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Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby Presto » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:54 am

:cry: My heart aches for you, Taylor. I hope you find comfort in the times you two did share together, and cherish those memories forever.
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: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby djkest » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:16 am

Taylor; I am sorry for your loss.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby highcountryhiker » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:21 pm

Taylor, so sorry to hear about your loss. Heartfelt condolences go out to you, your family and friends.

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby BearCrawl » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:10 pm

Taylor,
There is a family that will be with you in ways I can only hope you might feel. I never met Chris, but promise you that in every climb I commit to with my son, Chris and others who were claimed too soon will be with us. I can feel the spirit of such things ever more with each experience I share with my boy. As he grows older, I will be sure that Chris and the others like so will not be forgotten.

We lost a good man and a former student to a hit and run this week. As a teacher, such things happen due to the number of people that we come across on any given day. It never gets easier to handle, but I've learned that there is comfort in people. If ever you need anything Taylor, I'm sure there will be family for you here to rejoice with. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby scottfarish » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:19 pm

We never had the privilege of meeting Chris, but Flintster and I felt it appropriate to toast to him on the Columbia summit.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby geojed » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:51 pm

Chris' tragedy weighed heavily on my mind as I ascended the NW couloir on Crestone Peak today. For some reason I halfway expected to see his name in the summit register but when it wasn't there it really hit me. :( RIP Chris. My climb today was dedicated to you...
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby Hunter » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:58 am

With every loss I read about I am affected in some way. We were up there the past two days and this tragedy weighed heavy on my heart while hiking. Although I never knew Chris I feel some kind of connection sharing the same passion for hiking and having been up there. While I know there is nothing I can say or do to ease the pain Taylor and his family are going through, know my hearts and prayers are with you. Paul, through time I hope you can somehow work through this and are able to return to your passion for hiking. My heart goes out to all of you.
My sincerest apologies,
Hunter

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby audiotom » Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:38 am

Taylor, may God comfort you and your family in your time of grief, and make you whole again.

As you look out over the mountain landscapes may your soul be filled with loving memories of Chris

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby tehchad » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:49 am

scottfarish wrote:We never had the privilege of meeting Chris, but Flintster and I felt it appropriate to toast to him on the Columbia summit.


This photo is awesome on so many levels.

Taylor, I feel how weak and fruitless any words of mine might be to kill the feeling of loss. I never knew him, but I've seen his engagement here as well as the impact he's had (this thread having 10 pages of people pouring out to you.) I love the ideas that people are jumping on with the memorial climbs, etc. It seems that you've got a big family here ready to love on you, bc Chris gave and encouraged here. I find it funny, odd, and awesome how people are attracted to those who give. Giving is one of the things reciprocated very well. Lastly, I would encourage you to ask here. I know the memorial happy hours will come, Rob will turn into Rob and Chris. But maybe something for you. This appears to me to be a great community here and I, for one, am sticking around. Who knows, we might make a few more friends. :-J

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby ctlee » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:59 pm

I'm so sorry for your loss, Taylor...I hope you can find some comfort in the kind words of this community.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby awake » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:23 pm

I want to also offer my deepest sympathies. I spoke with Chris once and he seemed like a great guy. As is evident from the comments here, he was very loved and a truly remarkable man. These events definitely make one aware how precious every moment of life. Taylor, I will offer up some prayers for Chris, and for you and the rest of Chris's family and friends that God may provide comfort in this time of mourning.

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby axbauer » Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:31 pm

Thank you again, all. I feel your warm embrace around myself and my family.

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