10 Essential Questions: Marilyn Wright

Meet Marilyn Wright, an Alaskan whose favorite memory is a graupel storm at Camp Curtis and is never without her down booties.
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November 22, 2019

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

Name: Marilyn Wright
Hometown: Alaska and South Korea
Member Since: October 2017
Occupation: License and compliance consultant for Microsoft
Favorite Activities: Mountaineering, alpine climbing, hiking, kayaking, boating, and tending to my strawberry garden.

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

I met friends in Seattle for a birthday celebration where we went to a concert at The Showbox. In catching up, a few friends were considering the Basic Alpine course that fall. I liked the sound of the challenges, the adventures, and new experiences with great people and signed up the next morning.

What motivates you to Get outside with us? 

I love melting snow (ha). The first motivator was to have the opportunity and skill to go farther and higher (in as safe and measured way possible). I already loved the outdoors, but with The Mountaineers I can broaden my appreciation of nature in additional ways. The people are what make The Mountaineers great. My instructors, mentors, and the other students, are some of the reasons I continue to come back and stay involved.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

Setting up camp at Camp Curtis in a graupel storm with 35mph winds. We had the wind and graupel hitting us in the face through the tent walls for hours and hours. It was tent-bending winds and I didn’t figure we would get any sleep. The next morning was the most serene vanilla sky sunrise. The most peace I’ve felt.

Who/What inspires you?

Challenges and lessons inspire me, along with a few of my favorite Mountaineers - Debbie Straub, William Kenneweg, and Steve Anderson.

What does adventure mean to you? 

Expectation of being tested with a dash of uncertainty and a splash of the unknown, with the intention to be open and learn. Adventure doesn’t always equate to the end goal - sometimes it is everything lovely and spicy in between.

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise

Smile or game face? I'm both lol
What's your 11th essential? Down booties and a Snickers bar
Post-adventure meal of choice? Steak or hamburger
If you could be a rockstar at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Ice climbing

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    KD Dase
    KD Dase says:
    Fri, Nov 22, 2019 4:01 PM

    Yo, we gotta find.some peak in Alaska to ice climb up it :)

    Debbee Lynn
    Debbee Lynn says:
    Tue, Dec 3, 2019 8:24 AM

    OMG just saw this! YOU ROCK!!!!