Thank you Foothills Volunteers!

It's always a great time to thank the volunteers that make our branch the inviting and exciting community that it is.
Lori Heath Lori Heath
Foothills Volunteer
November 22, 2019

Foothills is the fastest-growing branch in The Mountaineers, and it's thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of our many wonderful volunteers. Without you, we wouldn't be able to hold the many courses, activities, and events that we offer. For that we would like to thank and recognize a group of volunteers that recently made a difference in the lives of our students and helped us get outside! 

Thank you Scramble Graduates and Instructors 

It’s great when new course graduates step up to share what they’ve learned by instructing. Two graduates of the 2018 Foothills Scramble course, Carl Malec and Andrew Pedersen, instructed at all four field trips during the 2019 class! The 2019 students really enjoyed interacting with these recent graduates and were able to learn some of their pathways to success. Thank you Carl and Andrew!


 L-R: Carl Malec, Andrew Pedersen

Big thanks to the Backpacking Building Blocks Volunteers

As always, the success of the Backpacking Building Blocks course was entirely due to the incredible commitment and energy of our volunteers. Thank you to:

  • Jess Koski, who was instrumental in developing and presenting course lectures
  • Joe Rodriguez, who organized and ran our ever-popular Demo Day
  • Sarah Hess and Cheryl Talbert, who coordinated our new Practice Camp day at Magnuson Park

We would also like to thank our fabulous team of mentors and assistant mentors, who spent innumerable hours helping our students succeed and learn:

  • Christina Buckman and Liz McNett Crowl
  • Michael Montgomery and Kim Frasher
  • Sarah Hess and Adele Matter
  • Lorelei Felchlin and Mina Le
  • Royce Poetter and Glauco Ferrari
  • Paul Thomsen
  • Cheryl Talbert
  • Uber volunteer and backpacking mom extraordinaire Lorelei Felchlin, who led another year of our wonderful Backpacking for Kids course
  • Steve LeBrun, who taught our Lightweight Gear seminars
  • Teresa Hagerty, who taught our Tips and Tricks for Women Backpackers seminar
  • Brian Lewis, who taught our Long Distance backpacking seminars
  • Barbara Folmer, who taught our Trail Emergency Preparedness seminar
  • Sheri Goodwin, who led multiple Conditioning for Hiking and Backpacking clinics
  • Christina Buckman, who led multiple early-season conditioning hikes for B3 students
  • The team of Cheryl Talbert, Sarah Hess, and Carole Olivier, who delivered the Lightweight Backpacking Food seminar
  • All our dedicated backpacking trip leaders who got our students out on the trail

Our gratitude and admiration of these folks know no bounds - Thank you!