10 Essential Questions: Loni Uchytil

Read about Loni Uchytil, a dedicated volunteer and climber passionate about spreading her love of climbing throughout our organization.
Kristina Ciari Tursi Kristina Ciari Tursi
January 09, 2015
10 Essential Questions: Loni Uchytil
Loni Uchtyll

For our member profile this month we spoke to Loni Uchytil, a climber, skier, and dental hygenist about who inspires her and why she volunteers with The Mountaineers.

Name: Loni Uchytil
Hometown: Ferndale, WA
Member Since: 2004
Occupation: Dental Hygenist
Favorite Activities: Rock climbing, Skiing, Running

10 Essential Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

After I had been climbing for a few years, I met several climbing friends involved in the climbing programs through The Mountaineers. Because of my enthusiasm, skill level and knowledge of the sport, they recruited me to help in the Crag course at the Seattle branch. Once I started helping, I meet such an amazing community of people that volunteering seemed the natural thing to do. The opportunity to share my passion with others and help grow climbing programs and myself in the process has been really rewarding! 

What motivates you to volunteer with us?

I love the commitment that the Mountaineers has to the community, the environment and its members. We are always trying to grow, improve and lead by example. Volunteers have a voice here and there is such a commitment to excellence that it is inspiring to be a part of that process. As in all large organizations it is not always painless or easy but it is ALWAYS with respect and purpose.

Favorite Mountaineers memory?

I really don’t have just one memory because with each new class I teach and new group of climbers that come through, I am always so excited and honored to be a part of their learning process. One of the coolest things about teaching is when I run into a former student/s on a climb or overhear them sharing a climbing story about a route they just did and hear the joy and excitement in their voices, knowing that I am in part responsible for that moves and inspires me!

Who/What inspires you?

My fellow volunteers and friends inspire me. No course could run without the bounty of the hundreds of volunteer hours that they give freely. I am surrounded by so many really great people that make it possible for me to do what I love to do. I am so grateful to their generosity and support. My students also inspire me every year, with the effort they put in, the fun we have, and the passion they have for climbing!

What does adventure mean to you?
That is an easy one. Every day is an adventure. The chance to learn something new, experience something great, struggle with something hard, share yourself, help with something, laugh out loud, cry, climb something and just be. 


Lightning Round

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise - the start of something new.
Superpower? Climb like Alex Honnold.
Smile or game face? SMILE! I’m a Dental hygienist!
Post-adventure meal of choice? Burger, Fries, beer and a Triple chocolate Pazokie at BJ’s in Red Rocks.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Rock climbing.

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