10 Essential Questions: Doug Hansen

Meet Doug Hansen, a 3-year member from Olympia who loves to ski, climb, fish, and share the STOKE!
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January 25, 2019

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Name: Doug sometimes Hug or Dougie or Douglas, but my last name is Hansen
Hometown: East Olympia by the Deschutes River
Member Since: September 2015
Occupation: Software Tester for the Department of Revenue
Favorite Activities: So many! Right now, I'm in love with skiing, backcountry and the resort #whitepassfamily. Love sport climbing and alpine climbing. I like to climb at the gym, but it's a means to an end. I like to fish, but I haven't been able to get out as much as I would like. Need to meld the two things I love together more.

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

Like many people I started with the Basic Climbing course and everything that goes along with that.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

Teaching people. I like to share the love I have for the things I've learned. I wanna share the stoke for everything I love. Sometimes I seem to get a little obsessed over just about anything I do, and that comes off kind of overzealous or too "hardcore" but it's because I love what I'm doing and I just want you to like it as much as I do! I'm always stoked to see any and all Mountaineers up in the hills. So if you all see me out there, give me a shout! I'm a very talkative person!

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

So many of them. One of them would probably watching ice ax arrests - ya know the head down hill face up variety. Sorry, but something is just funny watching people fly down a hill in such an uncomfortable position. Also, many of funny stories come out of MOFA class. Sometimes when dealing with a language barrier you can get unexpected results.

Who/What inspires you?

My peers and just the sheer beauty of the outdoors. We are lucky to live in such a gorgeous place. I think the other part is the fitness challenge part. I love the quote, "if it was easy everyone would be doing it". There's an amazing sense of fulfillment you receive by putting in a solid days work on the mountain.

What does adventure mean to you?

Stepping safely out of your comfort zone. I tell people that they're better than they think they are at things; if you keep telling yourself that, its amazing what you can do.

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset at camp with a beer I didn't have to pack up to camp.
Smile or game face? Smile.
What's your happy place? Anywhere on the mountain.
What's your 11th essential? Trekking pole(s) and good dark chocolate.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Ice climbing. Its super hard to gain experience here in Western Washington.
Doug taking a break after too much stoke. Cover photo: Tai Hoang, Doug, and Marko Pavela on the top of Liberty Bell after completing the Beckey Route a day. 

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