10 Essential Questions: Elizabeth Lunney

Meet Elizabeth Lunney, the new interim executive director of The Mountaineers, a mother of three who is inspired by generosity of all forms.
Kristina Ciari Tursi Kristina Ciari Tursi
October 01, 2015
10 Essential Questions: Elizabeth Lunney

For our member profile this week we talked to ...

Name: Elizabeth Lunney
Hometown: Military Brat
Member Since: November 1997
Occupation: Interim Executive Director
Favorite Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, getting outside to play with my boys.

10 Essential Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

When I first moved to Seattle (in 1997), I joined to learn more about my new home.  Aside from knowing enough to be dangerous with an ice axe, I was new to snow travel. So I took Nordic skiing classes and avalanche safety classes and went snowshoeing up at Baker Lodge.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

It’s where I find peace. Someone once told me he goes hiking to clean out the junk drawers in his mind. That’s me. 

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

It’s actually pretty recent. It was the day I stopped by the Seattle office and met the staff in the Program Center. I was amazed at the collection of passion and talent in the room and also excited to be among people who love the outdoors as much—or more!—than I do. 

Who/What inspires you?

Generosity, in all forms. People who approach life with an open heart, who give time and money and love to the things in life that don’t have price tags. 

What does adventure mean to you?

Doing something where you don’t know what the outcome will be. Going someplace new. Trying something different. Doing something where the variables might be beyond your control. When you do that, the circumstances and your surroundings become primary and your heart and mind must follow. 

Lightning Round

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset, because it's a rarer beast for me.
Smile or game face? A smile is the best kind of game face.
Superpower? I'd like to be invisible. I'm working on it.
Post-adventure meal of choice? Paul Newman’s lemonade and romaine lettuce. True story.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Wildlife viewing. I’m near-sighted, so maybe I should’ve asked for better vision for my super power.


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