Legendary Avalanche Forecaster of Ridgway, Colorado
Well done on the obit for Jerry! The last teaser bit of the new novel seemed like your avalanchistas were based on Lane and Roberts…I won’t tell and most of your readers probably are not old enough to make the connection.
He sounds like quite a guy - one of many whose teachings & friendship have been lost past couple years. He will be missed.
Jonathan, Thanks for the wonderful write up. I have known Jerry since I worked for Colorado Outward Bound in the late 80's and early '90's. I then brought groups of students to Silverton in winter to learn about snow, and Jerry was always welcoming and wonderful. I will always remember him speaking of the "confuser" (computer) when showing students how to track moisture in satellite imagery. He made complex topics digestible and fun, and I'm not talking about only science. I will miss him.
I have a signed copy of Jerry's book. He often said that Rico would have made a better ski area than Telluride based on his (Jerry's) knowledge. RIP
Actually, I have a question. At the beginning of your piece it seemed to me that you were saying that he died while hiking? ["shouldered his backpack and headed down the trail to meet some buddies on el otro lado, the other side]. Is that the case?/how did he die?.