10 Essential Questions: Ryan Dubberly

Meet Ryan Dubberly, a 1-year member who is new to the outdoors, yet has already climbed all five of Washington's volcanoes and is already volunteering with our Foothills Branch.
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March 16, 2018
10 Essential Questions: Ryan Dubberly
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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: Ryan Dubberly
Hometown:  Seattle, WA
Member Since:  April 2017
Occupation: Electrician
Favorite Activities: Mountaineering and climbing

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

I started hiking in December 2016 after joining Search and Rescue. I've always heard about The Mountaineers, but I didn't know much about the organization. As my outdoor recreation became more serious, and I wanted to hit more technical objectives, I looked more into the organization and decided to take the plunge to learn and explore. I'm glad I did!

What motivates you to get outside with us?

The Mountaineers is an amazing organization that I can explore, teach, and learn with. Within the same organization, I am able to meet new climbers, teach climbing/navigation/first aid to other Mountaineers, and learn new skills to explore the outdoors safely. I've met some amazing people, been given the opportunity to teach (which is great because I get to pass on knowledge freely, as others have done with me), run a committee, and learn new skills. Every activity is an adventure and The Mountaineers has so much to offer.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

As someone new to the outdoors, hiking, and climbing, I spent 2017 pushing myself to learn the wilderness, climbing all five Washington volcanoes, and learning to rock climb. I taught myself the technical skills and had mentors and friends to go climb with and evaluate my skills. When I was accepted into the Seattle Intermediate Climbing program it really brought everything together and made my hard work pay off bringing a new chapter to my involvement within The Mountaineers and the outdoors. I can't wait to see what new memories I can make this year!

Who/What inspires you?

Reading guide books and watching videos of these beautiful climbs all around the northwest pushes me to better myself and gets me out there. New challenges inspire me to be better and faster. For example, I'll be doing Mt Olympus in a two-day push which inspires me to be faster and stronger.

What does adventure mean to you?

Adventure is trying new things and exploring new places. Adventure is putting yourself out there and making the most of what the world has to offer.

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise.
Smile or game face? Game face.
What's your happy place? The summit.
Post-adventure meal of choice? Anything calorie rich. Burgers, Chinese, pasta, etc.
If you could be a rockstar at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Climbing and backcountry skiing.

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    Michele Ritala
    Michele Ritala says:
    Mar 18, 2018 04:49 PM

    Ryan, your prowess in the outdoors after just one year is amazing, as is your leadership in volunteering.

    Kristofel Simbajon
    Kristofel Simbajon says:
    Mar 21, 2018 12:16 PM

    Go Ryan! :)

    Frederick Caton
    Frederick Caton says:
    Mar 24, 2018 03:26 PM

    This is quite inspirational. I hope to do St Helens, Baker, and Glacier Peak in my first serious year of hiking and introduction to mountaineering. I hope to add Adams and Rainier to that list in the near future.