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maracas


Nov 26, 2006, 1:57 PM
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Jimmy Ray Forrester died in Potrero Chico
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Local newspaper reports the death of a person in potrero, apparently a climber from Dallas.

Sorry I could not post the link, it is suscription based, so instead the translation from Google:

Monterrey, Mexico (26 November 2006). - A American mountain climber died after falling of approximately 100 meters of height of mountains of Small Potrero, in Hidalgo, Nuevo Leo'n. Gerald Lazcano Cave, director of Police and Transit of that municipality, informed that the foreigner was identified like James Ray Forrester, of 40 years, that were original of Forth Worth, Texas. The identity of the victim was revealed by a friend, who along with arrived he at the Put Hotel, where they provided with accomodations in Small Potrero. In agreement with the investigations, the American that it was killed, left single to 5:00 hours Friday with the objective to scale some wall; nevertheless, it did not take the equipment adapted, already according to its friend only it used a snap harness. Lazcano Cave said that it was possible to be established that the night of Friday Forrester did not return, reason why his companion was alarmed and given warning to the recepcionista, that warned the Police, that it discarded to initiate the search due to the dark. The morning of yesterday students, police elements and of Civil defense left to look for the American. The rescatistas were divided in groups to rake in different zones; nevertheless, after 8 hours body was found by a called small dog “Isaiah”, who began to bark when he smelled the body of Forrester, informed Ramiro Lopez Nájera, element of Civil defense of the State. Once they located the corpse, the rescatistas used cords and a stretcher in which they surrounded to lower it it of between stones of the hill. The authorities suppose that the foreigner passed away in the course of Friday, apparently by the fractures was caused after the fall. The body was transferred to the entrance of the Recreational Center Small Potrero, where they gave warning to the delegate of Public ministry of Escobedo, Eugene G. Loyal González, gave faith of the decease and requested that they took the body to the University Hospital.


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I am Jimmy Ray's sister from Fort Worth and we are struggling to get the details. Please reply if anyone knows anything! We are all truly devastated and saddened!Frown


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I wish I could be of help but I am in Canada right now. I am sure more people will be abe to help you.

May he rest in peace.


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this is terrible. I knew and climbed with Jimmy a bit. Just got off the phone with a friend from Dallas who told me the news. He was a solid, bold climber, and always psyched on new areas and routes in Texas and Mexico. wow.


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gweaver. i pm'd you contact information for someone who can give you more details. if you need more help please let me know.


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My deepest and sincerest condolencences to the family and friends of Jimmy Ray.
RIP


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we heard of this horrible news yesterday afternoon via a phone call from mexico. i wish i had more information but i don't. i do know that his body is in route back to dallas. this is a tragic day. i am so sorry. jimmy was a great person and a passionate climber. here at exposure he was part of our family. we are all devistated. we are trying to put together a memorial fundraiser in which all benifits will go to his daughter. i will repost any news that i get. again, i am so sorry for his family's loss.


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I am so very sorry, gweaver, for the terrible loss of your brother. My thoughts are with you, as I'm sure are those of many of this community.
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Jimmy had a profile here.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...gi?username=jimmyray


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Thank you so much for that link. I am Jimmy's other sister and I am so grateful for any pictures and information. We are absolutely devastated by this tragic accident!!! Thank you again.


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I'm so sorry to hear this. I didn't personally know Jimmy, but I had exchanged emails with him and talked to him regarding some CTCC history and he was always very polite and eager to listen. He seemed like a truly caring person that love everything about climbing. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Our climbing community has suffered a loss as well.


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I had also exchanged emails with Jimmy about possibly climbing sometime but had not had the opportunity to meet him in person. I am truly sorry and will keep your family in my prayers! Frown


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we were down in EPC when everyone was notified that he was found.

He was soloing "the scariest ride in the park"

which is a very dangerous 40+ pitch ridge climb. It was speculated that he had a heavy pack on and fell from one of the very beginning pitches of the climb.

I am very sorry for your loss, this news affected us all :(


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We in Oklahoma are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and fellow climber. Jimmy was a passionate and dedicated climber; reasoned, friendly, and driven. His passion extended beyond the simple act of climbing, as a board member of the Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition he was pivotal in helping maintaining access to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge and continuing the protection of climbing for future generations. Jimmy was a leader in every sense, a respected voice in our community. He preferred traditional ground-up ascents and most (if not all) of his routes went up in this manner. He spoke often of his experiences, his trips, his friends, and his family. It will be hard not having him around. He will be remembered through his writings, the stories we share, and the memories we hold dear.


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I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Jimmy's family and close friends. We can only hope that warm memories of smiles and campfire tales will wrap you and comfort you. Jimmy's smile and contagious laughter will be missed by all those who knew him.

In an effort to help offset travel and funeral expenses for his family I will be collecting donations @ Mathis Brothers Furniture in Oklahoma City. Mathis is centrally located and we are open until 9pm each evening. I will make sure funds collected will be expedited directly to Jimmy's mother in Dallas.

To the Oklahoma climbing community lets bring an old friend home and comfort his family with love and our generosity.

Respectfully, Lori and Tony Mayse


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Nov 27, 2006, 9:35 AM
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That confirms what came to mind as soon as I heard about the accident. In 2003, Jimmy Ray and I were admiring that beautiful ridge line and talked to Dane about it. Its just a fantastic looking route. Later on, Jimmy told me that Dane had done the route, so we missed the first ascent. I bet Jimmy Ray thought he could easily solo most of it and maybe rope up any hard stuff that came along. He loved adventure and this definitely fit the bill.

I loved jimmy like a brother and his passing is hard to take. I'm trying to just focus on all the good times we had.

Terry Andrews


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God Bless his soul and family..

Jimmy was one of the best climber I have ever met a true hardman, a Texas Legend. His passion for the rock and setting new routes was boundless. I always view Jimmy as a mentor and a friend. His love for climbing was only surpassed by his love of his new daughter.

Jimmy was an super climber, a great friend and a person who will be missed by many..


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jer


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Awww no, Jimmy.

I met Jimmy at the Horseshoe Canyon competition a couple months ago. I was MC'ing and called him out from the stage even though I didn't really know him - "That guy looks like a Black Canyon climber".

He was blown away- "how did this stranger know about me?!" I knew who he was through online stories and pictures; a man whose resume preceeded him. He has climbed over 30 routes in the Black!

We ended up becoming fast friends at this event; keeping each-other company throughout the night. Jimmy told stories that kept us all laughing and energized. His energy and encouragement were contagious.

At one point, my partner and I were alone on a route climbing by headlamp. I was struggling, and from the darkness, Jimmy shouted "You can do it!! Hold on!" I want to shout the same encouragement to his sisters, his daughter, his friends and family- You CAN make it through this! There are many praying for you this week. I want to be there in Mexico shouting the same thing he said to me- "Hold on, Jimmy Ray!"

We planned to climb together this winter, and I was looking forward to hearing more of his stories, and feeding from his boundless energy and our similar dark humor.

I talked to Jimmy recently and together we wrote some Texas jokes for him to tell before a climbing competition. One that he liked was "How can you tell a climber's from Texas? Their cowboy boots have sticky rubber."

Wish we could have made it to the Black together, Jimmy. Thanks for the inspiration.

God bless,
jer


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No words of mine will ever do Jimmy justice. As a young climber I looked up to Jimmy like a legend; I even quoted him from the '06 spring fling in a paper about clean climbing.

My deepest condolences to Jimmy's family, especially his little girl.

Jimmy Ray, you're an inspiration to us all.


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Damn. My best wishes to Jimmy Ray's loved ones. From the sound of things around here, he's a very respected and well-liked man. Frown


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This is very sad news, especially for his child. My only climbing experience with Jimmy was one day when I took pictures of him climbing Dr Coolhead in the Narrows for Chuck Lohn's climbing guide. He patiently and expertly led Coolhead 4 separate times so I could take pictures from various angles and positions. We then went over to some new crack routes he'd discovered in Charon's garden where I proceeded to shred my hands. To Jimmy's sisters and other relatives, if you'd like copies of some of these pictures from that day please let me know and I'll do the best I can to get them to you.

Chris Corbett


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If I had known what Jimmy was up to I would have insisted on going with him and made him use protection on the first couple hundred feet of the ridge. While the climbing was easily within his ability level, the quality of the rock there (as in any Potrero ridge) is definitely x-rated.

Our sincerest condolensces go out to his family and friends.


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That would be wonderful if you could get me some copies of those!! He was an awesome guy!! Thank you for your kind words!!
Derinda Forester-Nickel


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Maracas,

Would you mind copying and pasting the original article in spanish here?

Thank you,
Edgar Martinez


chrisc425


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gweaver wrote:
That would be wonderful if you could get me some copies of those!! He was an awesome guy!! Thank you for your kind words!!
Derinda Forester-Nickel

Definitely. I will contact you via your email address.

Chris


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can we change the title of this post? it's kind of anonymous and insulting. Now that we know who the "person" is.
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I've never been drawn to anyone like I was to Jimmy. That guy was always excited about everything in life, especially climbing. His zeal for life, constant smile, and fierce competitive nature made him Jimmy. His death is a huge loss to us all.
Jimmy, you will be deeply missed...........

My prayers are with family and friends.....


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This is such a blow to me and anyone who knew Jimmy. Although I only met him a few years ago, I feel like I've lost a life-long friend. The climbing trips we took together were some of the best times of my life. I was so looking forward to going to "The Black" again with him next year. I'll never forget our week there last year. He was a great guy and an excellent climbing partner.

My sincere condolences to family and friends.

Mike Hankins


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we just wanted to let you guys know that we are having a climbers memorial service for jimmy at exposure climbing gym in carrollton texas on sunday december 3rd from 6p.m. to 10p.m. there will the oppurtunity to make donations and there will also be a silent auction in which you will have the chance to bid on many items including ropes, shoes and other gear that have been donated by some of the manufactures. all proceeds will go to jimmy's daughter. there will also be an onsight comp for everyone to enter at a cost of 8.00 per climber. again all proceeds will go directly to jimmy's daughter. there will also be an oppurtunity for people to speak and tell of their memories of jimmy. afterwards there will be food and refreshments here at the gym. again, my deepest condolences to jimmy's family. we all lost a true hero and great person. for information please contact the gym at (972) 732 0307.


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I did not know the man. My sincere condolences to the family and friends. It seems like this year has been hard on our community.


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To the family, I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
And the next time I'm on the rock, I'll say a little prayer then, too.


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Chris,
Words cannot even begin to describe the loss. Jimmy was a great climber and an even better friend. He will be missed so very much. I am blessed by the time we were able to spend together and will try to focus on all the fun times, as hard as that is right now.
I mentioned to nancy when I talked to her on saturday that I would really be grateful if you could get me copies of the pictures you took of Jimmy. Just give me call,

Debi


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Thank you for your response. I am one of Jimmy's other sisters. When you say he fell from one of the first pitches, how far of a fall would that be? I just need some understanding. THank you for your help and concern.

Sincerely,

Dedrea


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My sincerest condolences to all Jimmy's family and friends.


-Scott


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Thanks to all of you for your kind words about Jimmy. It has been a long and dark weekend but steps are now in progress for Jimmy's return.

We thought you might like an update. Marcus left Dallas today and is going straight to the hospital. Once they have the documentation, Jimmy will be released to the funeral home. When all is completed, he and Marcus will make their last flight together. Jimmy will be at Mount Olivet funeral home in Fort Worth but no arrangements have been finalized as of yet. We will keep you updated as we have more information.

Rylie Faith Forester, Jimmy's 4 1/2 year old daughter, doesn't have any idea what great friends her daddy had.

Thanks again for all the help.

Jimmy's Mom, Dad, Mary, Jill, & Jacob (Jimmy's other sister, sister-by marriage, and nephew)


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Dedrea,

I cannot accurately tell you, as i was not party to the discovery.

From what i heard, he was found below the beginning of the ridge and from the condition, it would appear that he fell from very high up.

my estimate would be at least 60-70 meters, but it could be a few hundred. I am very sorry to have so few details. My suggestion would be to try and get into contact with Curt, through Potreroed. Curt is still down there in mexico and i believe that Ed lives there and would be able to get him into contact with you. From what i understood, Curt was there when he was found. Again i offer my prayers and condolences, i am very sad for your loss.


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I am one of Jimmy's other sisters and I would really appreciate these pictures. Thank you for your kind words!

Sincerely,

Dedrea Franklin
dfranklin@ems-isd.net


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Oh my... My own sadness and sympathy goes out to Jimmy's family. I did not get to know Jimmy, but I can see that he went on, doing something that he obviously loved so much and lived so much doing, and if that were me, I would wish to do the same, when that time came. I pray for closure and information to come forth to the family. I pray for peace for his daughter and family. Certainly he would want this.
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Please keep us updated on the arrangements. Like myself, I am sure many fellow climbers from around the country would like to come pay their respects.

When I found out this morning I was in shock, Now I just heartbroken. I was just thinking of Jimmy last night and was planning on catching up with him this week.

To the whole family my prayers are with you..

John..


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If anyone has not seen it yet, Duane Raleigh, the editor of rock and ice, posted an article on the website.
http://www.rockandice.com/pages.php?action=shownewsdetail&newsId=108


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this is from the rock & ice article linked above:
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Recently, in July, he and another homeboy, Marcus Garcia, climbed five routes in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in three days then drove to the Fisher Towers and ticked off the Titan and Echo Tower. When contacted by this magazine for details about his climbs to include in the news section, the reticent Forester replied, “Naw … you guys can find better news than us.”

isn't it sad? he thought they could find better news than his successes, even though they called him? and now they don't even wait for a new issue...?

sounds like a great guy. the thoughts of a totally irrelevant stranger are with his family, who must be very confused right now. i hope you find your answers.

ps. was it our curt? is he okay?


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GWEAVER, I got toknow Jimmy over the past couple of years he took me and friend under his wing a couple of times and we be came quite good friends in the short time I got to know him he was a geat guy and will be missedFrown. I have pictures of our climbing and have no problem sending you copies. I'm so so sorry for your loss


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Thank you so much for the information!

Sincerely,
Dedrea


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I met Jimmy several years ago at my first Quartz gathering when I was a new climber. I never got the privilege to climb with him but spoke with him at several gatherings after that. He was a very impressive individual. Not only was he a great climber, but a genuinely nice person. He always treated everyone with respect, including new climbers, and never hesitated to offer advice or help on any climbing matter. Every time he saw me, he remembered my name and asked me how my climbing was going. I always looked forward to gatherings hoping to see him there.

He will be greatly missed.

Alan


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I have lots of pics of jimmy (i always tended to carry the camera). here's a couple that i have already downloaded onto rc.com. i'll get some better ones up in a couple of days.
http://www.rockclimbing.com/..._Paradise_36236.html

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...ve_Potion_49757.html

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alan_ellis wrote:
Not only was he a great climber, but a genuinely nice person. He always treated everyone with respect, including new climbers, and never hesitated to offer advice or help on any climbing matter. Every time he saw me, he remembered my name and asked me how my climbing was going.

That's exactly my experience, Alan. I know him mostly second-hand, as a mentor to my good buddy Chris. His writings and the few words we ever shared nevertheless made a strong impression: intensity of a rare kind that both expects and brings out the best in others. Chris has always been on fire after a chance to climb with Jimmy.

I hope to see more of his writing, somehow. From what I can tell, as a chronicler of Wichitas climbing he knows no parallel.

Peace and Strength to his family and close friends.


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As I sit here and write this I am regretfully acknowledging what I have prayed and wished for these past days not to be true.

I have lost my best friend, my partner, my hero, my inspiration, my motivation and my heart. He was my pillar to lean on when I wasn't strong enough to stand on my own.

When you met Jimmy, you knew you had a genuine friend, it was that automatic.

I was blessed several years ago to become his friend.

As I stood at the base of a limestone cliff, I looked up and saw this man, putting up a route. There I was with my new shoes and harness...I was a noob. This was my first time outside. My very first words to him were, "can I climb with you?"
He looked down at me and said, "well sure!" With that, "thin lipped grin" you know the one.

I probably should have been a bit intimidated, but not knowing that this man was The Jimmy Forester, "Mr. Wichita Mountains." Later would I learn, I just met the most amazing person, that I would ever know!

A couple years later, we partnered up and climbed in the hot summers of Oklahoma and Texas. During that time, he fondly referred to it as "Summer Lava." Jimmy was never a fair weathered climber nor was he a fair weathered friend. He was there, always, whenever and whatever the need was, even if you were a complete stranger, he greeted you with a smile larger than life, simply because he was!

We were together Tuesday morning, the day before he left. I would like to share with you a message from Jimmy during part of our conversation. I believe that there is something in this message for everyone. He asked me, "do you have room for improvement?" I said, "well yes, yes I do." He said "and I do too, we all have room to improve ourselves, room to improve who we are and what we do and how we treat people and how we can improve the way we love, share and grow."

If you know Jimmy, than you know he is intensely passionate about life, more than anyone I have ever known. He is passionate about his climbing and FOREVER exploring, his beloved "Beta Base" his guides, his stories, his family his daughter Rylie, his mother and father, his beloved brother Joel, ALL of his sisters, his nephew Jacob, his cousins, his aunts and uncles and his partners and friends, animals, reptiles, flowers, cactus's, the list is endless! Jimmy loves life! He is full of it and everyone around him is supported by his breath. But when it came to love, he loves without fear, without inhibition. He loves with his heart completely, crazy, wildly, madly and true. He loves unconditionally and without regret. And that is what he taught me, to love without fear, love with compassion, love with forgiveness!!! Look at your family, friends, loved ones and your children, open your hearts and allow to love and to be loved!

In a recent email that he sent to me, he wrote, "I will always be waiting in the wings for you." Now he waits with wings.

This pain is unimaginable and devastating. I cannot accept it. When I close my eyes, I still see him, smiling and laughing, I see him with his sunkissed blond hair. I hear his voice. I feel him. I know he is safe, but gosh, I miss him!

Please pray for his family, his mother, his sisters, his daughter, his nephew, his dear friends. Jimmy is EVERYTHING to SO many people.

This pain will never go away, this pain will stay deep within my soul.
But what I do have is his love, which I carry in my heart, forever and ever and ever.

Jimmy Ray, I miss you, I love you and I know that your okay and I will see you again.
xoxoXOXOxoxo
aj
Andrea' LaVasseur

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.


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Please keep us updated on the arrangements. Like myself, I am sure many fellow climbers from around the country would like to come pay their respects.

John...and all of Jimmy's other numerous friends here...while we are not able plan specifics yet we do know that we are going to plan a "celebration of life" in Fort Worth and partipate in a memorial service at what we are told is beautiful spot in the Wichitas...I will let all of you know as soon as we have any details because we would love for you to come.


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my sincerest condolences go out to jimmy's family. jimmy was a very very special individual and i cant begin to express the impact that jimmy has had on me. his example has been a source of inspiration since i started climbing and will continue to be so. this is a great loss


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I was at EPC from Wednesday through Sunday over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was my understanding Jimmy set out Friday morning to climb "Scariest Ride in the Park." This climb starts at the Suicide Overlook in the Virgin Canyon and climbs the ridge line to the summit of El Toro. This ridge line, as magic ed pointed out already, is x-rated for very good reasons. A lot of rock is loose and, hence, inherently unstable. IMHO, it is totally out of bounds due to the inherent life-threatening danger it imposes. Once a climber hikes up the trail (stair case) in the Virgin Canyon to the Overlook, the Overlook is already ~30 -40 meters off the deck (on the EL Toro side). As another suggested, I seriously doubt Jimmy had on a heavy pack. It's speculated Jimmy, more or less, just begin the climb and then tragedy ensued.

One of the annual epc trash pick-ups was held Saturday afternoon around 2 -2:30 pm and his body was found a short time after. His body was found close to the base of the beginning of the climb, almost 1.5 days later. I seriously doubt he was even a few pitches into the climb. He probably fell anywhere from 50 - 75 meters.

My condolences to his family and friend. I did not know him.


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I think andrea expressed the emotions everyone is feeling very well. It hurts me deeply to know jimmy is gone. He was more than a friend to me, he was a mentor. He was a teacher with a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. He taught me techniques no book could ever convey. I relished every opportunity to climb with jimmy as it was a privilege to be in his presence.

He always wanted to know everything i was doing , congratulated me on my successes and helped me learn from my failures.

His passion for life is something I will always remember and strive to attain.

You will be missed Jimmy Ray

Christopher Marks


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Jimmy was a most amazing guy, we loved him and will miss him very much.

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Jimmys Sister. I would like to give my respects to you and family. I have known your brother for many years, it was always nice seeing him. I remember some of the routes he ticked off and was able to see him climb in the Potrero many years ago. I would like to post an image of Jimmy that I was able to capture at last years gripper on my website.

Mario C.[reply][/reply][email][reply]


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My mom and I are trying to find all the big "climbing message boards" where people may be remembering Jimmy. We know of this one and erockonline as Jimmy ALWAYS left them up on the computer screen, but if someone could let us know of any others we would appreciate it.

Jill


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Also - we have heard of several fundraisers, etc. that are being scheduled. Please email me with any details on such things as we would like to attend and be involved in as many as possible regardless of location.

Jill


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dfranklin wrote:
I am one of Jimmy's other sisters and I would really appreciate these pictures. Thank you for your kind words!

Sincerely,

Dedrea Franklin
dfranklin@ems-isd.net

Yes Dedrea, I'll get them to you. Chris


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climbin_chick wrote:
Chris,
Words cannot even begin to describe the loss. Jimmy was a great climber and an even better friend. He will be missed so very much. I am blessed by the time we were able to spend together and will try to focus on all the fun times, as hard as that is right now.
I mentioned to nancy when I talked to her on saturday that I would really be grateful if you could get me copies of the pictures you took of Jimmy. Just give me call,

Debi

Hi Debi, yes, I'll get them to you.

Chris


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That would be wonderful!!! Thank you!


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The Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition Forum is back online as of today - there will be people posting there.

It was a favorite place for Jimmy to discuss climbing with fellow Wichita Mountain climbers.

http://wichitamountains.org/smf/index.php


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Hello All, this is Jimmy's Mom. Jimmy would never believe this - I am reading rockclimbing message boards! Additionally, I am hearing from many in the rockclimbing community!! It helps us to know that others loved and cared for him. Does every rockclimber have their own web page? It' pretty confusing to me - I don't want to miss anything! If you have a story or picture / something that you think I could use in Rylie's memory book, I would love to have it. Send it to dorisdworkin@sbcglobal.net


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I have never seen a group of friends and family come together as efficiently and quickly as I have over the last few days. This is a true testament of how very special people in this world bring out only the best in people. Jimmy is one of these people. He is our angel on earth. It is still just a dream state with his death. My dearest Jimmy, bless your beautiful, beautiful heart, soul, and your future dreams that will be carried on for you. Absolutely, it only takes one person to change the world. You are that person!!

We love you and will miss you terribly and forever...

Tambri, Marcus, and Kaitlyn

Updates for everyone:

Marcus is just waiting for a last signature from the police to bring Jimmy home. We will release funeral times on Jimmy's website. Please visit it for donations to Rylie, photos, and posting stories to share.

http://www.friendsofforester.com


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I along with everyone in the climbing community will forever miss Jimmy. He was a good friend to me and we were in contact alot working together on his on line guide book. I got to know Jimmy very well over the past few years and we shared the same adventerous spirit and passion when it came to exploration of new areas and climbing first ascents.

Jimmy contributed so much to the climbing community here in Texas and Oklahoma. I will truly miss talking and climbing with him. My deepest sympathy goes to his family during this time.

I work at Exposure and I hope many of you can be here this Sunday at 6 to show support for Jimmy's family and his daughter Riley.

May God Bless Jimmy and his family!

sincerely,
Matt Dendy


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I would love to see those pictures! I am not sure how to get to your website. Thank you for your sweet words!

Sincerely,

Dedrea (One of Jimmy's sisters)


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Jimmy Ray touched a great many lives, including my own as we talked often and both served on the Central Texas Climbing Committee, the climber/park liaison group for Enchanted Rock that Jimmy recently gained a position on. Anyone who attended the recent Granite Gripper climbing comp at Enchanted Rock last month would remember Jimmy for being the charismatic M.C. of the event.

I felt compelled to journal the story of my and my now passed away new friend for at least my own accounts of my own journey though life but would like to share them in memory of Jimmy Ray. I had posted this verbatim on a local climbing forum but wanted to add it here as well to express the tremendous loss.

I first came to know Jimmy Ray in the summer of last year after the CTCC, of which I was a part of, undertook a controversially retro-bolting project on the backside of E-rock, from that a heated discussion was started on Erockonline.com of which I frequented. This topic drew Jimmy out from lurking to make his first post which detailed his perspective on the matter in which he expressed displeasure and concern for the direction it could set. I remember clearly that Jimmy started his post off with saying "Most of you don't know me from Adam" which was true, but that soon changed for me. I replied to Jimmy's post in depth and included a barrage of questions for him to help lead us to a better understanding of each other since we were on opposite sides of the issue. The volume of questions I asked prompted Jimmy to send me a private message with his phone number and asked for me to call, which I did. Jimmy and I talked extensively on climbing and management issues of which we were both passionate about. From that phone conversation I quickly came to like Jimmy and we talked a handful of times about various topics before we first meet at the 2005 Granite Gripper in October.

Jimmy and I continued to talk before the second time I saw him which was a chance meeting at E-rock in December, on Sunday our groups both went to the Backside where Jimmy and I both "took some lumps" on the Shield as Jimmy would say. At the beginning of this year Jimmy had started to ask about the CTCC structure of which I helped him out to understand and we talked about, I had speculated that he might be contemplating running for a CTCC position in the last Spring which he later indicated to be the case. It was clear he was taking the pursuit most seriously.

Jimmy and I talked at great lengths about the '06-'08 committee of which I was considering on rerunning myself. I had been on the fence on the issue because I did not want to rerun by default, I thought there should be a good reason to do so. Jimmy's interest in the CTCC ended up being what I needed to convince myself to run since we both shared a similar vision and passion for climbing access and land management process issues that the CTCC dealt with and if we worked together I thought we could make some positive changes for the community. Many of our previous discussions had been about a need for improvement in these areas for E-rock and it seemed that if Jimmy and I worked together we could make something happen. Jimmy and I would not philosophically agree on all points but our discussions and debates were always on the best of terms.

In mid-June the CTCC results were announced and Jimmy and I were both elected. Jimmy called me, along with all the others on the committee that day to express his excitement as he was looking forward to our first meeting in July. Jimmy and I wanted to get right on the issues but I was the first to point out to the committee the need for Granite Gripper planning which helped get me set up to lead the event. As part of the first CTCC meeting Jimmy and I agreed to put off matters until after the Gripper in October but Jimmy had sent a loud and clear noticed at the meeting about his passion for improving management processes which was highlighted with an eloquent speech and presenting volumes of related written works that he brought to the meeting.

In August, the CTCC was faced with a new management issue relating to the '05 retro-bolting as one of the bolts had been pulled. This resulted in a flurry of e-mails including an extensive one by myself that provoked Jimmy to call me the next day. Jimmy appreciated the tone and content to my message and we discussed some of the points, Jimmy noted how we had similar traits in putting a great deal of effort into our written works about climbing issues. It was in this discussion that Jimmy pushed that we should meet up for climbing, he didn't seem to be fazed by my reminding him of the natural issues associated with his skills being far superior to my own.

In planning the '06 Gripper Jimmy was extremely helpful and would often call me up and ask what needed to be done, it removed a tremendous load and ended up improving the event, he joked that he'd run "interference" across the board to make sure deadlines were hit- it worked. The Gripper weekend was a fantastic one for me and certainly a time of high energy. I was so happy, pleased and proud for Jimmy in how he did the MC job, everything from his humor to his humbleness in dealing with an error that I created for him. One of the moments that I'll never forget wasn't anything special but as the dinner was winding down I went hunting for Jimmy to get the awards ceremony rolling. I was looking all over and couldn't find him until I finally saw him talking away with three of the park rangers in the parking lot, obviously laying a foundation for a working relationship with the park staff. I approached, grabbed Jimmy, apologized to the rangers and dragged him off to get the show going.

The next morning Jimmy and I were walking to the pavilion for our CTCC meeting and chatting about how the comp went and climbing in general when something happened that I never would have expected- in the course of our climbing talk I was inspired to say something about Yosemite and Jimmy replied he'd been many times. I prodded and asked him what he'd climbed out there- when he noted that he had climbed El Cap five times I was flabbergasted and interjected that it would be a miracle if I ever made it up once- without a moment of hesitation Jimmy retorted "we should go". I was speechless. Jimmy's response could have seemed off the cuff and for some people it would have had no substance but Jimmy was always sincere in what he said and he talked up some possibilities. I know I am no where near ready for such a Yosemite undertaking but I still contemplated what Jimmy's remarks really meant, after much consideration I concluded that it highlighted the value of our friendship to him as any significant pursuit would of entailed him spending a healthy dose of his valuable time being a mentor for me. At the CTCC meeting Jimmy again spoke passionately about management issues relating to the still unresolved August incident.

Jimmy and I talked a few times after the Gripper about starting the work of CTCC process improvement and decided that we'd meet at E-rock for climbing and talks in December. Jimmy had called me on his way down to Mexico, we discussed an assortment of topics including our writings and views on a recent online discussion of buzzard impact on the Backside that had become a hot topic as well as trying to iron out a date in December for us to meet at E-rock. That was the last time I talked with Jimmy.

I have been devastated having received news of Jimmy's passing, so much was lost. I view Jimmy's final climb just like I view the climbs of most, one doing what they need to do to be themselves to allow them to give what they can. For Jimmy Ray his climbing allowed him to be a passionate, intelligent, energetic person that could connect with others and to give back to the community in ways that few do. From my view he was bringing something to the table that no one else was, it is in this how I view Jimmy's passing as an irreplaceable loss to the community. I am devastated to have lost a new friend, someone that I connected with in so many ways. I am hollowed out for having plans with a friend that are no longer and that our much anticipated project together will never happen. I am saddened that I was never able to partner up for a climb with my new friend who I was honored to have known.


Bryan Thome
Houston TX
Central Texas Climbing Committee member
President of the Texas Mountain Raiders, the Houston climbing club


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The account was set up this morning. It took some time to process within the Chase system. You should be able to donate without any problems now. If you do have problems, contact the account officer, David Ploof @ Chase Bank Dallas branch, 972-407-3415.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Friends of Forester
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16831 Coit Road
Dallas, Texas 75248



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Thanks for your post, Bryan. I think I speak for all Texas Mountaineers when I say that we were all looking forward to hearing from Jimmy about his work with CTCC at E-Rock, and we will miss him dearly. He is a huge loss for the Texas & Oklahoma climbing world.

Personally, I only met him a few times. Long after I knew the name and face from stories and pictures, such as the one of him climbing "Coolhead". We then exchanged many emails about the CTCC electionis. He wanted to know if we would nominate him. Of course we would! What better candidate to represent us North Texans at E-Rock than Jimmy. I think the last time, I met him at a gear auction last summer. He was loading up on TCUs... maybe one of you knows what item on his tick list he was gonna use all that small gear on...

Man, I just read some of his recent posts that they are compiling at the WMCC website (wichitamountains.org), and not only was Jimmy a great climber, activist, infectiously lively and good humored person, but he was also a darn good writer. Read some of those route descriptions or his climbing history blurps... good stuff.

Our hearts go out to Jimmy's family and all his loved ones. And as a club, it will be our privilege to honor Jimmy's life and achievements by contributing to Riley's fund. Thanks, everyone for your posts, thoughts and prayers.

Arne Gelfert
Texas Mountaineers


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There is a forum on the friendsofforester.com website. The reason for another forum is so one day Rylie can read about her father. Everything on the website will be saved for his family and daughter. So please take the time to leave something for them. Keep checking for updates. Speaking of, Jimmy and Marcus will be coming home on Thursday. We will post the funeral information as soon as we get it for those of you traveling!!


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Hello. I am Jimmy Ray's niece and I just want to let all of his friends know that I thank you guys so much for your condolences. He is so lucky to have friends like you who care so much about him.

This is such a devastating time for all of us and I just wish I could have seen Jimmy Ray more often than I got to. The news of the passing was such a shock. He was the best uncle a girl could have. Even though I'm only fifteen and haven't experienced a lot of things yet, I think Jimmy Ray is one of the most inspiring people in the world (next to my grandfather Jim). I'm just so comforted to know that Jimmy Ray is in Heaven now with God and my grandfather and they are in peace now.

To everyone who has written in this, thank you so much and if you have ever met Jimmy Ray you know his charisma was contagious.

Rest in peace, Uncle Jimmy. I miss you so much it's unbelievable and I'm sorry for not being there all of the time. I love and miss you terribly.

Baillie Nickel (may God be with Jimmy)


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I placed a link for the memorial fund and info on www.elpotrerochico.com


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Oh . . . no


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I grew up with Jimmy. Have Marcus let me know if he needs any assistance of any kind to get my "brother" home. I'm in Denver right now but I'll send my cell number in a private message.
Thanks,
Jeff Slentz


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Jeff,

Please contact me at mgclimber@hotmail.com. Marcus as you know is in Mexico. Thank you, Tambri Garcia.


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I remember Jimmy.

Like lots of beginning climbers, I worked an apprenticeship under more experienced climbers. On one such outing we were climbing in the Narrows and came across "Dr. Coolhead." The conversation turned to Jimmy because there's a picture of him leading this test piece in Chuck Lohn's guidebook. My mentor recalled a time when he was just beginning, and was about to head up "Ker Plunk" a 5.6 ramp that traverses over a shallow pool. Jimmy happened nearby, looked at the guy's rack and asked what route he was about to jump on. When my mentor answered "Kerplunk," Jimmy said, "Here, you're going to need these." And right then and there Jimmy put about $200 of TCUs into the hands of a complete stranger.

Several years later, being very much aware of who Jimmy was, another partner and I were climbing "Triple Decker" and enjoying having the Narrows virtually to ourselves. Then we heard Jimmy and someone else come around the corner, and I'll never forget Jimmy laughing and saying "To me, that's what climbing is all about!!" You can imagine my curiosity, because climbing means so many different things to each of us. But what did it mean to Jimmy? I never did ask, because I didn't want to invade his privacy. I just contented myself with the knowledge that on this day, Jimmy was having the time of his life.

Sure, there will be lots of people who end up living longer lives than Jimmy. Not many, though, will live fuller lives, making the most of each day.

I will always admire Jimmy for the way he lived life intentionally, rather than drifting in the wind; and for the way that as he lived his life, gentleness and a sincere concern for others governed his steps.

Jimmy's impact will not soon be forgotten. For decades to come, there will be plenty of climbers who will sigh and say from time to time,

"I remember Jimmy."


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This has hit home to me as well. I met jimmy a few years back and he truly motivated me to climb harder, at the time i was at the ripe young age of 10 and climbing, at the time, was something i never thought of doing for as long as i have now, but i feel that jimmy ensured that for me. I only hope that his daughter will one day, understand the magnitude of her father's outreach and how much he affected the climbing community.


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Doris,
I will also make you a CD. I told Jill and Derinda I would make them one as well. These are all sorts of picutes not just climbing. I also have a book that I was going to send Rylie for Christmas. I gave her a stuffed gorilla a couple of years back and was going to send her a gorilla book this year. I will bring it when we come for the services and you can give it to her at a later date. My prayers continue to be with you all. Debi
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dfranklin


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Can you please make me a CD as well? I am Jimmy and Derinda's other sister. I would really appreciate it!! Thank you so much.

In Him,

Dedrea


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The story about Jimmy handing over TCU's to a complete stranger reminds me of one of my first interactions with Jimmy. I occasionally bumped into him at Exposure and one day we are climbing near each other in the bouldering cave. He asks me if I'm getting outdoors much, and I shared with him my excitement for an upcoming trip to climb Epinephrine in Red Rocks. It was to be my first trad follow and my first multi-pitch climb. (Jimmy could tell I was in over my head)

He took one look at my uncomfortable MadRock Mugens that i sported to the gym and said "Do you have any other shoes?" I said no. Next time I saw Jimmy, he brought me a broken in pair of his Sportiva Mythos and proceeded to tell me everything I needed to know about climbing Epi.

I'm not sure he even know my name at this point, but sure was anxious to make a stranger's trip more enjoyable.

Condolences and prayers to the family.


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I met Jimmy around 1991 at Quartz Mountain then ran into him again in the refuge on occasion spanned fifteen years. In the early 90’s we would see each other at Quartz Mountain quite often. Jimmy and I put a little route at the refuge named Tea Cup Arête. I remember Jimmy being so excited about this climb, matter of fact he was always excited about climbing and that never ever changed.

Over the years we stayed in touch usually on a happen chance basis. Jimmy was either heading to the Yosemite Valley as I was getting back or vice versa. It seemed we would be climbing the same El Cap routes at different times so it was always fun to compare notes and see what we thought about this route or that one.

I’ve been climbing for about as long as Jimmy had with that said there are but a few individuals that I know that had as much drive and passion for climbing as did Jimmy.
He was always driven to climb or talk about climbing and he was a big part of our climbing community. You know it’s really crazy that when something as tragic as Jimmy’s death happens you step back and look at the big picture and that big picture is that we are all human with our own thoughts and motivations that drive us and lead us to do what it is we do.
Life is so fragile and precious. Jimmy’s passing has affected me and my wife forever as it has for everyone that knew Jimmy.

I’ll miss running into you at the crag brother you lived the life, you ate it up and I will never forget you.

~Tony Mayse


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Please visit the link below for dates and times of Jimmy's Memorial and Funeral Services.


http://www.friendsofforester.com/memorial.html


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I'd like to extend my sympathies to the friends, family, and partners of Jimmy. I hope they can find some solace in knowing he rests in peace and is keeping an eye on the rest of us.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them." -L. Binyon


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I first spoke to Jimmy after the first meeting for public comments when the WMWR access problem arose. Far more than anyone, he was adamant that we all set aside our differences and rivalries to work together on this difficult issue. He was a tireless champion of climbing advocacy, always stoked, challenging and encouraging you to excel. He put most of us to shame with his prowess but never made us feel the lesser for it. He was simply one of The Thousand to me. It was a privilege to know you Jimmy, rest in peace . My sincerest condolence to all his loved ones.

".....the majesty of Being. The hero transcends life with its' peculiar blind spot and for a moment rises to a glimpse of the source. He beholds the face of the father, understands-and the two are atoned." -- Joseph Campbell, 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces'


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Please allow me to use this forum to address Exposure. I attempted to send a private email earlier and it was returned. To abbreviate the note, I just want to say thanks for the event scheduled today - I know that Jimmy Ray would have been pleased. As much as I want to be with everyone that knew and cared for him, I cannot attend. I wonder if perhaps, someone could tape some of it for me?

I have been to the gym with Jimmy. I've watched him having fun with Rylie and Jacob - I even climbed a little! I know that he spent countless hours there - I am sure you will hear his spirit whisper today - Thanks.

Doris Dworkin - Jimmy's Mom


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I would like to have David (?) C. from Centeral Texas Climbing Committee call me, please.

Thanks,
Doris 817-551-1163


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I had the good fortune of climbing with Jimmy on many weekend and day trips over the last few years, and very frequently in the climbing gym. Unlike most climbers these days, Jimmy climbed much harder outdoors on real rock than in the gym. I think being on natural stone provided energy and motivation that could not be matched by a climbing gym. Every time out climbing with Jimmy was a learning experience. He showed me some amazing climbing spots at the Wichitas and encouraged me to attempt to lead some routes that I might not have tried otherwise. Jimmy always knew exactly what route to recommend next, something a little harder and a little scarier, but within my abilities. And it was always fun trying to follow Jimmy on his projects, even though they were over my head. If I ever needed beta on a route or on gear or even needed to borrow a few pieces of gear, Jimmy was always there with the answer. Anytime I got away on a big climbing trip, Jimmy always wanted to hear about it when I returned. In almost every case, Jimmy had already been there and remembered the details of every pitch and every descent.

I helped Jimmy work on a few new routes. This means that I held the rope and belayed while Jimmy did all of the real work. Jimmy loved every aspect of climbing, but I believe establishing new routes was Jimmy’s favorite part of climbing. A strong traditional climbing ethic drove Jimmy to always put up routes from the ground up. I’ve never seen him more excited than when he’s trying to put in bolts while hanging on a hook on questionable quality limestone. Jimmy enjoyed the process of establishing a new route more than getting the first ascent. On many occasions, Jimmy would finish bolting a line and then offer me the first chance at redpointing the route. Then we would take turns working the route until one of us sent it.

The only thing that Jimmy loved more than climbing was his family. On the drive to the crags discussions often centered on Rylie. And at the crags, Jimmy often shared memories of climbing with his brother, Joel. It was easy to tell that Joel and Jimmy were the perfect climbing team. Jimmy had one of Joel’s old quickdraws. Anytime he was working on a hard route he would make it a point to use Joel’s quickdraw. Many of Jimmy’s routes have names that include the word “Bros”, because when Jimmy used that quickdraw he knew Joel was there with him.

I will always treasure the times that I spent with Jimmy. He will be missed by all those who had the privilege of spending time with him, and he will not be forgotten. Any time I’m working on a hard route and I get pumped and a little scared, the voice in my mind telling me “Come on buddy, you got it!” will be Jimmy’s.

David Reasoner


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It seems I am a little late on hearing this news. I did not know who Jimmy was until this weekend. As it turns out he established most of the routes at the crag I climb at (Paradise on the Brazos in Gaham Texas). We ran into the rancher on the property and he was telling us he just got back from attending Jimmy's funeral in Dallas and told us about the accident.

Also wanted to say my prayers are with his family during this difficult time.


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Hello everyone, I just wanted to let all of you who knew Jimmy know that I have just uploaded a photogallery to the Friends Of Forester Website.

http://www.friendsofforester.com


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Where would I even begin? That is the question I have asked myself time and again since Tambri called us back here in Durango on the day they found Jimmy's body. For lack of a better description it felt like I had been hit by a car. Jimmy was at our house just months ago the night before him and Marcus set off to the Black Canyon for a little climbing. Marcus and his family, my family and Jimmy all sat here in our living room and just talked about life and climbing. As usual Jimmy and I eventually got into our own little conversations about our kids. Our daughters were born months apart and he is one of the few people that I could talk to about my love for climbing and my love for my family and who would truly understand what I meant. That night before heading off to sleep next door at Marcus' house Jimmy walked back into the house and said goodbye to me, my wife and our kids. He handed me a check and when I asked what it was for he said "those bolts you gave me a while back." That was over a year ago. I tried to refuse and he looked me right in the eye and told me that I had kids and I damned well better take it. I couldn't care less about the money. He rememberd me giving him something that long ago. He had a heart of gold. He knelt down by the door and gave my daughter five. That would be the last time I would ever see Jimmy.
Jimmy and I met at his brothers funeral. Joel and I had become very close. Joel took me under his wing and took me climbing outside for the first time. I worked for the hospital where Joel was being treated with his final bout with cancer and I saw first hand the look in his eye when his son sat on his bed. It was a look that only a dad could understand. It is that same look that Jimmy had every time he talked about Riley. At the funeral Marcus pointed out who Jimmy was to me and I walked up and introduced myself and handed him the poem that is below. He gave it to Joel's wife Mary and she then read it to everyone at the funeral. Jimmy came up later and gave me a hug and thanked me.
We grew closer over the years and while we shared a rope fairly often it was our common bond as "proud goofy ass fathers" that I will remember most. Jimmy loved his daughter more than anything in this world. I know that she was always on his mind every move he made on every adventure he had. I know it may take her years to (if ever) to understand how her daddy felt about climbing as well as how privelaged he felt to be a dad but I hope that Riley will someday read all that has been written about her dad and know that he was the kind of person that us dads hope our girls grow up and find for themselves. Jimmy was so much to so many people and I would only be adding to the huge numbers by sharing stories about how good of a climber and person he was. I just want his daughter to know that his favorite thing in life was her. As the years went on we talked less about climbing and more about our kids. That is how I will remember Jimmy. Our time on the rock together was just another way for us to have bragging contests about our kids.
The world lost a great climber, leader, man and most of all a great father when Jimmy fell. Many people lost a great friend. Andrea, to you I would say keep on keepin on. I was guiding you and your co worker the day you met Jimmy. Oh do I remember that. You two were like peas and carrots from that day forward. I know how much he cared about you and you him. I know you are hurting but you are a strong woman. I have seen so much pain since his passing and have been reluctant to write anything since it happened. That is largely because I don't know what to say or how to express what I feel but I read what you wrote (Andrea) and it made me think of the day we were out at POB and how Jimmy made us all laugh. He just knew how to take the edge off of any situation.
One last thing I will say is that if I have learned one thing from this experience and that is that I know I can't wait until tomorrow to tell those close to me that I love them and care about them. The loss of a friend is so hard and it affects us all in different ways. Take the lessons that we learned from Jimmy and treat one another better than we think we should. We all grieve in our own way. We all miss Jimmy and probably always will.
Marcus and I went ice climbing this weekend and in the ten plus years I have known Marcus I have never seen him climb so gracefully as he did that da(and those of you that know Marcus know that is saying a lot). Marcus has had such a hard time and he continues to struggle. Jimmy was family to him in every sense of the word. Through it all Marcus has tried to keep his head up and take care of his family at the same time. I am proud to have him as a friend and happy that he had the strength to go and bring Jimmy home. Jimmy lives in all of us and seeing Marcus flow over the stone and ice just reminded me of why we all do it. It takes us to that place where only those who do what we do can understand. I truly believe that Jimmy and Joel are up there somewhere roped up and climbing . I miss them both now but I am sure they are putting up some stuff for us to jump on when we get there.
So long Jimmy,
The Meyer family.

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Do not stand by my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the the morning hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet bird encircled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die.


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I'm still struggling to put into words the greatness that Jimmy brought to our community...he was a mentor to us all. I hope we can all keep his passion alive within our hearts and use it for guidance to embrace the way we spend our dash

The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on his tombstone, from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came his date of birth and spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved him, know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own; the cars...the house...the cash,
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand the way other people feel

And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile.
Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read with your life's actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

Author: Unknown

I love you bro and I am so proud of the way you spent your dash, giving it your all in everything you did. So long “Buddy” - I’ll do my best to “keep my eye on the prize”


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It's been over a year. It still isn't easy. I see a bit of Jimmy everyday. Marcus brought over a quickdraw of Joel's and a nut of Jimmy's shortly after the funeral. It hangs in our little cabin over the wood burning stove. When does the pain subside? It is good to see Marcus back in the saddle.
Marcus - glad to have you back old friend.
Jim


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If you are ever in Durango. Go climb one for Jimmy.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/Colorado/South_West...orado/Lemon_Reservoir/West_Wall/Finding_Forester_90810.html


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gweaver wrote:
I am Jimmy Ray's sister from Fort Worth and we are struggling to get the details. Please reply if anyone knows anything! We are all truly devastated and saddened!Frown[/quote]

my wish for you to soon find peace in your heart and in the hearts of all who were struck by his death. i believe he would not want you or anyone to suffer a second longer.


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Thanks. I have peace having had the opportunity to know Jimmy. I just miss him and his brother. I look up at the gear Marcus gave me every day. It was a gift to know both of them. We all appreciate your kind words. Climb like there is no tomorrow.


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