Oct 20, 2008, 1:07 PM
Registered: Oct 20, 2008
I met James 1.5 years ago when I came out here to Elko. Since then Iíve been blessed to be able to climb with him, play Frisbee, board games, just generally getting to know him when he was around and not traveling. As they say, you donít really know what you have until you lose it. Jamesí friendship is that way. He was a quiet man with a huge heart and a good soul. Being a relative newbie to the world of climbing he was always helping me out, willing to give me pointers, loan me books, laugh with me, and spur me on. Whenever I was around him I found myself wanting to be just a little bit more like him. I learned so much from James not only about climbing, but about life in general. What he delighted in he shared with others. Those he loved, he loved openly and honestly.
He was a great climber, smooth, and making those routes look so easy. I enjoyed belaying him just to watch him and learn from how he climbed. He led my first ice climb, and ever since then Iíve been hooked. Iíve been seeing his face a lot in my mind these last few days. But itís always been of James smiling and enjoying life.
James, thank you for sharing your life with us. I miss you. You will always be in my memories and even now you are still changing my life. I hope I can be a bit more like you.
(This post was edited by oaktree on Oct 20, 2008, 1:09 PM)