To this day, its been truly remarkable to me what a significant role in my life that incredible summer has played. Whether it was my education, my friends, my passions, or my values, I have somehow found a way to tie nearly all that I have become to what I learned, saw and became during the summer of 1985.
After that trip, I returned home a different person, by far for the better. I was much more confident. I became passionate about the outdoors and wilderness preservation, pursuing a college education that related to natural resource use and allocation. I moved to southwest Colorado (Durango -- close to the four corners area we visited actually), and lived there for a few years enjoying my love for the outdoors. And my values, ethics, and lifestyle have been
hugely influenced by that trip, and your own actions, all for the best results. Something that still hits home was your pushing me to get to the summit of Mt. Rainier, a feat I have no doubt I would not have accomplished without your help. I often pull out my out pictures from that trip and remember all the great times and places, still, nearly 30 years later. It affects me in such a way that is still drives my decision and choices, and I can only hope that my daughter will have the ability to experience something so life-changing during her own life. Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to keep marginally in touch with some of the other friends from that trip via Facebook and email, but there has not generally been much contact with most of the other participants since that time. I wonder how many of them feel the
same as I do.
For some reason, I've felt myself drawn back to the MHL days most recently, which caused me to Google it, and find you. I feel like there is some kind of connection that I needed to make.
I realize that you have you dealt with probably thousands of campers over the many years of your involvement, but it would be great to hear about your life and travels, too.
Thank you again for such a positive influence on my life. I thank you, and so do my friends and family. Warmest Regards, - Sam L.
I am very excited that Kate will be on one of your programs this summer. My Man and His Land pictures are still at my parents house -- 35mm slides no less. I asked my dad to scan a couple of shots that I took from Mt. Rainier. Here is one of you -- catching some rays at the summit. I will forward separately a couple more. Brings back for me memories of a great summer. All the best, Jim J
This picture taken in 1980 shows Mt. St Helens erupting in the background. It was the second major eruption and ash clouds went into the upper atmosphere. This is really the beginning of the eruption. We are at 10,000 feetand Camp Muir.
The ash clouds went up to 60,000 feet. That night, as the sun set, the most amazing sunset ever was witnessed. All of the ash in the sky was turned all colors of orange, red and more. It was indeed spectacular.
There was much discussion of whether we were going to be able to climb because of the ash. But the winds took the ash away from us and we went on to summit Rainier the next day.
As we drove across eastern Washington on our way to Glacier National Park we drove through ash that was up to six inches deep. All 32 students and 7 leaders took bottles and filled them with ash as a reminder. I have no idea where mine is but it was absolutely amazing...
Photo's courtesy of Jim Janover, MHL 1980 - Nine-week western expedition trip.