10 Essential Questions: Christopher Ensor

Meet Christopher Ensor, a hiker, nordic skier, and volunteer who thinks 'adventure' can be anxiety provoking at times, but so very rewarding!
Kristina Ciari Kristina Ciari
December 18, 2015

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to ....

Name: Christopher Ensor
Hometown: Kent, WA
Member Since: October 2010
Occupation: Retired: former CEO of small nonprofit providing independent living services for adults with disabilities in Tacoma
Favorite Activities: Hiking, Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Cycling, Kayaking, Gardening, Photography-on-the-go

10 Essential Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

 attended an information evening in Tacoma and then signed up for an introduction to hiking evening at the Seattle Cub House. I was impressed by both presentations. They had a deal at the second: join that night and avoid the join fee: so I did!

What motivates you to get outside with us?

I was very impressed by the range of activities and the training offered. Also the expertise in the organization and commitment of the volunteers I met at my first two introductions. Joining the Mountaineers looked like a great way to meet others who shared my love of the outdoors, to improve on and learn new skills, to travel safely, have fun and to give me the opportunity in retirement to give back once I had trained as a volunteer leader.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

Well, not sure if this was my favorite at the time, but what stands out most in my mind is a Mountaineer day hike I led in early Sept. 2015 to the Third Burroughs from Sunrise, Mt. Rainier. 

Only a few snow flurries were forecast by the ranger office when we arrived. However, just after starting back a violent snow storm with high winds erupted. Being Mountaineers we of course were well prepared with the right clothing and strategy to keep close together and follow the main trail back - not the more difficult loop we had intended. 

Fortunately, I had other experienced Mountaineers in the group which was very reassuring when the going got tough and one of our members was flagging. The picture I have posted in this profile was taken on this trip. 

We all got back to Sunrise safely and saw that 5" of new snow had fallen within about 90 minutes. Hot cider helped revive us. It was a trip I'll always remember!

Who/What inspires you?

Anyone who really cares about others and gives back to the community as a volunteer or staff who go beyond their normal call of duty. Most of these do not seek recognition. It the reward gained from sharing what we have to offer that's the motivation. 

There are plenty of such people in the Mountaineers!

What does adventure mean to you?

Pushing myself beyond my normal comfort level. It could be trying a new outdoor activity or taking one I'm familiar with further and harder. 

This can be anxiety provoking at the time, but it's a great feeling afterwards!

Lightning Round

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.
Smile or game face? Smile.
Desired Superpower? To grow wings and fly like a bird.
Post-adventure meal of choice? Fish Tacos with a craft ale.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Be Lead Singer of a Rock Band performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Chris helps organize Winter Trails Day in the Methow. Join him for a ski, snowshoe, fat bike or sleigh ride this January 9-11th. Learn more here.

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