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Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby mtree » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:47 pm

Reading about this horrible tragedy was downright chilling.
RIP Derek. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby ryguy79 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:36 pm

Very sad to see this. I didn't know him well, but I climbed and skied Little Italy with him and some of my climbing partners were good friends with him.

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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby Man Jerk » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:46 pm

Service will be Wednesday at 1pm at mountain springs church off of woodmen/powers.

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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby Yog » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:08 pm

Very sorry to hear about this. I was on Maroon when we heard the helicopters as well, was hoping things would turn out alright, but found out otherwise on the summit.

ManJerk- Thank you for stepping up for Derek's kids, that's very honorable and noble of you. I'm very sorry for your loss, as well as for the loved ones left behind.

For all those that witnessed the event, I wish you strength and peace. Again, not enough kudos can be given to SAR.

Sunny - It was nice to meet you and your climbing partner up there. I don't recall Jim's screen name, but if you read this, it was nice to meet you as well, and climb with all of you. Sunny, the text went through to Denver, so all was well. Thanks for letting me use your phone. All my loved one's heard that a 30 something male had fallen on the Bells, so it was a very important text to get out.
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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby djkest » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:48 pm

I contacted 850 KOA and asked them to stop saying that he was "climbing without a harness" on the newscasts. The News Director replied to me with this:
Thanks for your note. We appreciate your expertise.


Not sure what that means, but hopefully they will stop reporting this irrelevant and misleading detail.
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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby Gareth » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:52 pm

djkest wrote:I contacted 850 KOA and asked them to stop saying that he was "climbing without a harness" on the newscasts. The News Director replied to me with this:
Thanks for your note. We appreciate your expertise.


Not sure what that means, but hopefully they will stop reporting this irrelevant and misleading detail.

Good idea. I was annoyed seeing the, "not wearing a harness", part in the two news stories I read. I just griped about it to my non-climber coworker.
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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby balto68 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:59 pm

I was at Maroon Lake with family on Saturday... one of the most beautiful days I can remember this year. We saw the SAR helicopter high up on the mountain, and all we could say was that we hoped no one had been killed.

What a tragedy. Prayers and condolences for friends and family, and a big thank you to the SAR personell.

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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby sandy » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:54 pm

Sad news. R.I.P. Derek.

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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby highcountryhiker » Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:18 pm

Sincere condolences go out to Derek's family and friends. May those who witnessed this tragedy find peace and comfort.

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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby Rockymtnhigh69 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:22 pm

Very sorry to hear about this.. Condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time..
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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby RamanDestroyer » Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:31 pm

I didn't know you, but you died like man doing what is good. You met a honorable end, be proud of what you achieved.

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Re: Climber Deceased on North Maroon Today.

Postby dave_navy_VA » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:54 pm

I just hate this kind of news. Any young man like you that aspires to a healthy and positive way to spend a day like this - then suddenly leaves us - is an awful loss. RIP my friend.

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