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Take a Peak! Barb Rose's Rejuvenating Pastime

When she’s not working, Barbara Rose, NWCPHP Outreach and Training Design Specialist, enjoys a very different kind of training--for backcountry skiing and mountain climbing.

An avid backcountry skier and mountain climber, Barbara Rose, NWCPHP Outreach and Training Design Specialist, enjoys a very different kind of training outside of the office.

April 4, 2012

Though she’s only been with Northwest Center for Public Health Practice since October, Barb Rose is already a very familiar face to many of our regional partners. As NWCPHP’s Outreach and Training Specialist, she can be found “womaning” our booth at a conference, helping public health professionals find the right learning resource, or visiting your local health department to lead a training.

When she’s not working, Barb enjoys a very different kind of training. An avid backcountry skier and mountain climber, Barb is usually preparing to conquer a new slice of the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Just this past February, she and her husband enjoyed a trip to the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon, exploring the backcountry on skis and making use of Forest Service huts that are available only during winter months.

“Not a lot of people know the Wallowas are there,” she said. “Before you get to them you’re in a high desert terrain, and the mountains pop out of nowhere.”

Both Barb and her husband grew up in Kansas, but during college, they spent summers working at Yellowstone and Glacier Bay National Parks. After that, according to her, the two of them just got addicted to the landscape of the West.

It seems they haven’t looked back since, and have truly made the Pacific Northwest their playground. They’re already training for the summer climbing season, and deciding which peaks to attempt–Challenger and Glacier Peak are both on the short list.

When asked if she ever plans to take on Mt. Rainier, Barb scrunched her nose a bit. Her husband has done it, but Barb prefers quieter, lesser known places.

“There are just too many trails, teams, and guided groups on Rainier,” she said. “I like the rarer places, where you have to navigate and you really get away from the city noise.”

Her favorite places to go are the North Cascades and deep into the rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula.

“For my job I need to be very extroverted, and I love that,” she says. “But I have this very quiet hobby because it nurtures this other side of me that loves deep solitude and places where you feel like you’re the only person in the world.”

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