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PostTue Oct 06, 2020 8:41 am 
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I know no one here will probably have heard about this, but I have to share. A good friend of mine in Colorado (a big member of the Colorado peak bagging and running community) went missing in the San Juan mountains Saturday.

Ben is an awesome guy who is so excited to also complete the Wyoming 13ers, and I was so excited for him giving him even more stoke during our few climbs together. We always talked about beta and how he wanted to fast pack all these big lists of peaks. He is moving towards a very successful climbing career and at only 26 is just getting started. He regularily is faster than I am and was last seen on a long ridge of 13ers near the more popular 14ers Redcloud peak 5and Sunshine peaks.

I have gone my whole climbing career without losing a friend who I have either known or climbed with, and the thought of losing 2 in just a one month period really stings.

Please send good vibes. I'm hoping he's found, at this point its been three cold nights up in the Colorado apline likely above 12k feet where it gets into the 20s at night this time of year.  😓

Heres the thread on 14ers.com about the search. Ben is just like Jake in so many ways too...similar outlooks and goals and is well known in the Colorado community.

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PostTue Oct 06, 2020 9:53 am 
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So sorry to hear about this, Matt.  My thoughts are with you.
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PostTue Oct 06, 2020 9:06 pm 
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I'm really sorry to hear about Ben.  Damn it, the mountains can be so unforgiving.  This year can go ahead and be over already.  I'm really sorry, Matt.    waah.gif
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PostTue Oct 06, 2020 9:10 pm 
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They found his body this afternoon. sh## this sucks

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PostTue Oct 06, 2020 9:17 pm 
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Sorry for your loss.

It's been a difficult year for me as well, I have lost 3 family members, two very good friends and my daughter is estranged from me at this time.

All we an do is carry on and try to enjoy life, since as we know, it can go by fast.

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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 11:37 am 
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Matt Lemke wrote:
They found his body this afternoon. sh## this sucks

That is awful Matt. Terrible. May he rest in peace. Sorry to you for the loss of your friend, and condolences to all his friends and family. :-(
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 2:09 pm 
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A friend sent me this when I told him of these mountaineering tragedies.  It helped me a little.  So much sadness.

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