Vern Tejas

Vern Tejas electrified Alaskans in 1988 when he became the first person to complete a solo winter ascent of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley in winter, out-lasting the harsh seasonal elements with a dramatic climb. During a storm Tejas had to dig a snow cave for survival and later said he felt the love and prayers of Alaskans supporting him as he waited out the blizzard in order to return safely to sea level. That was the beginning of Tejas’ high-profile achievements in the mountaineering world as he spent the next two decades roaming the earth as an internationally acclaimed mountain guide.

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Vern Tejas | Class of 2012 | People Category

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