10 Essential Questions: Khrum Kashan

Meet Khrum Kashan, a new member from Pakistan who considers spending time in nature his tonic and a big smile + positive attitude his 11th essential.
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December 01, 2017
10 Essential Questions: Khrum Kashan
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Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to....

Name: Khrum Kashan
Hometown: Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Member Since: September 2016
Occupation: Engineer
Favorite Activities: Mountaineering, climbing, hiking, and snowshoeing

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

I was born and raised in southern Pakistan. We had flat land and mountaineering was considered a luxury. I moved to Seattle six years ago because of work, and I fell in love with the outdoor life. I had always wanted to climb the big mountains, so I signed up for a guided Rainier climb. We signed up more than six months in advance, and on the summit day the weather was bad. I loved the experience of mountaineering and I wanted to learn more. When I asked the guides about things like safety, rescue, and crevasses they would answer at a very high level. I wanted to be a part of a community that shared my interest and passion for the mountains, so I joined The Mountaineers. 

What motivates you to get outside with us?

Looking into nature and realizing we are nothing compared to Mother Nature. The world is so beautiful, and beautiful views make me so happy. I enjoy sharing this experience with other Mountaineers. I have found everyone to be so cooperative and supportive and encouraging. I love how everyone volunteers to teach for the love of mountains and the passion to help others climb safely. I am looking forward to volunteering as well.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

My graduation rock climb of Chair Peak with Mountaineers fellows. It was my first official rock climb and had super exposed sections. I thought we may not be able to go up due to a friction slab, but our climb leader made sure we were safe and that we were following the steps we learned in the class. He continuously provided his feedback and support, and also asked if everyone was comfortable with the team decision about the route. It was amazing how we planned the whole event and climbed the mountain, which was looking very difficult initially. I loved the overall experience of the climb.

Who/What inspires you?

The Natural World and all of its beauty, mystery, and creations. Being outside in nature is my tonic and the world makes sense when I am in a natural setting. I feel alive, validated, and content when I am outdoors. Just being in the mountains inspires me. It makes me humble and takes everything out of me. I just feel welcomed. Legend Ueli Steck was a big inspiration for me, too.

What does adventure mean to you?

Adventure is where we challenge ourselves to achieve a common goal by working together, and in the end, we get rewarded by beautiful views of nature..

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise.
Smile or game face? Smile. The biggest smile and a positive attitude are my 11th essentials.
What's your happy place? I dream of visiting Everest Base Camp. I hope I will be able to visit at least once. I've seen the Everest movie 6 times! 
Post-adventure meal of choice? Strawberry Milkshake.
If you could be a rockstar at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Snow camping.

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    Chris Reed
    Chris Reed says:
    Dec 01, 2017 09:14 AM

    Looking forward to seeing you become a Rock Star Winter Camper!!
    See you on the Mountain my friend.