On Friday, August 18, Andrew “Bob/Ducky” Harris became the first person with Down Syndrome to summit the Grand Teton. The ascent via the Owen-Spalding route took just under 12 hours from the Lupine Meadows trailhead (elev. 6,732 feet) to the summit at 13,776 feet. Led by his sister Amy Harris and his future brother-in-law Max Hammer, Bob reached the summit at 5:15 p.m. MST.
Climbing the Grand Teton was the brainchild of Amy, Max, and Bob. (He has two nicknames: Bob and Ducky. Ducky is a childhood nickname given to him by his family, but he prefers to go by Bob, which is the shortened version of the alter ego he gave himself, “Bob Hammer.”) As Bob’s caretakers, Amy, a nurse, and Max, a professional skier, had seen firsthand the positive effect that a healthy lifestyle had on Bob, and they wanted an objective that would reflect their goals to learn, …
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