10 Essential Questions: Chelise Jacobson

Meet Chelise Jacobson, a 3-year member who experienced the magic of watching the Northern Lights while climbing Mount Baker and whose 11th essential is a red bell pepper (to eat like an apple, of course).
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September 01, 2017

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

Name: Chelise Jacobson
Hometown: Edmonds, WA
Member Since: January 2015
Occupation: Project Coordinator
Favorite Activities: Climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, scrambling, running, and stargazing

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

My friend, Carl Marrs, took the Basic Climbing Course in high school, and I decided that I eventually wanted to do that too. Fast forward 6 years, and I signed up for the course. As an avid rock climber and backpacker, I was excited to combine both of those activities and learn mountaineering.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

I thoroughly enjoy being around like-minded outdoors people. Who else is excited to climb a mountain with over 8,000 of elevation gain?! Or go cragging at the Exits after work? Or plan a trip to Mount Shasta and Smith Rock over a 3-day weekend? The Mountaineers is filled with great people, and I am always excited to make new friends.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

Getting to the top of my first trad lead was a highlight. Also seeing the Northern Lights while climbing Mount Baker was a special surprise and a great memory.

Who/What inspires you?

Lynn Hill. We are both the same height (5'2"), so her incredible climbing achievements really inspire me! If I am struggling on a rock climb, I sometimes think about how Lynn Hill utilized intermediate holds that taller people wouldn't even notice.

What does adventure mean to you?

Steps to have an adventure in the mountains:

  1. Plan and organize a great trip .
  2. Go on trip. Approximately 60% of the trip goes according to plan because of spontaneity or other unforeseen circumstances.
  3. Still make the most of it! 

Having fun even when things turned out differently than I expected is the ultimate signal of an adventure for me. Sometimes getting rained out of a climb just means you stop for breakfast at Graham's in Glacier, WA and go find a lake to jump into! 

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.
Smile or game face? Smile.
What's your happy place? Smith Rock... But after this weekend, Squamish is also on top of the list of my happy places.
11th Essential? A red bell pepper (that I eat like an apple)!
If you could be a rockstar at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Without any hesitation, I'd be a rockstar at rock climbing.

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