The Mountaineers organization was founded in 1906 by some of Seattle’s earliest environmentalists, including Prof. Edmond S. Meany of the University of Washington and photographer Asahel Curtis. Winlock Miller, a UW Regent and Mountaineers member, owned the (future) Wedgwood Rock property at 7200 28th Ave NE and the Rock was used for Mountaineers and Scouts climbing practices. With this storied history in northeast Seattle, it is fitting that the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center was able to move from a previous location to their present site at 7700 Sand Point Way NE in Magnuson Park.
On Monday, September 30th from 6 to 9 PM there will be a Meet the Mountaineers evening at the Seattle Program Center. Representatives from each of the activity committees will be on hand to answer questions about courses and upcoming events. The Climbing Wall will be open all evening and staffed by the climbing committee — you don’t need to bring any equipment. Visitors will have access to the Gear Grab where members sell their gently used gear, along with new supplies. The Mountaineers Bookstore will be open, offering an extensive assortment of guidebooks for hiking, climbing, sea kayaking, skiing and other mountaineering literature. Think ahead: holiday gift-shopping alert! Mountaineers gear, books, hats, shirts and etc. make good gifts!