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One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

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One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby SurfNTurf » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:05 pm

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24, is the one-year anniversary of Sean Wylam's death on Snowmass Mountain.

There has been a lot of talk lately about analyzing accidents in the mountains. Sean was experienced, prepared, smart and strong. Please put all the other stuff aside and celebrate a gifted young man who lost his life excelling at what he loved.

His wonderful family is in Snowmass Village this week, and they are some of the most amazing people I've ever met. Please lend your thoughts, wishes, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable sending their way as they remember the life of their son, who was a role model both in and out of the mountains.

Rest in peace, mountaineer.

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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby anasarca76 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:29 pm

I remember this accident vividly as I had planned to make Snowmass my 14er finisher via the same route later in the year. At about 13,000 with a few inches of new snow and a hiking partner who had less experience and was totally gassed, I chose to turn around, not push our limits and save my finisher for this year. I will say that the Seans tragedy directly contributed to my decision turning around on Snowmass last year and as it served as a reminder of what can happen even in ideal conditions. Rest in peace Sean, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends that he left behind.

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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:42 pm

I remember that weekend well, it will always stick out as a time when the concern for friends who put themselves in the position - as we often do - really outweighed most every other thing... Few of us knew Sean, but we knew and understood his spirit and probably wouldn't have done anything he did differently. Peace to him and his family on this anniversary of his passing.
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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby BenfromtheEast » Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:30 pm

Jeff, thank you for posting this. I remember reading about Sean's tragic accident. I just re-read the original thread and it really hit home. I find in it a reminder to make the best of the time we spend with those we love and care about. I hope to summit Snowmass in a few weeks, and although I didn't know him Sean will surely be in my thoughts. Here's to the memory of a great young man who should still be loving life and chasing his dreams.

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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby dmccool » Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:44 pm

Sean,

You're literally on my mind daily and your name is spoken and alive with every mountain I'm on. Outside of my own wife and children, there aren't any others about whom I can say that. We celebrate you and the impact you made on so many in such a short time.

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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby dillonsarnelli » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:55 pm

I too remember reading about this last summer. My thoughts are with the family on this anniversary. Thanks for posting Jeff.

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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby RJansen77 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:38 am

I just read through the entire original thread, and as Ben said it hits home even harder to read the comments as the event unfolded. I never met Sean, but I think about him almost every time I'm out in the hills. Heading to Snowmass in a few weeks for the first time, he'll be in my thoughts and prayers, as the family is now.
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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby forbins_mtn » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:02 am

wow. i was still new to this site last year, and i don't remember this unfolding. absolutely horrific to read that original thread and realize this stuff happens every year, and it can happen at any given moment. RIP Sean, and I can't imagine how that sticks with you SurfNTurf. That's gotta be powerful.

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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby kansas » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:55 am

I hope the family can read this thread and find that their son was part of a community that is made up of good people who care about each other, my thoughts are with them today.

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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby tmathews » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:19 am

RIP, Sean. May your spirit continue to live strong through your family, friends, and through us -- your brothers and sisters of the mountaineering community.

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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby kushrocks » Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:04 am

I did not know Sean but I know the affect his passing had on some of my close hiking buddies listed above who were there when the accident occurred.

tmathews wrote:RIP, Sean. May your spirit continue to live strong through your family, friends, and through us -- your brothers and sisters of the mountaineering community.


Very well said Terry. A big misty eyed plus one here.
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Re: One year anniversary, Sean Wylam 7/24/11.

Postby I Man » Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:11 am

kushrocks wrote:I did not know Sean but I know the affect his passing had on some of my close hiking buddies listed above who were there when the accident occurred.

tmathews wrote:RIP, Sean. May your spirit continue to live strong through your family, friends, and through us -- your brothers and sisters of the mountaineering community.



Well said, Ryan.

I did not know Sean, but have heard him mentioned on many occasions by some of my friends on this site.

The most common theme is "He did everything right and this still happened." A true reminder to us all.

Thanks for starting this thread, Jeff...may he always be remembered.
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