When did you first start climbing?
It was kind of an unusual circumstance. I was not quite fifteen years old, and the YMCA in Berkeley had a really unique, once-in-a lifetime opportunity. A climber, Les Wilson, offered to take eight teenage boys on a cross-country hike in Yosemite National Park beginning in the Yosemite Valley and then cross-countrying for almost ten days. During that long trip most of us learned how to climb, camp and camp above the timberline. Several of us even did a first ascent with Les Wilson on the southwest face of Mount Lyell (3997m). So on this trip I really got the bug, and then I went back to school and couldn’t keep climbing out of my life.
[Photo] Peter Haan at age eighteen. Peter Haan Collection