10 Essential Questions: Carrie Grage

Meet Carrie Grage, a new member who cheers The Mountaineers those who are "cautiously curious" enjoy the outdoors safely.
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July 08, 2016
10 Essential Questions: Carrie Grage
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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: Carrie Grage
Hometown: Seattle, but grew up in Hawaii
Member Since: August 2015
Occupation: Account Executive
Favorite Activities: Hiking, backpacking, running, snowshoeing, kayaking (and badminton sans the net and the rules)

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

I have an ever growing list of areas I want to explore and my lack of glacier travel skills are standing in my way. Turns out, this is a course you offer! As well as several other things I would like to learn. I became a member straight away and am so excited to be a part of it.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

I grew up hiking/backpacking with my family. Those are some of my best memories and it’s still my favorite thing to do. My kids first hikes were all in the pack until they could walk on their own. Creating those memories and that bond with them is very important to me. When my daughter got cancer in 2010 we put all our energy into that fight. Three years later she won that battle and last year we were able to get back out there. But my mindset is different now. Everyday is a gift. Doing what you love and seizing the day doesn’t just seem important. It feels urgent. Acquiring new skills allows us to take advantage of all the opportunities we have to get out and see this amazing world.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

As a new member I don’t yet have any but considering the breadth of what you offer for adults and kids, I certainly will soon!

Who/What inspires you?

Well, first Kilian Jornet. I have a bit of hero worship going on! His strength of mind, speed, and skill are astounding! Second, organizations like this. I love that your goals are to help people enjoy outdoor activities safely and with integrity. Cheers to you guys for helping us be cautiously curious!

What does adventure mean to you?

To me, adventure is when you explore somewhere new. The route planning, trip prep, the actual journey and destination culminate to be a fantastic mix of wonderful, exhausting, rewarding, and a tiny bit terrifying.

Lightning Round

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise.
Smile or game face? Smile.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Flying!
Post-adventure meal of choice? Burgers and a beer.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Ski mountaineering.

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