by John Rupley
Jim and I were undergraduates at Princeton during the early 1950's. We went often to the Shawangunks , where we met Hans Kraus. We climbed together for several summers, making the first ascent of the Middle Howser Spire in the Bugaboos, two new routes on Devil's Tower, the West Face of Snowpatch with Hans Kraus, the "diretississima" on High Exposure with Hans, and Foops, another Shawangunk climb that still appears occasionally in ads. Jim was a leader of Shawangunk climbing for many years. He has been a major force in the American Alpine Club as its President and a long-time member of its board. Jim practiced trial law in New York and is now living in Jackson Hole.