Physician, Surgeon, Venture Crew Adviser
Several years ago, Quin served on a leadership team and oversaw a group of 45 mountaineers who climbed Mt. Shasta in Northern California. Quin, along with another climber, was instrumental in teaching mountaineering techniques to the inexperienced youth and adults on the trip. In a one day course, Quin offered instruction in crampon placement, ice axe self-arrests and general high-altitude safety principles. During the ascent of the mountain, Quin instinctively elected to stay towards the back of the group acting as a shepherd to the climbers. During the descent, Quin astutely observed worrisome behavior in one of the adult physicians on the climb and started watching him closely. As I later encountered Quin and this adult on the descent, it was clear to me the adult was experiencing high altitude cerebral edema and had become disoriented. Thirty minutes prior, Quin had also recognized this problem and chose to hook himself to the adult and escort him personally down the mountain. While the typical behavior would have been one of self-interest, Quin demonstrated the qualities of selflessness and keen observation which are so rare. At one point, Quin insistently overruled the adult’s request to be left behind! Quin’s courage, quick thinking and ability to communicate may have saved the life of the second to last man down the mountain. I am glad the last man on the descent was Quin Stevenson.