USAKeller and TalusMonkey

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Postby usfgal » Thu May 10, 2007 6:35 am

That is beautiful. I am sure I am speaking for more people than just myself when I say that I wish there was something I could do or say to help. Your grief is understandable and a natural response to what you are going through. The way you are handling yourself is amazing. Continue to pray, lean on the people around you, and follow your heart when it comes to paying tribute, returning to the mountains, etc. I'll say a prayer for you. My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by this loss.

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Postby ColoMtnHiker » Thu May 10, 2007 6:58 am

Words fail me, tears don't.
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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Postby Indigomountain » Thu May 10, 2007 7:04 am

I like many others around here don't know you but are impressed by you. Thank you for your tribute. Yours and Talus Monkey's relationship is amazing.
You seem to be a very strong and courageous woman. Stay strong but be weak when you need to be. Thank you again for your honesty and openness during this most difficult and painful time.
"Peace, Love and Fresh Mountain Air"

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Postby Kojones » Thu May 10, 2007 7:30 am

I will say, right off the bat, that I am not an emotional person whatsoever. This post has taken me beyond what I have felt in a very long time and has produced the first tear in a few years. Thank you. I am so sorry for your loss, our loss. I did not know TM personally, but I will pay tribute to him every time I climb. His name will go with me to Everest and to the other '6 summits' because he is an inspiration to me and to all.

Climbing partner: "Is this uphill the whole way?"
Kojones: "No, only half the hike is uphill."

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Postby Roam Around » Thu May 10, 2007 7:38 am

Thanks for sharing your memories USAKeller.

Peace to you and to all who will miss him.

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Postby Marty » Thu May 10, 2007 7:38 am


Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful story of love and friendship. Your strength and courage are inspiring!

Best wishes always,
There is no finish line.

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Postby gsliva » Thu May 10, 2007 8:06 am

Thank you Caroline. I have many tears.

We all love you and hope that what ever David said to you when you had to leave him will give you strength. David Worthington was special.

Glenn Sliva
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Postby RenoBob » Thu May 10, 2007 8:21 am

Just when I think I can start the day without crying again there's another expression of love, grief, joy and sadness that moves me to tears.

Caroline & David:
I can't imagine a time when any of us here at 14ers will ever forget who you are, what you've done and what you've given all of us.

From the depths of my heart...Thank-you.
Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

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Postby JimR » Thu May 10, 2007 8:57 am


Thank you for honoring us with your openness, friendship, & trust. I don't think that I've ever been so heartbroken about anything that did not directly involve me. Along with everyone else, I'm impressed with your courage, grace, strength, & openness. Some of your good qualities were enhanced & grown by David; that's part of his legacy. He lives in you, & to a lesser degree in the good parts of the rest of us. If our thoughts/wishes/hopes/prayers are worth anything, your grief will dim, but the memories won't.
I have more age than experience, more experience than knowledge, and more knowledge than wisdom.
Yet somehow I usually make it back to the car safely; and oftentimes, so do the people that I'm with.

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Postby superlupomaniac » Thu May 10, 2007 8:59 am

RenoBob wrote:Just when I think I can start the day without crying again there's another expression of love, grief, joy and sadness that moves me to tears.

God speed TalusMonkey.
May you continue to find strength and peace USAKeller.
Let your walks now be a little more adventurous.
- Henry David Thoreau

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Postby krz2fer » Thu May 10, 2007 9:42 am

gsliva wrote:Thank you Caroline. I have many tears.

I feel the same. Thank you for sharing these touching ongoing memories that will not be forgotten.

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Postby nated05 » Thu May 10, 2007 9:52 am

Thanks for the report Caroline. May God continue to give you and David's family comfort and in time peace.



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