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Asahel Curtis, an Alaska gold rush photographer, and W. Montelius Price, a Seattle businessman, first met on Mount Rainier during the 1905 Mazamas outing. In the summer of 1906 the two summitted Mount Baker as a warm-up climb, then became the first climbers to successfully climb Mount Shuksan. During several weeks of climbing the two talked with other members of the Mazamas about the need for a climbing club in the Seattle area. By the fall of 1906 the idea of forming a Seattle club had grown, thanks to the support of University of Washington geology professor and State Geologist, Dr. Henry Landes.

Mountaineers Logo from 1912 Tacoma Walks Album A planning committee formed by Curtis and other Puget Sound members of the Portland based Mazamas met at the home of Dr. E. F. Stevens. By the end of the year, the group decided to hold an organizational meeting and to become an auxiliary chapter of the Mazamas. On January 18, 1907, a meeting of the new club was held in the Chamber of Commerce rooms in downtown Seattle. Dr. Henry Landes was elected president, Dr. John P. Sweeney vice president, Dr. Cora Smith Eaton secretary, Dr. E. F. Stevens treasurer and Mary Banks historian.

Word that the new organization was open to men and women spread quickly. At the February 15, 1907 meeting 151 people enrolled as charter members. Charter members included "42 librarians and teachers, 23 businessmen, 14 college professors, including 11 from the University of Washington, 13 Physicians and surgeons, 3 attorneys, 2 photographers, two bankers, and 'Will' Steel, founder of the Mazamas." Of the 151 Charter Members 77 were women, including a surgeon, 2 physicians, and a dentist. By the end of 1907 there were 233 club members. The Mountaineers had also dropped "Auxiliary to the Mazamas" from their name.

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Photos from the Mountain

July 28, 1912
Photographers capture Summerland's botanical splendor

August 3, 1912
Nine climbers ascend the Emmons and Winthrop Glaciers

August 14, 1915
57 people reach Columbia Crest, Mount Rainier's highest point

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