|By Woodchuck ATC
Aug 2, 2011
Recent post here at MP linked to article on Rock and Ice front webpage. Jim Ebert, who along with his father John Ebert, organized and led world wide travels with the Iowa Mountaineers since 1940. Jim died at age 64 this past Tuesday, July 26th while climbing on Mt. Whitney with his son. Knowing Jim for over 35 years, I'm sure he would have been pleased with his location at the time of his death.
There is too much to list about his accomplishments, and I'm not the one to summarize and post it. I trust those who knew Jim will add their memories and post some pics from their adventures with him. I had the pleasure of climbing with Jim on many occasions at Devils Lake and in the Beartooths of Montana.
Pics I've posted are hastily scanned from several old Iowa Mountaineer publications, the Iowa Climber, and trip brochures. I'm searching for some color shots from the Beartooths in '83 and hope to locate them in a couple days. Jim will be missed by thousands who knew him including all of those people who took his University of Iowa credited climbing classes up at Devils Lake, Wisconsin. Please leave your memories here and also contact his family if you can.
| || Samples of Iowa Mountaineers trip brochures. |
| || Iowa Mountaineer members getting married atop Devils Tower on an outing led by Jim Ebert. The club also held the record for most climbers atop the Tower in one day. |
| || Jim with his wife and parents in Africa, 1982. |
| || A typical toprope climbing group at Devils Lake. I think the number was near 10,000 climbers who have attended this class over some 20+ years. |
| || Jim Ebert with a group on a summit in the Dolomites, 1976. |
| || The most recognizable and best known picture of Jim Ebert, atop Mt. Cook after the first grand traverse. ||