Leader Spotlight: Molly Kirk

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Molly Kirk, a volunteer with Everett's Climbing and Nordic Skiing program.
Michelle Song Michelle Song
Associate Volunteer Development Manager
August 29, 2021

For our Leader Spotlight this month we talked to Molly Kirk, a volunteer leader with the Everett Branch who strives to create a safe environment for all her Climbing and Nordic Skiing programs. She also serves on Everett's Alpine Scrambling Committee and Equity & Inclusion Working Group for The Mountaineers. 

Name: Molly Kirk 
Branch: Everett
How long have you been a leader? 3 years (member since 2017)
What activities do you lead? Alpine Climbing and Nordic Skiing

Leadership Questions

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO volunteer WITH THE MOUNTAINEERS?

 I have made so many amazing friends through the courses I've taken and learned so much, I really want to be able to give back and help the next folks who come along wondering if they'll fit in.

WHAT IS THE BEST, FAVORITE, OR MOST MEMORABLE experience YOU'VE HAD WITH THE CLUB?

 I think my LOR [Leading on Rock] graduation climb of Dierdre on The Chief in Squamish is one of my most memorable and rewarding experiences.

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

I've gotten more comfortable speaking up in front of large groups as I become more confident in my knowledge. It helps that the club has become slightly more inclusive and so I'm not the only woman piping up.

What is one thing you do on trips to create an inclusive experience for people of all skills and backgrounds?

I make sure folks know that they can ask me anything and bring any concern to me. I strive to create a safer environment by letting folks know that I'm a safe person to talk to about anything without a fear of reprisal or judgement.

IT'S OFTEN SAID: "GOOD JUDGEMENT COMES FROM EXPERIENCE; EXPERIENCE COMES FROM BAD JUDGEMENT." Can you describe a learning experience TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY BUILD THEIR GOOD JUDGEMENT?

Never leave your sandwich at the base of a climb thinking you'll be back soon, sometimes 3 pitches can take a lot longer than you anticipated!

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

Be open to new experiences and opportunities, build a strong community of support within the club/class, help each other grow and offer support where needed.

What do you wish other members knew about volunteering with The Mountaineers?

It's a great way to reinforce your knowledge and make deeper connections with other folks who share your interests.

Lightning Round

What's your go-to place for a post-trip meal?  Mondos
How about your best trail snack? Pringles!
What's your favorite close-to-home adventure? Skiing at Cabin Creek
What 11th Essential do you bring on most trips? An audiobook to listen to while I fall asleep.
What's next on your bucket list? Wind River High Route

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

Send an email to Michelle Song to make a recommendation for one of our upcoming Leader Spotlights!