Peak(s):  Challenger Point  -  14,081 feet
Date Posted:  01/28/2012
Date Climbed:   08/18/2011
Author:  14erOHOLIC

26 years ago today our nation lost seven hero's. Last August I spent an extraordinary week camping and hiking around the magnificent Colorado Crestones. I was witness to a remarkable group of alpine rescue volunteers as they recovered the body of a fallen climber who lost his life the day before my assent of Challenger Point. It was on my climb down that I encountered the first team looking for the man from Chicago. That is another story. This video, if you wish to watch, is my humble and perhaps sappy tribute to the crew of the space shuttle CHALLENGER. An old man gets a little emotional after submitting and reading the plaque atop the Point.
Thank you for your interest and for remembering the sacrifices some Americans make for us all.
Gart W.

 Comments or Questions

Thanks for the reminder
01/29/2012 00:18
I was a senior in high school and class was interrupted as we were informed of the disaster. Our own Mr. Falon had been one of the final 4 or so finalists to be the first teacher in space so it hit pretty close to home. Thanks for sharing.


Never forget that day
01/29/2012 17:01
My father worked for NASA (Johnson Space Center) and so the impact of that event hit home. I was driving to classes at the University of Houston - Clear Lake listening to the launch on the radio. Still remember it like it was yesterday.


Well timed TR!
01/29/2012 20:33
I also remember the Challenger Space Shuttle launch and demise vividly.
I was at work, the TV was on, saw the whole thing as it unfolded.
It was shocking.
Hard to believe it's been 26 years ago!
Appreciate your TR, it's heartfelt, sincere and unique.
I was moved on Challenger's summit, as well. Pretty doggone cool to have the memorial on a CO 14er!

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