Mountaineer of the Week: Burns Peterson

Meet Burns whose favorite post-activity meal is Tuna Spaghetti and who hopes his donations will create appreciation and protection for our natural world.
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February 09, 2024
Mountaineer of the Week: Burns Peterson

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

Name: Burns Peterson
Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan
Member since: I initially became a member shortly after moving to Seattle in 1978
Occupation: Recently retired Public Defender, as a trial and managing attorney
Favorite Activities: Bicycling, hiking, photography, scrambling, skiing, snowshoeing

10 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOU TO THE MOUNTAINEERS?  

When I moved to Seattle, I was seeking new friends and wanted to learn about mountain climbing and glacier travel. Joining The Mountaineers proved to be a good combination for me near and far. I've climbed many a peak from Garibaldi in Canada to Sisters in Oregon while making lasting friendships with outdoor adventures throughout the world.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOUNTAINEERS MEMORY? 

Doing crevasse rescue as part of the Basic Climbing course in 1979 in some deep crevasses on Mount Rainier.

WHAT DOES ADVENTURE WITH PURPOSE MEAN TO YOU?

Making a meaningful connection with others while sharing the adventure.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO DONATE TO THE MOUTNAINEERS?

Encouraging youth to adventure outdoors and sustaining The Mountaineers for future generations. Through my donations, I hope to create an appreciation for nature and wildlands to promote protection and preservation.

 Lightning Round

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise   
Smile or game face? Smile
What's your favorite close-to-home outdoor activity? Afternoon hike up Mount Si
What's your 11th Essential? 11 and 12: a camera and extra, extra food.
Post-trip meal or go-to place of choice? Pasta in tomato sauce with a can of tuna - Tuna Spaghetti!
What's next on your bucket list? Cycling/hiking the French Pyrenees in September 2024