This past Friday, Ute Mountaineer mountain shop in Aspen celebrated their 40th anniversary. The party was huge — filled up their retail space in Aspen with three generations of climbers, skiers and assorted other active folk. Owner Bob Wade came to Aspen around 1975 and immediately began working on opening a shop, really Aspen’s first true mountain shop. Over the years, “The Ute” with Bob at the helm remained heavily involved in local human-powered sports. They implemented and sponsored the first “uphill” ski races on the ski mountains, and worked with trail advocates to create the amazing trail system we now have in the upper part of our valley. Recently, now that Bob has passed off much of the day-to-day to his daughter, he’s been involved in wonderful projects such as creating Aspen’s community climbing area at a rock outcrop called Gold Butte, as well as working with various non-profits. Congratulations Bob, and thanks for all (even if your carabiners were too expensive)!