Meet the Climbers – Mary Snieckus

The next 2019 Kilimanjaro climber in our spotlight is Mary Snieckus. Working for the US Forest Service, she has extensive knowledge about land management and we look forward to learning more from her during our climb up to 19,341 feet! To support Mary’s fundraising goal and help us get closer to our goal of raising $75,000, you can visit her page and make a donation today.

Q: Who are you?

A: Mary Snieckus

Q: What do you do?

A: I work with the US Forest Service, focused on land management policy

Q: Do you have any hobbies? Of course you do! What are they?

A: I lie to hike, ride my bike, camp, orienteer, read, sew, cook – and try new things!

Q: What makes you want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

A: The adventure of it and the opportunity to help the people of Nyegina while doing it.

Q: How are you preparing to hike to the top of a 19,341 foot mountain?

A: Extra walks, with weight

Q: What animal do you want to see on Safari?

A: I’m happy with whatever we see.  Have had the chance to see many animals on a past safari. I also love the landscape – the big open plains and the trees.

Q: Do you have any past experience with TDS? If yes, please explain.

A:  i have contributed to TDS in the past; Jeanine is my cousin so have followed it from the beginning.

Q: How important is reading and writing to you on a daily basis?

A: Very important – both personally and in my work.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.

Q: What is your favorite memory from school?

A: Reading aloud to kids in kindergarden when I was in second grade. I felt so proud to share the book by reading to them.

Q: What about traveling to Tanzania are you most excited for? What are you most nervous about?

A: I’m excited to climb, and nervous about climbing – I’ve never been at that elevation before – aside from in an airplane. Really looking forward to meeting the people of Nyegina, and being on safari again. Also am excited to avoid mosquito bites – lol.

Q: Why is it important that your friends, family, or acquaintances donate to your personal fundraising goal?

A: Because it supports education, especially for girls so they have more choices for their lives.

Q: Is there anything else you want TDS followers to know about you?

A: I appreciate this opportunity to support TDS in its work to build community.

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