10 Essential Questions: Michael Podeszwik

Meet Michael Podeszwik, a 2-year member from Poland who joined The Mountaineers after a Physical Therapist told him about the basic climbing class. It encouraged him to work really hard on getting better. Sounds like that PT knew what he was doing.
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October 26, 2018

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

Name: Michael Podeszwik
Hometown: I was born in Poland, I came here when I was 2 years old and became a US citizen 3 years ago. I live in Seattle, but am a member of the Everett Branch.
Member Since: October 2016
Occupation: Data Analyst
Favorite Activities: Mountaineering, climbing, backpacking, kayaking

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

I had planned to climb Baker in the summer of 2017 with a guided group, but things changed after being involved with a car accident. My shoulder was injured and I had began therapy for it. My physical therapist heard that I wanted to do Baker, and as a basic Alpine Climbing graduate he suggested I do the class so I could go up Baker without a guide. Best decision ever!

What motivates you to get outside with us?

The strong sense of community in the Basic Alpine Climbing group, and the Everett Mountaineers in general. They are all people that love doing the same things as I do at the same intensity, before joining it was difficult to find people to join me on my outings.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

This is a hard one: it would either have to be climbing Baker and seeing the large open crevasses, or being lowered into crevasses during our snow 2 field trip.

Who/What inspires you?

I have a lot of inspirations. One person that really got me into outdoor activity is my sister. She covered so many miles as a backcountry horsewoman and went to places with really epic views - I wanted that for myself! The other would be my physical therapist, Barry. He inspired me to take the Basic, it got me to work very hard on my shoulder recovery to be able to climb this year.

What does adventure mean to you?

Getting outside and experiencing the sheer power, beauty, and challenge of this planet we live on!

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise.
Smile or game face? Smile.
What's your happy place? Deep in the north Cascades, one that tops my list is copper mountain lookout
Post-adventure meal of choice?  Burrito. Hands down.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Mountaineering. 

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