Office workers by day, gym enthusiasts by night, and ambitious outdoor weekend warriors. Three categories that can easily describe many of us! As we look forward to the weekend, we can also sneak in some of that vertical workout throughout the week. None of these are strange topics for Megan and Keith. They can easily be found, more than a few days a week, sending the most recent climbs and making our community a better place! If ever you have wondered what lies in the luggage of your partner packed suitcase, you have to read further into this story. Take the time to meet two long time fixtures of Pipeworks, and remember to say hello to your new (or already existing) friends, Megan McKay & Keith Mentzer.
MOM: Couples Edition – Megan McKay & Keith Mentzer
Regarding rock climbing, who found the sport first and how did you end up finding an indoor climbing home at Sacramento Pipeworks? How long ago did you end up doing so, and what has been the biggest change you have seen?
Megan & Keith) We both tried indoor climbing before we met. Keith had been a Pipeworks member for a while before trying out the climbing part of the gym. (This was back when Pipeworks had memberships for people who only wanted to workout and didn’t want to climb), but once he tried it, he was hooked. We were introduced to climbing outdoors by a coworker of Megan’s who was also a member at Ironworks. We’ve both been members at Pipeworks for a long time now. We remember splashing through giant puddles in the mud and gravel parking lot all winter. The new, well lit, parking lot is much nicer!
What would be a fun fact that drastically differs between your climbing lives and your professional lives?
M & K) Megan has been on way more trips for work than for climbing. Keith is the opposite – he has a sedate, office job that is about as far from climbing as possible. The most exciting thing he does most days is go to meetings, and the most physical exertion he gets is when he takes the stairs.
If you could choose the best way to incorporate your favorite part of your outdoor “active” life into your indoor “work” life, how would you approach the challenge?
M & K) If Keith was packing for Megan: Sunglasses, a camera, and a book.
If Megan was packing for Keith: Clean underwear, a hairbrush, and a toothbrush. (Keith – I’m not sure what that says about me. I swear I always pack clean underwear!)
In the car, do you prefer NPR over your favorite tunes, and does this question vary based on the time of day?
M & K) When we drive together, we almost always listen to NPR if we can find an NPR station. It varies more on the length of the drive than the time of day. We are more likely to plug in the iPod on long drives or when there are other people in the car.
Would you prefer reading a book, perusing an internet article, or watching a television program? Please place these three items in most accurate order of importance.
M & K) Book, perusing an internet article, watching a television program.
We both like to read, but we do enjoy relaxing on the couch with an adult beverage and Netflix to unwind from a long day. And the cat really likes laps, so that works for everyone.
Where do you see yourselves in the next 5 years, and what key features do you assume will be different about your lives?
M & K) We really don’t see major changes over the next five year. We’ll still be working here in Sacramento and getting outside when we can. One major difference: It might finally be time to pretend we are grown up and actually buy a home!