Jim and Carolyn Phillips — Don't stop being active
The Good Life|February 2021
Jim and Carolyn Phillips are local legends.
SARAH SHAFFER

I have heard their names through the grapevine over the years as being an extremely athletic couple and eventually randomly met Jim while at a crag up the Icicle.

He came hiking up the trail to where my husband, myself and my child were bouldering.

He said he noticed our vehicle that stated Wenatchee Outdoors on the back and he wanted to come meet us and introduce himself.

Jim is well known for his route building for rock climbing routes in the Leavenworth region, as well as his downhill skiing.

Carolyn is well known for her skiing, wood chopping skills (splitting copious amounts of firewood by hand even at the age of 81) along with her triathlon racing.

Jim and Carolyn inspire by the amount of activity they fit in a day along with their youthfulness at 80 and 81 years young respectively while still competing in various athletic events.

They inspire us, and we hope you enjoy getting to know them a bit in this interview.

Question: Jim and Carolyn, please tell us a bit about yourselves.

Answer: Jim: I enjoy spending time with family, skiing and climbing. Being on backpacking trips with our grandchildren as well.

Carolyn: Ditto, but I would add camping, fly fishing and quilting.

Question: Carolyn, did I see on Facebook that you are 80? Jim, how old are you? Did I see you have been married for over 50 years? That is fantastic. How did you meet?

Answer: Carolyn: I just turned 81.

Jim: I am 80 years old. We met in Oakland, California when we were both working at Mills College. Skiing connected us forever.

Question: What type of work did you do at Mills College?

Answer: Carolyn: I taught physical education at the high school level for two years, then at Mills College and later at Pacific Lutheran University.

Jim: I was assistant director of buildings and grounds at Mills College and the director of buildings and grounds at Pacific Lutheran University.

Question: What food or sleep routines should I partake in to have as much energy as you do?

Answer: Jim: Generally I get eight hours of sleep a night. We mostly eat at home and only eat out when we are on road trips. Carolyn makes great homemade meals. Our breakfasts are oatmeal, cream of wheat, eggs, waffles and French toast. Sunday, Carolyn makes her specialty: Swedish Hot Cakes.

Question: For those people who are in their 60s-90s who aren’t super active, what advice or suggestions can you give them to start being more active?

Answer: Carolyn: First of all don’t stop being active. That’s the secret. If you aren’t active, start slow. Walking is a great place to begin. If the person is not mobile, there are a lot of exercises to perform while sitting in a chair.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

RELATED STORIES

5 HOME REMODELING TRENDS TO WATCH FOR IN 2021

After a year of spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes fit their new realities.

3 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #493

Private Schools Are Indefensible

The Gulf between how rich kids and poor kids are educated in America is obscene.

10+ mins read
The Atlantic
April 2021

JIMMY'S JAM: HE PLUMPS UP AS RATINGS THIN - SOURCES

STRESSED “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon has been packing on the pounds as his talk show continues to battle with Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the late-night ratings, according to sources!

1 min read
National Enquirer
April 05, 2021

THE GRAND POOBAH!

SINCE THEIR INCARNATION in the early 1970s, the band Poobah have recorded over a dozen albums with various lineups, while openi ng for some of rock and roll’s biggest names.

9 mins read
GOLDMINE
April 2021

The SAGA Continues

SAGA WERE NOT THE ONLY band to make an album during the pandemic — far from it.

9 mins read
GOLDMINE
April 2021

CHERISHING CITY TO CITY A timeless classic by GERRY RAFFERTY

It’s early 1978 and the new single by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, “Baker Street,” is blasting out on the airwaves on my small transistor radio.

10+ mins read
GOLDMINE
April 2021

CHAMPION OF TREES

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is the “most hopeful project on the planet,” says David Milarch.

2 mins read
Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine
April 2021

The Criminal Minds Of Jim And Tim

The Clemente brothers left the FBI to become Hollywood’s go-to murder consultants. Now they’re rebooting the biggest franchise in truecrime TV: America’s Most Wanted.

10+ mins read
New York magazine
March 15 - 28, 2021

Up Close and Purr-sonal

Welcome to the new Cat Talk series "Up Close and Purr-sonal." While we might know what someone breeds and shows, we often have no idea about what their life and interests are outside of the show hall. And we are surprised at what we are learning about them as well! Do you have a recommendation for someone to interview? Let us know! Email Teresa Keiger at tkeiger@cfa.org.

8 mins read
Cat Talk
February 2021

SURVIVAL IS A TEAM SPORT

IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES BY ENHANCING THE SKILLS OF THOSE AROUND YOU.

8 mins read
American Survival Guide
January 2021