk Leader Application

If you are interested in volunteering as a hike, backpack, or urban walk trip leader, fill out this form and we will forward it to the nearest volunteer committee 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, backpack, and urban walk leaders should attend a new leader seminar and do a mentored trip in addition to filling out this application.

The holder of this badge has been approved as a hike leader for The Mountaineers.

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead backpacking trips for The Mountaineers.

The Urban Walk Leader badge authorizes the holder to lead Urban Walks for The Mountaineers as defined in the Hike/Urban Walk/Backpack standard.

The look on people's faces when you get them outside and show them places they've never seen is one of the best rewards for volunteering. If you are interested in contributing to the mission of The Mountaineers by organizing and leading hikes, backpacking trips, and urban walks, please let us know by completing this simple application. Our committees vet new leaders to ensure everyone meets our activity standards, and this application provides 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, backpack, or urban walk leader!

Thank you for your interest!

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

Which of the following activities do you want to lead?   Please select all that apply.
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, backpack, and urban walk leaders must receive their leader credentials through their branch's hiking, backpacking, or urban walk 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 The Mountaineers Hiking & Backpacking Standards.

Can you comply with the standards for our hiking, backpacking, and urban walking programs?  

Thank you for your interest in our Hiking, Backpacking, and Urban Walking 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.