Thursday, March 6, from 10:00 am- 8:00 pm
MOHAI, Free First Thursday


Whether you are a seasoned backpacker, tepid hiker, avid kayaker, potential adventurer or reluctant friend, innovations in the ways we design our gear, our clothing and even our policies have changed the ways we explore and enjoy the outdoors.  And nowhere is innovation more exciting and accessible than in the adventurous and entrepreneurial Northwest. Connecting with the new Bezos Center for Innovation, MOHAI’s free First Thursday on March 6 will offer resources and activities to expand your knowledge and skills. Designed by students in the UW Museology Program, this day-long event includes fun activities, resources and conversations with individuals and institutions representing innovations in outdoor exploration. Learn about the latest gear, make a first aid kit with your kids, explore digital apps and photography, prepare for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, or explore gear and stewardship opportunities for kids and families.  

But innovation isn’t just about the 21st century.  True to the idea that innovation builds on the past, the event also includes a unique opportunity to view objects rarely on public display.  The University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections will be showing films from Mountaineers Film Collection and the Bob and Ira Spring Films. Archival items will also be on open display including selections from the Mountaineers Photograph Album Collection (1907 - 1951) highlighting the outdoor clothing and equipment from that era, examples of clothing or equipment advertisements in the Mountaineers Bulletins and REI catalogs from 1940s to the 1960s.  Objects from MOHAI’s collection will also be on display and from an individual collection, see a wooden-shaft ice-axe signed by Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Royal Robbins and other climbers.  

The Museology Graduate Program thanks our participants from Washington Trails Association, Outdoor Research, Cascade Designs, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections and our many hiking, kayaking and friends in outdoor adventures.
Activities run all day.  Highlights include (Working Schedule)

  • Archives on view 11:30-1:00 and 5:30-7:00
  • Films at 11:15, 12:15, 4:15, & 5:15
  • Gear Table Guests at 4:30 (Paul Tupper, hiking boot), 5:30 Ken Miedel (Outdoor Research) and Cascade Designs at 6:30.
  • Family activities throughout the day but more heavily focused on 10:30-2:00
  • Washington Trails Association:  Opportunities for families (12-1:00), exploring and preserving the Pacific Crest Trail (6-7 pm)
  • Music at 6:00 and 7:00 and tours throughout the day