Slideshow: Be Wild

It’s no doubt that The Mountaineers are Western Washington’s premier experts on all things outdoors, and the next couple of months are going to be chalk full of fun events and programs within the organization as the weather warms up and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds look forward to summer.

Be Wild: Stories of Passion and Adventure is an exciting upcoming series featuring 4 different types of adventurers who are sharing their stories with Mountaineers members and non-members alike. Each presentation will be held at 7pm at the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center.

Be Wild will leave you excited to enjoy the outdoors and try new things you might learn about at this event. The 4 parts of the series are Be Passionate, Be Inspired, Be Adventurous and Be Amibitious.

The event will kick off on April 17th with Ben Stookesberry, an expedition whitewater kayaker. He will discuss his latest film, Walled In, which documents his attempts to reach a difficult stretch of whitewater. Watch the trailer below to get a glimpse of likely the most difficult portage of kayaks ever caught on film.  Stookesberry’s presentation will encourage you to “be passionate with outdoor aspirations.”

The second presentation in this series takes place on May 16th. The speakers are Expedition Denali mountain climbers Tyrhee Moore and Rosemary Saal, who made history as part of the first African American team to summit the highest peak in America. Brought together through a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course, these inspiring adventurers are breaking through Denali-sized barriers and are building a legacy for diversity in the outdoors.

Tami Asars, a local guidebook author, will teach you how to be adventurous in your own backyard on June 20t h for the 3rd installment of the series. She’ll cover everything you need to know about getting outside in Western Washington, including how to tackle these close to home hikes: Goat Rocks Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Adams, the Wonderland Trail and more!

The presentations end on July 24th with “Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies.” This final talk gets its name from the coffee table book created by the two presenters, wildlife biologist Douglas H. Chadwick and emerging photographer Steven Gnam. The two will share stories and images from their new book as well as explore connections between the Rocky Mountains and our culture, history and love of the outdoors.

Tickets are $60 for Non-members, $48 for a Mountaineers Member, $38 for Students and $18 for a single ticket to just one of the events. They can be purchased here. The series was brought to the Mountaineers by OutdoorsNW, ConsolidatedPRess, Fremont Brewing and the Silvercloud Inn.

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