American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Reynold E. Isto, 1914-1965

  • In Memoriam
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  • Publication Year: 1966

REYNOLD E. ISTO 1914-1965

Reynold E. "Pete” Isto died after a fall on South Maroon Peak near Aspen, Colorado on August 23, 1965.

A graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines with a degree in Engineering, he was Chief of Plans and Production for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Geological Survey at the time of his death. He had spent ten years in Alaska, where he was the Chief Resident Topographic Engineer for the U.S. Geological Survey for a number of years. Extensive field experience had taken him to the Aleutians and to the Brooks Range in the far north and to the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains in connection with topographic and map control surveys. In the course of his work he had climbed many peaks, mostly first ascents. He became recognized as a man of exceptional experience and knowledge of the out-of-doors. His cooperative and friendly nature gained him many friends and the respect of those whom he met and with whom he worked. His sponsors for the Club in 1960 felt that his detailed knowledge of Alaskan logistics, his cooperative nature and sustained interest in mountaineering would make him a valuable adviser to parties planning expeditions anywhere in Alaska. The Club needs more men of his qualities and experience.

He leaves his wife and two sons, one a graduate student at the University of California and the other an undergraduate at the University of Alaska.

Henry S. Hall, Jr.

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