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BeWild-Speaker and Film Series

The Mountaineers

Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

BeWild-Speaker and Film Series

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Crown of the Continent I July 24th   more info Ended $18.00 $1.89

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Our evening includes local food vendor favorite Dante’s Inferno Dogs, baked goods sold to support Mountaineers Youth Programs as well as a bar equipped with beer from sponsor Fremont Brewing Company and wine for purchase. Come early to get a bite to eat, grab a drink and meet local partner organizations doing their part to conserve the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Doors open at 6pm and show starts at 7pm.


The Mountaineers invites you to join us in the spring of 2014 when we bring the outdoors in with the BeWild Speaker and Film Series. This series will inspire the everyday adventurer to explore, discover and conserve the wild spaces of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Through stories of passion and adventure we will enable and encourage the community — especially the next generation — to get outside, seek adventure, connect with nature and be inspired to care for the wild places where we play. Join us as we explore the outdoors differently.

 2014 Lineup

 April 17: Ben Stookesberry
Be passionate.

 May 16: Expedition Denali
Be inspired.

June 20: Tami Asars
      Be adventurous.

 July 24: Crown of the Continent
Be ambitious.


Two-part Series Subscription:

We concluded the first 3 events in this series with kayaker Ben Stookesberry on April 17th, Expedition Denali on May 16th and local hiker extordinaire Tami Asars on June 20th.

Stookesberry showed the cutting edge of kayaking through his epic film ‘Walled In’, and discussed his river adventures from the Equator to the Arctic. Audience members had a unique opportunity to engage with this dynamic filmmaker and extreme adventurer as he helped them seek out their own outdoor passions.

On May 16th inspiring role models from the National Outdoor Leadership School enthralled audience members with their presentation on the trail they blazed up America's highest peak--Denali. These young climbers were engaging, enthusiastic and often times funny. They left guests feeling excited about the future of youth in the outdoors and motivated to help make an impact.

Tami Asars excited the crowd on June 20th with her inspirational presentation. She discussed her experiences in the outdoor places of Washington State and the steps she took to live a life of hiking and exploring. Guests were encouraged to reflect on their own outdoor aspirations and given information on beautiful local trails and attractions.

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Ben Stookesberry

April 17th, 2014
Be passionate with outdoor aspirations.

"Since I can remember I have been fascinated by flowing water." -Ben Stookesberry

Ben Stookesberry, Eddie Bauer Kayak Guide, 2007 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and winner of several film festival awards, including the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2011 for Kadoma, returns to The Mountaineers to present his latest film Walled In. As a part of the presentation, Ben will be discussing his inspirations and explorations throughout his expedition kayaking career, now entering its 16th year. Ben has been the first to kayak over 130 different sections of river running through the full gamut of the earth’s ecosystems from his own backyard in Northern California to some of the most exotic locations including Papua New Guinea and the Svalbard Archipelago. Following the presentation and film, Ben will participate in a Q&A to help you live your adventure!

To learn more about Ben and Clear H20 Films visit Clear H2O Films.

Expedition Denali 

May 16th, 2014
Be inspired through diversity in the outdoors.

In the summer of 2013 the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) brought together a group of inspiring role models who made history as the first team of African Americans to blaze a trail up America’s highest peak – Denali. To mark the 100th anniversary of the peak’s first ascent, Expedition Denali set out to literally change the face of the mountain.

Though the summit was a goal, the ultimate objective was not just to make mountaineering history, but to build a legacy by paving a way for young people of color to get outside, get active, get healthy, become passionate about America’s wild places, and chase their own Denali-sized dreams.

Voted "Heroes of the Year" by Backpacker magazine and awarded the Outdoor Inspiration Award by the Outdoor Industry Association, Expedition Denali has already had a profound impact on thousands of people.

An audience favorite for their comfortable and dynamic prose, Expedition Denali climbers Tyrhee Moore and Rosemary Saal will help raise awareness of the expedition and inspire you to discover the great outdoors and reach your own great heights. Join us to engage a broader constituency in a public dialogue about diversity in the outdoors and to not only make history, but build a legacy.

Tami Asars

June 20th, 2014
Be adventurous in your own backyard.

Meet guidebook author and trail extraordinaire Tami Asars as she shares her favorite hiking and backpacking destinations and need–to–know information for some of the world’s most incredible trails. The best part? She’ll be talking about your own backyard! Tami will cover gems such as the Goat Rocks Wilderness, Mount Adams, the Wonderland Trail, Washington’s section of the Pacific Crest Trail, and much more through stunning photography and first-hand experience.

Tami is a third generation Washingtonian who calls the North Cascades home. She is an avid hiker and backpacker and has hiked the Wonderland Trail in section, part, and complete more than nine times. Tami also taught professional classes on outdoor pursuits at REI for 9 years, and was a guide on the Northern Loop Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park. Tami works currently as a freelance writer, author and photographer.

She is the author of Hiking the Wonderland Trail and Day Hiking Mount Adams and Goat Rocks (Mountaineers Books).

To learn more about Tami and her work, visit


Crown of the Continent: Wildest Rockies


July 24th, 2014
Be ambitious-Exploring America's wild places.

Meet world–renowned wildlife biologist Douglas H. Chadwick (frequent contributor to National Geographic and author of The Wolverine Way) and debut photographer Steven Gnam as they explore the astonishing wonders of a very special public lands treasure in the northern Rocky Mountains. Steven Gnam will take us into the very heart and soul of the wildest Rockies: Having explored the area since he was a young child, he’s traveled by foot, ski, crampon, and bike — even at times snorkeling alongside trout under bone–chilling water–across thousands of miles to showcase the spirit of a region called the Crown of the Continent.

Chadwick and Gnam will share images and stories from their recent coffee–table book Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies (Braided River/Mountaineers Books). Their multi-media presentation will explore the surprising connections between culture, history, communities, and the great outdoors in one of the world’s most majestic regions.

To learn more about this new book and multimedia communications, visit

Brought to you by Braided River, the conservation imprint of The Mountaineers.

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When & Where

The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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