Talus Monkey's final wish

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Talus Monkey's final wish

Postby OBX Fisherman » Fri May 11, 2007 8:59 pm

David stated clearly in his will he wished to be cremated. A small portion of his ashes will return to NC with his mother. With his mothers blessing the balance of his ashes will be divided evenly and one container will be held by his extended family in Denver. The other portion will return with me to NC. The portion in Denver will be held until the memorial hike to Humboldt where the ashes can be scattered to the wind. I will take the last portion of ashes to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and scatter his ashes on the beaches he so dearly loved.

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Postby Charla aka Chulabelle » Fri May 11, 2007 9:09 pm

will this be the june hike up humbolt or the august hike??
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Postby reiwan » Fri May 11, 2007 10:17 pm

I think its the august hike, however I could be wrong. But I have a 50% chance of being right. If only Vegas had this good of odds :P
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Postby highaltmama » Fri May 11, 2007 11:44 pm

I'm wanting to know if it is the June hike or August hike as well...
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Postby kiddrockies » Sat May 12, 2007 6:04 am

That's pretty beautiful, really. Do you guys know a Matt Redman song called "Blessed be your Name?" Reminds me of that. One of my fav's.
The Lord God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hind's feet, and He will make me to walk upon the high places.
Habakkuk 3:19

And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.
Matthew 14:23
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Postby tshesky » Sat May 12, 2007 6:11 am

kiddrockies wrote:That's pretty beautiful, really. Do you guys know a Matt Redman song called "Blessed be your Name?" Reminds me of that. One of my fav's.

Think I've heard it. It is a good tune.
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Postby USAKeller » Sat May 12, 2007 6:41 am

kiddrockies wrote:Do you guys know a Matt Redman song called "Blessed be your Name?"

Funny, I just listened to it this morning. But, "I'll Fly Away" by Jars of Clay is my favorite!

I wonder if his ashes will go on the June or August hike too- I'll talk to Gary.
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Postby Pahiker » Sat May 12, 2007 10:26 am

Its very difficult for a person who never met another to adequately express their grief for another(s). I looked forward to reading every trip report TalusMonkey posted because his passion fueled each and every other member on this board. In fact, July will represent the first time in my life that I will ever see a 14'er. The legacy that David gave to us will inspire us all. I would imagine that complete strangers (to him) will summit a 14er and think of him. I know that my first trek will end with him in our thoughts as we enjoy the sights and sounds that he so dearly loved. Thats an amazing testament to an amazing person. So may the peace of nature hold all who shared in his life, may the mountain tops remember his presence, and may you begin your ascent of the great mountains in Heaven... Godspeed David Worthington.
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Postby Skitch14 » Sat May 12, 2007 11:01 am

"I'll Fly Away" is definitely a good one. The cool thing about it is that it has been recorded by so many people in so many styles, from an old hymn, to Johnny Cash, to Jars of Clay. It also reminds me of the movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou", a great movie.

Anyways, definitely didnt mean to hijack the thread. Best of luck with carrying out David's final wishes and God bless.
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Postby upndown » Sat May 12, 2007 12:54 pm

The older I grow, the more often I wonder if the people I've encountered in my life are better off having met me. I try to live with that in mind - doesn't always happen, but I try. As I look back on this past week, I have a hard time figuring out why Talus Monkey's passing has affected me like it has. I never met him. Nevertheless, I've been affected. I've laughed with him, lived through him, climbed with him via this site for over a year. Last week, I saw the original "Climber injured..." post and clicked on it to see how many entries into it there would be before someone second guessed some climber's desision to blah blah blah. It only had a few entries at the time, but TM and USAkeller were mentioned...not confirmed, just mentioned. I instantly became glued - hitting refresh every few minutes. When I read that it really was them, goose bumps covered my entire body. I stayed glued for hours and finally went to bed when there was talk of going back up to get the stashed gear. I thought 'they wouldn't be discussing that if he were stuck up there in bad shape'. It was a comforting thought. When I logged back in and saw the memoriam thread, I thought, 'man, they aren't cutting TM any slack at all this time' and I thought about all the fun people were going to have with whatever tale was spun from this latest adventure. Then I realized the truth and my eyes welled up and I swallowed...big...for a guy that I never met. How weird is that? But, back to the original thought - I think there are a whole lot of people David never even met that are better off simply because he shared his adventures on this site. I'll miss that.
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Postby jaysnapp » Sat May 12, 2007 1:55 pm

I have lurked on this site for about 2 years and this event has pushed me into my first post. I can totally relate to the previous post. I saw the brief channel 9 news story and logged onto 14ers to see if there was any other info. Having read so many of TalusMonkey's and USAKellers comments over the past couple of years, I have also felt an incredible loss without ever meeting David. I would have to assume there are many others out there that have lurked for a while and did not realize the impact this site had on their lives. I just wanted to say think you to everyone who is actively posting and giving advise over the last couple of years. The support on this site in the past week is possibly the most incredible thing I have witnessed in a long time. Thanks to all of Davids close friends and USAKeller for sharing so many stories and photo's. What a beautiful plan for his ashes.
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Postby mtnview » Sat May 12, 2007 3:06 pm

Hey Caroline,

I have that Jars of Clay CD Redemption Songs also. Although it is a bit countryish I like the song "On Jordan's Stormy Banks" just for the meaningfulness of the words. It will be nice when this fallen world get's a redo.

God Bless,

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise (of his return), as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

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