Art Higbee, a great climber, passes on.


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Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 19, 2010 - 08:23pm PT

By SeanKuus
From Steamboat Springs
10 minutes ago
Climbing Legend Art Higbee passed away last weekend in Hawaii, where he was working temporarily. Higbee suffered a heart attack. He was 55 years old.

Art was most widely known for his FFA of the most popular route up Half Dome, the Northwest Face. Art was an extremely humble man, and he will be sorely missed in the Steamboat Springs community as well as the greater climbing community.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Jan 19, 2010 - 08:25pm PT
Sorry to hear about this. Best thoughts to family and friends.

Social climber
Jan 19, 2010 - 08:26pm PT
Way too young. RIP.

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Jan 19, 2010 - 08:43pm PT
Sorry to hear this. He was one of my early heros from the Half Dome exploits w/ Erickson and also from his & Chappy's ascent of Mark of Art, one of the burliest 5.10d's in Yosemite.

He left a lasting impression to be sure. RIP

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jan 19, 2010 - 08:47pm PT
Sad news.
My condolences to Art's family and friends.


Jan 19, 2010 - 08:53pm PT
Wow, that's sad as that's way too young. My age. The "Higbee-headral" pitch stands out in my mind as one of the more memorable names of a route or a pitch on a route (half dome). Love to see some pictures if any of you old dads have any.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jan 19, 2010 - 08:56pm PT
The "Higbee" dihedral, that mysterious space out beyond the Regular Route, beyond that area for mere mortals.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 19, 2010 - 08:58pm PT
Oh Man! Way too young. RIP
Swami Jr.

Trad climber
Bath, NY
Jan 19, 2010 - 09:15pm PT
loving thoughts to his family and friends.

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 19, 2010 - 09:19pm PT
Oh no, that's a shame. He's so youthful in my recollections.

Sincere condolences to Art's family and close friends.
David Wilson

Jan 19, 2010 - 09:55pm PT
very sorry to hear this. condolences to art's family and friends. he was an early hero of mine, freeing routes in colorado and the northwest face...he's passed too young...

climber's near nevada...
Jan 19, 2010 - 09:57pm PT
sad news indeed - my condolences to the family and friends
Iron Mtn.

Trad climber
Corona, Ca.
Jan 19, 2010 - 10:13pm PT
Have fun in the Mountains in the Sky Art

Social climber
Jan 19, 2010 - 10:19pm PT
hey there say, thanks so very much for sharing this... another special piece of rock climbing history and someone's beloved friend and family-memeber...

say, pate: as to this, thanks so very much for the information, all adds up for folks like me to learn more about the man and his life:
Art was a friend of mine. He was crucial in developing the climbs at Dome Rock on Rabbit Ears Pass and other wilderness crags in the area. He also leaves a legacy of great Alpine type routes in the Zirkle Wilderness, including classic Yellow Wall on Mt. Zirkle, deep in the backcountry.

my condolences to his family...
god bless...

oh, last note, too:
(*thanks for the note about a chappy route, too)...

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 19, 2010 - 11:44pm PT

Man, this year is not starting well. . .

My condolences to Art's family and friends.

Jan 19, 2010 - 11:50pm PT
As a KID I think it was National Geographic August 1977? That I stole from the Fullerton public library, this article was a big inspiration to my climbing, I never met him to thank him.
Thank You,
My You Rest In PEACE


Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Jan 19, 2010 - 11:58pm PT
Wow. No kidding, 55 is way to young to keel over from a heart attack. RIP Art.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 19, 2010 - 11:58pm PT
Terrible news.
Art was a truly great climber.

I remember him running up to me in C4 looking for a bolt for Half Dome.
"I know YOU'LL have a bolt!"

I thought the sad sequence of '09 was done.
Gather ye rosebuds,..

Mountain climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Jan 20, 2010 - 12:04am PT
I am so sorry for this tragic and unexpected loss. My condolences.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Jan 20, 2010 - 12:42am PT
Art was a pioneer and a true talent and had many friends. Paz.

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