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.

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.