oh my, hope this does not go twice, I think this did not post, so i am redoing it:
i just found myself crying about this, when i drove home from the store, earlier... after reading the stories from south texas, many years agoa, i just keep thinking about your dear friend, and him enjoying the day with his dog, until then...
sorry to remind you again, but i just wanted to add that i will not forget to pray for his family... :(
wish i could help somehow, :(
I met Steven in 89 at the base of Short Circuit. Don Snyder and I were finishing off a day of crack climbing and I was in the habit of leading SC at the time. Steven and a couple of others walk up and he asked if he could give it a go. I belayed him up and he climbed it first time. Not sure if I had seen anyone on-sight the the thing before. Really nice guy.
hey there say, just an added note, as to the 'killer bees'...
NOISE of the lawn mowers would set them off, if they were nearby, :(
and, sadly, those involved could not outrun them, once they hit, :(
if you live in those areas and have 'clean up time' as to
old shed, trees/brush to chop down, etc,
those were areas where folks had trigger them, (their hives were hidden
in such areas) and lead to sad deaths of folks just trying
to be good care-takers with their land, :(
hope this helps others in texas, arizona, new mexico and southern areas of california, etc, or wherever they are spreading to...