Gladbach Peak

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Re: Gladbach Peak

Postby Mtnman200 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:13 pm

How about the unnamed 13,631' peak near "Thunder Pyramid" and "Lightning Pyramid"? Both, by the way, are examples of peaks in a wilderness area with informal names that have stuck due to frequent use online and in guidebooks. Unnamed 13,631' is a tough peak, and I think it would be a fitting tribute to Steve.
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Re: Gladbach Peak

Postby Jim Davies » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:27 pm

UN 13,631 is already informally called Len Shoemaker Peak.

Steve's close friends and family might have a good suggestion, something that would be meaningful in his personal history. Maybe something in the Sangres would be appropriate, as they're closer to his home than the Elks.
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Re: Gladbach Peak

Postby d_baker » Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:00 pm

Steve was not a fan of "naming" peaks just for the sake of putting a name on it. (I'm pretty sure Nolan is fully on board with that too.)
One guide book author in particular has "named" quite a few I believe, and I recall Steve mentioning that he didn't really care for that.
I don't know where he would stand on having a peak officially named after him, but I bet he wouldn't really want it. I think he would rather have his legacy live on by actions we take in our mountaineering lives be nothing but positive -- actions that will help others attain their goals.

On a side note, in regards to a couple of other death threads lately and the speculation talk. Steve's death thread was the most positive one I've seen on here. It's unfortunate that we get anywhere to 6-10 of these every summer, but since we do have them occur here, I wish they could be more like the outpouring of support and care that was in the Steve Gladbach thread.

Climb on Steve, and keep me on belay....


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