10 Essential Questions: Craig Hauser

Meet Craig Hauser, a biology student whose secret power would be to never have to use a blue bag again.
Kristina Ciari Kristina Ciari
May 08, 2015

For our member profile this week we talked to Craig Hauser, a "legacy" Mountaineer who was inspired by his parents to join and return the favor to his future children.

Name: Craig Hauser
Hometown: North Bend, WA
Member Since: 2014
Occupation: Biology Student and Transportation Coordinator for Bellevue College
Favorite Activities: Backcountry skiing, mountain biking, climbing, sea kayaking, trail running, fishing, mushroom hunting, and permaculture gardening.


10 Essential Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

My dad took the basic and intermediate alpine climbing courses in the 80’s. I probably owe my being born to The Mountaineers, for teaching him how to stay safe (and alive) out there. I’m just trying to return the favor for my future children.

Why is getting outside important to you?

If you are stuck inside for too long it often leads to caring too much about things that don’t matter. Getting outside is a great way to put things back into perspective. It turns out that interoffice drama does not matter when you are cutting through trees or skirting around seemingly bottomless glaciers on your skis. It is also just awesome to get together with the people you love and trust most in life and spend time surrounded by natural beauty.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

Mushroom Weekend at Meany Lodge!

Who/What inspires you?

My mom and dad have been huge inspirations for me. The outdoors have been a big part of our family life, and as much as I wanted to eat junk food and play video games when I was young, I am so thankful that they dragged me out and exposed me to the things I love more than anything to do now. I have looked up to Martin Volken and George Dunn for most of my life. Both are extremely humble for how much they have done for the outdoor community and if I can be half the man they are in the future, it would be a great accomplishment.

What does adventure mean to you?

Adventure is breaking out your headlamp when you weren’t planning on it and as the red light begins flashing, realizing you left you left the spare batteries in the first aid kit you forgot to pack.
Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? I don't discriminate.
Smile or game face? My game face is a smile.
Superpower? The power to never have to use a blue bag.
Post-adventure meal of choice? I like eating a big, juicy beer after a long trip in the mountains.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be?  Ski Mountaineering!

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