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Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby Tortoise1 » Sat May 22, 2010 2:59 pm

The book "Halfway to Heaven" by Mark Obmascik also tells the story.

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby hobo13 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:19 am

Every time my wife starts grumbling while climbing over unstable rocks, I tell her that TalusMonkey is watching over her and looking down smiling.

I never met him personally, but loved reading his stories.

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby lurker » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:42 am

We talked about him on Torreys this past Saturday.
I met him on Uncompahgre and he convinced me I needed to leave my lurker status behind and join the forum.
I'm not an avid poster or trip report writer, but I do come out of the shadows once in a while to join a discussion where I feel I have something worth while to say.
Everytime I log onto 14ers I am reminded of the TalusMonkey.
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby fleetmack » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:55 am

i used his trip report from uncompahgre/wetterhorn this weekend... he's referenced in my TR, although I haven't yet posted it
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby Duffus Kentucky Climber » Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:13 pm

He and I had a good time poking fun at some of the forum topics together. He never failed to pick up on satiric/irony and he could run with it and call in all the powers his computer put in his hands to bring big laughs out of anybody that was reading. I think that the emails he shared with other forum members always made us feel like we were his friends, even if we never got to meet or share climbs.
Yes, he is remembered warmly and missed badly.
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby Tom Gman » Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:26 pm

I still remember him and how sad it was to hear the news of his death. He was a great motivator on the forum. I looked up this forum specifically to honor the Talusmonkey. Very sorry for your loss.
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby centrifuge » Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:51 pm

I never climbed with him, but have climbed with people who counted him as a friend and close, trusted climbing partner, and I can say the his memory lives on proudly through their stories of him. When ever people talk about him, its with love and joy. It makes me wish I had the pleasure of knowing him.
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby M_Sandoval52 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:43 pm

Hey there,

I never met the Talusmonkey. However, I read the book Halfway to Heaven by Mark Obmascik. He wrote a lot about him and his girl friend. He sounded like a free spirited person. I would have loved to have met him on a hike. His death was a tragedy. It sounded like he lived life to the fullest. There is no other way. I had just started hiking when he passed. =;

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby Presto » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:45 pm

The hubby and I were just speaking of him the other night ... there's a new Captain Morgan commercial running on television ... couldn't help but think of him and smile. Though, I never knew him personally, he made many peoples' lives better.
As if none of us have ever come back with a cool, quasi-epic story instead of being victim to tragic rockfall, a fatal stumble, a heart attack, an embolism, a lightning strike, a bear attack, collapsing cornice, some psycho with an axe, a falling tree, carbon monoxide, even falling asleep at the wheel getting to a mountain. If you can't accept the fact that sometimes "s**t happens", then you live with the illusion that your epic genius and profound wilderness intelligence has put you in total and complete control of yourself, your partners, and the mountain. How mystified you'll be when "s**t happens" to you! - FM

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby jpfeif001 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:56 pm

I would have loved to have met the Talusmonkey! His life was LIVED and it seems he was loved by so many. People like the Talusmonkey are a wonderful and special few that motivate and inspire others. His loss was a huge tragedy and his legend will always live on. My youngest daughters climb with me now and they display such an enthusiasm for life that they remind me of people like the Talusmonkey. Even though I never met him, I often think of him and his joy of the mountains and every other aspect of life and always find it inspiring!!
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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby Kiefer » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:20 am

Found a couple of pictures I took of Dave's finisher on Elbert. That was a fun day. :(

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Re: Does anyone still remember Talusmonkey?

Postby oldschool » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:26 am

Of course.......Dave and his story I tell often. It is one of determination, the love of life, the joy of climbing and friends, and the power of the mountains when things go wrong. Dave is still missed by many.........RIP
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