Tribute to Steve Gladbach

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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by fepic1 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:39 pm ... sp=sharing
click on the link
Look for the name under the A's
AliseGladbach!!! Steves Daughter, she updated her 14er profile today 06/22/2020.
She may have summited something yesterday for Fathers day?
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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by Boggy B » Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:03 pm

Thanks for posting this thoughtful tribute to honor Steve's memory.

I find myself thinking about Steve often. Not sure what it is that keeps reminding me of him. I didn't know him nearly as well as some here, barely well enough (for me) to consider a friend, though I know he was my friend. We did a handful of hikes together. He talked nonstop but every word was worth hearing. Even without knowing all of the selfless things he did, you knew he was a truly good person within minutes of meeting him. He was a legend and a staple of this community. I thought he would always be around, and I felt angry and sorry for myself when he died. How many opportunities had I missed to get to know him better, to let him rub off on me a little more? It still surprises me to have been so impacted by the loss of someone I didn't think I knew that well.
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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by ltlFish99 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:57 pm

Thank you for posting this wonderful piece, and especially for the reference to "rocky mountain high"
The first 2 lines of that song mean more to me than I can possibly state.
I also find deep solace in the song "love, peace, and wisdom" and my personal favorite lines:

Love, peace, and wisdom are the 3 golden keys
Love, peace, and wisdom are all that we need.

I never met the gentleman, and from what I have read about him I truly feel not having met is indeed my loss.

Thanks again for an absolutely delightful read.

Rest easy Steve
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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by IHikeLikeAGirl » Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:09 am

Yes, thank you for posting. The mountaineering community lost an icon that day.

Thank you Steve, for all of your help when I was just starting out...and for everything you brought to this community. Rest in peace....
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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by desertdog » Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:17 am

Very nice tribute. Thank you for posting. We sure could use more people like Steve in the mountains.
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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by TomPierce » Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:15 am

Thanks for posting this, Brian, well done.

I still think about Steve, probably always will, certainly whenever I hear "Rocky Mountain High" (which played at his funeral). He and I climbed a bit together in the San Juans and I obviously enjoyed his companionship as well as the friendly debates we'd have about the nature of risk & consequences when climbing. A great guy, he's missed for sure. RIP buddy.

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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by mschmalz » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:19 am

This is a beautiful tribute. I cannot think of anyone I have ever known on a personal basis that has had the positive impact of Steve Gladbach with the possible exception of Gudy Gaskill, mother of the Colorado Trail (Steve and Gudy were great friends.) I met Steve in 1988 hiking the Colorado Trail. There are very few people who you meet that make such an incredible first impression. My wife and I felt like we would be life-long friends with Steve from day 1. I bet there are many of you on this thread that felt the same. Steve made me a better teacher, climber, and overall person. I am forever grateful for his humor, inspiration, love affair of the mountains, and friendship. Even though we started climbing together at about the same age, Steve quickly advanced WAY beyond me. I looked up to him like a legend when we were 26 and today.
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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by nyker » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:20 pm

Very nice Brian,

Touching and thoughtful, thank you for posting.
I only communicated with Steve via this forum/pms and unfortunately never climbed together.
Good to keep his spirit alive, rest in peace Steve.

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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by MountainHiker » Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:05 pm

I was fortunate to meet Steve at gatherings and to share the trail with him a few times. Steve had a way about him that made you feel like you’ve known him a lot longer than you actually did. I had already heard of Steve before I met him the first time. He was well known for his incredible resume of Colorado climbing. But there was no air of him being anyone other than one of us sharing the trail.

We were traveling when we received a message from a mutual friend that Steve was overdue on Thunder Pyramid. The next message, that had to be passed through a tour company was the bad news. When we lose someone to the mountains they are somebody’s everything. They have family, friends, acquaintances… A void is left behind. It’s not just someone in the news. It’s real and the world is forever a different place. Steve is missed. We are changed by him being in our lives. We are changed by his departure.

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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by dubsho3000 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:36 am

I was lucky enough to climb one peak with sgladbach - Shavano in early December, I believe. I think there were a group of people from there but he's the only one I remember from that day - sorry to anyone else that was there! We had a great conversation about 14ering and even got into a fairly deep discussion about his personal life. (He was doing most of the talking because I could hardly breathe!) I remember thinking it was odd he was so open, but I absolutely loved it. Why not share about ourselves? Again, other people may have been participating in this convo, but I only remember Steve! Such a magnetic personality, at least on that one day.

I could not believe his stats - he had climbed each 14er 10 times or something ridiculous, was working on the 13ers and so on. I was probably on 14er #25 or there-about and I just couldn't understand how he could possibly have the time to do so much in the mountains. He was a teacher, so that made some sense, but still, he was on a different level. He opened my eyes to what was possible if you stick with this mountaineering thing for a long time.

Also, his trip report about Chicago Basin in winter was astounding to me. By then I was fanboy of his and I was giddy reading about the trials and tribulations. If you haven't read it, buckle up buttercup:

Thanks for the inspiration Steve.
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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by SurfNTurf » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:41 am

Thanks for sharing, Brian. I didn't know him nearly as well as many, but the few interactions I had with Steve have stuck with me. The beginning of my own hiking career coincided with his winter finisher and subsequent lionization. I don't throw this word around lightly, but he was very much a personal hero. His passion, inclusivity, kindness and generosity have yet to be replicated in the Colorado mountaineering community, and may never be. Rest in peace, Steve, and thanks for everything.
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Re: Tribute to Steve Gladbach

Post by Brian Thomas » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:48 am

Unselfish is how I'll always best remember Steve.

After the Spring 2010 14ers gathering on Sherman (only my 3rd 14er) at Pizza Hut in Fairplay, I knew nobody there. But Steve pulled out a chair for me, and invited me to join him on Elbert the following day. Even after warning him I was slow and inexperienced, he told me he'd help me make that summit. That's who Steve was and how I'll always remember him.
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