What we're about

We represent the Olympia Branch of the Mountaineers with over 900 members from adjacent counties, including Lewis, Mason, western Pierce, Grays Harbor, and Thurston. Go to our Branch page: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodg... (https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/olympia-branch)

And check out a long sample list of our activities here: https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/act... (https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/activities#b_start=0&c8=Olympia)

Do you want to enhance your outdoor skills? Do you want to get out and explore the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest? We offer volunteer-driven courses ranging from hiking to off-trail scrambling, rock and glacier climbing, and sea-kayaking. In addition, we offer classes in Navigation, Outdoor Leadership, Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA), and Winter Travel - which includes Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing. For a relatively small cost, you get great value!

We organize many trips where you can then practice your new skills. Meet people like yourself who yearn to get out there and reach new summits. Take your skills to the next level while learning from experienced adventurers. Join our community (https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/join-the-mountaineers) to make new friends and pursue your lifelong outdoor passions!

Official Mountaineers annual dues are $75 per year for adult, $130 Family, $48 Military and $36 for Seniors. Check us out at https://www.mountaineers.org/ or by calling Member Services at 206-521-6001. You may also email the Mountaineers at: info@mountaineers.org

We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your dues are totally tax deductible!

"Our mission is to enrich the community by helping people explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond."

Legal Disclaimer and Liability Information: Participation in South Sound Mountaineers activities is at your own risk. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless South Sound Mountaineers, its organizers, and other participants from all claims or liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or for damage to property, loss of personal property or any other wrongful act arising out of or relating to your participation. This agreement applies to you and to other persons (as your guests) who may accompany you in these endeavors.

Upcoming events (5+)

Essentials of Outdoor Leadership - Jan 22 thru 24

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Essentials of Outdoor Leadership https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/olympia-branch/committees/olympia-leadership-committee/course-templates/essentials-of-outdoor-leadership-olympia/essentials-of-outdoor-leadership-olympia-2019 This leadership course is aimed at promoting and producing activity leaders in Hiking, Scrambling, Climbing and Kayaking and such is available to graduates of Scrambling, Kayaking or Climbing. The course will be run for three consecutive evenings in January and will consist of lectures, group discussions, scenarios, readings and tests. This course is is meant to be one of your first steps toward activity and trip leadership with the Olympia Mountaineers. Costs: $75 for Mountaineer members, $125 for non-memembers. Scholarships available. Leader Amy Weber

Youth Rock Climbing - Briggs YMCA - Friday, Jan 25

South Sound YMCA - Briggs YMCA

Youth Rock Climbing - Briggs YMCA - Come Enjoy a night of rock climbing! From 6-8pm All levels are welcome! https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/olympia-branch/committees/olympia-youth-outreach-committee/seminars-clinics/youth-rock-climbing-briggs-ymca-1 Time for rock climbing catered to your youth! We will provide the gear and any climbing skills you would like to learn. Olympia Youth Activities Co-Chair: Becky Nielsen

Wilderness Skills - Winter Session, Jan 26 & Feb 2, 2019

St John's Episcopal Church

This class is our entry level required introduction to our Hiking, Backpacking, Scrambling and Climbing classes! Wilderness Skills Wilderness Skills is designed to prepare outdoor enthusiasts for hiking & backpacking in the forests, mountains and trails of the Pacific Northwest. The course is offered twice each year - once in the winter and once in the spring, and includes two 8 a.m.-5 pm Saturday workshops. These include extensive hands-on and outside activities. The two all-day-Saturday workshops (First Saturday and Second Saturday) required for this course are open to students of all skill levels interested in hiking in the Pacific Northwest. Students planning to take Alpine Scrambling, Basic Climbing and the Backpacking course need this course as a Prerequisite. The class is taught twice each year- typically in January and again in April. THIS CLASS IS THE IDEAL INTRODUCTION FOR GETTING (back?) OUTDOORS! Must Pre-Register. Dates: Saturdays, January 26 and February 2. 8 to 5. Costs: Mountaineer Club members $40, Meetup members & Guests $70, special rates for Families! For more information, or to Pre-Register on-line, please go HERE: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/olympia-branch/committees/olympia-wilderness-skills-committee/course-templates/wilderness-skills/wilderness-skills-olympia-2019 Or come to our Open House and Class sign-up night on Jan 3 at The Worthington Center at St Martins Univ at 6:30pm. Course Chair: Christopher Sullivan, Co-Chair Jennifer Goodwin

Learn to scramble off trail. Alpine Scrambling class starts Jan 26, 2019.

Alpine Scrambling Class, Olympia Mountaineers: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/olympia-branch/committees/olympia-alpine-scrambling-committee/course-templates/alpine-scrambling-course/alpine-scrambling-course-olympia-2019 Alpine scrambling is non-technical climbing that involves off-trail travel, often over rock, snow or brush, to mountain summits. Many, if not most, Northwest summits are accessible by scramble routes. Alpine scrambling is a form of mountaineering that falls somewhere between high altitude hiking and rock climbing. Ropes and other aids typically are not needed. As a competent scrambler, you must be in good physical condition and be able to navigate in the backcountry. You will become proficient in Wilderness skills, since that is the first, and required Module of this course. In addition, you will be competent in snow and rock travel, ice-axe self arrest, and other basic mountaineering skills. Course starts with 7 lectures and 5 Field Trips before starting your graduation outings, conditioners, Rock and Snow Scrambles off trail to many Pacific NW peaks! Wilderness Skills is a required prerequsite and MOFA & Navigation co-requsites to graduate. Cost: (including January Wilderness Skills): $190 Mountaineers members, $240 for non Club members. NOTE- Our Meet the Mountaineers Class Information night is on Jan 3 at the Worthington Center. You can sign-up on line NOW, or wait and check out details with the Course Chair, Instructors and former students. To Register NOW, or for more information, click here: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/olympia-branch/committees/olympia-alpine-scrambling-committee/course-templates/alpine-scrambling-course/alpine-scrambling-course-olympia-2019 Course Chair Tom Eckhout

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