The Clymb Women of Mount Rainier: Laura

On August 18, 2013 I set out to climb Mount Rainier with five other women who work at The Clymb. Our mission was philanthropic, part of Big City Mountaineers’ Summit For Someone program, in which individuals ascend challenging mountains as a way to raise money to get under-resourced youth outdoors.

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We put in the sweat on the mountain but now we need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $27,000. Shop any of the outfits we recommend in the What We Wear sale and The Clymb will donate a portion of the proceeds to our cause. 

Check out my selections below then read on to learn a little more about me and see some images from our climb!

Black Diamond Squad Glove

I fell in love with these gloves at the end of an all-day rainy avalanche safety course, when they were the only dry piece of gear I had. Four years later, they’re still my go-to, rain or shine.

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Powderhorn Stormrider Gore Jacket

My search for the perfect jacket ended with this number. It’s warm enough that I don’t have to layer, and it keeps me dry in the inevitable PNW mountain rain. Bonus points for the neon.

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Black Diamond Shiva Ski Boot

I love these boots because they’re stable enough for in-bounds groomer days, and light enough to blitz up the skin track in the Mount Hood backcountry.

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Ibex Rail Scarf

This scarf is my favorite thing to throw on after a long day on the hill. I’m a sucker for Merino wool, and the versatility of the stripes means it pairs well with double the outfits.

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Black Diamond Stella Beanie

I’m blessed with naturally wavy hair, which also means I’m blessed with lion’s-mane-helmet-hair. This two-in-one beanie does a great job hiding my mop at the bar after a long day on the hill.

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Ollydog Round Travel Bowl

What kind of dog owner would I be if I forgot Coho’s food bowl on a spontaneous adventure? This crushable bowl is easy to take everywhere with us: the mountain, the beach, the forest, and the park.

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Sigma Karma Evo 320 Lumen

Clymbers are serious about their bike commuting, and when I got in on it this year, I knew I had to do it right. As a wise man once said, “you can’t put a dollar sign on a piece of mind.” The extra bones for this light are worth the added safety.

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Powderhorn Josey Zip-Neck

This super-cozy baselayer keeps me warm on the hill, and I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t also made an appearance or two at the office.

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Aventura Aiden Sweater

I love this sweater first and foremost because it’s machine washable. Who has time for hand-washing? Also, it goes great with jeans at the office and can easily be dressed up for happy hour.

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My favorite summit snack
Gummi Bears

The outdoor sport that best defines me

My most memorable outdoor experience
I used to work as a wrangler in Montana. At the end of every summer season, we’d have to turn the horses out to pasture, which essentially means galloping full-speed, chasing a herd of 60 horses, and holding on for dear life. I’ve never been so scared and so happy at the same time.

The piece of gear I can’t live without
A good beanie

My style in three words
Functional, Sporty, Feminine

The first song on my adventure playlist
50 Dollars & A Flask of Crown by Bleu Edmondson

What inspired me to Summit for Someone
The hope that our effort will enable Big City Mountaineers’ kids to experience the power of lessons learned outside of the classroom.