We climbed a few days at Smith and on Friday May 15, 1980 we seriously discussed slipping through the "red zone" that was around St Helens and climbing it. We had heard that others had done it and the thought of bagging an active volcano sounded pretty cool. However, we partied a little too hard that weekend and on Saturday we decided to drive home instead. At 8:32 AM on Sunday morning (the day we planned to be there) St Helens blew up.
"No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep coming back and back until one of you is dead."