10 Essential Questions: Andrea Ferrenberg

Meet Andrea Ferrenberg, the California native who overcame health challenges and now hikes almost every weekend!
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April 26, 2019
10 Essential Questions: Andrea Ferrenberg
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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: Andrea Ferrenberg
Hometown: Chino, California
Member Since: January 2019
Occupation: Engineer Director
Favorite Activities: Hiking, hiking, hiking, and hopefully soon adding scrambling to that list.

10 Essentials: Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

I saw a Facebook post of someone who took the scrambling class and loved it. I was ready to take my hiking up a notch.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

I spent the majority of my life overweight and unhealthy. I was unable to walk a mile, let alone hike. In November of 2017 my mother passed away. She too had suffered from being unhealthy most her life, and it lead to an early death. I did not want that for myself. I lost well over 100 pounds and started hiking and doing Zumba (my other passion). From June 2018 until now, I have hiked pretty much every weekend. Last fall I made it up mailbox and I left a letter in the mailbox for my mom, telling her how much I missed and loved her.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

I went on a Mt. Si conditioning hike. Although I did not have a heavy pack (still working up to that), I made it up in just over 2 hours in the snow. I'm pretty proud of that, though there is plenty of room to improve. I also recently went on the rock field trip for the Everett Scrambling class and I absolutely LOVE hiking/climbing boulders. I expect that scrambling is going to be a big passion of mine, and I can’t wait to learn and do more!

Who/What inspires you?

I am inspired by what my body can do now. Every step I take is part of my journey to wellness (both physical and mental).

What does adventure mean to you?

I’m not a spring chicken, so adventure does not involve any risk for me. It’s more about peace, accomplishment, and feeling good about myself. Ok, you can throw in a couple of adrenaline pumping moments... but only a couple.

Lightning Round
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise.
Smile or game face? Game face.
What's your 11th Essential? My family. Who, although they don't hike with me, have supported me through my journey.
Post-adventure meal of choice? Salad with extra dressing and cheese! 

If you could be a rockstar at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Backpacking. I’m trying to build up my back strength to be able to carry more weight in a backpack, but that is proving a bit difficult on these old bones… but I’m pretty determined.  

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