Photos Steve Hallisy and Ted Birkedal, standing, and Ben sitting at the ruin of the larger of two cabins that college professor Frank Loud built at Jones Park in the mountains near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the 1880s. The boxer dog belonged to Don Black, who took the photo in April of 1961. There’s lots more about Ben’s early years in his memoir An Orogenous Life. Ben with a University of Calgary class at Grassi Lakes, near Canmore, AB, 2014. Photo by Shelley Alexander. Ben with grade-two students on a guided outing in Jasper National Park, 2006. Photo by Rob Jolly. Opening of one of Ben’s geological exhibits in Canmore, AB, 2012. Photo by Glen Edwards. Ben speaking to one of the many groups he guided between 1984 and 2004 in Cadomin Cave, near Hinton, AB. Photo by Henry Beckmann, 1992. Ben reading from Raven’s End to grade-five students at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy in Canmore, AB, in 2014. Photo by Craig Douce. Ben in a road cut along Highway 16 west of Jasper, AB in 2008, working on his 9th book, Canadian Rockies Geology Road Tours. Photo by Cia Gadd. Ben with grade-two students during a 2005 author visit to Central Elementary school in Chilliwack, BC. Photo by Richard Quiring. Ben on the trail to Yamnuska, the mountain seen in the background. Photo by Chic Scott, 2002. Ben with Jasper grade-three students during one of his Story of the Earth presentations, 2005. Photo by Linda Szkorupa.