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.
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,
Copyright 2004, John W. Roper.
All Rights Reserved.