Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

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Re: Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

Post by Kiefer » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:05 pm

I've known Jim for a few years. Our relationship over those years was something of an amoeba.
Our relationship was built on a rocky and crenulated foundation but there was always a mutual respect & tact for one another. At the onset, I tried to keep a lot of distance between us over disagreements over morality and transparency.
But in hindsight, Jim never really strayed that far and over time, especially within the last few months, our relationship had taken form of something much more solid as a true and honest friendship. If we could have been allowed more time, that friendship I believe, would have morphed into one of genuine respect, care and concern built from our tribulations as opposed to "feel-good" complacency.

I remember a couple years ago, Jim told me of his beginnings as a solid 5.10+ climber and how, after trying some of his first 14ers, he was nervous and scared of 3rd and 4th class choss. Nothing is stable! I couldn't help but to laugh at that! :)
And how, back in January, while at work on the phone, he told me, "Kiefer, I know I'm dying. But you know, I'm not scared." Jim and I talked long that night about life and what it is we ultimately take away and the impressions we leave behind. That comment, at least to me, proves beyond the shadow of a doubt to the man's inner strength and genuine character. It pains me SO MUCH that I wasn't allowed more time heal our broken bridges, bury the hatchet further and say our peace. :(
And to that, we both owe Britt an unfathomable favour for being the one to broker and nurture those channels to communication so that we could once again, be friends and hopefully, climb some awesome peaks in the near future.

I wish the experimental treatments that Jim was receiving would have worked.
I wish he would have let Sarah [Simon] and I over to help take care of the house while he attended to...'other things.'
I wish I could have thanked him for accepting my apologies.
I just wish there was more time. :cry:

Safe travels my friend. I hope you find peace along the roads you journey.

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Post by Johnson » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:23 pm

This is horribly sad news. I was just thinking the other day how I needed to call him as I hadn't contacted him since Steve's funeral. Strangely enough I never actually met Jim but had talked to him several times about gear, training, and climbing plans. I am very sad our paths never crossed.
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Post by globreal » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:29 pm

My thanks to Laura Janca for sending me these to post.
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Post by SenadR » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:33 pm

We only part to meet again.
R.I.P. My friend.
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Post by Mindy » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:02 pm

One hell of a personality. That's the first thought when I think of you. Second. Energy!

There are times in life when something or someone remind you of our fragility, our gifts, differences that should be respected... Today is one for me.

Cheers to what you brought here Jim. No matter how received at times, always memorable. Keep climbing.

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Post by LoneStar » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:34 pm

Through his stunning photography and exquisite reports, he took me places I will never otherwise go. God's peace to those who love him.
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Post by RyGuy » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:44 pm

Jim was one of the friendliest people you'd ever meet. Smart, wise, thoughtful, knowledgeable and helpful.

His trip reports are arguably among the very best on They are both amazingly valuable beta, and works of art at the same time. Heck, even if I didn't care about climbing, I'd read them just for the stories and photography.

Thank you for all you gave us, Jim.

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Post by Greenhouseguy » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:48 pm

Steve and Jim on the First Annual Quandary Winter Welcomer - the best guys you'd ever want to meet.

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Re: Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

Post by MUni Rider » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:12 pm

So sad to hear of his passing. I really enjoyed his posts and artwork. Although I never climbed or hiked with him, I had the pleasure of meeting him at one of his art showings and I have one of his black and whites hanging in my living room that he sold me. He will be missed by many. The world lost a good man. Rest in peace, brother climber.
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Post by Alpine » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:47 pm

Like so many I never climbed or hiked with him, but he will be missed. So very sad to hear about his passing.
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Post by DeTour » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:57 pm

Oh man, what a shock. Like so many I only knew Jim through his trip reports. But what wonderful reports - so thoughtful, reflective, entertaining. His spirit came though his writing in a way that you rarely see, and anyone who takes the time to enjoy it is richer for the experience. And his photography is not just excellent - it's reverent. I feel as though I've lost a dear friend. Rest in peace Jim. I know I will appreciate having "known" you every time I look on a moonrise.
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Re: Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

Post by 12ersRule » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:00 pm

So sad. I never met him, but based on what I've heard, it sounds like he got a lot out of life.

Cancer sucks and if there is a chance to donate to a charity in Jim's name, count me in.
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