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KC/Challenger Accident

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Re: KC/Challenger Missing Person

Postby MountainHiker » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:51 pm

Mike contacted me last year after seeing a Nova Scotia flag in one of my pictures. I’m from Lunenburg and had never done a fourteener with someone else from Nova Scotia before. So it was a first when my wife Dorthe and & I summited Quandary with Mike on Jan 14, 2012. Mike was really passionate about the mountains and liked to discuss a lot of topics. He talked about his sons and his family in Antigonish. We met again on Quandary Jan 19 of this year.

John, Joseph, Colin, Steve & Matthew and the Cormier family. I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t have any words to soften this blow. About the only thing I can relate is the mountains are like sea. Growing up by the coast I knew people, including my brother, for whom the sea was in their blood. When a ship was lost, we felt it as a community. Even if we didn't personally know someone on board, we knew someone who did. The fourteeners are like that. These past few years have been especially rough for our community. We will think of Mike when we climb. Our condolences to your family and friends.

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Re: KC/Challenger Missing Person

Postby Navigaiter » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:18 am

This is very sad news. Positive thoughts and sincere condolences to Mike's family and friends. RIP.

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Re: KC/Challenger Missing Person

Postby Duffus Kentucky Climber » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:01 am

I am so very, very sorry and hope that your grief can be assuaged by your personal memories of Mike.
It looks like the ridge is just right up there!

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Re: KC/Challenger Missing Person

Postby John Cormier » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:42 am

MountainHiker wrote:Mike contacted me last year after seeing a Nova Scotia flag in one of my pictures. I’m from Lunenburg and had never done a fourteener with someone else from Nova Scotia before. So it was a first when my wife Dorthe and & I summited Quandary with Mike on Jan 14, 2012. Mike was really passionate about the mountains and liked to discuss a lot of topics. He talked about his sons and his family in Antigonish. We met again on Quandary Jan 19 of this year.

John, Joseph, Colin, Steve & Matthew and the Cormier family. I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t have any words to soften this blow. About the only thing I can relate is the mountains are like sea. Growing up by the coast I knew people, including my brother, for whom the sea was in their blood. When a ship was lost, we felt it as a community. Even if we didn't personally know someone on board, we knew someone who did. The fourteeners are like that. These past few years have been especially rough for our community. We will think of Mike when we climb. Our condolences to your family and friends.

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This is incredibly touching, thank you. Your pictures are a blessing to us. Very thoughtful, thanks again.

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Re: KC/Challenger Missing Person

Postby OutdoorEsprit » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:38 am

Here's a shot of Mike on our way up to Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle, July 2012. His enthusiasm and love of the mountains was a tangible thing. After just about every weekend during the summer, and a couple during the winter, we would spend a bit of time chatting about the peaks we had climbed over the weekend and which Fourteeners we were planning on climbing the next weekend. And he always had the biggest smile on his face after coming back from a Fourteeners trip. He will be greatly missed.

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Re: KC/Challenger Accident

Postby smrcka » Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:18 pm

RIP Mike. Very sad - condolences to his family and friends...
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. - Mahatma Gandhi

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Re: KC/Challenger Accident

Postby ColinCorm » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:06 pm

I'm Colin, one of Mike's sons. I knew he always loved to get outside and to the mountains but reading all of the stories and seeing some of the pictures that have been posted really helps to give me some comfort that he absolutely was his happiest when he was hiking and I can take some comfort in knowing that he passed while doing something he was passionate about and loved doing. Thank you to everyone who took some time to share their stories and pictures, they have really helped me. And thanks to the SAR for all of their efforts. He's going to be really missed.

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Re: KC/Challenger Accident

Postby Cookiehiker » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:08 pm

I am so sad to hear the news of Mike's passing. I can't begin to express what a pleasure it was to make his acquaintance on the summit of Red Cloud last year. It was a true delight to be able to spend time talking to him and sharing some of my summit cookies with him as we took in the glory of the sun just shedding it's light over the red mountain. His passion for mountain climbing was very apparent. There are just some people that you meet that stick out in your mind....Mike was one of those....a true lover of the mountains! My sincere condolences to his family....my heart is with you.

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Re: KC/Challenger Accident

Postby ctlee » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:57 pm

Colin, my condolences on the loss of your Dad-I'm so sorry.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow-learn as if you were to live forever-----Mahatma Gandhi

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Re: KC/Challenger Accident

Postby jakefox » Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:01 pm

To Mike's family and friends, my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy. It has been a difficult season, but it is heartening to see what a compassionate, tightly-knit community we have.

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Re: KC/Challenger Accident

Postby uwe » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:01 pm

Rest in Peace, Mike.

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Re: KC/Challenger Accident

Postby Taillon75 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:31 pm

This sucks. Take care of everyone and stay safe.
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