This sad news has been coming to me from all directions.
A powerful energy has passed and will be missed and long remembered by all that loved and knew him and those like me that wish they had had the opportunity.
I also extend my condolences and aloha to his personal friends and family.
With much respect,
Our deepest condolences from everyone at the Caltech alpine club. It was an honor to have Chad visit us last year and he'll be missed. From the conversations I had with him, I was impressed by how unburdened he seemed by many of the worries most people carry, and he'll always remain an inspiration to me. -Patrick
I just found this photo from his slideshow in Pasadena on my phone:
Patrick, so glad you guys put this together - it was a great show, and I got to see a good friend again.
Funny, I just wrote this today...
I hadn't seen Chad in over 15 years, and finally caught up with him 11 months ago at his Pasadena slideshow. He was happy to see me, almost deferential - I laughed a little at that - classic understated Chad. We hung out for a while and caught up, and one thing I will never forget that he noticed: How happy Skip and I are together - he really got the connection. I was so happy to have him recognize our love, it was just the strength of his spirit to see that so quickly. Goodbye my friend, you lived so hugely, and will be hugely missed.
Edit: Thanks Dirtbaglawyer - that was just the thing to cheer an aching heart...
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those tonight that grieve for this special man, a respected figure in our climbing community. Losing someone we care about is like losing a piece of the very fabric of our lives. Their life leaves a vacuum in our own. A gap, which some how the entire spectrum of life must readjust to.
this is totally tragic. from someone who has personally barely escaped rockfall death in patagonia, there seems to be no rhyme or reason why some die and others live. at least his partner survived, the silver lining. my condolences to all chad's family and friends. ss