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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby jamie » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:29 pm

I feel compelled to say something. I had the privilege of hiking with Steve a few times. I was always so fascinated by his amazing mountaineering experience and knowledge. He was and always will be someone I look up to. I am still in complete shock that he is no longer with us. Steve, you will be missed.
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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby susanjoypaul » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:44 pm

He did more s**t in a month than some do in a lifetime. What a life, and what a gift he was, to us all.

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby Alpine » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:45 pm

metalmountain wrote:
kushrocks wrote:Some of my favorite stories about Steve were when he would summit a peak and be on his way down already almost a 1000 feet below the summit already and see climbers/hikers struggling on their way up barley able to move uphill. He would climb down to them sometimes carry their pack and re- summit with them so they could get to the top. That is the kind of man he was. Truly one of a kind.


I had a friend at work today relay a story concerning Steve that drives this same point home. On Huron several years ago Steve was 1,000 or so feet down from the summit on the descent when he realized there was a dog stuck up near the summit. So Steve being Steve re-climbed Huron and carried the dog back down to safety.

Steve was always willing to answer any dumb question I sent to him, and was always patient and forthcoming. He was, from all I could ever tell, a selfless and great human being. We need more people like him.



I only met Steve once, a late November day on Huron Peak, and James (metalmountain) already mentioned my story of how Steve hiked back up from 500-1000 feet down (he had already left the summit) to carry a dog which had wounded pads I think from the rocks and the snow. I am not sure but I don't even think the dog belonged to anybody from his group.

Like I told James, that is the kind of person I want to be too. Thanks for your example Steve.
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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby 14erFred » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:56 pm

Deepest sympathy to Steve's family and friends at this painful loss. He was a noble spirit, full of grace and beauty, and we were blessed to have him with us. May he rest in peace always, and may his memory be a blessing forever.
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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby JimR » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:59 pm

A sad, sad day. I only met Steve once, hiking with him for a few hours, but the experience was consistent with what everyone is saying: he was kind, generous, friendly, humble, super-strong & knowledgeable. He will be sorely missed. Heartfelt sympathy to his family & friends. RIP, Steve.
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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby boudreaux » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:05 pm

I think the greatest testament to a mountaineer is one who gives up his or her own goal(s) to help someone else achieve theirs without ever asking for anything in return! Steve is a true selfless man, we should all strive to be like him. He freely gave of anything he could to help no matter the situation! I'm sorry I was never able to meet this man with a huge heart! My prayers go out to Steve's family, celebrate his life and accomplishments as a husband, father, mentor and all around caregiver of the highest regard. You will be missed!
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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby sunny1 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:11 pm

Alpine wrote:
I only met Steve once, a late November day on Huron Peak, and James (metalmountain) already mentioned my story of how Steve hiked back up from 500-1000 feet down (he had already left the summit) to carry a dog which had wounded pads I think from the rocks and the snow. I am not sure but I don't even think the dog belonged to anybody from his group.

Like I told James, that is the kind of person I want to be too. Thanks for your example Steve.


I met Steve that very same day in November, 2008, on Huron Pk. I was so impressed that he went straight back up the mountain to assist with the dog after he'd descended.
I personally had never seen anyone move at that speed above altitude, either. :shock:
I had met him and his 2 friends, both coworkers of his, on the ascent.
When I first met him, he said I must be a stud. :shock:
I said, nooooooooooo, not at all. :oops:
He said, Oh, studette, then?
Me: Noooooooooo, not at all. :shock:
He then said he didn't see many girls hiking in the winter.
I've thought about that day at times over the years, always makes me smile.
Who wouldn't smile at being called a STUD by a complete stranger :mrgreen:

There will be many Steve stories. He was very generous with his time, assistance, and self.
He will be missed immensely.
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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby Alpinegoat » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:11 pm

I will remember Steve for his kindness, humility and easy friendliness (and his orange winter cap and Cooper). I was fortunate to be on 2 trips (Sherman & Snowmass) with him and have very fond memories of those times. With a constant supply of jujups, words of encouragement he made it possible for me to stretch beyond what I would have done. In Snowmass he helped a dog descend from the ridge, helped with a rescue / accident and carried the pack of injured person back to the trailhead. He embodies the highest qualitites of a mentor / teacher ( be it in school or in the mountains) and has touched many lives.

My heart goes out to his family and all those who participated in the rescue effort. Kudos to the 14er community for rallying to support Steve's family and the rescuers.

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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby Ridge runner » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:19 pm

I've been fighting back the tears ever since I heard the news today. Steve was so much more than a great mountaineer. He was a friend to me during times when I needed advice outside of climbing. He offered up his cell number, home phone number, and even his parent's phone number for me if I ever needed anything. He got me and my dog out of a scary situation on Snowmass a few years ago, and I was so grateful to have him there. I couldn't thank him enough, and the only way I felt I could repay him was to help him search for Cooper down in the Sangres. You could just tell how much he loved his daughters and how proud he was of them when they joined him in the mountains.
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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby its_not_a_tuba » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:40 pm

My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Steve and one of his daughters and a friend of hers up at South Colony Lakes prior to climbing the Crestones. We were finishing our hike in when we saw them camping right next to a site we were eyeballing – at first glance we figured he was just some guy camping with his kids, he did not look like your “typical” climber. We actually came close to moving on up the trail from them since past experience has taught me that it can be a really bad idea camping close to people in the wilderness who are not following a “climber’s sleep schedule”. Maybe we were just tired, maybe it was pure luck but we decided to settle in right next to them. I went down a little later and introduced myself and quickly discovered that the guy I was camping next to was definitely not your “typical” climber. We talked quite a while that night, mostly it was me enthusiastically listening to him tell stories. It never occurred to me until today how many of you must have been a part of all those stories. We spent more time together the following night after our climb, he was the most accomplished and the most humble climber I have ever met.

Steve and I emailed each other a few times after meeting in South Colony talking about getting out together. He was of course, always available and always eager to make plans. I was always busy and always thought that we could do it next weekend, next month, or next season.


You will be missed Steve, not just by your family, friends and this community, but possibly by the mountains themselves.
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Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby coloradokevin » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:42 pm

Steve was one of the best, and surely one of the most respected folks around this forum. The one thing that stands out to me about Steve wasn't even the fact that he was a very accomplished climber. Rather, Steve was probably most notable for the fact that he was a skilled, accomplished, and yet still humble individual. He seemed quite willing to help anyone with their climbing, and was always a great go-to guy for mountaineering advice. I regret that I never had the chance to climb with him personally!

Re: Steve Gladbach

Postby livetothemax96 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:51 pm

So sad to hear. I had the pleasure of bumping into him on two occasions, one of the nicest people I have ever met in the mountains. I had been at work hoping to come home and hear good news...such a terrible loss. He had always been an inspiration to me, and I'm sure many others, ever since I started climbing and was introduced to this forum a couple years ago, he will be missed greatly. Condolences to all of his friends and family.
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