John misspent his youth at Table Rock, Slick Rock, and the Sawtooths where he focused on rock climbing. In the early 70s, there were no guidebooks and in some cases no maps, so there were as many misadventures as successful climbs. This honed his ability to find the hard way up easy peaks and the wrong way to the trailhead. Since then, John has occasionally been distracted by other pursuits, but has always returned to the mountains. He is a skier as well a as climber, so enjoys the mountains in the “off season.” He is also a family man, so enjoys climbing and skiing with his wife and two daughters. Although these days he mostly does hiking or scrambling-type peaks, he still gets out the rope occasionally.