Mountaineers Activity Awards
Several branches of The Mountaineers present activity awards (pins, patches, etc.) when members achieve particular objectives in climbing, scrambling, hiking and kayaking.
The earliest award was the Snoqualmie 10 Peak created a few years after the founding of The Mountaineers and recognizing completion of 10 peaks in the Snoqualmie Pass area. To gain credit for the ascent, the climber had to check in to the Snoqualmie Lodge and pay a climbing fee. This was soon expanded to an additional award, the Snoqualmie 20 Peak, for completing an additional 10 peaks.
In the 1920s the Everett Branch created a set of three pins for three different groups of peaks: the bronze, silver and gold Everett Pins. The Tacoma Branch then offered the Irish Cabin 12 and 24 Pin in the 1930s. The Six Majors was a popular pin that was reduced to the Five Majors in 1980 when Mount St. Helens blew its top.
The last few decades have seen the creation of several new pins and awards; there are now at least 35 awards available to all members. Some branches have special awards available only to members of that branch; those awards are not displayed here. Some awards were originally not branch specific, such as the Snoqualmie 10 or Five Majors, but with the creation of the Seattle Branch in the late 1990s, the Seattle Branch took on management of that award.
How to obtain the award/pin
After completing all the criteria for the award, send all documentation to the current branch Peak Pin/Awards chair of your branch, or to the branch that sponsors the award. A permanent record of awards will be shown in your online profile.
Criteria: The applicant must have been a member of The Mountaineers at the time of climbing all peaks covered by the award. The climbs must have been made in accordance with the Climbing Code. The climbs can be private trips and with non-Mountaineers team members. Some awards have further restrictions, which are listed with the award.
Seattle Branch Six Majors
Stock is limited for this pin (we have 11 left!), but if you climbed Mount St. Helens before the volcano erupted on May 18, 1980 and climbed the Five Majors below, you may apply for the Six Majors pin.
All peaks required for award.
Any 13 of the 18 listed peaks; no more than five climbed in any one year.
All peaks required for award.
All peaks required for award.
Created before the Cascade Classics Award, this award contains the addition of Mt. Challenger for someone already achieving the Cascade Classics. All 8 peaks required.
Any 10; must have at least one from each group; peaks must have been climbed after September 5, 1963.
Criteria: The applicant must have been a member of The Mountaineers at the time of climbing all peaks covered by the award. The climbs must have been made in accordance with the Climbing Code; this generally means three or more party members are required on the trip. The climbs can be private trips and with non-Mountaineers team members. Some awards have further restrictions, which are listed with the award.
Created in 2012 and though listed as a scramble award, a couple of the peaks require glacier travel and/or rock climbing expertise. List consists of climbs, scrambles and hikes to 100 peaks that surround Mt. Rainier. (The award is expected to be divided into separate medallions for the different categories in the list--climbs, scrambles and hikes--but have not been designed yet, thus the absence of photos for them.)
Seattle Branch 100 Scrambles
Any 100 scrambles. The scramble must be listed as a scramble in The Mountaineers online database. The award is a paperweight.
Bronze is given for any six in one group, Silver for any six in each of two groups, and Gold for any six in each of all three groups.
Jumbo Mtn. (5840+)
Liberty Mtn. (5688)
Mt. Chaval (7127)
Mt. Pugh (7224)
Three Fingers (6870)
Whitechuck Mtn. (6989)
Whitehorse Mtn. (6852)
Gunn Peak (6240)
Merchant Peak (6113)
Mt. Baring (6125)
Mt. Index (5979)
Mt. Persis (5452)
Mt. Stickney (5367)
Spire Peak (6213)
Big Four Mtn. (6135)
Cadet Peak (7186)
Columbia Peak (7172)
Del Campo (6610)
Silvertip Peak (6140)
Sloan Peak (7835)
Vesper Peak (6214)
The first set of pins created by the Tacoma Branch, in the early 1930s, consists of peaks near the Irish Cabin property which is near the Carbon River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Any 12 for first pin; all 24 for second pin.
This award consists of 10 Olympic scramble peaks visible from the old downtown clubhouse. All 10 peaks required for the award.
Copper Boot for three peaks in each of any four groups, Silver Boot for three peaks in each of any eight groups, Gold Boot for three peaks in all 12 groups. Peaks must have been climbed after January 1, 1999.
Seattle Branch Snoqualmie 10 & 20
First pin for one set of 10, second pin for all 20.
Three peaks in each of any four groups for first pin; three peaks in each of all eight groups for second pin.
Seattle Branch Teanaway 10 & 20
First pin for all peaks in one group of 10, second pin for all 20 peaks.
The applicant must have been a member of The Mountaineers at the time of hiking to the respective destination. Two or more persons must have been on the trip. The outings can be private trips and with non-Mountaineers team members. The lookout awards are destinations where lookouts were once stationed; some only have a wire or two still poking out of the ground while some have well-maintained lookouts.
Everett has an active group that maintains several lookouts. Twelve of the destinations are required for the award. (Picture unavailable)
The Patch list must be claimed before claiming the Rocker list. All ascents for the Patch must have been made after February 1987; all ascents for the Rocker must have been made after July 1989. One needs any 12 of the 20 lookout or former lookout peaks in each list to qualify for the award.
Olympia Branch Lakes Awards
Consists of four awards. Must complete at least 12 of the 15 destinations listed to achieve the award.
Peek a Boo
Elk (Hoh River)
Olympia Branch Olympic Trails 100 Miles
A patch is awarded to Mountaineers who, subsequent to June 1, 1976, have hiked on 100 or more miles of Olympic National Park or Olympic National Forest trails (including connecting private trails). Only established trails and readily discernible way trails, in any season, qualify. In addition, the 18.5 mile "Ocean Beach Way" between Rialto Beach and Cape Alava qualifies. Cross-country travel and roads available to four-wheeled vehicles do not qualify, nor do trails traversed incidental to a successful climb or hike of a peak when such climb or hike is claimed for credit on another Mountaineers award. Trail mileages count one-way only and without duplication on the same or subsequent trips. Party-size must be two or more. Adequate equipment, including Ten Essentials, must be carried.
Tacoma Branch Central Sound Experience
Created in 2012, there are no details or pictures available for this award.
Olympia Branch Kayaking Awards
Trip must include at least seven miles of unrepeated shoreline within the inlet.
Each destination has additional requirements listed on the Olympia web page.
Crescent Beach to Lyre River
Makah Bay to Shi Shi
Westhaven to Point Brown
Ilwaco to North Head
Anacortes to Friday Harbor