Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby wildlobo71 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:54 pm

After Peter Topp died on El Diente on July 26, 2010 and then the tragic deaths of Duane and Linda Buhrmester on the Ellingwood Arete, Crestone Needle, on the following day; Terry wrote this in his blog.

If something should ever happen to me while I’m climbing, this is how I want everyone to remember me:

I give you this one thought to keep;
I am with you still; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone;
I am with you still; in each new dawn.

Frankly - it matters not how he passed.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby Oldskool70 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:40 pm

Well, I must say I'm really pissed off. Pissed off that I never got to meet Terry. I truly enjoyed his input. I mostly liked his snipits near home. The closer you got to Colorado Springs, the more adamant he was concerning the areas 'topics'. Passionate would be best term to use. Waldo Canyon comes to mind. He was more on top of the fire than the people in the media.

I hike solo 95% of the time but if there was someone off this board I wanted to truly go on an outing with from begining to end I would say it was Terry. Although gruff, he seemed to have all the qualities I personally would look for in a hiking buddy. Reliable, informative, charismatic, no-bull$*%t kinda guy. Based on this thread he was even much more than that.

I haven't frequented this board as much in 2013... or climbed even. Wife, kids, moving, etc. I looked forward to seeing Terry's tidbits as he obviously seemed more dedicated than me. I respected his drive. Hell, I have never even been to one of those C/S happy hours. I figured although I was not as active as him, eventually there would be a day I'd run into him. I wish I'd been more proactive. I missed out. Sorry Terry. :cry:

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:57 pm

doggler wrote:Here's the link to a trip Terry, Abe(fireonthemountain), and I took to the Crestones in spring conditions. Terry used sound judgement that day, and didn't seem to mind when I went comotose for the entire ride back to Colorado Springs.

Epic day. Was still on the noober side when we did this trip and I took away a lot from the two of you. Glad I was able to enjoy it with both you guys.

I wish Terry would have found solace and peace elsewhere but life is never as easy as one hopes. Sad.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby DanielL » Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:12 pm

I remember meeting Terry one time, while on a late fall hike in the mountains. He was very encouraging and helpful, cutting steps in the snow and so on. Rest in peace.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby lakecityrat » Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:26 pm

If anyone has kept their calendars that Terry made with his spectacular photography each year, the Mathews family would love to see them. Please bring them to the memorial if you have any.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby Cookiehiker » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:07 pm

Terry will be sorely missed. I had the joy of being able to hike with him on a couple of 14ers. He was so kind and encouraging to me as I was very new to hiking. RIP, Terry!
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby ulvetano » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:12 pm

Never met terry, but sounded like a great man. He left many positive impacts. Hoping family and friends rally thru this very sad and tragic event.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby Rock-a-Fella » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:23 pm

I have been trying to find my voice after Terry’s passing. "I don't know what to say", "Stunned" and "Speechless" have been include in some of the prior posts.
Thank you to each person posting here as many of you have been able to articulate what I have not been able to and share stories, photos and elements of your relationships with Terry that have helped me process this difficult event.
I had hoped that a few days in the BC would help me more but I am still struggling with the reality that this is not all a bad dream.
I first met Terry here on 14ers, then in person in Aspen as Terry had encourage a number of the 14ers members to attend the annual Avalanche Workshop conducted by Mountain Rescue Aspen.
Terry consider each of us his brothers and sisters. I used to think you had to be interested in mountaineering to be part of “Terry’s family”, but this past weekend I came to know that Terry was equally generous with his time and support to many other “non mountaineers” both online and in person.

Last summer a mountaineer was “overdue” in the Bells. This mountaineer’s family and coworkers were frantic to find him and turned to the community for it’s help. The mountaineer’s last communication was from the summit of South Maroon. His message suggested he was going to attempt the traverse. Terry, reading the request for help from the FDNY for help locating their missing coworker, remembered a TR with a photo of the summit registry from the same weekend. Terry first checked and then forwarded that photo to the mountaineer's friend and family for verification. During this period, the missing mountaineer was found to have taken a fall on the north face of North Maroon and had not survived.
Upon verification, the photo taken of the North Maroon summit registry was found had been signed by the fallen mountaineer and contained text that was not in focus. The mountaineer’s family wanted to know what their son’s final words were. Terry contacted me through the forum and asked me if I could take a quality photo of the summit registry and with the input of a couple of 14ers members, it was decided to go one better and tear the original page out for the family. Straight from the peak, I went to the frame shop, had it framed and within a couple of days the President of Mountain Rescue Aspen was able to deliver the original framed summit register with their son’s final comments to his grieving parents. Like it or not, Terry paid close attention to posts, trip reports and request for assistance or advise on this forum. The retrieval of the summit registry may not have happened without Terry’s “eagle eye” and certainly the timely delivery to the parents would not have taken place but not for the series of events initiated by Terry Matthews to help people he did not know and would never meet in their time of grief and need.

I never had to “call” on our friendship but I knew that if I ever needed Terry’s help he would drive, run, hike and climb to my aid. Terry extended that to all he knew and many he did not know. I wish that I could have provided him the solutions to the things that most troubled him.

Terry was know to many. He told me of arriving in Chicago Basin to loads of campers everywhere. While searching for a “compliant” campsite,Terry or someone in his party, was “pacing off” the distance from water when a ranger approached and asked “are you Terry Matthews form”.
A bit embarrassed Terry replied “yes....yes, I am.”

“You can camp wherever you want” the ranger replied.

Terry, I’m going to miss you

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby jam6880 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:27 pm

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This is Terry after a couple of dozen class 3/4 with me. He learned so fast he surpassed my ability of climbing. This pictuce is of him walking on a section of the LB blanc traverse, he made it look so easy.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby Picucci » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:56 pm

I have had a hard time the last few days coming to terms with Terry's passing. Our last ascent together was 4 weeks ago, Mt. Lindsey. My first 14er since my second knee surgery . I had not been on a summit in year and was not sure of how it would go. On the decent when I was having some trouble with pain and lagging behind the group, Terry continued to wait for me to catch up. When I told him to go ahead and he didn't wait, he told me "we leave the car together we return to the car together". This was not the first time that Terry had been there for me on a Peak. I only wish I could have been there for him when he needed A helping hand.

I met Terry 4 years ago on hike of Columbia. I did not reach the summit that day but found a friend instead. In the four years since Terry help push me and is partially responsible for my growth a hiker. He new how to push my boundaries without going to far. Although we all push for the summit, his death has made me realize the people along the trail are the real Prize. I will miss him and can only hope in the end we all return to the car together.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby mattpayne11 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:28 pm

anna wrote:Perhaps those of us who've written TRs from trips with Terry can post links to them on this thread for his family and friends.

Here are mine:

Blanca and Ellingwood:
Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak:
Challenger and Kit Carson:

Sigh. I miss seeing his posts here. They were always fun. He really was a fantastic dude. When we were driving back from Kit Carson, I was super tired, could not stay awake... so Terry drove my car the rest of the way while I dozed. We had a very similar philosophy when it came to climbing. I wish he was still here in our community.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby Louis Mathews » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:09 pm

Here is the Legacy Guest Book for Terry. You can leave messages and photos for all to see. I hope to have it preserved permanently. You can also order a bound hardback book of the messages and photos when complete. Please don't order the flowers listed, if you feel a need to donate something in remembrance of Terry please send to

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