There is a great profile of Glenn Kessler ’83, “a high priest of snow safety for Cascade climbers,” in the Oregonian.

At 43, Kessler is a man who frolics in places and conditions that would send others muttering back to city life. For more than a decade, he has been a ranger on both Mount Hood and Mount Rainier, earning a reputation as a stern and safety-conscious shepherd to Northwest climbers and skiers.

Now, as winter’s curtain rolls away to reveal glaciated peaks, thousands of climbers and skiers, in various states of preparedness, will heed their call.

Kessler will be there to greet them.

The article notes that Kessler quit medical school and then gave up computer consulting in New York City at the age of 30 to chase his dream westwards. He hasn’t looked back since.

At the end of the [safety] course, Kessler urges his students to get out into the backcountry. Quoting an avalanche expert, he tells them, “If you want to understand the dragon, ‘you have to go into the lair of the dragon.’ ”

The world would be a better place if more Ephs like Kessler went dragon hunting.

Kessler is a staunch proponent of outdoor life — even though, he acknowledges, it has not always been easy to make a living. It’s a priority of his, he says, to buy a home rather than load all his belongings in a van and move between mountains every six months.

He is not married.

“No marriage imminent, either,” he says. “But I’m always open.”

Match-making is one of the many services that we offer here at EphBlog. Suitable mates, Eph or otherwise, for Kessler are hereby solicited.

Here’s another story about Kessler’s exploits.

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