Dr. Jim States is a lifelong educator, accomplished mountaineer, and medical doctor. Jim is well known for his high altitude career where he spent most of his time testing high-altitude theories and passing on his skills to the next generation. He is a natural philosopher and passionate for the lessons on the mountain being applied on the sidewalks at home. Jim believes that respect for wild places and outdoor education is a critical element for a sane society. “It all begins with dreams, of routes shared with companions in high, quiet places. Dreams were followed by steady intentions, physical skill training, and route analysis. The mountains can help quiet the noise in our lives and if we choose to listen, that nature will show us the path.” When asked about his climbing career, he gives the humble response- “I climbed many peaks but never conquered any mountain”. He believes that instead that we really only conquer the inner self.
The Jim States, MD Scholarship fund is to honor his mentorship in the mountains and beyond. The fund is for educators and future mentors who believe the mountains are bigger than any of us and are driven to share their lessons with others. A scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded in the alpine disciple.
Dream big, have intention, take first steps, learn from the journey, and pass it on. – Dr. Jim States
Photographs courtesy of John Roskelley (middle) and Gary Neptune (right).
*No O2 as listed below means no supplemental or bottled oxygen.
1971 to 1992, 21 Years of cumulative high altitude experience:
Many months above 17,000’, 2 months over 22,000’, 1.5 weeks over 25,000’, 5 days 26600 to 29,028’