LAM Climbing School Graduate,
Compass/GPS course, 2010.
Ross Lemons' first association with the Mountaineers was in 1964
when he was a student in the "climbing school" and participated
in a several hiking and climbing trips. After retiring from the
Laboratory in 2006, he rejoined the Mountaineers and has
participated in a number of events including three "Moab
Adventures", the Scottish Lakes Trip, Monarch ski trips, and
several local mountain bike rides. Though no longer engaged in
rock climbing, he currently enjoys bicycle touring, mountain
biking, river running, downhill skiing, cross country skiing,
and hiking. In 2010, Ross taught the Mountaineers Compass/GPS
course, earning his first hat.
One of Ross'
greatest outdoor loves is bicycling.
Ross and Nancy Lemons grew
up in Los Alamos, started dating senior year in high school and
married after getting their degrees in physics and mathematics
respectively at the University of Colorado. They moved to
California for Ross to earn a PhD at Stanford and Nancy to work
at SRI. Their son Jeff was born shortly before they moved to
New Jersey to work for Bell Laboratories, and their son Derek
was born the following year. In 1982 they moved back to Los
Alamos where Ross took a job as a Group Leader at LANL and Nancy
focused on raising the children and volunteering for numerous
Nancy and Ross at Meyers Creek
Beach in the Piston River State Park, Oregon.
Over the next 25 years, Ross
worked in a series of management positions at LANL and Nancy
took on even more volunteer positions. In 2006, Ross retired,
and Nancy reduced her commitments so they could travel more and
undertake new adventures, such as biking the Oregon and northern