"We lived as man and wife, but we were always so busy, looking after the children, or going to Blackpool on holiday," Colin told the But when Colin lost his brother around Christmas, they decided to finally make things official.Four kids, 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren later, Sally and Colin finally tied the knot. They celebrated their love the way they had lived it: without any muss or fuss, gathering about 100 of their close friends and relatives at St Mary's Church in Middleton last Saturday for a simple ceremony.
Both halves of these power duos are majorly successful in the outdoor industry (and yes, many are Instagram-famous), so we wondered if their dating lives are any different from ours. (It’s complicated.) What we learned: dating is no more or less complicated when you’re a successful, nomadic adventure professional. Ages: 29 and 39Location: Squaw Valley, California Power-couple credentials: She is a public speaker and professional climber for The North Face, Petzl, and La Sportiva.He is a renowned IFMGA guide and founder of Alpenglow Expeditions.How they met: At Camp 2 on Mount Everest in the spring of 2012.“I was bringing Conrad Anker an espresso, saw Emily in their team’s hangout tent, and gave her the first shot instead,” Ballinger says.Colin Dunn, 84, and Sally Smith, 82, know a little something about playing the long game.
The lovebirds, who live in Leeds, England, first met in 1972 at the Middleton Social Club.Sally was a bartender there, and Colin was a local. The two had both been previously married, so they weren't in any rush to run down the aisle again.Colin moved in with Sally and her four children, and life took over, as it does.They spent the following month getting to know each other back at Base Camp.When Harrington returned from Nepal, she met up with Ballinger in California for a climbing road trip.“I thought it might be a fling, or that things might feel different now that we weren’t in this bizarre and intense situation on a big mountain, but it didn’t,” Harrington says.