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Mr. Jim Detterline

National Park Ranger

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Background Information


Master's degree

vertebrate zoology

Memphis State University


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CMC/AAC 2008 Annual Dinner [cached]

The Chicago Mountaineering Club (CMC) and American Alpine Club Midwest Chapter (AAC) are proud to have Jim Detterline as our guest speaker for the 2008 CMC/ AAC Annual Dinner on Saturday March 1st at the Chicago Yacht Club - Belmont Station.

Jim Detterline, PhD. Since 1974, has climbed rock, waterfall ice and high peaks in North and South America, Africa and Europe. His notable ascents include 291 trips up Longs Peak, including 15 on the Diamond; the high points of six South American countries, including Aconcagua, Argentina; Sugarloaf Mountain, Brazil; numerous first ascents on sandstone in the Dinosaur National Monument area; five first ascents of Norwegian waterfalls; the classic Ferrari Route on Alpamayo, Peru; the infamous Ice Widow Route on Mt. Kenya; not to mention ice in Alabama and rock in Delaware. Jim has written six climbing guides, including Shades of Gray: An Ice Climber's Guide to Dixie, and is the Longs Peak Area Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Jim Detterline

In this issue is a great ... [cached]

In this issue is a great article about Jim Detterline, a 21-year veteran National Park Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. Over the years, he's rescued hundreds of people off the various mountain peaks in the park. He's an important asset to the visitors of Rocky Mountain National Park, and with his years of mountaineering and rescue experience he is an important asset to the operation of the park as a leader, mentor, and trainer of new generations of park rangers. You don't get to be where he is overnight.

In 1999, the National Park Service initiated a new set of physical standards for law enforcement park rangers and Mr. Detterline was put on light duty as a result (it's difficult to be fired in the government, but this is amounts to the same thing). Oh, did I mention that Jim Detterline is hearing impaired? That's right, he needs to wear a hearing aid. Apparently, years of successful and beneficial service weren't enough to save him from the wrath of a blanket policy. He fought it (wouldn't you?) and was granted a waiver to return to ranger duty. But, he has to reapply each year for the waiver, killing his chances for any hope of career advancement. He's spent $100,000 on his case and continues to battle the Park Service, but despite being disappointed in the way he's been treated, still has a passion for his job. I wish him luck in his struggle against the government, which can be the absolutely most uncaring employer on the planet. I respect his perseverance and passion. Luckily, for him and park visitors, he didn't get the boot.

The Benner, Cleaveland and Related Families - Person Page 5 [cached]

James Lee Detterline (M)

James Lee Detterline was born on 28 March 1956 in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.He is the son of Milton Elmer Detterline Jr. and Nancy Jane Day.He married Jennifer Marie Ertz on 15 May 1982 in Knauertown, Chester County, Pennsylvania.James and Jennifer were divorced on 14 February 1986 in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee.
Jim is an experienced mountain climber and as a hobby was active in rescue organizations.He received his Master's degree in vertebrate zoology in 1982 at Memphis State University and his PhD. there on 20 April 1989.His interest in mountain climbing and rescue work led him to become a career Ranger.As a Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park in 1995 he rescued two campers from an especially precarious situation; for this he was presented the U. S. Department of the Interior Valor Award.In 1999 he began part time teaching of college level biology in addition to his work as a ranger. - Community calendar, 7/6 [cached]

SU|"Longs Peak in Detail" with Rocky Mountain National Park ranger Dr. Jim Detterline.Meet at Rocky Mountain National Park's headquarters at 7 a.m.|970-586-3262 for fees and address|ESTES PARK - LOCAL NEWS [cached]

Estes Park - Jim Detterline vividly remembers the horror of watching a Longs Peak climber, reeling with altitude sickness, teeter off the sloping platters of rock and fall to his death 10 years ago.

" "He was jumping from one ledge to another, and his ankle just collapsed beneath him and he fell," said Detterline, a longtime climbing ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park."There was nothing I could do."
Detterline shepherds thousands of climbers attempting the ascent of the 14,259-foot peak each year, and he rescues those who run into trouble.
Detterline had gone up Longs that day in 1995 to assist one such climber, Jun Kamimura, a 33- year-old Boston graduate student with no climbing experience.Detterline was with Kamimura when he inexplicably began hopping down the rock ledges rather than slowly descending.Kamimura fell 400 feet to his death.

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