Alan, the mail works (FedEx and UPS are also reliable), AND I frequently am on your side of the continent...
...my goal is to not let the lack of technology get in anyone's way of telling their story, and stories with images are even better, I can help...
the offer stands until my scanner no longer scans.
John Hudson was one of the most wonderful people I ever had the privilege of having as a friend. We climbed together from as I recall, about 1960 - 1965 and then he joined me as a graduate student in geology at Johns Hopkins in 67. John left after a year, went to LDGO and got onto one of their oceanographic vessels (the Conrad?) as crew, which took him to Peru. There he left the ship to meet Roman Laba and his last climb.
My most memorable experience with John was when we spent most of the summer of 1965 climbing and traveling together. First in the Kitchatnas where as part of the exploratory VMC expedition, we spent a month grappling with the reality of the weather (horrible) and the extraordinary ascents that we weren't really anticipating. After getting out, John and I left the rest of the VMC crew at Haines Junction, hitching to Haines where we caught the inland Ferry to Prince Rupert ($24 for deck passage for a 36 hour trip and then no even collected our tickets!). We then rode the freights across the Rockies to Jasper where we hooked up with Art Gran and did the first ascent of the east Face of Chephren. The three of us then went down to the Bugaboos where John and i did the 2nd ascent of the E. Face of Bugaboo and about half of the first ascent S. face of Snow Patch. Don't really remember why we bailed, but we did.
Ended the summer in the Tetons at the "traditional" end-season climbers rendezvous at the old climbers camp. It was in many ways the most wonderful summer of my life and much of this was due to having such a wonderful companion.
In response to requests for pictures I've attached a few from the Kitchatna trip. The picture of John "hitching" is to me the most evocative. (it was posed, we were just re-stocking after getting out of the mountains).[photoid=377425]