Scott Shafer Obituary, Death – The news that Scott Shafer has died away is a devastating blow to all of us here at. During his 26 years as a member of The Mountaineers, he served as a climb leader, SIG leader, Super Volunteer, teacher, mentor, climbing partner, and friend to a great number of people. He is remembered fondly and revered by his fellow Mountaineers for his numerous contributions to the organization. After a long and courageous fight against cancer that lasted for four months, he passed away on June 26, 2023.
Scott spent his childhood in Michigan, where there was nothing but open land as far as the eye could see in any direction. In 1995, he traveled to the Pacific Northwest with Rainier Mountaineering to participate in a climbing expedition. He likened his first experience of seeing Mount Rainier to “something out of a fairy tale.” After completing that tour and going back to his home in St. Louis, he made the decision to relocate to Seattle.
At the beginning of 1997, Scott became a member of The Mountaineers in order to participate in our Basic Alpine Climbing Course. After successfully completing the Basic Climbing Course in 2000, he enrolled in the Intermediate Climbing Course the following year and graduated in 2005. During his early climbing career, he reached the summits of a number of notable mountains, including Shuksan, Cutthroat, Mt. Adams, Ingalls, and Eldorado.
In 2003, Scott, in appreciation to the other volunteers who had helped him along the way, started serving as an assistant leader. His first journey was a climb up Sahale Peak, which he completed successfully. In 2008, Scott was only getting his feet wet as a Climb Leader when he guided five climbers up the south face of Mount Hood. Sahale Peak, Ingalls Peak, Yellowjacket Tower, Forbidden Peak, and Mount Hood were among the mountains that Scott routinely brought his students to climb.
In 2012, not long after the curriculum was initially developed, Scott was appointed to the position of Small Instruction Group (SIG) Leader for Basic. Scott, who was already employed as a classroom instructor, took his new position as an outdoor educator very seriously and cherished the opportunity to act as a guide to a fresh group of pupils. Since he became a climb leader in 2008, Scott has instructed more than 350 students in all aspects of outdoor life. He was a successful and well-liked leader who produced a lot of work. Just a few of the things that Scott’s pupils have remarked regarding his enthusiasm for passing on his expertise are as follows: