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Andrews Glacier to Otis Peak RMNP Nov 09. Photo by Rkymtn.


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Denver, Colorado, United States

Power = 108 (Vote Weight = 84.91%)

Website: http://haliku.wordpress.com/

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Denver Colorado area for alpine, ice and rock. (email me) I'm also interested in international trips for alpine.


On Saturday, November 20, 2010, Chris Pruchnic (Haliku) lost his life in an ice-climbing accident in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park.

Haliku was a valued contributor to SP, but his worth went well beyond the pages he created. As is obvious in forum threads regarding his tragic death, Haliku was widely loved and respected for his character, his generosity, and his knowledge. His loss is a heavy blow to both those who knew him in real life and those who knew him only on SP. The SP staff sends its deepest condolences to his family and friends. We know that no words can heal this loss but hope that what was great about Haliku and his life will eventually soften the pain and inspire those that knew him.

This profile page will remain in honor of Haliku. Friends of his who wish to pay a short tribute to him here are encouraged to contact the staff.

Hours slide by like minutes. The accumulated clutter of day-to-day existence – the lapses of conscience, the unpaid bills, the bungled opportunities, the dust under the couch, the inescapable prison of your genes – all of it is temporarily forgotten, crowded from your thoughts by an overpowering clarity of purpose by the seriousness of the
task at hand.
--Jon Krakauer

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  • Sp'ers that I have climbed with or met climbing: Astrobassman, Axe, Bill562, bird, Cheeseburglar, ChicagoTransplant, Elih, Foxy Long Bottoms, floyd, Fred Bagni, gobriango, Kiefer Thomas, km_donovan, Kurt Wedberg, markdp, mediadude, mountainjunkie, Old Guide, parky, Rkymtn, Rush


    He always was willing to give a hand or advice to anyone in anyway that he could, and he always wanted to share his joy of climbing and exploring other cultures with his friends and fellow climbers. The climbing community and the world needs more people like Chris, not less, which makes the tragedy of his early parting so much more difficult to accept. He will live on in our hearts and memories. He and I had been talking about climbing Kilimanjaro soon, and someday when I stand atop that peak I will call Chris' name to honor my friend. --chicagotransplant /////////////////////Chris was a dear friend who I will remember fondly and miss greatly – especially when heading to the mountains. Chris had a friendly demeanor and generosity that touched those lucky enough to know him. He was quick to greet others on the mountain and give a hand when needed. I am grateful to have met Chris and privileged to have had many amazing adventures with him. -- rkymtn

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