Oct 19, 2008, 8:30 PM
Registered: Dec 14, 2003
Wow. I climbed with James several days in TN and then up in RRG, KY 1.5 year ago. We meet through a friend of a friend. Though we only climbed a few days together, we called often, telling our climbing stories, or just life updates. He was excited to be moving to WV with his girlfriend, to climb on NC rock. I was excited too. I had enjoyed his company, energy and knowledge of rock.
He taught me a new method of rappelling, using his tree knowledge, to rap directly off a cliff, into an oak, and then hanging 100 feet from the ground off the oak tree, to the ground. No walk off needed! He also introduced me to Thievery Corporation, a band I listen to right now.
Though he only was in my life a few days, I felt a strong connection with him. In fact, I had lost my cell phone 1.5 weeks ago. His one of the first few numbers I entered in.
James' spirit, warmth and smile will stay with me; with all of us. My helmet will always remind me of him. We both had the same green EB helmet.
In his last email, concerning his friend's heart attack, James wrote: "There are lessons to be learned from significant events such as this. Life is preciously shorter for some, so build your legacy now as you wish to be remembered and spend more time with those that are closest to your heart. These are lessons for us all, for all time."
(This post was edited by clmbrdancer on Oct 19, 2008, 8:43 PM)