I've tried to start this blog post a couple times now, I keep deleting the first paragraph. Ultimately, I'm left speechless at losing a friend to the mountains.
A week and a half ago my friend Chad was killed while descending Fitz Roy, in southern Patagonia.
I won't do the justice Chad deserves by trying to describe what an inspiration, friend, and mentor he was, so I'll just show some pictures and share a few funny stories.
Chad was my big brother of the mountains. And, I'm really going to miss him...
|One of Chad's own photos of him and Dan from the tippy top of Mt. Russell, Sierra Nevada.|
|After climbing Mt. Fairview we all made a "love" stop and took some time to call our respective lovers. Here's Chad on the phone with Mandy.|
|We had to make a run for the cover of a boulder after encountering a little summer storm on an acclimatization hike in the High Sierra. That is a very smiley face in there Chad!|
|For someone who's so darn fit, Chad sure knows how to laze about...|
|OK, time for a nap.|
|Like Colin, Chad travels everywhere with a fishing scale. He made me take a photo of the weight of his rope for future reference.|
|Chad and Dan photo-bomb me from the summit of Mt. Russell. Hehehehe...|
|Some smiley dudes we encountered on the summit.|
|Chad showing off his rad ankle burn after our intense car-to-car mission on Mt. Russell.|
|What a photo.|
|Dan and Chad getting stoked as they prepare for what will become a 21 hr. ascent of the Regular Route on Half Dome.|
|Chad. So stoked!|
|Another smiley face just popped up out of no where?|
|Chad, what a great, great smile.|
|Hehehe, not stoked.|
|Stoked. The team on Tenaya Peak.|