The Mountaineers is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization with 14,000 active members in the Pacific Northwest.
With several branches and mountain lodges, it’s easy to find a nearby community of enthusiasts for all kinds of outdoor pursuits, including hiking, trail running, climbing, backpacking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, nature photography, and more.
About The Mountaineers
Founded in 1906, the Mountaineers has been connection people of all ages with the outdoors and getting them outside safely and responsibly for over 100 years. They also played a pivotal role in the development of the greater outdoor community in the Pacific Northwest.
Many of today’s recreational resources came from actions and activities of early Mountaineers members, including the creation of trails, wilderness areas, and national parks. They were also critical in the development of alpine skiing in the Cascades, climbing courses in the U.S., and founding the national Mountain Rescue Association.
Led by their devoted coalition of volunteers, the Mountaineers hosts hundreds of monthly hikes and other outdoor activities that offer ways for everyone to get outside and connect with the natural world. They also advocate for and protect of the outdoor experience for future generations.
For more information, visit The Mountaineers website.
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Virtual Events at The Mountaineers
Connect with The Mountaineers community for the following virtual events
Not a member? No problem! Create a FREE account as Guest Adult or Guest Family and then register for any two Mountaineers virtual events! If you plan to enjoy more than two virtual events, join The Mountaineers. Member ship begins at $75/individual and $130/family. For more information, visit the The Mountaineers membership page.
Virtual hiking trip: Gothic Basin scramble
May 29, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:30pm. Scramble leaders Manisha Powar and Amrit Panda will take us to one of their favorite places in Washington State: an overnight trip from the Mountain Loop Highway to Gothic Basin and up the scramble peaks. Gothic Basic is a strenuous, 9-mile round trip day hike or backpack with 2,840 feet of elevation gain. The trail follows the Sauk River for a mile and then ascends steeply, going through forested, rough, rugged terrain and up a steep ridge. The payoff is a pristine alpine basin dotted with tarns, streams, lakes, and meadows all set in the shadows of Gothic Peak and Del Campo. Gothic Peak and Del Campo are some of the more technical scrambles in the area–their challenge and the beauty of the area means they are ones that many scramblers have on their To-Do Lists. This event will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Please RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link on the day of the presentation. If you are not a Mountaineers member, create a Guest account and then RSVP for this event. More info: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/seattle-branch/events/scramble-ramble-gothic-basin-del-campo-and-gothic-peak
Virtual hiking trip in the Patagonian Andes from Argentina to Chile
June 1, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:00pm. In February 2016, Cheryl Talbert and a group of intrepid Mountaineers Adventurers set out with backpacks from Bariloche Argentina, in the heart of the Argentine Lakes District, to trek across the Andes crest through Nahuel Huapi National Park, passing high on Cerro Tronador (“The Thunderer”) on the Chilean Border, and then across into Chile on a ferry through the system of lakes that connects the two countries. The group then day-hiked high on the Osomo and Calbuco volcanoes in Chile and then trekked deep into Valle Cochamo, called ‘Chile’s Yosemite’ for its vertical white granite cliffs, enjoying incredible local food and hospitality. In this presentation Cheryl will share maps, photos and logistics from the trip, which she is also leading in slightly modified form in February of 2021 (We hope!). Please RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link on the day of the presentation. If you are not a Mountaineers member, create a Guest account and then RSVP for this event. More info: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/foothills-branch/events/armchair-global-adventures-backpack-across-the-patagonian-andes-from-bariloche-argentina-to-puerto-montt-chile
Virtual backing trip: Pacific Crest Trail
Jun 5, 2020 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM. Charles Grant will be sharing a slide show, route details and logistics suggestions for from his trip last August from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass on Section J of the Pacific Crest Trail. This section takes you through some of the most remote and diverse mountain country along the entire 2650-mile trail. The route traverses the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, passing by a least a dozen lakes along the way, many of them swimmable in late-summer, along with innumerable meadows, old-growth trees, and stunning views of towering mountains. Free and open to the public but you must RSVP and then we will email you the zoom link to join. If you are not a Mountaineers member, create a Guest account and then RSVP for this event. More info: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/foothills-branch/events/backpackers-pajama-party-the-pct-section-j-from-snoqualmie-pass-to-stevens-pass
Virtual backing trip: Chelan Summit Trail and White Pass-Blue Lakes-Pilot Ridge Loop
Jun 12, 2020 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM. First, Eileen Miller will be back with another gorgeous slide show plus route details and logistics suggestions for from the Chelan Summit trail, a 38 mile high altitude ridgetop trail between Lake Chelan drainage and the Methow River valley – a long and challenging hike but one packed with flower filled meadows, rugged peaks, high alpine lakes, golden larches and the North Cascades at your door step. Then Cheryl Talbert will bring you on a photo journey with maps and logistics information about a three-day loop in a gorgeous section of the Glacier Peak Wilderness starting from the North Fork Sauk river trailhead, climbing to the PCT at White Pass, and winding south with glorious views of this shy volcano before crossing to a lovely secluded lake basin and then back to the North Fork Sauk along a ridge with panoramic views of the Monte Cristo peaks. Free and open to the public but you must RSVP and then we will email you the zoom link to join. If you are not a Mountaineers member, create a Guest account and then RSVP for this event. More info: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/foothills-branch/events/backpackers-pajama-party-tchelan-summit-trail-and-white-pass-blue-lakes-pilot-ridge-loop
Virtual Nordic skiing trip: Cross Skiing in Western Canada’s Resorts and Parks
Jun 15, 2020 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM. Resorts and National Parks in Canada offer hundreds of scenic kilometres of groomed Nordic ski trails for the intermediate skier. Cindy Hoover has led four “domestic” Global Adventure ski trips and will share the Canadian adventures in this presentation, along with tips on lodging and logistics. Enjoy a tour of five locales that offer wonderful Nordic skiing on groomed tracks from the comfort of a shared condo or lodge in B.C. and Alberta! We’ll visit the Sun Peaks, Silver Star, Helmcken Falls Lodge, Canmore/Banff, and Lake Louise areas. Free and open to the public but you must RSVP and then we will email you the zoom link to join. If you are not a Mountaineers member, create a Guest account and then RSVP for this event. More info: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/seattle-branch/events/armchair-global-adventures-cross-skiing-front-country-destinations-in-western-canada
Virtual backing trip: Circumnavigate Mount Margaret and Mount Adams, with David Skurnik
Jun 19, 2020 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM. This trip features distance-backpacker and adventurer David Skurnik on two epic loops in the South Cascades. Free and open to the public but you must RSVP and then we will email you the zoom link to join. If you are not a Mountaineers member, create a Guest account and then RSVP for this event. More info: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/foothills-branch/events/backpackers-pajama-party-destination-tbd
Virtual backpack trip: the Grand Canyon with Dick Lambe!
Wed, Jun 24, 2020 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM. Mountaineer Dick Lambe has backpacked the Grand Canyon five times, and will share stories, photos and tips to help you plan your own trip! ree and open to the public but you must RSVP and then we will email you the zoom link to join. If you are not a Mountaineers member, create a Guest account and then RSVP for this event. More info: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/seattle-program-center/events/walking-the-wild-series-9
For more events, visit The Mountaineers virtual event calendar.
More upcoming walks, hikes, and related events
Here are the upcoming live and virtual walks, hikes, and related outdoor events on our calendar. If nothing is listed below, there are no events currently on our calendar. Theoretically, this shouldn’t happen. We update these types of events throughout the year.
Friday, June 5, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
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- Find free and cheap things to do every day on the Greater Seattle on the Cheap event calendar.
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