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Get out and explore the region with the Tacoma Mountaineers. Photo credit: Stock photo Get out and explore the region with the Tacoma Mountaineers. Photo credit: Stock photo

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If you're stationed at  Joint Base Lewis-McChord and looking for a way to get involved in the local community, consider joining the Tacoma Mountaineers. The Mountaineers are a nonprofit organization dedicated to outdoor education and conservation, and they offer a wide variety of activities and events for members of all skill levels. The Tacoma Branch is the second oldest branch within the organization and they're a very active community.

Joining the Mountaineers is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and explore the beautiful natural areas around Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest. Here are some of the ways you can get involved with the Tacoma Mountaineers while stationed at JBLM.

Join a Committee

The Tacoma Mountaineers have a number of committees that are responsible for organizing events and activities. These committees include the hiking committee, the climbing committee, the backpacking committee, and more. Joining a committee is a great way to get involved in the organization and help plan events that interest you.

Take a course

The Mountaineers offer a variety of courses that cover everything from basic hiking and camping skills to advanced mountaineering and rock climbing. As a member, you can take courses at a discounted rate, and many courses are taught by experienced instructors who are also members of the organization.

Attend an event 

The Mountaineers host a variety of events throughout the year, including hikes, backpacking trips, rock climbing outings, and more. These events are a great way to meet other members and explore the outdoors. The Mountaineers also host social events, such as potlucks and happy hours, where you can get to know other members in a more relaxed setting.


The Tacoma Mountaineers are always looking for volunteers to help with events and activities. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the organization, meet new people, and give back to the community. You can volunteer to help with events, assist with courses, or even serve on a committee.

Climb with the Tacoma Mountaineers

If you are interested in rock climbing, the Tacoma Mountaineers have a climbing committee that organizes outings and provides instruction for members of all skill levels. The Mountaineers also have a climbing gym in Tacoma that is open to members and non-members.

One of the best things about the Tacoma Mountaineers is the opportunity to explore the outdoors. As a member, you can join organized hikes and backpacking trips, or you can venture out on your own. The Mountaineers also offer courses in wilderness navigation and other skills to help you explore the outdoors safely and confidently. 

If you're looking for a single membership it costs $48 a year with their military discount, $36 for seniors. Family memberships are $130 a year. Becoming a member allows you to get discounts on classes, gear, books and travel. 

An additional perk is the ability to sign-up as a guest for free to get to know the community and two activities before becoming a member.

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