Q & A with Kathy

Name:  Kathleen (Kathy) W

Where did you grow up? I spent my childhood years in Edison, NJ but married right out of high school and moved to Pittsburgh, PA.  After 4 years of routing for the Pirates and Steelers, I then followed corporate transfers through various cities in Michigan where I became a devoted Red Wings’ fan.  Six years ago my husband and I took a big leap and re-located to our beloved Colorado.

Where do you live now? In a 35- foot RV in Canon City, Colorado (not Oregon as stated in the intro), where we are currently in the process of building our “forever” home on 71 gorgeous acres which back up to millions of BLM acres.  Six years ago when we started our Colorado living, RV living was going to be a 6-month adventure.  Then, when the housing market crashed in Michigan and our house sale there fell through, the adventure began to wear thin.  Thanks goodness for the outdoors!  Saved my sanity, for sure.  Only a few more weeks to go, though and our new house will be completed!  Yay!

3 things we should know about you?

1.) I love my husband, my kids/grandkids and the mountains – depending on the circumstances, not necessarily in that order!

2.) Like the Dixie Chicks, I need “wide, open spaces”.

3.) I prefer winters to summers.

When did you first try snowshoeing? My husband and I bought our first pair of snowshoes in 2002 for a trip to visit our son in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  Love at first sight!

Favorite beverage while snowshoeing? Hot chai tea for the mornings and Peppermint Pattys to celebrate a summit, a trail completion or just the joy and beauty of winter.

Favorite snack while on the trails? I don’t generally snack on the trails, but do pack picnic lunches for mid-day/all-day treks.  Then our usual sandwich is pepperoni and provolone cheese on a hard roll with a side of potato chips, chocolate chip cookies and a fruit – this was our favorite picnic lunch when my husband and I first started dating and has become a romantic tradition for us.

What words do you live by? 

I’ve got a few!

1.)    Don’t pull tomorrow’s clouds over today’s sunshine – paraphrase Matt 6:34

2.)   The mountains are calling and I must go – John Muir.

3.)   People with opinions just go around bothering one another – Gautama Ghandi

Dream vacation? I would LOVE to trek to the Base Camp at Mt. Everest (you did say “dream”, right?)  I’d happily settle for a winter trip to Patagonia though.

What is your favorite place to snowshoe?  Wow, that’s a hard one, but I guess I’d have to say, anyplace in Colorado!  Currently, I’m enamored with Breckenridge, Colorado’s Ten Mile Range.  It’s gorgeous and while the ski slopes in Breck are busy, busy, busy; the back country trails are very serene.

Cat or dog? Dog!  I don’t dislike cats, but DOGS RULE!

Ice cream or gelato? Goodness!  I have to choose?  All right – Ice Cream

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise yoga and sunset on the trails!  Sounds good to me!

Anything else we should know? I’ve been married for almost 44 years to my first love; have a son and daughter and 5 grandchildren, 4 in Florida and 1 here in Colorado who loves to snowshoe herself!  Our Christmas tradition is a snowshoe hike with my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.  And for the past 2 years, my daughter-in-law, granddaughter and I have had a blast at the Frisco Tubbs’ Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer event.

I’m very involved in BackpackGearTest.org and spend all my free time on the trails, all 4 seasons.  I love trying out new things – both gear/gadgets and activities!  Life over (age) 50 has been a spectacular adventure so far and I’ve begun backpacking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and horseback riding lessons in the summertime and snowshoe hiking and backpacking in the winter – all in the last 10 years.  Life truly begins at 50!  Moving to Colorado has really opened up the outdoors for me and I love my adopted home.

When I have to be indoors, I read (I’m an armchair adrenaline junkie) tons of mountaineering books, dabble in genealogy and plan my next trip.

Lastly, I’m SO thrilled to be a part of the Tubbs’ Ambassador Team and can’t wait to “get out there”.