Leader Spotlight: Becky Jacobsen

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Becky Jacobsen. She is a newer hike leader with the Tacoma Branch who loves post-hike treats. Milkshakes in the winter ... why not?
Sara Ramsay Sara Ramsay
Volunteer Development Manager
April 29, 2020

For our Leader Spotlight this month we talked to Becky Jacobsen, a volunteer leader with the Tacoma Branch who loves helping members gain new skills and the confidence to expand their horizons.

Name: Becky Jacobsen
Branch: Tacoma
Where do you live? Puyallup, WA
How long have you been a leader? 2 years (member since 2015)
What activities do you lead? Hiking and backpacking

Leadership Questions

What inspired you to lead trips for The Mountaineers?

I appreciated the efforts of the leaders I went on trips with and I wanted to give back to this amazing community.

What is the best, favorite, or most memorable trip you've led for The Mountaineers?

It's hard to pick just one! I like leading field trips for the Intro to Backpacking students because it's rewarding to help them learn new skills and gain the confidence to expand their horizons. Whether it's waking up to mountain views or hiking up the coast, the joy they experience is a delight to share.

How has your leadership style evolved as you've gained experience?

I tend to lead smaller groups but I'm starting to lead larger groups. It's important to me to be inclusive and welcoming and I'm getting better at spreading my time among more people as we hike or stop for a post-hike treat.

Any learning experiences you can share, such as take-aways from a close call or a near miss?

Luckily, I haven't had any close calls or near misses. However, I have learned that pre-trip communications about where we're meeting can never be too clear.

What advice do you have for aspiring leaders in The Mountaineers community?

Go ahead and take those steps to becoming a leader - it's worth it! Reach out to other leaders if you have questions about a route they've done or how to handle a situation. I've cold-called (emailed) many leaders and have always gotten a positive response.

Is there aNYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I love post-hike treats! Milkshakes in the winter … why not? Hot chocolate after a rainy hike: yum!

Lightning Round

What's  your best trail snack? California rolls - as long as it is cold outside.
What's your favorite close-to-home adventure? Little Mashel Falls from the Pack Forest entrance.
What "luxury item" do you bring on most trips? A sit pad and a monocular for spying wildlife and views.
What's next on your bucket list? Section hiking the PCT in Washington.

is there Someone that you'd like to see in the spotlight?

Send an email to Sara Ramsay to make a recommendation for one of our upcoming Leader Spotlights!