Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

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Re: Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

Post by MtnHub » Sun May 04, 2014 9:44 am

Britt (and all the rest), I want to thank you for keeping us informed in all this. Living out of state makes me feel especially isolated from the rest of you, as I'm unable to participate in so many of these special events. I gotten to know many of you over the years, and in many cases you feel as close as family to me. While I never had the opportunity to climb or even meet Jim, I was hoping to connect somehow with him this summer. Losing him (and others in past years and months) is hard to grasp, as I held him as a friend with his excellent TR's and photos, a true lover of the mountains who was very generous to others with his time and talents. He will definitely be missed.

Life indeed is short. I want to take (and make) more opportunities to meet more of you. One of my priorities this summer is to meet and climb with as many of the people here in the 14ers.com community as I can. In about another month I will be making a post to hopefully make this more feasible.

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Re: Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

Post by nyker » Sun May 04, 2014 6:23 pm

I am very saddened to hear about Jim.

We exchanged thoughts and details on trips many times. Being from out of state, it was always tough to coordinate a hike together. I thought we were going to do Capitol together.

I looked forward to his thoughtful trip reports which always conveyed a sense of joy and respect for nature and the mountains as well as his great photography.

Jim, you'll be missed. Wish I got to know your more.

Thoughts and condolences to Jim's family and friends and those who had the chance to spend time with him.
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Re: Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

Post by Edslittleworld » Sun May 04, 2014 8:52 pm

Jim and I became friends in 2010. Around that time, we started mutually watching old Kung Fu episodes posted on YT and would compare our thoughts after some shows...mainly about Taoism. He said that his quiet solo trips up the 14ers (especially in winter) were akin to the opening of the old KF episodes of Quai Chang wandering thru life. We argued A LOT about morality, people, women, religion, life goals, Arizona, etc. However, we still remained friends. I climbed, hiked, cycled, drank beer, and even chased chicks with the guy. What a character!

I'm still in disbelief that a guy with so much life can just be gone. :( Take care my friend...you will be missed.
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Post by mtn_nut » Wed May 07, 2014 1:57 pm

I haven't been on the website much lately, so its sobering to hear that Jim passed away. i was happy to have partnered with him for Handies a little over a year ago for a winter ascent, and a group climb in the San Juans before that. RIP Jim.
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Post by mtn_nut » Thu May 08, 2014 10:52 pm

I hope this photo of him below become an iconic image to celebrate his life.

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RIP Jim

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Post by hop2it » Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:00 pm

I've been thinking a lot about Jim, lately. And I actually went rock climbing today for the first time ever, at Garden of the Gods. It was so fun ! His friendship & memory/legacy inspired me! Despite his own illness, Jim took the time to get to know me. What an amazing and selfless thing to do.

I guess, you never know how you will impact a person with your life....good or bad. Always aim for the good.
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Post by JChitwood » Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:10 am

Very well written, hop2it.
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Post by wendroo » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:05 pm

What a shock to try to look for Jim on the www, as I have done once in a while over the years, this time to find that he is gone. I am so deeply saddened, mourning the last few days, thinking so much about the time we spent together. Jim taught me all about rock climbing about 20 years ago, and we had an amazing friendship for several years. He taught me well how to belay a climber, and trusted me even when I had broken my shoulder (skiing!) and used a gri-gri with my arm in a sling!! He also taught me fly fishing, skiing, shooting, backpacking, camping skills, map reading, mountain biking, and even about wines. What adventures we had... I had the time of my life. Jim has enhanced my life in amazing ways, entering my life just when I needed such adventures; only to leave my life when we outgrew each other. I am truly very glad and happy to read everyone's memoirs of Jim the last few days and find that he did continue to grow as an amazing person in many ways, made a ton of friends, had a happy, adventurous life doing everything he loved so much, and found some peace.
Somewhere around here someone was asking for better pictures of him climbing; I found one ... can't believe it's the only one I have, all the rest are butt shots lol! Anyway, in summation, one thing I really wanted to pass on- and I think you would all nod your heads and smile in remembrance of Jim's amazing intellect and talents... There was a time I told Jim I thought he was fascinating. His reply -- "If I am fascinating, it is because I am fascinated!" Truedat!! RIP Jim; Climb on. Image Image
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Post by timstich » Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:11 am

Jim constantly cracked me up when I would run into him. Ha ha ha. But get a few beers into him around the campfire and you're really laughing.
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Post by randalmartin » Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:16 pm

I was always so impressed with his multiple talents. Excellent musician, medical doctor, rock climber, photographer. Seemed like whatever he put his mind to, he did it well.
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Post by CBReno » Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:59 pm

He was amazing at everything he did. In the 1980's, in Reno, he was legendary for his telemark skiing. He had a style all his own. He was also quite a character, just when you thought you knew him well, he would pull out a surprise. One day, he said to me, with a sort of hick accent, "I'll bet you didn't know I play the fiddle!" Yes, indeed, he was an amazing fiddle player among his many other talents. He was also a wonderful doctor, I had the privilege of spending a year with him as a friend and girlfriend, as well as a co-worker, while he was a Resident. So many wonderful memories. :-D I am trying to add pictures but it is not letting me, They are too big. :wft: I will keep trying.
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Post by Jessie_s Dad » Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:27 am

I guess I have not been on the site for quite a while. I was always amazed at his awesome photography on his trip reports. We will all miss him
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