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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby LoneStar » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:38 am

All Saints Day? I'm not in position to know if David was a "saint" or not. But he is a cherished and departed soul, and that's good enough for me.

I do know this: I fall into the "though I never met him" category, yet felt moved to scribble a TM on the summit register when topping out on Humboldt back in June. It is a sacred place - perhaps for many reasons - but most assuredly for his presence there.

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby Mel McKinney » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:38 am

Funny this thread has come up now. I ordered some more TalusMonkey stickers recently for my brewery mugs. I was telling friends about TM just last night at the brewery. I hope more people ask me about my sticker. :)

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby M_Sandoval52 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:40 am

Too sad!

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby M_Sandoval52 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:45 am

I hiked to the old trailhead next to Humboldt. I could not help thinking that this was the last 14er he hiked. I am vary moved!

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby JimR » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:28 am

Like many others here, I never met him, but yes, I remember him. The forum, and the world in general, is a duller place without him. His Captain Morgan pose on Sunlight is one of the all-time favorite mountain photos that I've seen.
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby Kruck » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:57 am

The silhouette on the sleeve of my bike jersey still gets comments and questions. So basically every time I ride longer distances to far-flung bars and back, I remember, if not more often.
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby Summit Stomper » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:46 pm

Climbed Humbolt last year on August 22nd. It was a sobering hike. Took a memorial pic in his honor. Don't see it in the link. Will have to check. I wish I would have met him in person. I did get a lot of laughs and amusement from his posts. May Talus Monkey's memory live on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby gothiclove » Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:37 am

I saw someone dressed like him on Halloween. That pimp outfit with big hat, and $ sign necklace. At first I was offended. How could you!? Then I thought about keeping his memory alive and that maybe he would be flattered that someone copied him. I did not know him but I got a kick out of his posts.

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby jpfeif001 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:13 am

How do I order TalusMonkey stickers? The link on the memorial page does not seem to work.
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby CODave » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:30 am

If anyone wants TalusMonkey stickers please send me a PM.

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby Hunter » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:39 pm

I never had the privilege to meet him, but much of my inspiration for multiple peaks in a day coupled with the numerous benefits of starting most of my hikes between midnight and 2AM came from PMs and emails I exchanged with him. "Dare to do what others say can't be done". Long live TalusMonkey.

May we all encourage the inexperienced, ignore the boastful, and have the physical ability, knowledge, and tools to be a first responder for anyone in need on our majestic peaks.

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby caveman_ug » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:58 pm

I still very fondly remember my friend david. Picked up a copy of "colorado 14er disasters" and saw the dedication it was like being sucker punched off a barstool. The story was heartrending and gave me even more respect for caroline

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