Webmaster (and non-voting
Board Member) since at least 1997 - LAM's first and only,
Past President, 1990 Board,
President, 1989 Board,
Vice-President and Climbing School Director, 1988,
Director (2 years),
Equipment Manager (2
Board Member at
Large (1 years),
Instructor for about 18 years,
Leader and Organizer of
over one hundred club and personal trips:
Some of Jan's Trip Reports
"Tuesday / Thursday" top roping sessions since
Graduate of the Los
Alamos Mountaineers 1980 Climbing School,
Member of the Los Alamos
Mountaineers since 1980.
Jan has always loved the
outdoors, where his favorite activities are
mountain biking, downhill and cross country
skiing, canyoneering, backpacking, mountaineering, trail
running, and hiking. He reluctantly gave up rock and ice
climbing (plus caving) due to a back injury. Jan's last climb
was on a June 1999 club trip that he organized to Yosemite.
Jan and Edward Romero climbed Royal Arches
on June 11, 1999. This was Jan's third ascent of the well
known 50 Classic Climb, and was done about a year after he broke
his back on a climb at Lovers Leap near Tahoe. Jan's
transition to a non-climber was not easy, but is now complete!
His long term climbing
partners (Norbert Ensslin, Roger Rumsey, Peter Walsh, and Elizabeth Kelly)
will be revered
Jan has been given
honorary "Lifetime Member" status with the club, and he is a
recipient of the the clubs "Distinguished Service Award".
Jan is the good
looking guy in the grey shirt,
and Roger Rumsey tries to look cool
Memorable ascents include:
Bugaboo Spire's Kain Route, Mount
Rainier's Liberty Ridge, Devil's Tower Durrance Route, Grand
Teton's Direct Exum Ridge, Pingora's Northeast Face, Wolf's Head
East Ridge, Crestone Needle's Ellingwood Ledges, Hallett Peak's
Northcutt-Carter Route, Petit Grepon's South Face, Shiprock's
Standard Route, Castleton Tower's Kor-Ingalls Route, Middle Cathedral Rock's East Buttress, Half
Dome's Snake Dike, Fairview Dome's North Face, Charlotte Dome's
South Face, Lover's Leap
Traveler Buttress, Red Rocks' Epinephrine,
Crestone Peak's Red Gully, Mount of the Holy Cross's Holy Cross
Couloir, and the Blanca-Little Bear traverse; many of which were
repeated....some several times.
Jan and a friend from Truchas
share a snack
Jan's LAM 2006
Potpourri Presentation and Slide Show Demo:
The photos below
were from the annual club "Potpourri"
meeting in December of 2006; it was but one of numerous presentations,
and represents many of Jan's outdoor activities that year.
Note from webmaster: this also
demonstrates an embedded slide show from
that can be added to Bio's
and Trip Reports. Captions
are also possible for any or all photos.
A few other
details about Jan:
Jan retired on
July 1, 2003 after almost 40 years with the
Alamos National Laboratory. Jan was a physics technician
with a strong background in analog electronics, computers, web
development, computer security, lasers, x-ray systems, optics,
accelerators, digital imaging, and diagnostics development.
Details about his professional career are available