Leader Spotlight: Lisa Loper

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Lisa Loper. She is a seasoned leader with the Everett Branch who goes to the mountains to feed her soul.
Sara Ramsay Sara Ramsay
Volunteer Development Manager
August 29, 2019
Leader Spotlight: Lisa Loper

For our Leader Spotlight this month we talked to Lisa Loper, a volunteer leader with the Everett Branch who believes that every person you meet in the mountains has something to teach you.

Name: Lisa Loper
Branch: Everett
Where do you live? Redmond, WA
How long have you been a leader? 11 years for scrambling and 7 as a climb leader (member since 2003)
What activities do you lead? Climbing and Scrambling

Leadership Questions

What inspired you to become a Leader for The Mountaineers?

When I took scrambles and then climbing, I was impressed by the dedication of the volunteers and how much time they gave to the program. I wanted to give back in the same way.

What is your favorite trip that you've led for The Mountaineers?

Every trip I lead is my favorite! I love to be in the mountains and I love to help others have the chance to visit the areas I love. Whether it is the joy of a summit, a beautiful sunset, or watching others discover the magic of the mountains for the first time, it is all good.

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

I have learned to be a little more relaxed over the years.

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

The most important thing you can do in an emergency is to stop, take a breath, and assess the situation. Once you have done that you can take care of what needs to be done more efficiently. If you are calm, the person you are helping will feel reassured. Also, to just be there as a source of support is incredibly important to the person or persons you are helping.

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

Every person you meet in the mountains has something to teach you. Whether it be a fellow leader, a student, or someone you meet along the way. It may be "Wow! I am glad we didn't do that" or, "Hey, what a great idea!" Everyone has something to contribute.


I go to the mountains to feed my soul. I work in oncology as a nurse caring for patients in infusion. My job is rewarding, but it can also be very hard emotionally. When I feel tired, I go to the mountains and it fills me up. I am grateful for the opportunity to explore the mountains with The Mountaineers, and for the people I have met along the way.

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!