Steve Gladbach

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby 14ermama » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:29 pm

So sad to hear about Steve - know he is climbing somewhere in Heaven! Miss him!!!
I first met Steve on a CMC trip to climb the Wilsons in August 1991 - Steve was the leader. Drove from Colorado Springs with Steve and got to know him a bit. Marlyn and Mary Peet and Brent and Marcie Cameron were also on the trip. All very lovely, adventurous, faith-filled people! Brent Cameron recorded a video of our hikes of the Wilsons and left them for us to pick up at the downtown Colorado Springs McDonalds (the Camerons owned all the McDonalds in Colorado Springs at the time and you would never, ever know it - just really nice folks). Heard the news on June 14, 1992 that Steve and the Camerons had been in an avalanche while climbing South Maroon - the Camerons did not survive. September 1992, I had 3 14ers left to climb. I called Steve to see if he would hike with me on Crestone Peak and he said yes!!! It was a beautiful day and I think it was a "fresh start" for Steve. It was great to be back with him again!
Dear friend, Marlyn Peet helped me get Capitol Peak and El Diente the next 2 weekends!!! On top of El Diente, we sang Amazing Grace in memory of the Camerons! I will now think of the Camerons and Steve when I hear and/or sing that song!
Have done a few other climbs with Steve over the years and can tell you he is "one of a kind"!!! I am so glad I got to hike with him! My condolences to his family and friends! God bless you all!

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby DurangoJenn » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:29 am

My belated and heartfelt condolences to Steve's family and friends, and especially Linda and Alise. The loss of such an amazing person truly shocked and saddened me. I had the good fortune to join Steve and Alise a year ago on Tabeguache, along with three others. It was one of the best days I've had on a 14er and I enjoyed hearing different mountaineering tales of his as well as other life stories. I remember Steve and Ian talking about John Denver's Rocky Mountain High lyrics and coming home to a place they'd never been before. Steve's thoughtfulness and giving spirit was obvious from the moment I replied to his "climbing connection" post to the end of our day in the mountains when he coordinated a car shuttle with some other hikers we met on the peak so that two of our group could continue to Shavano while the rest of us descended Tab. When we got back to the cars, he left to get to the other members of our group as expeditiously as possible and we did not get a chance to officially say goodbye, which was totally understandable. But being Steve, as I was driving back into Durango, I received a voicemail from him telling me that he was sorry to have left so quickly without saying goodbye and in a follow up PM I sent him, he thanked me again for the day (and saying "not everyone can put up with me talking all day!" which made me LOL and I thought how I could listen nonstop to his interesting tales, not to mention wish I could talk nonstop while ascending a 14er!) when I was the one who couldn't thank him enough for inviting me along. Thank you, Steve, for the chance to experience a day in the mountains with you and your wonderful daughter. You will never be forgotten.

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby Moraine14 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:46 am

I never met Steve but as I’ve read through this memorial thread, I almost feel as though I’ve vicariously gotten to “know” him a little bit, through the wonderful stories & memories everyone has shared. I’ve laughed & cried & asked a lot of “whys”, and I am sorry to have never gotten the chance to meet him. As a lifelong hiker who has only recently dabbled with trying to develop mountaineering skills, I am particularly moved by the apparent kindness, patience and guidance he extended to strangers & noobs. I wish I could've had a friend and mentor like Steve, or even just the occasional helping hand, and, although I have far less to offer, I hope that I too can “pay it forward” to others in whatever way I can. I imagine that if everyone asked, “What would Steve do?” the world would be a better place. My thoughts & prayers are with Steve’s family and friends, and with Steve’s spirit. It’s an amazing person indeed who touches the lives of even those who never met him.

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:55 am

Moraine14 wrote: I imagine that if everyone asked, “What would Steve do?” the world would be a better place.

Though he was there for us till just recently, the legacy left seems to bring it so much more into focus.
The power, in the instructions he passed on to Eric, is undeniable in its simplicity and guidance:

1. Be kind.
2. Take care of yourself.
3. Work hard.

I believe that taken to heart, this guidance can be life-changing.

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby d_baker » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:22 pm


One of my favorites:
sgladbach wrote:In my not so humble and completely accurate opinion....To reiterate, there is no need to respond to these comments. They are 100% correct.


The message in between the quote above is true gold though, and well worth reading. It was Steve being the mentor to us, as usual.

bigtrout wrote:
sgladbach wrote:A. It could not have been yesterday. I had to stay home from work yesterday; I needed be away from school until I felt better. Today, I feel better.

B. Bill, I'll send something. It was too much of me to expect a guy who makes a living on the internet not to use the internet.

C. The change. When and why?? BTW- I don't know.

Steve, There's no way this could be from Mt. Adams. You called in sick yesterday. You were at home with the flu. You were at home grading Algebra finals with the flu. The photo must have come from a previous trip, or swiped from the Internet. Also, when I was on Mt. Adams earlier this year, the benchmark looked nothing like that.

Where am I?
Busted skipping school. Almost. Kind of. He was really sick! The mountains are the best place to recover! ;)

And of course, respecting those that came before him.... Bock and Mereness

But alas, and not so much an ism but his pride and joy:
His Girls

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby Gareth » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:39 pm

Dancesatmoonrise wrote:
Moraine14 wrote: I imagine that if everyone asked, “What would Steve do?” the world would be a better place.

Though he was there for us till just recently, the legacy left seems to bring it so much more into focus.
The power, in the instructions he passed on to Eric, is undeniable in its simplicity and guidance:

1. Be kind.
2. Take care of yourself.
3. Work hard.

I believe that taken to heart, this guidance can be life-changing.

I almost don't feel like I should interject, and I certainly don't want this to sound any bigger than I mean for it to...
But I have to say that in the course of reading the posts in this thread, and having had a while to reflect on them, I really have been touched. What probably sticks out most of all to me is how Steve seems to almost have been truly larger than life. Steve seems to have possessed a wisdom about the positive actualization of life that few people attain. It seems that Steve was able to, at least in large part, live in a way that many people aspire to live, but few really manage to attain. This type of wisdom, and the way that Steve carried it out in the practice of his life (at least as is witnessed by so many people here), in my mind may just place him amongst a class of individuals that I dare not give any examples of, lest I seem to cheapen the sentiment that I am trying to convey.

Maybe, just maybe, someone had a plan in putting Steve on this earth when and where he was. And maybe that mission was aided by the way Steve's life on earth shook out, even if the ending of that chapter didn't turn out in a way that we wanted.
"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."
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Re: Steve Gladbach Memorial

Postby globreal » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:29 pm

bglad wrote:Many Thanks to the 14ers climbing community for your outpouring of love and support for TEAM GLADBACH during this difficult time. My name is Bill Gladbach Steve's brother. I spoke at the funeral service. Britt Jones asked me to post the crux of my message about living out what Steve taught us all. So here they are; please share with any and all. Steve lived out each of these.

1. Spend time in schools volunteering to tutor and mentor the coming generation, particularly if you are gifted in math and science. Do it at the elementary, middle or high school level; wherever you feel you could make the greatest impact. It takes a village.
2. Consider education as a career option. Your influence on people's lives will go far beyond the classroom.
3. If starting a family or expanding, consider adoption as an option. All life is a precious gift from the Creator.
4. Support the foster care system in any way possible. All people need to be loved and cared for.
5. Help other people when you see a need. Open your eyes, ears and hearts to recognize those needs in others. God commanded us to love one another.
6. Work toward mending broken relationships. Admit your wrongdoing, pray for forgiveness from God and those you offended and be willing to say "I forgive you"
7. Consider getting a dog. The Gladbach's are dog people. Before buying one visit your local pound. Dogs give more love than they ever ask for. Just like Steve.
8. Invite others to join in what you love to do. Do it for them not for you. For What you have done for others that you have done unto me.
9. Get and gift a subscription to Guideposts magazine. If you ever feel uninspired to do something for someone else, pick it up and read it and you will be rejuvenated.
10. Show your family and your friends that you love them.

Steve's 3 rules of life: Be kind, take care of yourself, and work hard.

Thanks for all the love and support
Bill Gladbach


Thank you for sharing this list in the service (very inspiring) and now for posting them here. 5, 8, and 10 seem to really resonate with me. I've already started working on those.

It's been a pleasure getting to know you.
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
1 Peter 1:3-4

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby PKelley » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:23 am

I have been away for awhile. So sad to hear of this news. Some of the best stars burn the brightest. Thanks Steve for all you have brought to the Colorado mountaineering community. You left some footprints that won't be filled.
The Dalai Lama when asked what surprised him most about humanity:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby triyoda » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:50 pm

Coming out for my "annual" (6th year in a row) CO trip. Just browsing the boards to see what is happening. Stumbled upon this thread, was kind of floored to see the responses. Who is this guy? Knows everyone? Legend?

How could I know him, I lived in NY (now OR) and only come to CO once a year to hike. Thought back, Trip 2 (July 2009). Hiked Crestone Peak, did not have a solid 4WD vehicle so I had walked up most of S. Colony Road and some guy had given me a ride down. Super nice guy, knew all about 14ers, I think he was on round 3 or something. He recommended "Roof of the Rockies" if i was interested in CO mountaineering. He was super positive and was impressed that I was doing Crestone for 4th 14er, which was pretty much nothing compared to his accomplishments. At the time I had no aspirations of becoming a 14er, because I could only do a couple a year at most. He was optimistic, hey a few a year, keep at and you will get there. After I came home, I got a 14ers account and saw one of his posts, sent a message thanking him for the ride and the suggestions. Well, I loved Roof of the Rockies, I have kept coming back to CO, I have hiked 26 14ers so far and I coming to CO in a few weeks for more. I feel like this guy had more than a little influence. Even subtly, because at the time I was not even an ADK 46er, but after talking with that guy it made me think I should know more about the mountains in my own backyard, just like him. I am a 46er now, but did not seriously pursue this until after the encounter with that guy. He was not the only one who who motivated me to become a 46er, but he definitely made an impression.

Went back to look at my messages to see who that guy was. Steve Gladbach. Wow. So sad, I guess it is easy to see how he touched so many people if I lived 2000 miles away and even though I only met him once, he made an impression. Very sad day. I met his son also, not sure how many other children. What a loss.

Just want to thank you again for you kind words and the lasting impression you made on me.

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby d_baker » Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:35 pm

Hey Steve....Denise finally finished her 14ers!! Marlyn & Carson went with her, but I bet you were watching.

I'll always remember meeting you for the first time, Steve, on a CMC trip you led to W Spanish Peak. Denise was on that trip too, and from that trip I had developed a friendship with her. She was my instructor in BMS for the snow school, she was the first person to introduce me to multi-pitch (on the Flatirons), and of course was instrumental on getting me on some other fun CMC/13er trips years ago (to Pilot Knob & US Grant -- which you were there too -- and it's another trip I'll always cherish).
She also introduced me to one of my first regular climbing partners, Bill Tarvin. He taught me a lot over the years too!

Anyway, thanks for leading that CMC trip to W Spanish Peak back in '02.

By the way Steve, I have your -20 bag, so we'll have to do some peaks this winter!

I sure do miss your presence on this site.

Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby nsaladin » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:53 am

I was hoping to start reading Steve's TR's. Does anyone happen to have his username?

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:56 am

nsaladin wrote:I was hoping to start reading Steve's TR's. Does anyone happen to have his username?



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