10 Essential Questions: Andre Gougisha

Meet Andre Gougisha, a 3-year member and basic graduate with a propensity to lose toenails, who loves singing Disney tunes and skinny dipping in glacial lakes.
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May 26, 2017
10 Essential Questions: Andre Gougisha
On the rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo courtesy of Andre.

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to....

Name: Andre Gougisha
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Member Since: December 2014
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Favorite Activities: Climbing, scuba diving, kite surfing, single speed cyclocross, mountaineering, & golf (whaaat, how'd that last one get here...)

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

When I was a younger tyro, I wanted to climb Rainier with a few friends. They recommended I take the basic course to get crevasse rescue skillz. It's been a fun journey of learning and new friends ever since.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

The freedom of cutting your own path to the top and the new techniques learned from new climbing partners.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

All the skinny dipping! Seriously. It's my jam. Baker Lake is a must whenever I'm over there. Can I do two? Sweet. Another favorite is singing Disney tunes coming off Shuksan. That group could carry a tune!

Who/What inspires you?

Rad people mitigating risk, acknowledging their fears, and making magic happen. You guys and gals rule!

What does adventure mean to you?

See a sweet line? Ski or climb it! See something beautiful? Stop and enjoy the moment! Adventure is the freedom to be random and in some cases, embracing the suck. It's getting out there and enjoying the journey.

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise 
Smile or game face? Game smile? It's mischievous, but serious
What's your 11th essential?  Gummi bears! Haribo only. Black Forest? Just say no.
Post-adventure meal of choice? Hamburgers, curly fries, and a strawberry shake. Insert fries into shake, eat, rinse and repeat.
If you could be a rockstar at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Skydiving!

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    Anita Elder
    Anita Elder says:
    May 26, 2017 09:16 AM

    I hope I get to meet you on a hike someday...you sound like a fun person to be around!

    Johnny Jeans
    Johnny Jeans says:
    May 26, 2017 12:02 PM

    GAME SMILE- love it!

    Tess Wendel
    Tess Wendel says:
    May 26, 2017 12:04 PM