Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby letsgocu » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:41 pm

I'm so sorry to hear about this....... Terry was not a close friend, but a friend none the less like like so many climbers I have had the pleasure of sharing summits and beers with. It's so sad that the mountains that have been his escape for years were not able to get him through his emotional ailments this time around. I know his insight and experience has and will be missed.

Kush - Hats off to you for stepping up as you always do giving some of your time to help others (Terry's family) during a time of need. Good work man.

kushrocks wrote:I like so many others was influenced by Terry and his contributions to this site when I first started climbing. It was a privilage to get to know him and call him my friend. Terry was someone who honestly cared far more about others than himself. He will be missed.

mike_kadow wrote:Terry was one of my first inspirations for hiking. Before he finished them, he was quite the contributor and was always responsive and very helpful to my inquiries. I looked up to Terry and he shared insights with me - a fond mentor.

He will be missed.

I drove down to the Springs last night and spoke with his father and mother. Its heartbreaking to talk to a father who just lost a son that he cared so much for. The photo below is me with his parents last night. They were so thankful to hear of all of the close friends Terry had.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby MountainHiker » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:55 pm

Dorthe and I had the pleasure of hiking with Terry on a few occasions. One of our meetings was when Terry planned a gathering on Quandary. There were winter conditions and Dorthe & I were the last ones coming down the trail. Terry was waiting for us with a smile after most people had left.

During 2011 it seemed we kept bumping into Terry along with Anna on mountains. On the small summit of El Diente, Terry & Anna were there. We hiked most of the way out the trail together. The following week Terry’s party did a different route on Kit Carson. Although we didn’t summit together we heard them much of the climb! Terry was there for Jen’s (Lululuv) finisher on Princeton. I didn’t want to drive the narrow road, a decision Dorthe was less than thrilled with. On the way down, Terry was happy to hike out with me while Dorthe got a ride.

In March 2012 we were doing one of our many climbs of Bierstadt when who was on the summit, but Terry along with another friend. Later that year when we met Anna on Column Ridge (next to Stewart) it seemed like a continuation of the trend.

We’re really sorry to hear this. Terry touched so many of us in such a short time. Our condolences to Terry’s family and friends.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby MountainHiker » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:10 pm

Sept 17, 2011 Terry after Lululuv finisher
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby zenmasterdzuy » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:13 pm

I just got the word of Terry's passing today.

What a great guy. I met Terry & had the pleasure of hiking several 14ers with him several years ago. I know that Terry was one of the site's major contributors. I know there are plenty of us, & I am certainly included, who occasionally go to to get information, but have never given back, certainly not in the way he has. Terry would plan his hikes & climbs, go to the mountains & come back to give to this community with his whole heart. Terry's attention to detail was second to none. You could count on meeting so many others who would say, "Terry is so awesome. I've read his amazing trip reports & it made me believe I could also do as he had."

I know for certain that he made this world better & truly gave his all. He did the best he could with his kindness, maturity & big heart. The depths of his heart went to those in this community & beyond. He was always caring & very in tune with people. Whether or not you have met Terry, & without him ever saying it, I know that he loved you & I. We share his passion of the mountains. He made us his family. By posting your ambitions & or trip reports, I know that he'd pay attention to your trip, how it went & would watch intently for your safe return. I also know that when people went missing he'd be one of the devout few to personally go out & search for them. Type in tmathews in the search for some of the best route descriptions & pictures.

I was hoping to do some more 14ers with you soon, Terry. Perhaps in another life. Rest peacefully & please continue your watch for us, brother.

The following pictures are of Terry & I going to Kit Carson's North Ridge. Courtesy of Anna Mathes.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby kushrocks » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:08 pm

Terry (Far Right) like some of the rest of us left work at a moments notice to drive all the way to Glenwood Springs at the last minute to come together as friends and meet up and support each other and Rob's dad who flew out from Connecticut after the Rob Jansen accident last August. That is the kind of person he was. He cared more about others than himself.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby Tortoise1 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:17 pm

In researching my neighbor's suicide I discovered that there is actually a type of depression that results from things going not poorly, but too well, as they seemingly were for her. It's a tough and inexplicable condition. May he rest in peace.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby Crestoner » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:35 pm

I "knew" Terry from this forum for quite a while, and then met him when our respective Humboldt climbs converged in March 2011. He was easy to like from the get go, and the trudge up that east ridge went by quickly as we chatted about past climbs, future goals (one of his being the SW ridge of Little Bear the following in Britt's post), and mutual friends.

My condolences to Terry's family and friends. This is another great loss to our community.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby dehrlich101 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:44 pm

I never had the pleasure of meeting Terry, but we emailed a few times. He was always willing to answer my questions and he would do that thoroughly. His knowledge of the mountains and equipment was a great help, and I am glad he was willing to share his knowledge and experience with me. Very sad, my condolences to his family and friends.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby Brian Thomas » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:45 pm

When I first started hiking in Colorado and participating in the 14ers forum a few years ago, Terry was always very helpful answering questions about routes and conditions.

We only hiked together a couple times, and randomly ran into each other on peaks a few times. My best memory of Terry is from the Fall 13ers Gathering in October 2011 that wasn't much of a gathering, because we were the only two that showed up that night. A big storm blew into the Sangres that I wasn't aware of since I had been camping and hiking out of phone/internet range the previous 24 hours. We had a nice fire, munched some Subway, and chatted about peaks watching the snow fall. Waking up the next day to almost two feet of snow, I decided not to hike. Another relatively inexperienced 14ers member showed up that morning, and Terry took him snowshoeing with him just to get out and hike without going for any summits.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby oldschool » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:54 pm

Thx Terry.....for your positive input to others, your enthusiasm to help, and your tireless help you gave to others.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby thevagabond » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:21 pm

Rest in Peace Terry. We never had the chance to hike together, but I did know him through the gatherings and thought he was a really nice and caring guy :( The last time I saw Terry hiking was when RJansen, Benfromtheast and I's climb of Redcloud and Sunshine. He had climbed some other route and beat us to the top of Sunshine (We thought we would be the first to summit that day). My thoughts rest with his family, may you all find peace.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Terry Mathews

Postby marciamallow » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:03 pm

I never had the pleasure of climbing with Terry, but I did meet him for the 1rst time at a 14er HH last year. I remember he talked to me as if he knew me as well as any other climber in the 14er community. He was funny and so nice and I was glad to finally meet him after hearing about what a great knowledgable climber he was. My thoughts go out to all the climbers that knew him well. You lost a great friend. Condolences to his family.

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