Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby SilverLynx » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:41 pm

I was so sad to hear this upon my return from the San Juans today... Chris and I had exchanged PMs about doing a peak together in the near future. This is a terrible week for the 14ers community. :cry:

Rest in peace, Chris. I'm sorry we didn't get to hike together. :(
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby MtHurd » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:49 pm

R.I.P. Chris. I am so sorry for your loss Taylor.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby EatinHardtack » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:04 pm

This has been a tough week. I am sorry for your loss. RIP
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Postby matthewbe » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:09 pm

So sorry to hear this news. I echo everyone's sentiments, my prayers are with you.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby axbauer » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:11 pm

Thank you everyone with your out pouring of love and support.

Chris was not rushing, running or doing anything foolish. He even was wearing a helmet.

He simply lost his hands and fell 200ft unto his head and died on contact.

Thank you and details about his memorial will follow
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Postby blazebo » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:20 pm

axbauer wrote:Thank you everyone with your out pouring of love and support.

Chris was not rushing, running or doing anything foolish. He even was wearing a helmet.

He simply lost his hands and fell 200ft unto his head and died on contact.

Thank you and details about his memorial will follow


Taylor,
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby tmathews » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:36 pm

Taylor,

Sleep is hard to come by for me this past week. I need to wake up early tomorrow, but this tragedy has been weighing heavily on my mind. On behalf of my brothers who may find it difficult to comment on this thread because our own tragedy is still so near and dear to us, please allow me to offer our deepest, sincere condolences. I know it may seem difficult to compare the loss of a friend to the loss of a spouse or a child, but please know that we are with you in spirit. The 14ers.com and mountaineering community in general are the most remarkable people that I have had the privilege to be a part of. Not only do we celebrate each others' triumphs -- we bear the weight of each others' tragedies as well. Please reach out to anyone who know Chris; I'm positive that he/she will offer not only words to ease your pain, but actions that will help you should you need them.

Again, we are so very, very sorry for your loss.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby unclegar » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:09 pm

Thanks for posting here, Taylor. My deepest sympathy to you, friends and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort in this time of great sorrow.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby Dan_Suitor » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:19 pm

I am sadden by your loss. Words cannot soften the pain you must feel. On my next climb, and all those to follow, I will think of Chris and all those who passed while pursuing their passion for climbing.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby oldschoolczar » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:36 pm

So sad.. he was far too young. So sorry for your loss Taylor. I was looking forward to meeting Chris as we shared a lot of the same goals in the mountains. He seemed very genuine and humble.. and I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to hike with him.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby USAKeller » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:42 pm

I am just echoing everyone's condolences, thoughts, and prayers on your loss, Taylor. Tough week for sure.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby coloradokevin » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:50 pm

Taylor,

To echo the sentiment of the many who have posted before me in this thread, thank you for informing us of this situation during such a difficult time. I'm sorry to hear of your loss, as the pain must be enormous in such a situation. I think your idea of a 14'er-based memorial service is a great idea, and a wonderful way to honor the memory of a climber that you cared deeply for (what climber wouldn't want to be remembered that way).

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