Art Higbee, a great climber, passes on.


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Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 21, 2010 - 10:06pm PT
got a hold of LK.
He says Mike is living in a teepee with an email address that he checks periodically.
Will send it if he finds it.

Social climber
Newport, OR
Jan 21, 2010 - 10:20pm PT
Gods be blessed, RIP ART.

Steamboat, CO
Jan 23, 2010 - 10:33am PT
Memorial service to be held from 4-7 PM on Saturday the 30th at the Community Center in Steamboat Springs. All are welcome.
Mike S

Social climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 29, 2010 - 01:39pm PT
Ö I lived with Art for years in the 70ís. Thanks for the post about his passing. - Iím just now beginning to learn about building websites, and so much came up for me, thought I might just build one around my memories of him. Got a little carried away, but thought some might find it interesting to learn of his early years and life outside of climbing - Mike Schnatz. http://www.

Still fixing some typos, etc. , but you can find it at :

Trad climber
Slartibartfasts Newest Fjiord
Jan 29, 2010 - 01:48pm PT

Proof once again that the good die young. RIP Art.

Sincere condolences to family and friends.

And listen to Tami!

Steamboat Springs, CO
Jan 29, 2010 - 09:43pm PT
Wow, Arthur, I miss your unique self!

Thanks Marsh for keeping us up to date. Sending love to Tim.

Thanks for the wonderful article in the paper Joel.

And thanks for the website Mike, I am laughing and crying about the stories. I hope folks keep adding to it!

See you tomorrow,
WZ Luna

Social climber
Steamboat to the WORLD
Jan 30, 2010 - 01:34am PT

It's hard to imagine Steamboat - or Alaska or Moab or Mexico without Art in them. He couldn't spell, but he sure could cast a spell over each of us.

Tim, I am deeply sorry. Thanks for all the great times with Art - and you.
Do you remember ... ?

Thanks to all for the photos and stories.

Rest in peace, Art.
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Jan 30, 2010 - 11:18am PT

I met Art only once, but knew him by his climbs and reputation in the 70ís. I donít think itís been mentioned yet that he pioneered some of the early hard free climbs in the Bugaboos.

I am very sorry to hear of his death and offer my condolences to his family and friends.

Rick Accomazzo

Mountain climber
Jan 31, 2010 - 08:04pm PT
I know I'm coming in late in the game here but I just found out about this site. I climbed with Art in the 70's along with Brian Daniell, Al Johnson, and many others. Brian, Art and I went up to Mt. Robson in 77(?) to attempt the Emperor Face( then unclimbed) but were met with fresh snowfall and
hourly avalanches. We did, however summit one of the satellite peaks and spent a glorious bivy under the aurora. The next day on the way down the glacier, Art as the third guy on the rope stopped me twice in one hour from sliding into the crevasses. Brian would go first as the lightweight and I was next. Brian would make it across then I'd fall in. Thank God for Art's 6"2" and 200 lbs. You felt safe with Art on the other end of the rope. Your gear, however wasn't always safe and you kinda had to take an inventory at the end of the climb. A minor glitch for a solid partner. The dome near Steamboat that was mentioned was first discovered by a pilot friend of ours named Jim McGee who was actually on his first solo flight and spotted it from the air. Later he asked us why we didn't climb on that big rock up there. We said, what rock. So he took us up when he got his license. Next day Art, me, Brian, A.J. and Jim hiked in and there it was, the best rock in the area. I wonder if anybody is climbing the 250' tower south of the dome near the bottom of Silver Creek canyon? I called it Godzilla rock because of it's shape from above and we hardly put up any routes on it before I moved out to CA. Art would have loved this attention and these many tributes and thank you all for bringing back those great memories. CBC
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Feb 1, 2010 - 10:36pm PT
Art and I climbed some but not as much as we should have. I knew
him better in spirit than in the flesh of actual climbs. The memory
is of a happy smile, a lot of energy, a climber who -- by sheer love
and desire -- transcended his own levels of ability. He and Erickson
were a perfect team, because they both have always had some type of
twisted smile fixed in their countenance, a smile that speaks of how
much they enjoyed each other and enjoyed life. Art. What a name. He was
an artist. He had everything he needed and he didn't look back.

right here, right now
Jul 21, 2012 - 12:57pm PT
Bump for more stories about Art Higbee!

Boulder climber
Oct 8, 2012 - 05:39pm PT
Sad to learn of Art's passing so long afterwards. Art was my brother-in-law for a few years & introduced me to ice climbing at Fish Creek Falls. He led wearing tennis shoes as he had loaned me his crampons. We skiied Howelson and Steamboat...many good memories. RIP Art.

Oct 9, 2012 - 10:16pm PT
Watched the video of the NW Regular route on Half Dome with Robert Redford narrating too many times to count. Really enjoyed Art's commentary, he seemed totally laid back and well just a climber.

My condolences to his family and Jim Erikson.

~Tony Mayse
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