was the first man to climb to the top of the seven summits, the high point of
each continent. In fact, he is given the credit of being the first to conceive
the idea of the 7 Summits.
He achieved this great accomplishment on April 30, 1985 when he became the
oldest climber (at the time), at age 55 to reach the top of Mt. Everest.
Dick was born in Tulsa,
Oklahoma in 1929 and in 1932 moved with his family to Dallas, Texas. In 1950
he graduated from Yale University with a geology degree and continued on with
graduate work at the University of Texas before serving two years with the
U.S. Navy on board the aircraft carrier USS Essex during the Korean War.
Afterwards, in mid 1953 he went back home to Texas to join in the running of
the family oil and gas business and help out with the family ranching
During a 1969 trip to the
Wasatch Mountains in Utah, Dick’s life was changed forever. He caught an
infectious energy and enthusiasm for the mountains and in 1971 opened the
Snowbird Ski Resort. He has become one of the ski resort industries most
dynamic and energetic leaders, which he attributes largely to his, “blanket
curiosity, nonstop verbosity and hyper-enthusiasm.”
In 1981 Dick began taking
long absences from Snowbird in an attempt to bring into fruition his dream of
climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents. This quest took him
4 years to achieve, and was completed on the top of Mt. Everest in 1985, on a
fourth summit attempt.
Dick can still be found on
the slopes of the Snowbird resort when he is not traveling around the country
inspiring others through his lectures, focusing on overcoming adversity both
in business and in life. He is also still climbing. In 1994 his title as
oldest person to summit Everest was taken by a 60 yr. old Venezuelan. He made
an attempt to reclaim the title in 2003 at age 73, however was turned back
from the summit early due to a back injury suffered while trying to enter into
his two man tent through the low vestibule.
2003 expedition coverage here.