It was a mild March day when I found myself standing at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, along with hundreds of other individuals, to celebrate the lives of two amazing men, Chris Onufer and Steve Romeo. Less than a week earlier, they perished in an avalanche while ascending Ranger Peak in Grand Teton National Park. Chris was one of my best friends.
See, I was born and raised in a small town maybe not that different from Jackson. Tromsø, Norway is a small college town deep inside the Arctic with vast mountainous terrain, long, cold and dark winters yet a truly inspirational, warm-hearted and ultra vibrant (counter) culture scene.
It’s funny how one’s path, to a vast extent, is determined by coincidence.
For me, randomly running into Jackson local/legend Rich Goodwin at the Arctic Challenge back in 2004 was one of those life-altering moments.