Valerie Waldrop: The West Buttress Ascent by Arctic Entries published on 2013-02-20T01:56:42Z Valerie is a jane of many trades. She is the best hula hooper she knows, having won every hula hoop contest she has ever entered (2!). Her current jobs are cook, maid, mommy, wife, and President of the Board to Alaska Center of the Environment (a position she feels that has taken the word “volunteer” to its deepest and darkest meaning). She loves coffee and people who love coffee. She prefers texting to other forms of communication, which she knows is very, very awful.