I met Dallas several times over the years, but I didn't really get to know him until near the end of his life. I served on the Mount Erie Climbing Committee with him for about a year-and-a-half before he passed away. In that time I knew that I had found a kindred spirit in a man who loved exploring the mountains. Tragically, I never had the opportunity to climb with him.
Dallas was responsible for dozens -- if not hundreds -- of routes at Mt. Erie and he wrote one of the most popular guides to the crag, Rockin' on the Rock. And though Dallas was an amazing man -- a middle school teacher, a track coach, and a climber -- his guidebooks always felt like they needed a little bit more work before they went to print. They were often a bit confusing. For example, in his winter mountaineering book he placed the routes in alphabetical order instead of in a geographical order. It was for this reason, that I was happy to hear that his Mount Erie book would see a second, postmortem edition.
There are many ways that people have paid tribute to climbers that have passed on. Some get plaques, others get peaks, features or routes named after them, and yet others find their ashes left on a mountain. However, in some ways this was the best tribute that these two individuals could have made to both Dallas and to the Mt. Erie climbing community. Dallas was a climber and a guidebook author and Mt. Erie was his home.
I can't imagine him wanting anything more than a tribute like this...
--Jason D. Martin
Very thoughtful review! You can get a copy of the guidebook at the AAI Gear Shop, Lake Erie Grocery at the base of Mt. Erie or online at www.mterie.comReplyDelete