Fletch wrote:Impressive climbers. Ben looks like he solo'ed Denali in four days. Not too shabby. Looks like these guys were from LA/SD? Lots of reports here in CO say they were from Boulder? Probably both?
Nevertheless, very sad. RIP boys.
Ben was originally from east coast, and was a grad student at SD. I met him in Talkeetna, and we climbed in Sierra. He was a multi-dimensional guy who was not only a talented climber, but also a runner (ran ultra marathons. Last one was Western States 100), snowboarder, devoted Christian, and a grad student. Although a terrible loss, I respect people like him that go out there and live vs exist. I was very shocked and still am by the number of deaths of people I knew directly or indirectly in the last 2 month.