What we're about

SOA brings people together who love the great outdoors.

We hike everywhere from cities to mountains to deserts; go backpacking, biking, and climbing; we ski and snowshoe, kayak, sail and swim, and in many other ways celebrate nature.

While exploring the Pacific Northwest is thrilling and restorative, we care about our delicate environments and promote Leave-No-Trace principles and good trail etiquette.

To better protect ourselves from injuries and other life-threatening conditions, all members should take safety and preparedness seriously, carry the Ten Essentials, and be self reliant.

Check our calendar and join us on an upcoming adventure. We're eager to welcome new friends and hope to meet you in person soon.

Your Organizer,
Michael Songbird

DISCLAIMER: All activities hosted by Seattle Outdoor Adventurers (SOA) involve risk. Becoming an SOA member and/or participating in events offered by our Meetup group, you agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify SOA, its members, and its organizers from any and all liability. You alone are responsible for your safety and comfort.

Upcoming events (5+)

Snow adventure: Mailbox, Old Si or Snoqulamie - you vote!

Eastgate Park & Ride - East Side Under Overpass

Let’s do a nearby snow adventure. I have done the three mountains several times so I am torn which one to choose for tomorrow. Also, I want to make sure to accommodate your preferences. Answer the questions and you will decide by majority votes. Mailbox: old trail up - new or old trail down Details: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mailbox-peak Old Si: old trail up and down Details: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-si-old-trail Snoqualmie: we might need snowshoes but necessarily. Bring to P&R and we will decide at TH. Note the higher “highest point” elevation and hence expected higher technician skills. Details: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-snoqualmie Approach: weather will be cold with some wind so dress/prepare accordingly. Our pace will be moderate to fast. Answer the questions and I will add you. Gear: waterproof boats, micro spikes, poles, gaiters, snowshoes (just in case), ice axe (good for photos but also just in case), food, water, layers to protect form cold, wind, rain and snow, your version of 10 essentials, big smile and great attitude. Bring bags for your dirty gear and cash for drivers ($5-10) Disclaimer: we are not guides. We claim no responsibility and you join and come on your own risk. Black Wrangler. [masked]

Avalanche Awareness

Magic Flavors

Since the 1980s, avalanche forecasters have known that the more avalanche knowledge a backcountry user acquires, the more they believe that they can “manage” the snowpack. The dynamic is known as negative event feedback—the more events you survive, the more invincible you think you are. But avalanches don’t work that way, which, beyond the exposure, is perhaps why avalanche forecasters die in avalanches at higher rates than citizen backcountry skiers. Counterintuitively, skill—progression—only increases risk. SOOOO.... let's talk about real avalanche safety. Not trying to learn what you can't possible know, eg what snow is 4000ft above you. I have caused some avalanches and I have been in one, so I know a little bit about it.

Avalanche Awareness

Magic Flavors

Since the 1980s, avalanche forecasters have known that the more avalanche knowledge a backcountry user acquires, the more they believe that they can “manage” the snowpack. The dynamic is known as negative event feedback—the more events you survive, the more invincible you think you are. But avalanches don’t work that way, which, beyond the exposure, is perhaps why avalanche forecasters die in avalanches at higher rates than citizen backcountry skiers. Counterintuitively, skill—progression—only increases risk. SOOOO.... let's talk about real avalanche safety. Not trying to learn what you can't possible know, eg what snow is 4000ft above you. I have caused some avalanches and I have been in one, so I know a little bit about it.

Cross Country Skiing: Beginner Lesson ($ TBD)

Eastgate Park and Ride

Learn from a professional cross country ski instructor at Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center. New-to-Nordic packages are designed for beginner skier levels. Package includes full day rental, 90 minutes of group instruction, and trail fees. This package is the perfect starting point for those new to cross-country skiing looking to learn the basics. Available for Classic track skiing or Skate skiing. 2019/2020 lesson prices are not yet available. Once the Nordic Center opens, in early December, I will contact them and ask about a possible group discount. Once I know the cost per student, I will update this event. In season's past, the New-to-Nordic package cost approximately $40 per student. More details available here: https://summitatsnoqualmie.com/daily-lessons/new-to-nordic-package For helpful tips for beginners getting started in cross country skiing, check-out my Intro to Cross Country Skiing presentation: https://tinyurl.com/IntroToCrossCountrySkiing2019

Past events (3,603)

Windy Mountain (moderate Ninja style-:)

Brickyard Road Park and Ride

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