10 Essential Questions: Stefanie Schiller

Meet Stef Schiller, a professional "climbing bum" who hails from Germany and who credits The Mountaineers with "literally changing the trajectory of her life."
Kristina Ciari Kristina Ciari
August 21, 2015

For our member profile this week we talked to Stefanie Schiller, a professional "climbing bum" who hails from Germany and who credits The Mountaineers with "literally changing the trajectory of her life."

Name: Stefanie Schiller
Hometown: Remscheid, Germany
Member Since: August 2003
Occupation: Climbing Bum
Favorite Activities: Alpine rock climbing, cragging, trail running, ice climbing, mountaineering, scrambling, skate skiing, backcountry skiing, and resort skiing - in that order.

10 Essential Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

I took a course with the American Alpine Institute "Alpinism 1 - Intro to Mountaineering" which essentially teaches the same as the Basic Alpine Climbing Course. I found a week after returning home I had forgotten most of what I learned in the course. So I joined the Mountaineers to take the Basic Alpine Climbing Course.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

The Mountaineers literally changed the trajectory of my life by giving me the gift of the outdoors, climbing in particular. I found purpose and joy in my life that I did not know existed before I joined the Mountaineers. Now it is time for me to give that gift to others.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

I do not have one favorite Mountaineers moment. Instead, I have lots and lots of fond memories of being in the outdoors with my friends - what could be better?

Who/What inspires you?

People who are of service to others.

What does adventure mean to you?

To do something that challenges me, when I am not so sure that I am up to the task. I love to challenge myself, and I love the sense of accomplishment. Of course, it does not always work that way, but failure only makes me more determined. 

Lightning Round

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise.
Smile or game face? Other: a little bit of both I guess.
Superpower? Awareness of oneself and of others.
Post-adventure meal of choice? Kale. Just kidding...
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Rock climbing.

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