Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

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Re: Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

Post by timstich » Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:39 am

I kind of thought someone was going to put on a memorial, but it doesn't seem like that is going to happen. But of course we have this thread here. I thought I would share a funny story about Jim that I wanted to pass along.

Now if I knew more of Jim's backstory it would help, but I'm guessing that he may have been married at one time or at least had some significant relationships that went sour at some point. He lived alone, I do know that. I don't even know if he had a cat. But in any case, we all feel the weight of the years and see our attractiveness begin to fade and the fairer sex grow bored with our stories. I know that as well as anyone. But Jim seemed to find a solution to this problem of being too finicky to interact with women his own age.

At Shelf Road one weekend last summer we had a group outing in the Meetup climbing club and reserved some campsites at the Bank. All day long that Saturday small groups of us went climbing at the varioius crags and then we congregated at one site around the campfire. We cooked dinner and then started to break out the wine, beer, and whiskey. Jim settled down by the fire and strummed an acoustic guitar he brought. The group was about half men and half women. Some of the women were in their 40s and single or divorced. I knew most of them.

We got on the subject of dating and of course there was enough cynicism to go around, although we all tried not to step on the toes of the opposite sex by saying something outright inflamatory. Then Jim started to smile, "Oh, but those women in their 20s!" I looked over at one of the 40-something women and saw a smirk forming. Jim then started to wax nostalgically about some girl he had dated who was in this age range and listed off many of the obvious benefits of such a union. Thoughts of a mentor-student sort of exchange entered my mind. All I remember was seeing one of the other women just shaking her head. Ha ha ha!
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Post by Bruton » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:28 pm

[quote="timstich"] I don't even know if he had a cat.

Tim,
He did have a Cat.
A wild bob-like cat he rescued, loved dearly, and spoke of often.
As per his love life, Jim did everything he could to make the people in his life feel loved.
He was an amazing climber, musician, person, and friend.
And he will be missed.

Thanks for the story.
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Post by hop2it » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:22 am

I really miss you , Jim.
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Post by globreal » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:30 am

timstich wrote:I kind of thought someone was going to put on a memorial, but it doesn't seem like that is going to happen.
Tim, the Celebration of Life service is going to be Saturday, May 3, 2014. The details are coming together and will be posted here on 14ers.com today or tomorrow.
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Post by tommyboy360 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:16 pm

Wow, I just learned of this news today. I'm in shock. A big loss to this community.

Jim was creative, smart and hard working. He made us all laugh in many different ways. His opinion, experience, creativity and friendly hard charging attitude is a huge loss.

We all will come to an ultimate end of this journey some day but this is way too short and upsetting. My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and climbing partners.
“It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”
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Post by Jesse M » Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:50 am

Dancesatmoonrise wrote: Whimsical musings of those carefree summer days with high pressure over the Great Basin and relative immunity from thunderstorms for those all-day alpine expeditions... [-o<
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Post by CarpeDM » Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:13 am

I didn’t know Jim all that well. We talked about climbing more than we actually climbed; it just didn’t work out too often. I wish I had more opportunities to learn from him. A couple of times he seemed to open up a little if only obliquely. Maybe others can confirm or deny this, but I got the impression that he was a man who knew both his strengths and failings – a man truly self-aware. In my experience there aren’t a heck of a lot of people like that. I’ll miss you, Jim. And the climbing community will you.
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Post by Jeff34 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:14 pm

Dear 14er’s and Jim DiNapoli’s friends,

I am writing to thank all of you for the kind words about my brother Jim. It looks like Jim had a lot friend’s who cared about him. My wife and I are happy that Jim had so many friends who shared his passion for climbing. His love of climbing and nature took him to many beautiful places. He was always an adventurer looking for the next challenge. It has been comforting to know he had such good care and help from his dear friends. He is missed. Thanks to you all for sharing your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Jeff DiNapoli
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Post by globreal » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:18 pm

Jeff34 wrote:Dear 14er’s and Jim DiNapoli’s friends,

I am writing to thank all of you for the kind words about my brother Jim. It looks like Jim had a lot friend’s who cared about him. My wife and I are happy that Jim had so many friends who shared his passion for climbing. His love of climbing and nature took him to many beautiful places. He was always an adventurer looking for the next challenge. It has been comforting to know he had such good care and help from his dear friends. He is missed. Thanks to you all for sharing your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Jeff DiNapoli
Jeff,

Thank you for posting on here. I am really sorry for you, and the loss of your brother. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

Jim had many strengths: His speed in the mountains was inspiring & challenging. His skill and ability as a rock climber was staggering! His artistic & post-processing skills in the photographic realm became well known on this site. And his gift as a musician was something I didn't discover until this last year. Wow…what a brilliant and talented individual. Needless to say, he will truly be missed.

I pray you will be comforted during this season of loss.
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Post by pioletski » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:39 am

RIP Jim! I will miss you and your beautiful photographs and philosophical musings on this site. We never did get around to the winter ascent of KC that we talked about...
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Post by globreal » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:08 am

Dear 14ers.com community.

I would like to edit some corrections to my mistakes.

First of all, I've been in touch with Andrea DiNapoli, Jim's sister in law. Jim's brother Jeff (and Andrea) live in San Francisco. I made the mistake of posting Tucson as that was where Jim and Jeff's mother lived.

Second and most importantly, I made a mistake, in implying in my earlier post, that Jim's brother Jeff, didn't attempt return the call to Jim. I didn't know this from my conversations with Jim, but after talking with Andrea, I found out that Jeff did return the call to Jim. He didn't reach Jim, but left a voice message on Jim's answering machine. No one will ever know if Jim got the message or not.

Lastly, I said I my original post this:
There will be a "celebration of life" ceremony to be held in the near future, and details will be posted here once details have been decided.
I wasn't clear by saying "here" whether that meant in this thread or on this forum. Therefore, aside from Laura's post, I'll post in this thread:

This coming Saturday, May 3rd, there will be a Celebration of Life for Jim DiNapoli…Dancesatmoonrise that will involve three events:
1. At 10am there will be rock climbing in Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs) to honor a long time climbing advocate….especially in the Garden.
2. At 3pm there is a Celebration of Life/Time of Reflection in the Garden. Folks are invited to share their memories or stories about Jim. This will be in the Circle south of the north parking lot. Hike 100 yards south, past the rest rooms from the north parking lot to the stone circle.
3. From 6-9pm, there will be a social gathering with snacks and drinks (bring your own adult beverages) where a tribute video will be shown. Please RSVP for address and directions to: ljjanca@yahoo.com or britt@globalreality.biz
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Re: Dancesatmoonrise has passed away

Post by globreal » Sat May 03, 2014 10:40 pm

Dear Climbing Community,

Today we had a wonderful time remembering our 14er climbing member Jim DiNaploi (Dancesatmoonrise). There was a great time at the Garden of the Gods where people shared their memories of Jim. And then their was a social gathering at Jim's home where we showed a video tribute and visited together in conversation.

Several mentioned they would like to read some of this thread they missed. So, this posting should bring it back up to the top of the forum.

Rest in peace Dancesatmoonrise. You will be missed.
Britt
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