10 Essential Questions: Deborah Fisher

Meet Deborah Fisher, a 6-year member and backpack leader who dehydrates her own backpacking food and is inspired by the older ladies who still get out and do it.
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January 26, 2018

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

Name: Deborah Fisher
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Member Since: October 2011
Occupation: Equipment Engineer at Boeing
Favorite Activities: Backpacking (camping!!!)

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

A coworker told me that it was a great place to meet people and participate in outdoor activities together.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

That I don't have to do it by myself, and I get to meet other folks and do what I love to do. Now, I lead backpacking trips because I seek adventure and want to give others that opportunity.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

I would say it was one of the first backpacks I went on with Cheryl Talbert on the Lake Chelan Lakeshore Trail. That was when I realized all of what backpacking could be: a phenomenal journey with spectacular views -a real adventure. I think that was really what lit my fuse for backpacking.

Who/What inspires you?

All of the older ladies that still go out and do it. I hope I can still be doing this when I'm their age.

What does adventure mean to you?

When I was a kid I read Lord of the Rings. That book made me want to strap all of my belongings to my back and set out on a quest with who knows what I'd experience along the way. It's getting out, exploring, being somewhere I've never been before, and just feeling like I'm out in the wilderness as opposed to in civilization.

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.
Smile or game face? Game face.
What's your happy place? On a ridge with a view.
Post-adventure meal of choice? Chicken broccoli alfredo that I dehydrate myself.
If you could be a rockstar at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Climbing - I have a hard time with exposure and it would be nice to not have to have that fear anymore.

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    Cheryl Talbert
    Cheryl Talbert says:
    Sat, Jan 27, 2018 11:14 AM

    Congrats Deborah - well deserved!! (But who are those 'older folks' you mentioned...??)

    Michele Ritala
    Michele Ritala says:
    Sat, Jan 27, 2018 3:35 PM

    You rock, Deborah! I was hoping I wasn't one of those older ladies myself.

    Deborah Fisher
    Deborah Fisher says:
    Fri, Feb 2, 2018 4:36 PM

    I'm not referring to either of you fine ladies :)

    David Kosins
    David Kosins says:
    Fri, Feb 2, 2018 4:53 PM

    Looking forward to hiking with you again this summer.