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Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Jan 31, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
rest well Luc
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 31, 2013 - 07:37pm PT
Bump for THE most significant thread on the site right now....

Rest in peace, Luc.....
SalNichols

Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
I spent most of my adult life working to make sure that these kids came home on their own two feet, so events like this break my heart. My deepest condolences to all of you, family and friends, that knew Luc.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
I'm so sorry.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
What a tragic loss.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Pollock Pines, California
Feb 1, 2013 - 07:06am PT
a sad situation.
i extend my respect to him
and my sympathies to
those whom are struggling thru
this.
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Feb 1, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
I'm so sorry, Brad. Best wishes to you and your families.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 1, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
Our first longer climb was The Nevabe Ridge

great first long day for a fit n00b

sounds like a great time. nice memories
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Feb 1, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
The Air Force has announced that Luc is being promoted - posthumously - from captain to major.

I still remember the weeks after he finished flight school almost ten years ago. Like any new military pilot Luc had hoped for an assignment to fly fighters. Instead he was asked to stay behind and become an instructor at the flight school itself. Although he understood what an extreme compliment this was - a judgment even that he had the maturity, expertise and people skills to immediately become a teacher - he was still a little disappointed.

He eventually got his assignment to fighters.

When he did his tour in Afghanistan he placed an American flag in his cockpit during one mission. He gave me that flag together with a certificate that it had flown a combat mission with him in his F-16. The flag hangs on my wall.

I always joked with Luc about him giving me a ride in a two-seat trainer/fighter. His standard response was that he was "still trying" to set such a flight up.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 1, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
mtnyoung - so very sorry for your loss & condolences to Luc's family.
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Feb 1, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
RIP

sorry for your loss Brad and Mucci
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 1, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123334599


healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Feb 1, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
Coming from a family of pilots and having had some long nights as a kid not knowing which plane and crew was involved with a crash I know it can be tough, all the more so with this outcome. Always hard to lose someone and someone who lived well. Condolences.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 1, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 6, 2013 - 03:31pm PT
Military Memorial Sevice

http://www.aviano.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123335298

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
Feb 6, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
I grew up on air force bases. When there is a crash fatality they do this thing where four jets come over the base in formation, then one flies straight up and out of sight. Super sad.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Feb 6, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
Condolences to family and friends.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 6, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

This poem by John Gillespie Magee Jr, is always in a prominent place on the wall of my home where I read it every day.

So sad to lose another kindred spirit.

When there is a crash fatality they do this thing where four jets come over the base in formation, then one flies straight up and out of sight.

I've attended too many of these...honoring all those who have left us, not just the pilots, but all who have gone before us; and reminding what a blessing it is every day to still be alive and able to look across the sky and the waters and the trees and the birds calling out...
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2013 - 04:55pm PT
Thoughtfull comments on an untimely death.


My condolences go out to all of the family and friends of whom Luc touched in everyday life.

sharperblue

Mountain climber
oakland, california
Feb 6, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
no comfort here, but 600 years of empathy

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/09/how-could-you-go-ahead-of-me.html
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