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Andy Hanson

When I returned to Aspen in the early ’70s I ran into David Bentley, and he asked me to write an article for Climbing magazine. It was an exposé of Outward Bound. He also had me interview with Bil Dunaway for a job with the magazine. Luckily for all of us, Bil found Michael Kennedy. Because of these events I struck up a friendship with David. Soon he proposed a climb of Pyramid Peak.

Early one morning we climbed out of the valley onto that wonderful mountain. With David as guide, I followed and we proceeded up and up. When we reached the section where you cross over several couloirs, we cut ice steps and made our way cautiously. At some point we decided to reconsider the climb as neither of us had a climbing rope and the way was getting dicey. David suggested we cancel the climb due to too much ice. We then backtracked to a ledge and David brought out his robe, his teapot, and we had our high tea on Pyramid. Over the years I have seen David develop into the premier guide for Pyramid and the Maroon Bells. It is his love for these mountains that has always been compelling for me. Perhaps in his retirement from The Aspen Times he can haul me up Pyramid one more time so we can have a proper tea on the top of the peak. This time I will bring the Ibuprofen bottle and a special muscle-soothing tea.

– Andy Hansonin collaboration with the Aspen Historical Society

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