Intermountain Jewish News

Banner
Saturday,
Apr 18th
Home IJN Special Sections L'Chaim (Fall) Not for the faint of heart

Not for the faint of heart

E-mail Print PDF

Allan and his son Doug Striker descend an exposed section of the Mönch (the Monk) in the Bernese Alps.

L'CHAIM (FALL) MAGAZINE

AS Allan Striker reminisces about his years as a mountain climber, high clouds swirl in his eyes. You can see his spirit leap up from the couch of his Cherry Creek home and fly over transcendent peaks and plunging valleys.

Striker, now 73, didn’t venture where most people fear to tread until he was 52. “And I’d do it all over again,” he smiles. His wife Helena, a beautiful woman who enjoys trekking through Colorado with her husband, shakes her head and whispers, “No!”

“I was born with an adventurous love of the outdoors,” Striker says. “I had this passion at a very young age. But when I finished college and started a career, I just didn’t have time for those things. My work consumed every hour of every day.”

After his successful tenure at Deloitte Touche, he opened Safesport Manufacturing Co. in 1979 and came into contact with avid climbers. Striker inhaled their stories like a kid in a candy store. Visions of mountains danced in his imagination. But he was still land-locked by the demands of work.

“After I sold the company in 1992, I thought I could do all the things I’ve dreamt about my whole life,” he says. “Running marathons. Climbing mountains. Marrying Helena (Aug. 25, 1998).”

He planned to summit Mt. Everest in 1996. It never happened, which may have been a blessing in disguise. That’s the year eight people died in the worst climbing disaster in the mountain’s history. The tragedy inspired the book Into Thin Air.

But in 1992, Striker had no idea the master’s excursion to Everest wouldn’t pan out. He spoke to the organizers, who said, “If you can climb huge mountains and make it to the top and prove that you can oxygenate properly and that your body is strong enough, we’ll put you on a team with eight men.”

Striker commenced his training in earnest. “I had climbed mountains in Colorado but not the big ones like Mt. McKinley,” he says. “I started by running up Colorado’s Mt. Bierstadt about two dozen times to get in shape.”

The guidebook says it’s a four-hour up, two-hour back trip. He managed to accomplish the entire feat in three-and-a-half hours.

Striker told his son Doug Striker that if he perfected his climbing technique, he could accompany his dad to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya in Africa. A guide from Boulder Mountaineering whipped them both into shape.

“We learned the basic techniques of climbing rock, and it was a wonderful experience,” Striker says.

The rest of this article is available in the IJN's print edition only. Contact Carol to order your copy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or subscribe to our new online e-Edition.

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 September 2013 03:43 )  

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Security consultants warn Jewish institutions on cyberattacks

Ron Kampeas The security arm of the national Jewish community urged Jewish organizations to review cyber security measures after a number of attacks. ... [Link]

Obama taps Adam Szubin for top sanctions enforcement post

Ron Kampeas President Obama nominated Adam Szubin to be the top Treasury official monitoring sanctions compliance. ... [Link]

Vandals rip Holocaust sign in Upper Nyack

Ron Kampeas Vandals ripped down a Holocaust commemoration sign in Upper Nyack, N.Y. ... [Link]

Amid Coachella’s music and heat, Shabbat Tent offers peace and good vibes

Gabe Friedman An inside look at a haven of hospitality at one of the world’s hottest and craziest music festivals. ... [Link]

Palestinian protesters clash with IDF in West Bank on ‘Prisoners Day’

Gabe Friedman The IDF clashed with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank during the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day demonstrations. ... [Link]

WJC Latin America opens website to combat Holocaust denial

Cnaan Liphshiz The moves are designed to curb the proliferation of revisionism in Spanish-language cyberspace. ... [Link]

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher gave their third baby quite a name

Gabe Friedman The Baron Cohen newborn’s name has far more than just a Jewish component. ... [Link]

Brooklyn Jewish landlords arrested for harassing tenants

Gabe Friedman Brothers Joel Israel, 34, and Aaron Israel, 37, pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, burglary, grand larceny, submitting false documents and unlawful eviction, among others. ... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942
email@ijn.com • larry@ijn.com • lori@ijn.com