The Tacoma Mountaineers will be hosting two weeks of summer camp this August! All information and registration is available at the Mountaineers website.
August 5 - August 9: Explorers Week
We'll learn navigation skills using compasses, natural devices and maybe just our own gut feelings. Our Field Trip on Wednesday will take us to Capitol State Forest, where we'll put our skills to practice with geocaching, orienteering and hiking around the park. We'll finish the week off at Point Defiance Park where we'll have a final day of games, swimming and beach fun for our final day of Explorers Week. Register here.
August 12 - August 16: Water Week
Every day we'll have water fun with kayaking, swimming, water games and more. On Wednesday, we'll take a Field Trip to Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area where we'll swim and play in Rattlesnake Lake, hike around the lake or up a ledge and enjoy the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. We'll finish the week off on Friday at Point Defiance Park where we'll take kayaks and our beach gear for our final day of Water Week. Register here.
Introduction to Hiking and Backpacking June 10, 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Tacoma Clubhouse
If you're not sure what you need to do to get started hiking with The Mountaineers or just need a kick-start, join us at the Tacoma clubhouse for this information-packed evening. Register online or at the door at 6:45 p.m. with exact change or check for the $5 fee. NON-MEMBERS welcome!
The Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center
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Great Time to Order an Engraved Paver for the Tacoma Program Center
Engraved Pavers at Entrance to the Tacoma Program Center
Thanks to the generosity of Tacoma Mountaineers members and others, we are soon going to be engraving an additional set of pavers at the entry to the Tacoma Program Center. If you would like to get in on this action, additional pavers are available to be engraved with the donor's name, the name of someone the donor wishes to remember, or with a logo for the following donation amounts:
At a small ceremony on March 19, 2013, a time capsule was sealed beneath the hearth of the fireplace in the Tacoma Program Center. Centennial Committee Chair Bud Truitt supervised installation of the time capsule with Steve Townsend, who built the time capsule container and assisted Bud in preparing the hearth, along with several others.
An inscription on the time capsule hatch sets the opening of the time capsule for March 19, 2062 - the 150th anniversary of the Tacoma branch! More photos and information available on the Tacoma Program Center blog.
The Mountaineers was established in 1906 and over the years has grown into the largest outdoor-recreation organization in the Northwest, including branches in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Everett, Bellingham, Wenatchee, and Kitsap County.
The Tacoma Branch was founded in 1912. As our membership grew, our activities increased to include a wide array of muscle-powered outdoor endeavors. However, some things about The Mountaineers never change. Our philosophy and purpose are the same as when the organization was formed almost 100 hundred years ago.