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June 26, 2016
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DISCOVER THE REWARDS OF STEWARDSHIP

It’s easy to forget that many of our beloved trails and historic structures are maintained by volunteers. The Mountaineers have a long tradition of stewarding these places, and the tradition grows stronger every day – as long as you get involved! Consider being a part of history and join us on a stewardship activity this summer.

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June 11, 2016
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10 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: LISA HAYEK

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to ….

Name: Lisa Hayek
Hometown: Port Orchard, WA
Member Since: April 2016
Occupation: REI Sales Specialist
Favorite Activities: Day hiking and backpacking

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June 11, 2016
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THE BASIC CLIMBING EXPERIENCE

The Mountaineers offers the Basic Alpine Climbing Course in five of our seven branches. In this course, students learn the basic skills needed to climb peaks in the Cascade and Olympic ranges. In addition to learning skills, students become part of a climbing community and often connect with lifelong climbing partners. As we near the end of May, our courses are wrapping up their skills sessions, and the climbing season is beginning! Check out the experience that Seattle student, Cody Golden, wanted to share.

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June 11, 2016
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CAMPAIGN SEEKS TO FEND OFF MINING IN THE METHOW VALLEY

The Methow Valley sits in the cradle of more than twenty 8,000-foot peaks, their snow-covered summits melting into a web of rivers and tributariesIt’s a human-powered recreationist’s dream, home to the nation’s largest cross-country ski area, a heralded section of the Pacific Crest Trail, and a vast expanse of wild forests home to some of the best hiking, backpacking, paddling, and fly-fishing around.

This area appeals to more than just recreationists. A Canadian company has filed for permits to conduct exploratory drilling for copper on Flagg Mountain, which sits on U.S. Forest Service land. In response, the Methow Headwaters Campaign proposes to secure a “mineral withdrawal”from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. This action would prohibit mining on the Methow watershed’s federal lands—approximately 340,000 acres in total.

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June 11, 2016
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10 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: LOUIE COGLAS

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to ….

Name: Louie Coglas
Hometown: Brier, WA
Member Since: April 1986
Occupation: Roofing Contractor
Favorite Activities: Climbing, trail running, sea kayaking

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HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THE MOUNTAINEERS?

A leader in my Boy Scout troop was a Mountaineer. When he took us on backpacking trips, he taught us all the techniques he was learning in Mountaineers courses. I joined The Mountaineers in the mid-70’s as a Jr. Mountaineer for a few years. I took the bus down to the club house on Pike (or maybe Pine) St. and was going to take the climbing course, but it was full. It would be another 14 years before I took the climbing course. One of the first activities I did when I joined in ’86 was help with maintenance at Stevens Pass Ski Lodge. Then, in the summer of ’89 I helped out with the Pilchuck Lookout restoration. I was hooked.

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