10 Essential Questions: John Rollins

Meet John Rollins, a 14-year member and volunteer who calls out his fellow volunteers as inspiration, and would rather work hard at something than magically be a rockstar overnight.
Kristina Ciari Kristina Ciari
September 11, 2015

For our member profile this week we talked to ...

Name: John Rollins
Hometown: Very Small, New Hampshire
Member Since: August 2001
Occupation: Carpenter
Favorite Activities: Alpine/Crag climbing, hiking, canoeing, fishing, gardening, cutting trees.

10 Essential Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

I was becoming a little to insular and I knew if I continued I'd turn into a troll. I also wanted to be able to travel on glaciers without dying. Then I discovered rock climbing and never looked back.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

I love being outdoors. I meet amazing new people every year and have become friends with many of them. I get to help teach people and share new experiences with people that have never set foot in the mountains. The looks on their faces at the end of a climb is priceless.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

There are to many. My first rock climb, I was terrified. My last rock climb, it was truly hard for me. I learned and did things I've never done. The best part was we turned around and went back to camp, so I guess I've learned to listen to others and pay attention to what's happening around me more than I would have in the past.

Who/What inspires you?

I've been lucky to meet some really amazing people. Jim Farris, Ed Greutert, Stan Hummel, Loni Uchytil to name a few. There are people like John Wick who do more than I could ever dream of. The fact that a large organization that runs so well is run primarily by volunteers is incredible, that's inspiring.

What does adventure mean to you?

Getting off route - now THAT'S fun.

Lightning Round

Sunrise or sunset? Other: Light, when it's dark I stub my toe and get a stick in the eye.
Smile or game face? Smile.
What would your superpower be? Be able to drink, smoke, stay up late, climb crazy long routes, hike stupid distance and feel perky the next day.
Post-adventure meal of choice? Jambalaya - spicy.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Have you seen Keith Richards? They look bad and usually die early. I don't mind having to work at it, it's more fun.

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Philip Hoffman
Philip Hoffman says:
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 8:44 AM

Go John! Thanks for all the years of teaching.

I want to hear about that last rock climb. Sounds like a good epic story there...

Meredith Trainor
Meredith Trainor says:
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 3:29 PM

Best. Superhero Power. Ever. (I want that too!)

Ann Ziegler
Ann Ziegler says:
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 4:28 PM

WE LOVE YOU JOHN!! :-)