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Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby axbauer » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:56 am

This is so very touching. Very.

You have my heart very happy and I am so pleased that you have continued to do what you love with a new found love for life and respect for the mountains.

Thank you for your tributes to my husband.

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby SurfNTurf » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:27 am

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Climb on, Chris.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby axbauer » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:33 am

Beautiful. He idolized you, Jeff. I know that for a fact.

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby axbauer » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:22 pm

Not on the top of a 14er, but with love nonetheless <3
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby aliciaf » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:27 pm

We didn't know Chris, but thought of him on our hike up Mt. Lindsey today...
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Mt. Lindsey 9/3/12 via NW Ridge
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby I Man » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:52 pm

Chris Gray on a beautiful December morning in 2011.

Aaron, Chris and I left Denver early that morning with Fletcher as our Primary goal. It was wonderful to talk with Chris about his love of the mountains.

Have thought of you a lot, my friend....always will.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby summitstep » Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:01 pm

axbauer wrote:Not on the top of a 14er, but with love nonetheless <3


Taylor, i live in Ohio so I cannot climb for chris. However, in his memory I hiked 21 miles today on the Buckeye Trail. Lost my sign to a wind gust in a torrential downpour......but I did lay down tracks in honor of your husband. Just a soaked and sweaty 60 yr old glad to take a day of reflection and gift it to you both. It is awesome to see the 14er community wrap its arms of comfort around you. Hopefully it gives you joy to feel that bond and adds to your countless happy memories of your husband. Peace and prayers to you.
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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby axbauer » Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:38 pm

Thank you for these pictures. They are wonderful!

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby MechE » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:22 am

Hi Taylor,

I live in Wisconsin so I am unable to climb a 14er for Chris. So I hiked 10 miles of the Timm's Hill National Scenic Side Trail to Timm's Hill, the highest Point in Wisconsin at 1951'. I created an entry for Chris and Rob in the guest book.
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Timm's Hill
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It meant alot to me that Chris responded to my request for a climbing partner. May god bless you and your family during this time.

Sincerely,

Chris Schlegel (MechE)

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby axbauer » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:56 pm

So cool. Thank you so much!

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Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby Paco » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:16 pm

I`m so sorry for your loss.
There are no peaks in this part of Texas but I`ll run this weekend`s 20 miler in Chris` memory.
Run far, climb high.

Re: Climber Deceased On Crestone Peak

Postby MonGoose » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:00 pm

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