Saintgrizzly, Needle Mountains, 1978
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We reunited in 1981. Sporting a big beard, Vern and his friend Randy came down from Lander and joined me in Ouray. Together we made our first excursion into the Needles via the Silverton Railroad, a “fad” that would later be discovered and heavily exploited by the masses of peakbaggers to follow in the coming decades. We had set out to climb three mountains in the area, among Colorado’s highest. We had no idea at the time that we were climbing “fourteeners” before there was such a term. Ever the solitary explorer, Vern would continue his studies in Oslow, Norway throughout most of the 1980s.
Digital scan of a 35mm photo.
Photo by Aaron Johnson