This is a collection of short descriptions of more than two dozen ascents of Colorado peaks that are higher than 14,000 feet, made during the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s. Some color photographs taken during those climbs are included. The author describes mistakes he made on some of the treks. He nearly always hiked with a partner. The main enemies of these ascents were bad weather and darkness. He tells of descending mountains solely by star light, hiking in torrential rain, aborted summit attempts, and losing his way.
David V. Barth served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1966, was assigned to a nuclear ballistic missile submarine christened by First Lady Jackie Kennedy, made seven patrols during the Cold War, and was on patrols during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The computer training and experience in the Navy prepared him for a career as a mainframe computer programmer/analyst (1967 - 2007). He earned a B.S. degree in aviation management/computer science with highest honors from the Metropolitan State University of Denver (1977), a M.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado (1982), and a Ph.D. in Computer Management Science from Kennedy-Western University (1995). He earned a pilot’s license and became a flight instructor, teaching part-time (1976 - 2004). He was employed in information technology departments of several Denver banks and worked as a consultant for Perot Systems, Accenture, and Computer Sciences Corporation. He was Assistant Director of the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, Colorado (2009 – 2011) where he developed web pages of automobile museum collections at barthworks.com. Since 1961 he has written short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, and is a speaker. He has traveled extensively while pursuing his interests in photography and writing.read more