R.I.P. Jeff Schoen


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Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - May 4, 2006 - 11:12pm PT
I just got word through a mutual friend that Jeff Schoen took his life this morning.

© Photo by Greg Epperson

Jeff was one my favorite partners. I would pick him up in Berkeley and we
would drive to Sonora––but not before stopping at Peet's for a cup of coffee.
The hours in the car always went by in a flash.
Jeff was as real and genuine as they come, and a lot of fun to be around.
I miss him already.

I learned just yesterday that he was having a hard time. I was planning on calling him...

Take care, wherever you are.

Gym climber
May 4, 2006 - 11:16pm PT
Aww man..........sad, sad news.

No more can I say.
Jerry Dodrill

Bodega, CA
May 4, 2006 - 11:25pm PT
Jeff was a friend of so many friends. A loss for us all. Peace be with him.

May 4, 2006 - 11:31pm PT
Why? What problems did he have to cause this reaction?

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
May 4, 2006 - 11:47pm PT
Sad for sure...my sincere condolences to his family and friends...

May 4, 2006 - 11:47pm PT
I am very sorry to hear this. I haven't seen Jeff in years, but was always impressed with his strength, talent, and motivation; a brother in the climbing communtiy. May he now find peace.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Same place as you, man...... (WB)
May 5, 2006 - 12:09am PT
wow... yet another one. This is bordering on epidemic. He has some good company wherever he is going.

Jeff was cool beans man. Once again, I'm sorry our loss and condolences to his family and friends.

Flagstaff, AZ
May 5, 2006 - 01:48am PT
This is very sad news. My condolences to Jeff's family.

rest in peace my friend.

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
May 5, 2006 - 02:04am PT
This is a loss for a lot of folks. Peace for them and Jeff too.

Even the strong are weak


jim thornburg

el cerrito, ca
May 5, 2006 - 03:43am PT
My phone used to ring, and before I could say hello Jeffs voice would come across. He always started the conversation in the middle of a sentence, and I would be irritated, having to figure out what the f*#k he was talking about. Jeff was A-D-D I guess, and usually by the time I figured out what he was talking about, he had jumped to a new subject. It was always interesting though, and after a minute or two I would get the hang of what was basically a higher form of communication, and I'd let my mind jump around with his and we would f*#king JAM. It was amazing what an observant person he was, and I could bring up some obscure neurotic thought of my own, and he would have some ready insight that I didn't expect, and if you paid close attention, you'd realize that Jeff was always just a minute up ahead in the future of the conversation.

Jeff has been a big part of my life for the last ten years, and it's been awful to see him in so much pain for the last few months. I hope he found peace and I hope he's here, and can feel how much I love him.

Sport climber
St. Louis
May 5, 2006 - 07:56am PT
Great sadness for all.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 5, 2006 - 08:34am PT
Very sad indeed. I hope he has found the peace that seemed to have eluded him in life. My sympathies go out to his friends and family.


Trad climber
May 5, 2006 - 09:19am PT


HE WAS SO INCREDIBLY DARLING! Eirc, his brother, and I were pretty tight back in the day, in the dirt, then Jeff came along a little later in Mammoth and we worked for the Sport Shops together. He came up with a really neat line of sweatshirts and was repping them, too.

He was such a crack up.

His mom is/was the importer of Birkenstocks in the US and he collected everybody's (shop employees) worn out sandals and sent them to her and had them all resoled for FREE! Mine came back with a little button that said "I (heart) Birkenstocks" and I immeditately pinned it on Jocko Monkey Puppet. . . aka HandJamMonkey - my hand puppet I've had since I was four! The one who goes everywhere with me! He's still wearing it!

I am so sad!

The world is a strange place!

My heart goes out to Eric and his mom, I don't know if dad is still with us. . . nonetheless. . . my thoughts are with the entire Schoen Family!

Find your magic and KEEP IT ALIVE!

Kath - OldDadBrockman

Trad climber
Austin, TX
May 5, 2006 - 09:40am PT
Man, this really is sad. Another suicide. Maybe it is just somewhat more likely that those of us who gravitate towards this type of pursuit are in need of supressing bad inner thoughts more than most. I worked with a very nice young woman whose boyfriend killed himself just before Christmas. I guess the best we can all do is try to check up on each other from time to time.

Social climber
kennewick, wa
May 5, 2006 - 10:13am PT
Damn. I did not know him but my condolences to his friends and family.

Riley, what you said. I would be very interested in hearing what you have to say in some attempt in a different thread to possibly increase peoples understanding about such tragedies...

Big Wall climber
Long Beach, CA
May 5, 2006 - 10:22am PT
I am sorry to hear he is gone. But glad he's not forgotten. I remember seeing that Climbing mag cover. Awesome shot. I didn't know him, but I wish him peace!

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
May 5, 2006 - 11:22am PT
Wow....I'm so sad...and shocked. And, Deb, I'm so very, very sorry for you.

Trad climber
Denver, CO
May 5, 2006 - 12:22pm PT
I don't even know what to say, but my heart goes out to those who love and miss him. He was always so friendly and inspiring.

I can remember sitting across the fire from him on many nights up in T-M.

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
May 5, 2006 - 12:54pm PT
Sad to hear this news.

I have not really looked at climbing magazine for 20 years. Why was he on the cover for that particular issue?

Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - May 5, 2006 - 01:20pm PT
Perhaps you could contact whoever the photo-editor was at that time and ask.

Here's a bit more info on the cover-photo––from the page I swiped it from:


Also, I hope Greg Epperson doesn't mind that I posted it here.
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