I became a member of the "14ers" to say thank you to every climber out there for taking your time to express your thoughts about my brother. Your thoughts of love, compassion, confusion, anger, peace, patience have been very comforting to myself and my family. I was never a climber, I left that to my brother. But seeing his pictures and how close he was to God gave me an understanding of why he climbed and why he loved to be part of nature. My family and I thank every one of you for your thoughts and your prayers, as the past 4 weeks haven't been easy. My mother and I said that one day we will go out to the bottom of El Diente to find peace and to reminisce of John's life. We would love for any of you to join us. We are grateful that his dog is in good hands and that he will be able to continue to climb, live, and protect others. This was Johnny's 15th 14er, he planned to climb one every Sunday. It was his passion, his love, and he lived for the thrill. He died doing what he loved to do. Although he left me and my family too soon, his final pictures of him on El Diente, him smiling and loving life brings my heart peace, and brings my soul comfort. I know he is with the Lord now, with the angels, and climbing the mountains made of clouds, smiling upon us, loving within us, and starting his mountain check list all over again.
My our Lord be with all of you, as you climb, as you enjoy natures peace, and as you live in the power of our Lord's mountains. Whenever I see a mountain I will think of my brother, whenever I see a climber- I know my brother will be with you.
Peace to you, and your families... enjoy life
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