metalmountain wrote:kushrocks wrote:Some of my favorite stories about Steve were when he would summit a peak and be on his way down already almost a 1000 feet below the summit already and see climbers/hikers struggling on their way up barley able to move uphill. He would climb down to them sometimes carry their pack and re- summit with them so they could get to the top. That is the kind of man he was. Truly one of a kind.
I had a friend at work today relay a story concerning Steve that drives this same point home. On Huron several years ago Steve was 1,000 or so feet down from the summit on the descent when he realized there was a dog stuck up near the summit. So Steve being Steve re-climbed Huron and carried the dog back down to safety.
Steve was always willing to answer any dumb question I sent to him, and was always patient and forthcoming. He was, from all I could ever tell, a selfless and great human being. We need more people like him.
I only met Steve once, a late November day on Huron Peak, and James (metalmountain) already mentioned my story of how Steve hiked back up from 500-1000 feet down (he had already left the summit) to carry a dog which had wounded pads I think from the rocks and the snow. I am not sure but I don't even think the dog belonged to anybody from his group.
Like I told James, that is the kind of person I want to be too. Thanks for your example Steve.