Bob Burns

Bob Burns

Biography: Bob Burns was born in Minneapolis and earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He has worked as an electrical engineer ever since. In addition, he obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Education from South Seattle Community College, and has taught classes in quality control at Seattle area community colleges since 1975.

Bob joined The Mountaineers Club in 1971. In 1972 he graduated from the Basic Climbing Course in the Everett branch. In 1975 he moved to Seattle, and graduated from The Mountaineers Snowshoe Course in 1974 and the Intermediate Climbing Course in 1976. He served on the Club’s Climbing Committee from 1975 to 1985, and on its Board of Trustees from 1986 through 1991. He has hiked, scrambled, climbed and snowshoed extensively in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Bob started teaching the use of map and compass in the late 1970s. He has taught students in the climbing, snowshoe, and alpine scrambling courses offered by The Mountaineers Club over the past twenty years. He has also taught at other organizations including the Puget Sound Mycological Society, Snohomish County (WA) Search and Rescue, and at local elementary and high schools.

From 1979 to 1981 Bob worked on the Fourth Edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, and totally revised the chapter on navigation. From 1989 to 1992, he worked on he Fifth Edition of Freedom, and from 1995 to 1997 the Sixth Edition, each time responsible for the chapter on navigation. With other Mountaineers, he wrote an article in the August 1988 The Mountaineer magazine called “Easy Does It,” devoted to leave-no-trace practices. In November 1995 and September 1998 he and Mike Burns co-authored The Mountaineer magazine articles on the use of GPS receivers in wilderness travel.

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