Member Portrait: Drive Of Nature Meghan Younger

REI Member since 2003.

1. Inform us about your self.

I used to be born and raised in Washington state. My mother and father liked the Pacific Northwest woods and inspired my sister and me to run wild. Now, as an grownup, I nonetheless spend as a lot time as potential outside with folks I like.

2. Why is “exterior” essential?

For bodily well being, there’s no higher place to work up a sweat and burn some energy than on the path or on the crag. Emotionally, time outside renews my spirit and vitality. I discover lovely, nonetheless moments. For instance, when working by means of an issue on the rocks, I’m capable of let go of extraneous ideas and simply be. And, I’ve solid lifelong friendships outside.

three. How did your love for the outside blossom?

I’d say it first bloomed on the slopes of Silver Star Mountain, in British Columbia, when my mother and father lastly let my sister and me ski on our personal. I keep in mind flying down the mountain on a bluebird day, whooping with pleasure. That feeling was the closest I’ve ever come to flying (apart from skydiving, one other story) and I felt unbelievably free. I’m eternally grateful to my mother and father for fostering in me that sense of journey.

four. Who evokes you to get exterior?

Whereas I’m extremely impressed by my journey buddies, it’s extra “what” that will get me exterior. I’m motivated by gentle, the best way it dances throughout mountains, units distant peaks on hearth and dapples alpine lakes. I’m thrilled by discovering a brand new place for the primary time. I’m gratified by fixing the puzzle of getting from level A to level B. Regardless of how drained I’m on the finish of a visit, I’m already planning the following one.

5. In whom are you fostering a love for the outside?

In everybody, particularly different girls. Two years in the past, two of my finest pals and I began a help group for outside girls primarily based within the Northwest. We’ve shared recommendation and led journeys and workshops. It’s been actually wonderful to witness girls exploring the outside and finally themselves. The group is one among my proudest accomplishments.

6. What’s your favourite piece of substances and what’s the story behind it?

I’ve this comically massive (however authorized) fixed-blade knife. After I was younger, my dad and uncles would go on a yearly tenting journey. After I turned 11, they lastly allowed me and two feminine cousins to go alongside. Our Uncle Jack purchased every of us ladies a knife, which we proudly carried all over the place. Now, every time I take out that knife, I consider our uncle and his nice, booming snort and the care with which he launched us to tenting.

Meghan Young looks up

7. What does being an REI Co-op member imply to you?

It means I’m a part of one thing bigger than simply shopping for gear. I’m a part of a neighborhood of out of doors fans and stewards. It means spending my cash with an organization that in flip helps causes I care about: empowering girls and defending our wild areas.

eight. What adventures are in your bucket record?

This yr my boyfriend and I hope to tick off Glacier Peak; final yr we received shut down simply shy of the summit in a freak storm. We additionally plan to climb Mount Shuksan, full the Ptarmigan Traverse, and climb up within the Bugaboos, in addition to at Smith Rock and Squamish. I can’t wait to get some high quality time on the sharp finish, pushing myself and hopefully overcoming my concern of pulling by means of huge roofs!

9. What does being a #ForceOfNature imply to you?

After I consider girls as a collective, I’m struck by our resilience and tenacity. I’ve a tattoo that reads “alis grave nil”; roughly translated, it means “no burden is simply too heavy for a girl with wings.” We’re like mountains and their wild streams. We’re sturdy, fantastic and fierce, and exquisite to behold collectively.

Meghan Young looks at lake

10. Is there the rest you’d like so as to add?

Sure. I acknowledge that getting exterior is a privilege. There are such a lot of limitations to entry that forestall folks from doing what I do; from publicity to funds to gear to information and past. Mentorship is a large a part of outside tradition and I encourage folks to supply their time and expertise to those that want a leg up. In so doing, let’s train and observe sturdy environmental ethics to reduce our hint, so wild locations will keep wild for generations to come back.


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