Jim Ebert-The Iowa Mountaineer





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Uploaded on Dec 26, 2011

A short video about my Dad, Jim Ebert (1947-2011) with some photos I had access to. We are putting together 50+ years worth of film and photos of the Iowa Mountaineers, Ebert family, and all the adventurous Iowans who participated in thousands of Iowa Mountaineer expeditions between 1940-1996.

Background on Jim Ebert:
Jim was a loving husband, father, and world renowned mountain guide and rock climbing instructor. Jim was Director of an organization called the Iowa Mountaineers, Inc. The Iowa Mountaineers (founded in 1940 by Jim's parents S. John and Ede Ebert) led the first groups to famous mountain regions around the world. Jim guided and educated for 44 years, taking over 67,000 people to 17 alpine countries and ascending over 1,300 peaks and helping to make the Iowa Mountaineers into the world's largest university mountaineering club. The Iowa Mountaineers, Inc. went inactive in 1996. This was done in memory of S. John Ebert, the founder, who died at age 89.

Jim started the first National Top Rope certification course in 1973 and trained and certified over 3,600 top rope instructors. Jim also instructed over 30,000 people in basic & intermediate rock climbing courses.

In Jim's later years, he founded an organization called Alpenglow Adventures which organizes and runs hiking trips for people who have physical disabilities. This organization allowed for the first individuals who are unable to walk to descend to the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park by trail, reach the Uhuru summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and trek the full Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Jim is a life member of the American Alpine Club, honorary member of the Iowa Mountaineers, Inc., and member of the Austrian Alpine Club.

Jim has, and will always have, a perfect safety record.

Love you Dad.


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