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Seventh in the SUMMIT SERIES Biographies of people who have made a difference in Canadian Mountaineering. Strengths Revealed For further information regarding e Summit Series of mountaineering biographies, please contact the National Office of the Alpine Club of Canada. e 1960s were a decade during which the standard of climbing in Canada was rapidly and dramatically transformed by the arrival of spectacularly talented and ambitious young Europeans of the caliber of Hans Gmoser, Leo Grillmair, Franz Dopf and Heinz Kahl. Technical standards were also being ratcheted upward by British climbers of the now legendary reputation of Brian Greenwood and Dick Lofthouse. ese famous climbers, and Canadians like Don Vockeroth who were energized and inspired by their achievements, popularized rock climbing and advanced new standards for technical routes on big mountains. In so doing, they essentially laid down the foundation for the climbing culture that exists in Canada today. e life of Don Vockeroth symbolizes the strength of body, persistence of character and great love of place that put Canadians at the leading edge of climbing and appreciating our own mountains. It is a great honour to have Don Vockeroth as the Patron of the 16th Annual Mountain Guides' Ball. e Mountaineering Life of Don Vockeroth

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