I have never really been a facts kinda guy. In this day and age that seems like an idiotic statement given the number of people who simply disregard all kinds of facts and science. That being said I don't disregard facts I just don't store them well. I store a knowing. I'm more of a doing kinda guy. So if there are facts that I need to know in order to achieve a given task, I will know them. For instance, I need to know how hoar frost affects the stability of a snowpack so that I can climb a mountain safely in avalanche conditions. I, however, do not need to know the name of the peak or the names of the surrounding peaks, who climbed them first and when. But I appreciate those folks who somehow just store an infinite amount of knowledge in their heads.
On my current travels, into mountainous terrain, I have stopped off in Hailey, Idaho. I have been able to reconnect with an old college roommate, climbing partner, and knowledge keeper, Paddy. We got out into the Boulder mountains to do some skiing and content creation. He continued to amaze me with his store of facts. Every ridgeline, sub-peak, peak, and mountain range that we could see, he had facts to share. For as long as I've known Paddy, he's known the facts. In college, we spent countless hours in classes together, on rock walls, on mountainsides, and he would regale all of us with mountaineering history. The richness of his storytellin was fuelled by the copious reading he's always done.
These days he will inform you about any piece of gear you need when you walk into Backwoods Mountain Sports, in Ketchum ID. He also spends much of his time informing, coaching and generally educating the up and coming Nordic skiers of the valley. His willingness to share his knowledge is not lost on his community. You can see it in every interaction he has with a local. Everyone is genuinely excited to run into Paddy!
I too was excited to spend time with this good friend!