A year ago, I was starting to grow more interested in alpine climbing and more technical routes up the volcanos and peaks in the Cascades. Yet, I was feeling very frustrated and anxious about not knowing where to start and feeling like I had no one to climb with. So, on a whim, I made a desperate plea on the @pnwoutdoorwomen Facebook page asking if any older women would feel comfortable taking a 17 year old out on adventures, specifically in more of a mentorship role. I received several responses but one in particular is very special to me. Brenda reached out and asked if I wanted to climb with her. And the rest is history .... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have been so blessed by my friendship with Brenda. And if you haven’t heard me mention her name, you haven’t spent enough time with me. She is an incredible climber with an exorbitant amount of expertise and experience on (what seems like) every peak and sub-peak in the Cascades as well as big mountains from Aconcagua to Cho Oyo. And the humility, caution, and respect that she approaches these climbs with is something that I think has kept her quite safe and having type-2 fun for the all years she has been climbing. I am amazed that she likes spending time with such a climbing noob like me. But I have been so pleasantly surprised at how well we connect and am sincerely grateful to her for climbing with me, encouraging me, waiting for me when I’m slow, and always being stoked about some of my crazy ideas.
This summer we were supposed to go on an epic road trip through the Sierras. But just 3 weeks before our starting date I broke my ankle on a scramble. We were both very disappointed but I think that we’ve made the best of it, whether we’re mountain biking though Bend or dialing in our crevasse rescue in the 90° heat. The Lord put Brenda in my life for a reason and I am so thankful and feel so lucky to have such an experienced and understanding climbing partner/mentor.
If you can, find yourself someone like Brenda and get climbing ⛰🗻🏔 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀*These pictures are from our first climb in the North Cascades! Our most recent climb will be up tomorrow!