Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

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Re: Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

Postby colokeith » Tue May 29, 2012 4:03 pm

I saw this story come up on Facebook, and immediately knew this had to be james. My condolences to his family. At least he spent his last days in beautiful surroundings!!
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Re: Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

Postby catlyoung » Tue May 29, 2012 5:10 pm

Thank you for the lovely and comforting prayer. I know James walks with God now.

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Re: Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

Postby dave_navy_VA » Tue May 29, 2012 7:40 pm

Edwin Baker's words were adopted by a number of college fraternities, including mine, and certainly apply to the special fraternity of the gentle, positive and caring of your son's chosen field who also find the need as we all do - to sometimes go our own way, solo but never alone, perhaps to reflect and plan how to best serve.

There is a destiny that makes us brothers, No one goes his way alone; All that we send into the lives of others, Comes back into our own!

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Re: Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

Postby sgladbach » Wed May 30, 2012 6:30 am

My prayers are for peace for your family. James needs none.

Bless you all.

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Re: Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

Postby Mark A Steiner » Wed May 30, 2012 9:15 am

Condolences from here to the family. The hiking and climbing community here all lost a great friend in James most of us never met.
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Re: Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

Postby JA_son27 » Wed May 30, 2012 10:39 am

I pray this gives your family some sort of closure and eases the pain. Our condolences go out to your family.
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Re: Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

Postby tenpins » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:53 pm

wondering, now that the dust has settled from his recovery; where, in relation to the search areas, was he located?

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Re: Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

Postby schrund » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:12 pm

I heard he descended the Holy Cross road a bit below Holy Cross City and was camped behind a rock outcropping out of view from the road. The reported itinerary had him continuing through Holy Cross City, not turning at the road. There were also reports that he had written about effects from altitude in his journal; so he may have descended the road a bit in order to lose altitude (a guess on my part).
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Re: Lost Hiker on Mt Holy Cross

Postby catlyoung » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:23 pm

This is James' mother. We will never really know what happened to James, nor has the family heard any theoryies or guesses from Search and Reascue or the County Coronory. I feel it is a safe assumption and guess that he was not feeling well and felt he was suffering from altitude sickness and did descend the road to go down in altitude. My assumption is that either he wasn't feeling well enought to continue or it was late in the day and he decided to make camp, spend the night and then continue on out the road the next day. What happened after making camp is anyones guess. In my heart I feel he planned to spend the night and continue out down the road the next day hoping to go lower in altitude or run into someone that could help him. My assumption is that he died in his sleep from plumonary edema or heart arrythmias. Just a guess but it is something that I can wrap my mind around and gives me an explination that is feasable and believeable and thus brings me comfort. Only God knows what happened.

I can't thank all the 14ers enough for caring so much and for their own searches these last 19 months for my son, James. Your kindness and support has been heartwarming and has meant so much to James' family. Thank you all again for your compassion, it will never be forgotten. I pray God walks with each of you on all your climbs and keeps you safe.

The family is planning a remebrance of James' life on Saturday, July 21st at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, Iowa at 1:00 pm. There will be a time of fellowship after the service at the church.
Friends, family, and collegues are also invited to James' childhood home on Friday night, July 20th, 1234 Dover St. Iowa City from 3 pm to 6 pm to celebrate James with pizza and beer.

May God Bless all of you. Safe travels, my friends.


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