Raised through pre-teens in Detroit, Charles’ family moved west to Tacoma, with Mount Rainier continually beckoning him to its slopes.
He taught himself skiing eventually morphing into ski mountaineering. As a teenager he enrolled in the mountaineer clubs climbing courses enjoying roped climbing, route finding and camping. Eventually climbing the Cascade Range of Washington/Oregon then California’s Sierra’s. Those peaks were soon followed with climbing in Canada, Wyoming and Colorado.
Charles enjoyed three careers as an industrial engineer, a Port industrial real estate developer and operational guru, and finally a private port counselor/advisor eventually serving the World Bank, International Development Bank, US AID and engineering firms in developed and developing countries. This last gambit tested his university degree in Economic Geography. His writing skills revolved primarily around these loci.
Happily married to Joan for over 62 years with a family of five all sharing his love of the mountains and travel, Charles and Joan live in Normandy Park, WA.