RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby I Man » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:46 pm

TheOtherIndian wrote:
tmathews wrote:Just saw this article posted not too long ago. It focuses a lot on Rob's life and even mentions his trunks. "Remember him for how he lived, not how he died" is a mantra that I've told many others in times like these. That's how we will remember him.

Very nice article. Summed up his persona across all platforms. Still hard to believe he wont be there on Sep 15th :(

Agreed, it was refreshingly well written and focused on his life.

Rob will be there on the 15th, as well as every other summit that we may see. He lives on in all of us, in our memories and in the lessons he taught us.
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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby beazleys » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:28 pm

A friend and I had the good fortune of being on North Maroon the same day as Rob and his Dad. It was 30 minutes of genial banter, with our four expansive grins only outdone by the bluebird sky and high peaks in every direction. Amidst small talk and jokes about mountain goats, the passion and enthusiasm that both Rob and his Dad had for the mountains was plain to see, as was their enjoyment of one another's company.

Rob asked to join us on a one-day Capitol effort a few weeks later, but I declined as I barely knew him. He respected that decision and we still traded emails, but never did link up for a climb together. With the clarity of hindsight, I wish he had joined us, as he obviously had the fitness and attitude that would have had us all grinning, as we chased each other across the sky.

Rob, may you now find yourself in a place ringed by peace and high peaks, and have the knowledge that you left an impression in your far too short 24 years on many people, even those who only shared 30 minutes with you.
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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby siop » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:44 pm

I was honored to be paced by Rob for the Leadville 100 this year. I'm not sure I would have made it back to the top of Hope Pass without him and his endless positive attitude and energy. I will never forget being on Hope Pass with Rob that night. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. I will miss him next year when I stand on that pass again, but I know his spirit will be with me through the whole race.

May you have an epic run, my friend!

a link to my experience with Rob during the Leadville 100
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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby Tatra » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:14 pm

I didn’t know Rob but I was on the summit of Culebra on the same day just over 2 weeks ago and I remember him and his nice friends. My heart was definitely broken when I saw the news on Monday morning. It is just not right when such an incredible and young human being is leaving the world so early. I am convinced that Rob will be living in his friends and family’s hearts forever. He is an inspiration for all of us and he will be always remembered. He lived his life to the fullest, followed his dreams and he died doing what he loved.

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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby kushrocks » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:22 pm

One of Robs good friends, Chris Dalia, created this video from clips back in 2009 when Rob came out to visit Colorado and climb in the Elks. This video brought tears to many of our eyes. You can see the passion Rob has for being in the mountains and with the people in his life that matter most.
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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby MountainMedic » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:44 pm

Reading this thread and all the great things people have had to say about Rob has been incredible. As his roommate, friend, and frequent climbing partner, I knew Rob was an extremely friendly and lovable guy - but this thread has shown me that Rob made friends more easily than anyone I have ever known. I remember last June when Rob and I moved in together - we didn't know each other very well yet, but Rob was anxious to share his passion for the mountains. Being cocky and assuming my fitness would get me to the summit, I said yes, and we headed out for Castle and Conundrum, packs loaded down with skis and boots. Once we hit tree line I bonked under the altitude, but not Rob. He carried my pack ahead, came back for his, and at one point jokingly offered me a piggyback. He was encouraging and strong, and somehow got me up that mountain. After 18 more summits with Rob, not much has changed. He would do anything for either a climbing partner or a complete stranger, and no one could keep up.

After meeting Rob's father and hiking up Grays and Torreys with him and Rob last summer, it became apparent how Rob became the man he was. I watched Mr. Jansen help a lowlander with altitude sickness all the way down Grays, coaching her through a panic attack and back to the trailhead, without leaving her side for hours. It's been quoted, but this just sums up how incredibly close Rob's family was and how well his father understood how he lived his life:

MtnChick wrote: We asked the server to take a photo of all of us. Before he snapped the picture, he said, "What brought you all together today?" There was a slight silence...then Rob's Dad said, "We are here celebrating our friend's life."

~Mandy Miller

I can honestly say Rob was the most passionate person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I asked him several times if he wanted to take a weekend off from climbing for a night on the town or if he wanted to spend the weekend doing something else. His answer was always the same - "now why would I do that?" Last weekend Greg and I were talking about what we thought everybody in our group would do when they were finished with the 14ers. Greg would head to the Centennials, I'd climb Longs a bunch, and we figured Rob would probably wind up skiing all the 14ers. Then we realized that would take him just 1-2 years, and that he would probably be climbing the big peaks sooner rather than later. The sheer talent and potential Rob had were stunning, and we were all lucky not only to have known him, but to have climbed with him.

Ten minutes before the accident Rob mentioned how happy he had been in Colorado and how much he loved climbing with his friends. I find at least some solace in knowing that he was the happiest he has ever been just shortly before he left us and that he died doing what he lovd. I hope we all keep climbing, both for ourselves, and for Rob.
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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby rockchalker » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:55 pm

Just saw siop's post about Rob pacing her at the Leadville 100 back over Hope Pass to Twin Lakes from Winfield. My wife was also running and reached Twin Lakes at almost the same time as Rob and siop. I only hope that she had a chance encounter with him, maybe at the Winfield turn around. Never met him but I have read so much that he must have been one helluva a guy.
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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby Tornadoman » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:53 pm

Looking through the pictures posted earlier on this thread I realized that my wife and I briefly met Rob and his group on the top of Culebra on August 11th. (They took our summit picture). It seemed like a great group of people really enjoying the mountains! I am very saddened to hear of Rob's death. I wish for peace for his friends and family.

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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby mikemalick » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:39 pm

Just posted over on the HH thread that pretty much 95% of all my hiking is solo, but in that 5% with folks, I had the pleasure to hike Longs Peak with Rob. Can't remember for sure, but it was his roommate or regular hiking partner Summer of 2011 that got hurt in downtown Denver so Rob had posted about wanting to head up Longs for the first time and looking for others to join in since he was solo at that point. I love that mountain and the lesser crowds of the Loft Route so that, coupled with Rob's desire to hit Mt Meeker as well, sealed the deal. I offered to drive and Rob met me at the Wagon Road Park N Ride and when I first saw him remember thinking "Uh oh...he's a young guy. How am I gonna keep up?"! It was a great climb and half-way to the Meeker summit from the broad loft I just turned to Rob and said " seriously don't need to wait for me" and he hit those extra gears and was gone in a flash!

The Meeker summit was great and the weather couldn't have been better. If you notice Rob's 14ers avatar, that is the pic of him I took while he was standing on Meeker's summit block. My avatar is the pic he took of me on that same block. He sure loved to take advantage of those silhouette-types of shots. Worked out great.

Dropped down into the correct gulley and popped out right next to Clark's Arrow which Rob thought was great. From there on to Longs' summit. Just a great time with great company.

My post Longs Peak tradition is to always hit Oscar Blues in Lyons to which Rob was more than happy to join in on. Little did I know at that point that Dale's was his favorite beer! And yes...that is what he had!

Just a great guy who really had a passion for people and all things mountain. I count myself very lucky to have met and hiked with him. He will be missed.

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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby Mountain Woman » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:52 pm

Think I met Rob at a Boulder happy hour once. This is such sad news. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby dpritch78 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:27 pm

I spent the last couple of days drinking DPA. A fairly impressive amount. I knew getting out on a trail would help but couldn't muster up the energy yesterday. Today I headed over to the hogback where we did our first run together back getting ready for the marathon. I tried to channel my Rob legs and really run the climbs tonight. I thought it would be pretty cool to try and see what it felt like to run a Rob pace up the hills. It was awesome.....for a very short period. After that I was completely spent and had to try to manage not to walk on the return trip. I could never understand why Rob would even agree to go run with me when my pace is a LOT slower than his. But every couple weeks he'd still end up joining me for a few miles on a trail. I'd talk for the first minute or so then give up all pretenses and begin huffing and puffing as Rob nonchalantly kept up the chatter while sometimes slowing to a walk next to me.
I remember finishing the marathon and seeing Rob hanging out and soaking it all in. He was genuinely as excited for my very pedestrian middle of the pack finish as his own extremely impressive debut (sub 5 at Lt is strong). I tried to explain to him that sub 5 with no long run of more than 13 miles meant he could really fly. Rob pretended not to care but every once in a while you'd catch that look when he was talking about next years race. As Mountainmedic alluded to earlier Rob possessed a very rare combination of athletic ability, determination, passion, all while staying extremely humble and generous. Rob often got that same look when searching reports on 14ers or watching Leadville videos. That look usually lead to some new challenge being accepted or new adventure being cooked up. Always researching and preparing.
Truly privileged over the last year to have moved from coworker with a shared wall to becoming good friends. Thanks for dragging me up Bierstadt and introducing me to some of your crew. Tyler, heal up quick.
Rob reignited my passion for getting up the big mtns, helped convince me to attempt a 100 mile race, and truly set the bar way to high when it came to living each day to it's fullest. We'll do our best to keep up with the pace you set.
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Re: RIP Rob Jansen (rjansen77)

Postby Summit Lounger » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:54 pm

I had the pleasure of witnessing Rob's smile on the summit of Mt. Massive in February. It was more than a smile, it was the smile of a man content with life. I will not forget it. I was honored to be part of that trip. May we all smile for Rob on the summit, as we continue our time in the mountains, doing what we love.

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