Ted Wilson, Salt Lake City, UT: an interview by Matt Driscoll, 2 June 2011

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Title Ted Wilson, Salt Lake City, UT: an interview by Matt Driscoll, 2 June 2011
Alternative Title No. 723 Ted Wilson
Creator Wilson, Ted, 1939-
Contributor Driscoll, Matt
Publisher Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Date 2011-06-02; 2011-06-16; 2011-09-09
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Date Digital 2015-07-08
Spatial Coverage Salt Lake County, Utah, United States, http://sws.geonames.org/5781004/salt-lake-county.html ; Grand Teton National Park, Teton County, Wyoming, United States, http://sws.geonames.org/5826327/grand-teton-national-park.html
Subject Wilson, Ted, 1939- --Interviews; Mountaineering--Search and rescue operations; Search and rescue operations--Wyoming; Mountaineers--Wyoming--Biography; Rock climbing--Wyoming; Outdoor recreation--Wyoming; Skis and skiing--Utah--Salt Lake County
Description Transcript (23, 34, 52 pages) of interviews by Matt Driscoll and Erin Halcomb with former Salt Lake City mayor Ted Wilson on 2 and 16 June and 9 September 2011. Part of the Outdoor Recreation Oral History Project, Everett Cooley Collection tape no. U-3067, U03068, and U-3089
Abstract Ted Wilson (b. 1939) discusses being hired to work at the Grand Tetons. He was chosen to be a part of the Tetons rescue team because of his rescue skills. He describes a few rescues he was a part of. After one rescue, the sheriff's office, who hadn't done anything to help, took all the credit for rescuing a group of kids.The most harrowing, and most famous, rescue Mr. Wilson took part in was a three day rescue on the north face of Mount Owen in 1967. A man and woman were signaling for help on the mountain. The rescue team assembled and put together a plan. It took them two days to plan the rescue and get to the victim. They got the woman off the mountain, but the man was very badly injured. Mr. Wilson stayed up with the victim during the first night, discussing climbing in Europe and trying to keep his mind off the pain. In the morning a helicopter brought morphine for the victim. On the third day, the team decided to go down the mountain with the victim, which was a very complicated process. At one point two of the rescuers (mathematicians), worked together to estimate the distance to a ledge beneath them by listening to the sound of a rock falling onto it. They succeeded in saving the victim, but the victim, a narcissistic and strange man, according to Mr. Wilson, was upset. He told the press it shouldn't have taken the rescuers that long. All the rescuers were extremely upset, and some still are, though Mr. Wilson doesn't think about it anymore. He did his job and he got paid for it and he saved a life. Mr. Wilson then describes life after working at the Tetons. After the rescue in '67, Mr. Wilson had more confidence in accomplishing goals because he had overcome such a difficult task. He also learned to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of climbing, instead of only thinking of it as climbing. Mr. Wilson considers mountaineering to be the most challenging and rewarding form of climbing, but believes that other, newer forms of climbing have value as well. He then, discusses advances in gear and equipment and talks about some of the climbers that he admires most. Project: Outdoor Recreation. Interviewer: Matt Driscoll.
Type Text
Genre oral histories (literary works)
Format application/pdf
Language eng
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Scanning Technician Niko Amaya; Halima Noor
Metadata Cataloger Daniel Patterson; Matt Brunsvik; Anna Neatrour; Ken Rockwell; Patrick Miller
Conversion Specifications Original scanned with Kirtas 2400 and saved as 400 ppi uncompressed TIFF. PDF generated by Adobe Acrobat Pro X for CONTENTdm display.
ARK ark:/87278/s6932p5m
Topic Mountaineering--Search and rescue operations; Search and rescue operations; Rock climbing; Outdoor recreation; Skis and skiing
Setname uum_elc
Date Created 2015-11-10
Date Modified 2015-11-10
ID 837608
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6932p5m
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