Returning Athlete Alert
Katie joined our PAF family in 2015. We are excited to welcome her back!
Katie Mills is grassroots Mazamas, having taken every Mazamas climbing class offered since landing in BCEP in 2006. She will always be a peak bagger at heart. Being in the midst of the beautiful rugged alpine with not another soul around is her favorite thing in the world. Katie started her climbing career on scrambles and glaciated peaks with the Mazamas, hiking to the summit of mountains and dubbing rock climbing as "too scary" and having no desire to partake in it. But then she climbed all the mountains by their nontechnical routes and there was nothing left to do, so she had to start rock climbing. But learning to rock climb was not enough. She then realized there were big spectacular mountains to climb in Alaska, but she needed to know how to ice climb. She began venturing far away to locales such as Ouray, Canmore, and Cody to hone her ice skills on frozen waterfalls. Katie fondly remembers the old days when there used to be an off season, now the off season consists of the week between rock climbing in Red Rock for Thanksgiving and hitting up the Bozeman Ice Fest the weekend after. She is a previous awardee of the Mazamas Bob Wilson Grant, with it in 2016 she led a team that made two first ascents in Arrigetch Peaks of Alaska. Katie enjoys downtime resting in her office as a mechanical engineer designing trains. Her other hobby is partying.