On The Road ~ Red Mountain Pass December 18, 1980


Tim Lane relaxing in the Official INSTAAR Car (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) on Red Mountain Pass, December 18, 1980.  Not enough snow for skiing so we drove the passes recklessly in the Dodge Coronet 440 stolen from Richard & Betsy Armstrong during the drought winter of 1980-81. …. note the bald tires.

“The photo of the INSTAAR Dodge is
truely priceless !!   Alpine Scientific Bohemianism
from the road. Japhy Ryder weeps !” Burnie Arndt

How sneaky of you & Tim to have taken the project vehicle without permission.. Betsy Armstrong

Betsy, Mark Udall. A few years later I didn’t give Jerry and Tim permission to take/borrow an Outward Bound van for a night in Leadville. Somehow the van ended up in a snow bank in the middle of a lodgepole forest near the OB base camp…I reluctantly had to place Jerry and Tim on the “No Hire list”(eg i fired them) for awhile. We have laughed about it a number of times since. And early on in my OB when I wasn’t The Man (in the OB management team), I committed my share of possible No Hire offenses. Oh, youth. Happy Holidays. And I love that Jerry Roberts. Mark Udall 

Great photo.  Throughout the west the driest winter on record was 76-77.  Chris George called  me and said “Don’t cancel the course on RMP.  There is collapsing everywhere.”  The second driest year was 80-81.  Rod Newcomb

Jerry, that car should be gilded and put on display in Silverton’s town square.   Great photo! Peter Lev

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