On Sunday while hiking for turns on Mullan Mt. across from Lookout Pass Ski resort my long time partner died of a heart attack climbing for turns. Van (Van Heim St. Maries Idaho) was not an active Bear but went with me a few years back to the Gathering at Jackson Hole. We recently had a falling out but he is fondly remembered.
Van on the left and myself Heli Skiing in BC 2 years ago. RK Heliski.
Van skiing the backside of Lookout Pass. 4 or 5 of us go up every October and over the years have chain sawed some pretty good lines off the NE side.
Van skiing at Lookout on another crowded day in No. Idaho
The crew at Jackson Hole, L to R Mr Kentucky, Ted Sorensen (died skiing at Squaw), Jon Ingall,s Van, Bob Peters and a Bear from Alaska
Van on the L then Jon, Ted and Doug Taken on top of Targhee looking E toward the Tetons
Going through some pictures and adding a few here have made me realize that I have now lost my two best ski buds. Ted was killed skiing on KT22 at Squaw and Van died yesterday high in the Bitteroots hiking for turns. Will miss them both. A very sad and sobering experience, when you are my age (72) and start losing buds it sure makes you realize how fragile life is and how precious. Rest in Peace friends.