Brian’s background: “I grew up at Crater Lake. My father [Larry Smith] was a park ranger at CLNP for over 20 years and is one of the founding members of CLI. I lived up at Crater Lake for 14 summers as a kid, and explored every nook and cranny in the park. I began riding my BMX bike around the lake at age 10 to go fishing. I have also skied around the lake 3 times, going both directions. Sometimes alone, sometimes with my cousins. I took some video for CLI in 2010 of one of my ski trips around the lake.
In addition to Crater Lake, I also worked two summers at Mt. Rainier as a park ranger in 1988 and 1989. I have climbed the mountain many times in spring, summer, fall and winter with 11 summits (three in the winter and two of those first ascents on the year). I spent much time roaming the NE side of the park (Sunrise area) in those years.
I went on to climb most of the Cascade peaks in both summer and winter.
Later I went on to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in 2007.”
In March of 2010, Brian Skied Around Crater Lake – a 15 minute compilation video.
[below are photos of January 2016 Union Peak summit climb]