10 Essential Questions: Kristian Kalsing

Meet Kristian Kalsing, a 6-year member from Copenhagen, a SIG leader with us for 3 years who loves the contagious spirit of first-time-climbers reaching a summit.
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April 14, 2017

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Name: Kristian Kalsing
Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark - quite possibly the flattest country on earth
Member Since: December 2011
Occupation: Software marketing executive
Favorite Activities: Mountaineering, climbing, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, trail running, snowboarding and picking up new favorite outdoor activities

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

When my wife and I relocated from Australia to Seattle, we quickly realized that scuba diving and beach activities were not quite the same as what we were used to down under. So, we started following the locals to the mountains on the weekends instead, which quickly lit a desire to learn more mountain skills. That lead us to the Basic Alpine Climbing Course at The Mountaineers. It was not just a great way to learn about climbing, it was also a way to get involved in the local community surrounding climbing and many of our friends now somehow have a connection back to The Mountaineers.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

You always learn something new every time you venture out with new people. That’s why I continue to enjoy leading and joining Mountaineers trips.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

There are too many to count. Having been a SIG leader for three years, I’ve had the opportunity to take many aspiring Mountaineers to their first summit after many months of preparation. The excitement of these first summits is very contagious and among my favorite memories.

Who/What inspires you?

Spending the winter months going to all the mountain film festivals and talks by visiting climbers.

What does adventure mean to you?

To me an adventure is not an adventure unless there is an element of uncertainty. This is what I love about mountaineering. There are so many factors that must come together that the outcome is not always a given. The need to continuously adapt to the circumstances only adds to the adventure.

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise.
Smile or game face? Smile.
What's your 11th essential?  None if I can avoid it!
What's your happy place? Being on the other side of getting outside of my comfort zone.
Post-adventure meal of choice? A juicy burger and a mucky west coast IPA.

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