While Memorial Day is technically a day to honor those who’ve died fighting for our country, this memorial day is also almost six months to the week since Altius lost a member of its small team, Peter Jeffris, to a climbing accident on Longs Peak. Someone on NASASpaceflight.com at the time had asked if we could talk a bit about what Peter had done, and who he was. I thought it was a great idea, but at the time we were so slammed with finishing the project Peter had been working with us on that it slipped through the cracks a bit. On the drive in to work today, as I was looking up at the snowcapped mountains, thinking about how his family plans on coming out this summer to hike Longs Peak as a sort of memorial for him, I realized that now was again a good time to talk about Peter Jeffris.
Peter Jeffris (Feb 1989 – Nov 2014)
How We Met Peter
We met Peter through Nick Correll, a CU Boulder robotics professor we had worked with on the DARPA Phoenix program a few years back. He had a Mechanical Engineering student in his robotics lab who ...