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#3332 - 03/31/10 06:07 PM Mountaineers can
Bee Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1261
Loc: Northern California
Mountaineers can't 'call Renny' for help anymore
Rules say climbing ranger must retire.

By Kelsey Dayton, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
March 31, 2010

On a cord around his neck Renny Jackson wears his wedding ring and the medallion of St. Bernard, the patron saint of alpinists and skiers.

His ring hangs by his chest to avoid stripping his finger of flesh if the ring ever gets pulled off in a fall from a mountain. The medallion he wears as protection for himself and also the more than 3.5 million visitors Grand Teton National Park sees each summer.

The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.

#3335 - 03/31/10 06:37 PM Re: Mountaineers can [Re: Bee]
Bulldog34 Offline

Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1255
Loc: Atlanta
That was a good read - thanks for sharing Bee. I'd like to shake that man's hand. It's sad there's no retirement exemption for people who can still exceed the standard at age 57, but we gotta remember we're talking about the federal guv'mint - common sense took a vacation there long ago and has been AWOL ever since.

#3338 - 03/31/10 07:51 PM Re: Mountaineers can [Re: Bee]
CaT Offline

Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Great article, Bee. Thanks!

You have to shake your head and wonder what they're thinking letting go of such experience just for a rule. They should develop a climbing ranger position that does only that and none of the law enforcement stuff during the "off season".

But then, if he begins his own guide service, perhaps he can make better money, with less bureaucracy, and the opportunity to teach and instill his experience and skills in others while he still can.
If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
- Lyndon Johnson, on signing the Wilderness Act into law (1964)