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By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Mar 31, 2007
Olaf, keep posting the great old photos. Super fun to see.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Apr 4, 2007
What ever happened to Chip?
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 4, 2007
Chip and his partner went missing on Mt. Cook in New Zealand in 1985. A story appeared on New Zealand TV in 2003 about possibly finding his remains.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Apr 4, 2007
Thanks. Amazing guy.
By sybil
Dec 23, 2008
I'm the very part-time librarian at Rocky Mountain National Park and I have been asked if anyone has a copy of the research Chip did. Anybody out there who could help?

I'm also interested in information about any other people who climbed near Estes Park in the '70s and '80s.

By Jeff Bevan
Oct 13, 2009
Nice photo of Chip at home. Olaf, we've never met, but I spent a little time climbing with Chip in the Park and on the Diamond back in the early '70s. He was one of those unique infectious personalities that one never forgets.
By Charles Danforth
From: L'ville, CO
Oct 13, 2009
"Sorry honey, I'd love to clean out the garage but I'm way behind on my botany research."
By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Oct 13, 2009
He wrote a very extensive article on his work on the Diamond that was also a plead for climbers to tread gently when climbing there for Climbing magazine. He actually discovered a never before seen variant of a primrose, (I think a primrose) that was exclusive to the Diamond. He was a interesting guy. He cowrote the first comprehensive guide to Lumpy Ridge as well. I was in junior high at the time he was most active and when I'd see him at the Surry (remember the Surry Olaf?) I was always overwhelmed by his presence.
By Lyman.labry
Mar 3, 2012
I am a relative of Chip Salaun. I have some personal items of his that I think a museum would like to have. Please contact me if you can help me.
Lyman Labry
By G Goodman
Mar 21, 2014
This is a great image.

I remember Chip well. He was the creator and director of the triathlon held in Estes Park yearly, the Mountain Classics I think I was called. In 1981, I ran and bike trained with him, attended other races together as well, and we were coworkers at La Casa Del Esterito. He was a good man and a good friend.
By Steve0
Apr 23, 2014
Thanks for the picture, it's a great shot!
By sharpold
Nov 30, 2014
My brother, Jim Johnson, climbed with Chip. Chip was an amazing person. He rescued me once in Cheyenne. A Friend.

By Grant Masonville
Jul 6, 2016
Chip's plant was the Parry Primrose. That lead to the research funding poster entitled "The Diamond Lives - Climb Kind" which was issued around 1976.

Still have the poster, a great reminder of the frail mountain environment, Chip's awareness and echos the save today for tomorrow thought.
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The late Chip Salaun in the early '80s doing botany research on the steep wall on the left side of The Diamond.

Photo by: Olaf Mitchell.

Submitted By: Olaf Mitchell on Mar 30, 2007
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