I had met Roland some years before at an Alpine Club of Canada slideshow. I was showing my slides of a recent climb of Mount Rainier I had done in Washington, and Roland was quite interested. It turned out that he and his brother and a friend (Dan) were going to climb the mountain themselves, and he was doing background research. Not long afterwards, I was invited to Roland's downtown Ottawa apartment to meet with himself, brother Rudy, and Dan. We discussed Rainier: I gave them my experiences of the route I took, left maps, books. Little did I know it would be the one and only time I would meet Dan.
In early December of 2003, Roland called me to ask if I wanted to join a search expedition to look for Dan and Sue on Mount Caubvick/D'Iberville. I remember being taken aback by the idea of being on a search team and looking for missing persons.... And I remember asking him lots of questions but not agreeing just then. I needed to think it all over. In the end, I decided to go, and he expressed his relief. He wanted to have some friends and local people on this trip, which were up to that point mostly American highpointers of which he had no real knowledge.
For the next 8 months, Roland and Jack worked over the complicated logistics of organizing such a large group. Towards the end of the planning, Roland... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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