Mountain Memorials and Memories
News from KSGT:
Some people say when they’re in the mountains they sense the presence of loved ones who’ve passed.
After the deaths of Chris Onufer and Steve Romeo from an avalanche Wednesday on Ranger Peak in Grand Teton National Park, members of the community are finding befitting and therapeutic ways to celebrate their lives.
I ran into some of Onufer’s close friends on Teton pass Friday. In memory of Onufer, they skied one of the last runs he’d done on the pass and then later that day they braved the bulletproof snow in Corbet’s Couloir in Onufer’s honor. Michelle Smith was one of the people skiing for Chris that day and she stretched the memorial into the weekend.
“Over the weekend a couple of my friends and I went to Lander to rock climb because all winter long Chris couldn’t stop talking about getting a group of people together and going rock climbing since he wanted to get away from the sketchy snowpack,” Smith explained. “So we completed a climb called Dreaming the Rasta Bus. Chris and I tried to do that climb last year and we got hung up on the fourth bolt; we couldn’t get past it. He just wanted to do that climb, and he said, ‘The next time we come back to Lander we’re going to get that climb.’”
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Armless man still hoping to climb Mt. Everest
News from London Free Press:
- Sudarshan Gautam, a Nepalese-born Mount Royal University student is planning on climbing Mount Everest as early as this summer. Age 14, Gautam lost both of his arms in an electrocution accident (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency file photo)
CALGARY – He’s not at all biting off more than he can chew.
In fact, Sudarshan Gautam, who aims to become the first amputee lacking both his arms to climb Mt. Everest without the use of prosthetic limbs, will even use his teeth.
But the Nepalese-born Calgarian, who plans to attempt the world’s highest mountain in May, still needs about $ 30,000 to reach his goal.
Gautam, 30, who lost his arms at age 14 in a kite flying accident, so far has raised $ 45,000 from sponsors but needs a bit more to be able to reach the peak and spread his message.
“I’m not a mountain climber, this is not my profession but I like to climb for the awareness for handicapped people,” he said.
“My mission is to spread the message that disability is not inability.”
Gautam, who can use a computer, drive, and play cards with his feet, already knows he can climb a mountain without arms — in the fall of 2005 he scaled Mt. Yala, the 5,732-metre peak just north of Kathmandu in 13 days without artificial limbs or oxygen.
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This is the tale of Mark Horrell’s not-so-nearly ascent of Gasherbrum in Pakistan; of how one man’s boredom and frustration is conquered by a gutsy combination of exhaustion, cowardice, and sheer mountaineering incompetence.
Not one, not two, but three intrepid assaults were made on the summits, some of which got quite a distance beyond base camp, and many perilous circumstances were overcome along the way. Joe Simpson may have crawled for five days with a broken leg, but did he ever