If one man is synonymous with the Colorado Rockies, it is Robert Ormes. Despite his profession as an English teacher at the Fountain Valley School and later as an English Professor at Colorado College, Ormes is most widely known for his contributions to Colorado Mountaineering via the publication of A Guide to the Colorado Mountains, which was the earliest and most complete guidebook to the Colorado Rockies first published in 1959. Ormes was also an active member of the Pikes Peak region hiking clubs, The Saturday Knights and the AdAmAn Club.

In January 1977, Judy Finley sat down with Robert Ormes in his “hideaway office in the subbasement of Palmer Hall” on the Colorado College campus. The entire interview is about an hour and a half in length and spans the time from Ormes’ childhood recollections of the Street Cars in Colorado Springs to the projects he was working on at the time of the interview, most notably a memoir and several regional mountain range atlases.

In the clip below, Ormes talks about the endeavor of writing his memoirs.

Robert Ormes Oral History

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You can listen to the entire oral history interview below, in two parts:
Robert Ormes Oral History Part I

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Robert Ormes Oral History Part II

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Special thanks to the Colorado College Tutt Library Special Collections.

 

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