The Mountain Crew consists of a lively gang: Joe and Kim Kommer, Jessi Cavey and Erin Gainey. We all met in unique ways but what ultimately brought us together is our love and appreciation for the mountains.
Meet the crew!
Erin is from Greenville, SC and has lived in Seattle for about 2.5 years. She works at Starbucks Corporate in Retail Operations and she’s pretty much a coffee snob for all the right reasons. Where there is adventure, there is coffee and this is something she is very passionate about.
Erin has been hiking for most of her adult life and grew up camping a lot but after her move to Seattle she became involved with leading hikes, snowshoe trips and encouraging others to spend more time outdoors. The outdoors are truly her happy place. The summit to Mt. Rainier will be the highest elevation and biggest summit accomplishment of her mountaineering career but the summit success goes much deeper than that. This climb is personal as it is to most climbers and advocating for those who can’t make the climb is something that she’s excited about.
Joe & Kim Kommer are originally from Saint Clair Shores, Michigan and are going on three years of living just outside Seattle. They moved to Washington in 2015 for Joe’s career and have since built an adventurous life together.
Joe and Kim started hiking immediately after moving to the PNW, and two years later were introduced to mountaineering through Climb For Clean Air. They love to spend their free time with their two huskies hiking, camping and backpacking, and they’re ambitious about their future mountaineering goals.
The Kommers are climbing Mt. Rainier through CFCA again this year to continue raising awareness for the American Lung Association. They both have personal connections to lung disease and want to help make a difference in the lives of those suffering from asthma, COPD and lung cancer.
Jessi moved to Washington in October 2012 with her now-husband, and it literally changed her life. Coming from a small town in Virginia, Jessi’s eyes were opened to so much more than she could’ve imagined. Jessi loves spending as much time as possible outdoors – hiking, camping, snowshoeing, backpacking, kayaking – which she thankfully gets to embrace whole-heartedly with her photography business. She has always been down for adventure, but Washington has helped herfind a deeper piece of herself she didn’t know existed.
When Jessi first laid eyes on Rainier, she knew she was in love. Jessi says “she’d be lying if I said I’ve always wanted to climb it — I’ve always admired its beauty, but honestly never thought I’d have the guts to commit to something so extravagant! But enter Kim, Joe, and Erin into my life, and BAM, we have a plan! Even better, though, is that we’re doing it for such an incredible cause.”