The Mountaineers: Summer Outing to Mount Olympus

The Mountaineers club, founded in 1906, began their tradition of Summer Outings in 1907 with a three week expedition to the Olympic Peninsula. Mountaineers captured the adventure of this and subsequent outings in photographs, which were captioned and assembled into photo albums for the club and for individual members. The Community Museum Project has digitized fifteen photo albums created for Mountaineers Summer Outings to the Olympic Peninsula from 1907 to 1951.

This online exhibit highlights the 1920 expedition. The Outings were reviewed in the Mountaineers publications, and excerpts from the 1913 essay Melodious Days by Hugh Elmer Brown capture the spirit of escape and comraderie of the Summer Outings.


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The Community Museum is a project of community organizations and Tribes across the Olympic Peninsula and the University of Washington.
Support for the project comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Preston, Gates and Ellis, LLP.