Tom Rainey

One September in the early 80's Mitch Blanton and I were heading up Terror creek for our first foray into the southern Pickets. We were paused trying to figure out the route out of the valley and into the high country when we heard a thrashing and cashing in the jungle ahead. Soon two characters appeared out of the thicket. It was John and Gary Mellom who were on their way out of the range. They kindly provided us novices with good information about how to gain the high traverse, how to cross the Barrier and also about the "secret" way out they had just negotiated. This info helped make out trip a success and I have always been grateful.

Through the years I have gotten to the top of many mountains and for the most part, John has left his mark before me. At first this was aggravating , then comical and now I have learned to accepted it. John has climbed most of the peaks around and certainly all of the good ones!

In the last ten or so years John has become a friend and climbing companion. His humor and energy have brightened many a trip. He continues to provide people with useful and accurate information. I am happy to know him and can't wait for the book!

Happy Birthday John,
Tom Rainey