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Saintgrizzly: An Extraordinary Life

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Page Type: Trip Report

Object Title: Saintgrizzly: An Extraordinary Life

Date Climbed/Hiked: Nov 30, 0000

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

 

Page By: Saintgrizzly

Created/Edited: Mar 1, 2011 / Mar 15, 2012

Object ID: 701986

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INTRODUCTION

PLEASE NOTE: This report is straightforward. The captions for the photos themselves reveal a better glimpse into the extraordinary life of a great man I'm proud to have called a life-long friend. If you're interested in the details behind the man, be sure to click on the photos and read the captions. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.--Aaron Johnson

My wonderful friend and great climbing partner, Vernon Garner, passed away on March 1, 2011. Known as Saintgrizzly here at SummitPost, his life has been made legendary by his stellar submissions, regarded by many to be the best work on this entire, massive web site.

Vern joined SP a few years after I had joined, having been introduced to it by me and becoming enamoured with this place that would ultimately serve as an outlet for his amazing writing talent and testment to his passion for the natural world. Vern's participation on SP exceeded my expectations from the inception of his activities. I knew he would be a shining star and set the bar high for submission quality (I have yet to see it matched by anyone), and I knew his presence would be a real blessing to SP's community.

That blessing went well beyond the confines of the internet, though. Through SP, like many of us, Vernon made many wonderful new friends that shared his passion and enthusiasm for the mountains. The blessings Vernon brought to SP were amply returned in the form of special friendships and excellent climbing partners with which he could share his passion during his last years. The bulk of Vernon's experiences in Montana, namely Glacier National Park, are well represented on SummitPost.

However, Vernon's mountaineering roots are in Colorado. In a recent in-depth phone discussion with his brother David, we both expressed a strong desire to have Vernon's early years represented as well, as they were an important part of his legacy. David felt it was important, knowing no one had climbed with Vernon more than I have. I agreed, because knowing a man's past can often indicate why the man turned out the way he did, and reveal much of his character.

David said that the most important thing we leave behind is our legacy; what we did, the people we knew and loved. Vernon's legacy is massive and impressive, and with this small addition covering his past, his wonderful life is well represented here on SummitPost. And we, the SummitPost community, are forever blessed to have it here to share with the world.

Of all the climbers Vern ever knew, I am perhaps the best qualified to say with confidence, this was one giant of a man with a kind heart and gentle soul, uncompromising when it came to his passion, but so loving and understanding with everything and everyone else around him. I doubt I'll ever meet another like him with such qualities, but I know I'm better off because of it, and so is SummitPost.

I was blessed to share the journey of a lifetime with Vernon Garner. It was the ultimate trip, one I'll never forget. And now I'm blessed to share the memories of that treasured journey with you, my fellow SummitPost members. Enjoy this look into an extraordinary life.

Rest easy and climb on, my friend. We love you.

Aaron

SAINTGRIZZLY: AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE

To best represent Vernon's early mountaineering years as succinctly as possible, it was decided to simply add pertinent and interesting photos accompanied with brief captions. If you have a desire to get into the details, click on the photo and read the caption accompanying it. Please note these are old photographs, scanned with the earliest form of the technology we take for granted today. For historical reasons, no altering was done except for some brightness and contrast adjustments. As the time period gets more recent, the quality and size increase and improve. Thanks for taking the time to glimpse into this extraordinary life.


Saintgrizzly, Mount Lincoln, East Face, 1978
Mount Lincoln, 1978


Saintgrizzly, Monarch Pass, 1978
Monarch Pass, Sawatch Range, 1978


Saintgrizzly, Box Canyon, Ouray, 1978
Box Canyon Falls, 1978


Saintgrizzly, San Juan Mountains, 1978
New Year's Day, San Juans, 1979


Saintgrizzly, Needle Mountains, 1978
Needles Mountains, San Juans, 1981


Saintgrizzly, Sangre De Cristos, 1978
Tijeras Peak, Sangre De Cristos, 1991


Saintgrizzly, Capitol Peak, 1994
Capitol Peak, Elk Range, 1993


Saintgrizzly, Kelso Ridge, 1994
Kelso Ridge, Torreys Peak, 1993


Saintgrizzly, Capitol Peak, 1994
Knife Edge, Capitol Peak, Elk Range, 1994


Vern Garner and MA begin...
Knife Edge, Capitol Peak, 1994


Saintgrizzly & MA, Capitol Peak, 1994
Capitol Peak Summit, 1994


Saintgrizzly & MA, Snowmass, 1996
Snowmass Mountain, Elk Range, 1996


Saintgrizzly, Mount Oklahoma, 1996
Mount Oklahoma, 1996


Saintgrizzly, Swatch Range, 1997
Mount Tabeguache, Sawatch Range, 1997


Saintgrizzly, Swatch Range, 1997
Mount Hope, Swatch Range, 1997


Saintgrizzly, Sawatch Range, 1997
Mount Shavano, 1997


Saintgrizzly, San Juans, 1998
Courthouse Mountain, San Juans, 1998


Saintgrizzly and Partners, San Juans, 2000
San Juan Range, 2006


Saintgrizzly, Mount Oberlin, Glacier NP
Mount Oberlin, GNP, 2004


Saintgrizzly and SP friends in GNP
Mount Sinopah, GNP, 2004


Saintgrizzly, Mount Henkel, GNP, 2004
Mount Henkel, GNP, 2004


Saintgrizzly, Bishops Cap, GNP, 2004
Bishops Cap, GNP, 2004


Saintgrizzly, GNP, 2004
Dawson Pass, GNP, 2004


Member Profile Photo
Vern and Heavens Peak, GNP, 2004


Saintgrizzly & Friends, Divide Peak, 2004
Divide Peak, GNP, 2004


Saintgrizzly, Kit Carson, 2004
Challenger Ridge, Kit Carson Mountain, 2004


Reynolds Mountain
Reynolds Mountain, GNP, 2006


Reynolds Mountain
Reynolds Mountain, GNP, 2006


Saintgrizzly, GNP, 2006
Ice Cream at Johnson's, Saint Mary, GNP


[img:221048:aligncenter:medium:Reynolds Mountain, GNP, 2006]

[img:702013:aligncenter:medium:Ice Cream at Johnson's, Saint Mary, GNP]

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BobSmithVery sorry...

BobSmith

Voted 10/10

to hear about his death. He was an adventurous soul, and I will miss his new posts.
Posted Mar 8, 2011 10:48 am

runawayreignbowBeautiful Memoir

runawayreignbow

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Aaron - I'm sorry for the loss felt by Vernon's loved ones, you and the SP community. I feel the sentiments of what's missing even though I didn't know him personally. You wrote a touching and informative piece on your partner's life and the pictures are priceless (especially in his beginnings!). Thanks for sharing it. Take great care...
Posted Mar 10, 2011 1:52 am

markhallamThanks for sharing this

markhallam

Voted 10/10

An extraordinary story about a very brave man - thnaks again for sharing this
Posted Mar 10, 2011 1:18 pm

FarNorCalWonderful

FarNorCal

Voted 10/10

A wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.
Posted Mar 11, 2011 4:21 pm

KevinStumpfGREAT CONTRIBUTION

KevinStumpf

Voted 10/10

Aaron, I am minutes new to SP, even though I had an account a few years ago I never used it! Anyways, I want to thank you for posting this! He seemed like a great man and climber! Pictures tell it all here. Thanks again!
Posted Mar 28, 2011 9:48 am

JonBradfordLovely Tribute

JonBradford

Voted 10/10

Thank you for sharing.
Posted Apr 20, 2012 9:33 pm

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