10 Essential Questions: Dick Lambe

Meet Dick Lambe, a long-time member and skiing enthusiast, who volunteers leading trips with us as a way to give back for all he's received over the years (and to help justify his 8-pair quiver of skis).
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August 18, 2017
10 Essential Questions: Dick Lambe
Photo courtesy of Dick Lambe.

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

Name: Dick Lambe
Hometown: Carlisle, MA
Member Since: January 1980
Occupation: Retired
Favorite Activities: Skiing, backpacking, biking, hiking, scrambling, sea kayaking, alpine lake swimming

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

While I had lift skied for many years, during a winter camp at Reflection Lake I saw ski tracks at Castle Saddle in the Tatoosh Range. It looked like fun, and The Mountaineers offered a chance to do it, so I rejoined The Mountaineers to take the ski mountaineering course.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

Skiing, backpacking, hiking, and scrambling with old and new friends to old and new places. Also, leading trips provides me a chance to give back for all I've received over the years.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

There've been many, but here's a few: (1) After a 26 mile hike in, swimming in Lake LaCrosse in the Olympics and watching a black bear grazing blueberries on the far side of the lake, (2) Skiing in 30" of 5% water content powder during a week hut stay near Blue River, BC, (3) Skiing down Mt. Baker's Roman Wall in near-perfect spring corn with my son Peter on a trip led by Chris and Radka Chapin.

Who/What inspires you?

Those who have led me to new places and experiences, and the chance to do the same for others.

What does adventure mean to you?

Going to new places (preferably by skis) with friends, manageable challenge, and away from crowds.

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise.
Smile or game face? Smile.
What's your 11th essential? My skis! (all 8 pairs; is it time to downsize?)
What's your happy place? Atop a slope of 20" untracked light (stable) powder, ready to ski down.
If you could be a rockstar at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Avalanche prediction.

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