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splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:15am PT
RIP

sorry for your loss Brad and Mucci
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:58am PT
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123334599


Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 1, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
http://benefits.va.gov/persona/dependent_survivor.asp
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Feb 1, 2013 - 12:48pm 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 - 03:54pm PT
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 6, 2013 - 12:31pm 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 - 01:29pm 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 - 01:39pm PT
Condolences to family and friends.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 6, 2013 - 01:39pm 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 - 01:55pm 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 - 02:22pm PT
no comfort here, but 600 years of empathy

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

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Feb 6, 2013 - 08:00pm PT
It says a lot about Luc that 1,000 people attended his funeral at Aviano air base (God, I hate to even type the words "his funeral").

I read some of Cassy's words, which also say a lot about Luc and quite a bit about Cassy herself:

"If he were here, he would challenge each and every one of you to go climb that mountain you've been waiting to climb, he would tell you to plan that trip you haven't planned, he would tell you to call that friend you've been thinking about, and he would tell you to be sure to tell your loved ones you love them every day. So I challenge you now, for him, and in his memory."

I can practically hear him saying just these words. He lived that way.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 09:39am PT
I am so sorry for your loss and of course my sincere condolences to his family. It hits close to home as my brother flew for many years of his military career, and I visited him at the Aviano base when he was flying missions during the most recent Balkan War. People would be surprised if they knew how many pilots are lost even during "peacetime" manuovers - it's a very dangerous job.
Peace, Phyl
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Mar 16, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
I got to meet Serene Gruenther today. She's five weeks old. She's so beautiful and very alert. Although I'm a little out of practice for holding such little girls, it seemed to come back to me quickly.

Luc's funeral is tomorrow at our high school.

I attached a blue rubber "live like Luc" wristband to my climbing pack.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Mar 16, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
I'm glad he's going to have a memorial in his home town as well as far away. That's important for a lot of people.
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