September 15, 2011
Morris Brown, 71, never thought he would get the chance to climb the Grand Tetons after a 1996 trip was cut short. A chance encounter with a world renowned guide in the Gallapagos Islands landed Brown back on Wyoming’s second highest peak in August.
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Climbing with fear-based confidence
Gripping the knife-like edge tightly some 13,000 feet above the valley of Jackson Hole, Morris Brown was in a predicament he had promised himself 15 years earlier he would never be in again. His slick shoes scraping at the sheer face, Morris knew any misstep would likely cause him to plummet to his death. The words “a moderate, enjoyable climb on largely excellent rock” from a Grand Teton guidebook he had picked up sometime earlier rang through his mind — what did they know?