Joe Puryear killed in Tibet


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Door Number 3
Oct 28, 2010 - 01:22pm PT
While I never met Joe in person, we emailed and talked on the phone when he was working on the Alaska guide. From those brief communications it was easy to "see" what a great person he was. He had the climbing energy of 12 year old gym grommet, the mountain experience and knowledge beyond his years and humility we all strive to achieve.

Social climber
santa rosa
Oct 28, 2010 - 01:37pm PT

saw this on the internet, thought id share it, it had more pics and info;

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Oct 29, 2010 - 10:14am PT
Here is a post from another thread by Ben Summit:

Thank you to everyone who has posted condolences and remembrances about Joe. As his brother-in-law I can tell you that I and the rest of his family read and appreciate every post.

Many people have been interested in making a donation to help us with the cost of bringing Joe back home. We have set up a donation fund on Joe's blog if you would like to contribute.

Thank you again.

Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Oct 29, 2010 - 10:21am PT
My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Sounds like the climbing community lost a very impressive climber and great guy. RIP.

Oct 29, 2010 - 04:40pm PT
Very sad news. He was a shining light.

All the best to Joe's family and friends in this tough time.

Peter in Seattle
ama dablam

Oct 30, 2010 - 01:09am PT
Hello My name is Matt Fioretti, I am a friend of Joes. I do not know how to contact Michelle. Please if someone knows Michelle contact info please let her and family know that I am in Nepal and am able to help in anyway possible from this end. I could be in Tibet quickly. Please forward my email
My prayers and love to family.

Social climber
Oct 30, 2010 - 01:32am PT
Sincere condoleces to Joe's family and friends.

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Oct 31, 2010 - 08:38am PT
Speaking of coincidences, I only realized from looking at the photo of Kang Nachugo posted above by Crodog, that Joe Puryear was the originator of these wonderful photos and blog.

I had somehow come across them a few years ago and been enchanted as Kang Nachugo is in the Rolwaling Valley which I have studied for 35 years now. I spent many hours looking at those photos and my topo maps, seeing views of places I had not seen before because I was never that high in that particular spot. I didn't know the climbers involved so didn't focus on their names, only the blog and the photos which I made screen shots of to preserve. Thanks to the posting above, I discovered Joe's permanent web site.

Though we never met, and its too late to tell him personally, I thank Joe for adding to the documentation of one of the Himalaya's most beautiful and least known valleys. I hope to buy some of his photos and include them in my future published work. Without knowing it, Joe has contributed not only to the mountaineering, adventure, and photography worlds, but to the scholarly one as well.

Rest in peace!
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Oct 31, 2010 - 12:52pm PT
Very sad that another of the tribe has left us. Amazing of volume of climbing fit into an exciting life.


Doug Pratt-Johnson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 31, 2010 - 08:50pm PT
bumpity....I agree with Jan...his photography is astounding and would be a wonderful way to benefit his estate as well as add a thing of beauty to our homes.

New Hampshire
Nov 1, 2010 - 11:46am PT
From the TODAY show this morning...
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Nov 1, 2010 - 11:54am PT
I was a little surprised by that report.

Trad climber
The Illuminati
Nov 2, 2010 - 12:11am PT
Condolences to friends and family.

Trad climber
The Illuminati
Nov 2, 2010 - 02:48pm PT

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 2, 2010 - 04:20pm PT
Was out in the desert when the news broke. My heart goes out to Joe's family and friends, he was a special guy. The alpine environment is so unforgiving I wonder why we are so drawn to that beautiful but deadly arena.

Trad climber
new paltz, ny
Nov 3, 2010 - 05:26am PT
rip dude

climbing is dangerous people

Trad climber
Nov 3, 2010 - 05:21pm PT
I am so freaking sick of good people dying! Damnit!! I realize that to push the limits sometimes these things happen but I'm so over it!

Many blessings and comfort to everybody who knew him.

Stay safe everybody!

Mountain climber
Nov 3, 2010 - 06:04pm PT

I don't know what to say........


Ice climber
Nov 4, 2010 - 07:58am PT
Crap...thanks Joe for putting out the Alaska Climbing guide book.

Social climber
Oroville, CA
Nov 4, 2010 - 09:14am PT
Very sad news, Chris. Sincere sympathy to all who knew him.
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