Couldn't stop thinking all day about the tragically sad news about Talus Monkey. I normally day-dream about very English things like Football (soccer), warm beer (at the end of the working day) and news/topics I have seen on the BBC in the morning before going to work, but Talus Monkey has been snowshoeing through my thoughts all day dressed in an outrageous purple pimp suit!
Just goes to show you how someone you have never met can have an unexpected affect on you.
I've never met him, talked to him or discussed anything on 14ers.com with him (I'm newly signed up since the end of last year), but he's one of the 14ers members who's stood out the most on this site with his wit, humour and terrible FlavaDave dress sense.
I would have loved to have met the guy and shared a few beers with him, but unfortunately he is now busy on scaling those pearly gates (he probably refused them being open for him, just so he could add another summit to his belt!)!
The goings on over the last few days (especially bearing in mind what I have to lose - 3 beautiful kids under five years old and an amazing wife) have really sobered me up in terms of my attitude towards doing more 14ers, and made me respect them 1000% more. I will plan to do more, but I will listen doubley-hard to the advice I am given by you guys on the forums.
Anyway, I would just like to say that I am sorry from the bottom of my heart, for his family, USAKeller and all of his friends.
USAKeller - you did everything you possibly could in the circumstances. I'm sure David is extremely proud of you for all your efforts in letting people know he was in trouble.
To SAR (Mountain Rescue) - you guys are amazing. Mere mortals like myself cannot begin to think how hard it must be to do what you do at a moments notice. It took me months to get up the guts to try my first 14er!
Finally, before I stop waffling, I would just like to say that all these forum posts demonstrate to me what a fantastic bunch of people you all are. I've found everyone so incredibly helpful and kind on this site, and I would be honored to be able to hike some peaks with some of you when I next fly over the pond to Colorado.
RIP Talus Monkey