Mountaineers Books

Born from the hand-scribbled trail maps and wilderness passion of its members, Washington's more than 100-year-old Mountaineers established the nonprofit Mountaineers Books in 1960 to express and share its love of nature and the outdoors. The non-profit book publishing arm of the Mountaineers was launched with the publication of Mountaineering: the Freedom of the Hills -- now in its 8th edition and translated into over 10 languages worldwide.

Today, with more than 500 titles in print, Mountaineers Books -- along with its Skipstone and Braided River imprints -- publishes a variety of outdoor recreation, sustainable lifestyle, and conservation advocacy books, including many award winners. Whether you're into outdoor activities, living a healthy lifestyle, or interested in becoming a good steward of the environment, Mountaineers Books has the information you need to guide you on your next journey in confidence and safety.

Our mission: "Leading readers to the lessons and pleasures of the great outdoors."

Legends and LoreMountaineers Books has curated a series of mountaineering histories, biographies, and high-altitude adventures called LEGENDS AND LORE, in order to ensure that mountaineering knowledge and literature will continue to be widely available to readers everywhere. Published in both print and digital formats, the goal of the series is to feature books about people who have contributed significantly to the world of mountaineering, and to also discover and bring to light lesser-known individuals and stories that deserve more notice—a "legend" in his or her own right, compelling "lore" in the making. Learn more about our LEGENDS AND LORE program here.



Mountaineers Books created the sustainable living imprint Skipstone in the fall of 2007.

Skipstone promotes a deeper connection to our natural world through sustainable practices and backyard activism. Our readers live smart, play well, and engage in the communities around them.

Skipstone titles explore our outdoor lifestyles, from light-hearted endeavors to more provocative (and proactive) concerns regarding the maintenance of our planet, and our own neighborhoods. The simple pleasures of unstructured outdoor fun; the rewards of organic gardening; sustainable kitchens and foods; realistic and doable conservation; modern aspirations for community—Skipstone brings a natural wonder, wisdom, and wit to these ageless, and of-the-age, topics.

Skipstone books inspire us to effect change without losing a sense of humor, to celebrate the freedom and generosity of a life outdoors, and to move forward with gentle leaps or breathtaking bounds.

Live Life. Make Ripples.


View our Skipstone titles now. Or view our newest releases below.

Cool Season Gardener Fresh Pantry Uncle Dave's Cow City Goats


Braided River

Braided River, the conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books, combines the arts of photography and literature to change perspectives and inspire the protection of North America’s last remaining wild places. In 2007, Braided River was established as a 501(c)3 organization to support media campaigns, multimedia presentations, and museum exhibits that go “beyond the book” to engage audiences outside the traditional environmental core. Braided River projects are used as communication tools for a variety of conservation organizations, and help influence policies that will protect precious wild places for many years to come.


Learn more about Braided River and their campaigns at or view the newest releases below.

On Arctic Ground To The Arctic Salmon in the Trees Planet Ice





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