Passing of Bob Bates, First Director of PCN

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I pass along word of the passing of Bob Bates.  Bob, teacher, author, mountaineer and first Peace Corps director in Nepal, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, in Exeter, NH. Bob’s list of accomplishments is long and varied. In his mountain life he will be remembered primarily for his two early expeditions to K2, in 1938 and 1953, with Charlie Houston. He was a member of the Harvard Five (Bates, Carter, Houston, Moore, Washburn), and past president of the American Alpine Club.

He wrote/cowrote:
Five Miles High
K2: The Savage Mountain
Mountain Man
The Love of Mountains Is Best
Mystery, Beauty, and Danger

A partial list of Bob’s expeditions include:
1932, 1933 Mt. Crillon
1937 Mt. Lucania
1938 K2
1941 St. Elias Range
1942 Mt. McKinley
1951 Mt. Hubbard and Mt. Alverston
1953 K2
1956 Ojos del Salado
1965 Mt. Russell
1970 Mt. Ararat
1985 Ulugh Muztagh

Bob will be greatly missed.

Best wishes, Greg Glade