Jean Dawkins


I started hiking and climbing 11 years ago at the age of 54. What started as a desire to climb Mt. Rainier “one more time” after a nearly 30 year break for life and raising a daughter, ended up completely redefining my life.

I went from 0 to 60 in 4.5 months and never looked back. I spent the next 8 years climbing mountains around the world and along the way, completely redefined who I am. What followed was a whirlwind of adventure. In addition to climbing Rainier a total of 4 more times, bringing my total to 7, 2 Mt. Whitney winter ascents, and a 2011 attempt of Denali, I’ve also climbed and trekked in Africa, Ecuador, Bhutan, Russia, Argentina, Mexico and Nepal.

Family commitments have kept me home for the last few years, but my desire to push my limits has continued in the gym - and in life. I wanted a physical challenge to celebrate my upcoming 65th birthday and 6 months ago started exploring powerlifting. I’m competing for the first time in an AAU National event on May 26th!

I live in Seattle and in the last year have launched a new online coaching business empowering moms who are transitioning from mom life to starting the rest of their life.

Maria Rodriguez