10 Essential Questions: Renee Gangloff

Meet Renee Gangloff, a 2-year member who recently rediscovered the outdoors after many years away - and she can't get enough!
Kristina Ciari Kristina Ciari
November 27, 2015

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

Name: Renee Gangloff
Hometown: Sunnyside, WA
Member Since: January 2014
Occupation: Senior companion
Favorite Activities: hiking, snowshoeing, and backpacking

10 Essential Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

When I was young, I hiked with my parents and five older siblings. When I got older, I thought the last thing I wanted to do was be out hiking and camping in the wilderness. So I spent years in hotels and All-Inclusive resorts. Until some friends invited me to go car camping with them. On that trip, I reconnected with the outdoors. Since I didn’t feel comfortable hiking on my own, I joined the Mountaineers, the club I had heard about years before. Now can’t get enough of this beautiful state I was born and raised in.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

On a hike this spring a couple of ladies were talking about their ‘bucket list’ of hikes. Their lists included many hikes in other states and continents. When they asked me mine, I realize there are so many places right here in Washington that I had never explored. So I said, “My ‘bucket list’ of hikes is right here in Washington State." Mountaineers has made me aware of all that Washington State has to offer and then offers me a way to go out and explore.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

My favorite Mountaineers memories are the ones where I pushed myself to do something I didn’t think was possible for me. Like hiking a strenuous hike, backpacking for three nights with a 30lb pack, or scrambling a 20 foot wall.

Who/What inspires you?

I’m inspired by people that push past their personal limitations; whether it’s physical or mental.

What does adventure mean to you?

Adventure for me is doing something that scares me a little, trying something new or just being out there and exploring.

Lightning Round

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.
Smile or game face? Smile.
Superpower? To speak words that would bring healing and abundance in other peoples lives.
Post-adventure meal of choice? The Mt. Rainier burger, fry's and Oreo shake at Mt. High Hamburgers.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? Scrambling... so I could experience 'The Freedom of the Hills.'

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